The International Trade Commission ruled Friday that inexpensive, imported solar panels have harmed U.S.-based panel manufacturers. In New England, solar installers say they started stockpiling the panels even before the decision.
In New England, 22 percent of the region's native plants are considered rare. Some of them are on the federal list of endangered species. Biologists worldwide and locally have been saving crop seeds, and seeds from other plants important to the ecosystem.
A new study released this week by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has found that chemical dispersants used during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 improved air quality for first responders.