climate change

A sadly familiar story dominates the news once again.  Meanwhile, the political beat remains busy in the Biggest Little. As usual your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

Gulf of Maine Research Institute

Lobster conservation techniques pioneered by Maine fishermen helped drive a population boom that's led to record landings this century. That's the conclusion of new, peer-reviewed research published this month. 

The paper also finds that lobstermen in southern New England could have used the same techniques to prevent or at least slow the collapse of their fisheries — even in the face of climate change — but they didn't.

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Following the October storm that cut power to thousands of customers, researchers say it may be time to devise new models to predict storm outages. Emmanouil Anagnostou is a professor at the University of Connecticut. He says existing models do really well at building connections between historic and new storm data. But they’re not great at predicting more extreme weather events.

Jason Moon / NHPR

As New Hampshire’s coastline prepares for a world with rising seas and stronger storms, communities and homeowners have different options, none of them simple: seawalls, raised structures, a retreat from the shoreline.

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A new study recently released by The Nature Conservancy, a global wildlife conservation group, has found the majority of coastal sites, such as wetlands and salt marshes, in Rhode Island and Massachusetts are vulnerable to the effects of climate change. 


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People’s Power and Light, a local nonprofit that advocates for clean energy, says Rhode Island and Massachusetts residents will have to pay to adapt to more frequent and intense storms. 


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John Kerry, former secretary of state and Democratic U.S. senator for Massachusetts, wants environmentalists to bring their activism to the voting booths.

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Lawmakers and environmentalists are disappointed in and concerned about the federal Environmental Protection Agency's decision to stop three agency scientists from talking about their research on climate change. 

City of Boston

Boston’s Chief Resilience Officer is warning that people of color are most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. 


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As my tour guide, Bill Eccleston, and I walked through the dirt, twigs and puddles of the George Washington Wildlife Management Area in Burrillville, we heard a bird call above us. 

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Jane Goodall, renowned chimp expert and conservationist, spread her message of hope for the environment during a lecture Tuesday in front of nearly 5,700 people at the University of Rhode Island.


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Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo has created a new position called "chief resiliency officer" to help the Ocean State better prepare for climate change. 


Jesse Costa / WBUR


  The consequences of climate change, experts say, will disproportionately affect low-income communities and communities of color.

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Climate Action RI, an environmental advocacy coalition, held a rally Saturday outside of the National Governors Association's annual summer meeting at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence.


RIPR File Photo

State leaders and members of the scientific community are expressing concern after President Donald Trump announced that the U.S. will pull out of the Paris Climate Accord. At a White House press conference Thursday,  the President said the U.S. would exit the 190-nation agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The only other nations that remain outside of the agreement are Nicaragua and Syria.

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