New England News Collaborative

KATHLEEN MASTERSON / Vermont Public Radio

 

To prevent their collective cultural knowledge about medicinal plants from disappearing, some Vermont tribal nations are sharing their expertise with those outside the native communities.

Courtesy Dave Sellers

  In the small town of Warren, Vermont a so-called net zero house is being built that will not use any fossil fuel. The house has solar panels on the roof to generate electricity and pipes in the ground to capture geothermal energy for heating. It won’t be using power from the grid that was generated with fossil fuel. There are other houses like this but what makes this home unusual is that the nationally acclaimed architect building it is using an unconventional material.  

Gage Skidmore / CC BY 2.0 via Flickr

Authorities on Thursday charged a man from El Salvador who's lived in Everett for allegedly organizing East Coast activities for a notorious Salvadoran gang.


KRIS GROGAN / U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION

Students, families and many school staff in Holyoke, Massachusetts, are still desperate for news from relatives in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria hit last week.

Fred Bever / Maine Public Radio

New England is home to thousands of dams that have fallen out of use -- a legacy of our industrial past. 

KATHLEEN MASTERSON / Vermont Public Radio

Unlike large hydropower dams, where there's often serious political and emotional resistance to removal, conservationists are finding many landowners of small dams are happy to have them removed.

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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.

REBECCA SANANES / Vermont Public Radio

  Even before Tropical Storm Harvey and Hurricane Irma hit, the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) was in trouble — to the tune of $25 billion. And the program is set to expire at the end of the month if Congress doesn't act.

Fred Bever / Maine Public Radio

For more than half a century, a massive, oil-fired plant has been churning out electricity from an island in the heart of Maine’s Casco Bay, where sailors use its towering smokestack for navigation.


Jill Kaufman / New England Public Radio


  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.

Jesse Costa / WBUR

 

The future for thousands of young people in Massachusetts is unclear after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Tuesday that the Trump administration would end the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.

MAYOR MCGINN / Creative Commons License

President Donald Trump's likely repeal of a program that protects some undocumented immigrants from deportation would threaten thousands across New England, placing some in dire situations.

Chris Jensen / New Hampshire Public Radio

Not all sounds of the forest are soothing, as reporter Chris Jensen learned when he visited the North Country Moose Festival, held in the adjoining towns of Colebrook, New Hampshire and nearby Canaan, Vermont.

Jesse Costa / WBUR


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

NE Residents Help In Houston Relief Efforts

Aug 28, 2017
Patsy Lynch / Federal Emergency Management Agency Photo Library

Emergency response crews from New England are heading down to Texas, as rains and flooding continue to devastate coastal parts of the state.

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