It’s difficult in early April in Boston not to notice the weather. Or the sun. Or the warmth. Or, by extension, all the attention that’s paid to nature, the environment and sustainability — especially as the 40th anniversary of Earth Day draws near.
Grappling with one's own personal responsibility in the wake of the BP disaster.
Each year, tens of thousands of indivuals and companies purchase carbon offsets to help neutralize their global-warming pollution. Are they buying empty promises? Doug Struck and Phillip Martin investigate.
What's Growing This Weekend
Time to talk about composting. No garden is complete without a compost pile so if you don’t have one already it’s time to make one. Follow these tips to get started composting.
In part one of 89.7 WGBH's series on the ongoing struggles of the fishing industry in Massachusetts, Phillip Martin explores the history of Federal regulation of fishing.
Phillip Martin looks at the alarming decline in local fish populations.
Phillip Martin reports on how new conservation rules are affecting the lives of those in the local fishing industry.
Cuba's wild splendor has been preserved by half a century of political isolation and economic stagnation. Now, it faces the pressing challenge of protecting its precious natural assets as it transitions into the 21st century.
The Secret Life Of Scientists And Engineers
All electricity generation comes with costs. A brief tour of power sources on and around Cape Cod highlights some of the financial, environmental, and public health concerns.
A study to be published in the journal Science shows that the effort to preserve species is still strongly in the wrong direction. It shows the trend is especially pronounced for mammals like humans, birds and amphibians—all vertebrates.
The state's Department of Public Utilities Monday approved an agreement that will allow power distributor National Grid to buy half of the electricity generated by the Cape Wind project in Nantucket Sound.
Efforts are underway to save the rare New England Cottontail rabbit by creating new habitat for the species. But first, trackers have to find them.
Ian Bowles, the state's top environmental official and a key player in Gov. Deval Patrick's first term in office, is stepping down from his position as secretary of energy and environmental affairs.
Scientists at UNH say some of New England's maple leaves are less brilliant in color, and the sap is less sweet. They think these things are related -- and that climate change is the cause.
A side-by-side comparison of two proposed offshore wind projects in our backyard: Cape Wind and the Deepwater Wind Energy Center, which would be the largest offshore wind farm inthe U.S.
The U.S. corn crop is enormous. And about a third of it doesn't go to cereal or cows – instead, it helps run your car. But government ethanol subsidies have meat and dairy producers up in arms over the high cost of their main feed grain.
The state and federal governments are testing the waters for interest in erecting more wind turbines off the islands of Martha's vineyard and Nantucket.
Federal officials have denied Gov. Patrick's request for an emergency increase in catch limits in Northeastern waters. Massachusetts legislators are condemning the decision, saying the limits are based in inaccurate measurements of fish population.
Cape Wind is good to go: After a final pair of permits last week, project developers are cleared to begin installing the 130 turbines that will generate electricity off the shore of Cape Cod.
At the heart of fisheries management is a delicate balancing act – weighing the needs of fishermen against those of fish. Unfortunately, managers often don’t have the quantity or quality of data one would wish for.
An above-average winter storm season has taken a toll on the Cape’s shoreline. But that can have its advantages.Every so often, the wave action reveals a bit of Cape Cod’s history.
Microscopic plant-like organisms in the ocean take in carbon dioxide. With a little encouragement, they may be one way to combat rising carbon dioxide emissions.
Humans are pummeling the ocean with a powerful one-two punch of fishing and climate change that could, in a matter of decades, make the large fish we love to eat, like cod, tuna and salmon, a thing of the past.
Journey to Planet Earth
WGBH SPECIAL REPORT
Some residents of Falmouth say a wind turbine installed last year has changed their lives — and not for the better. This week, WGBH’s Sean Corcoran explores all sides of the issue in a special series, The Falmouth Experience: The Trouble with One Town’s Turbine.
WGBH SPECIAL REPORT
Some residents of Falmouth say they’re feeling sick from the sounds coming from a large, town-owned wind turbine. While turbines are not silent, those claims are often controversial.
Residents in the town of Falmouth say that a nearly 400-foot wind turbine has severely impacted their quality of life. They talk about noise issues, but sound isn’t the only thing generating discontent. There also are complaints about a phenomenon called ‘shadow flicker’.
WGBH SPECIAL REPORT
The effort to install land-based wind turbines on Cape Cod has slowed, largely because of opposition to a 400-foot tall turbine that was installed last spring in Falmouth.
Complaints about a turbine in Falmouth are raising the possibility that one bad experience could jeopardize Patrick’s state-wide push for wind energy.
WGBH SPECIAL REPORT
Some residents of Falmouth, Mass. say they're suffering headaches, insomnia and depression because of a 400-foot tall town-owned wind turbine that began operating there last year. Most scientists say wind turbines don't cause health problems, but the experience of residents has strengthened anti-wind sentiment in the region.
A prominent Cape Cod ferry company has reversed course and says it no longer opposes the plan to install 130 wind turbines in Nantucket Sound, and instead will look to conduct "eco tours" of the Cape Wind turbine site.
The conservative consensus among experts calls for 2-3 feet of sea level rise by 2100,and as much as foot by 2050. That could affect life on Cape Cod.
A new survey of Massachusetts residents' thoughts on climate change has just been released. Most of you agree that it's happening, but there are some intriguing details about where the consensus goes from there.
A federal agency has approved a construction plan for a wind farm off the Massachusetts coast, clearing the way for work to begin on the nation's first offshore wind farm as early as this fall.
WHERE WE LIVE: HARWICH
It has been one year since fishermen in the Northeast began using a new system, called "sectors," for regulating catch shares. Fishermen are split on whether the system of cooperative fishing rights an improvement over old regulations. WGBH's Bob Seay spoke to one fisherman who supports the new system.
The Secret Life of Scientists And Engineers
Fisherman are wrapping up their first full year of compliance with a new set of federal regulations intended to prevent overfishing, called "sectors." Some fisherman say it's helped their businesses, but WGBH's Bob Seay speaks to a Plymouth fisherman who says he's lost 60 percent of his income because of the rules.
Scientists from NOAA's Northeast Fisheries Center in Woods Hole have released an upbeat preliminary report on the 2010 fishing season — the first to be managed by catch-shares management. They say the year saw no overfishing and higher revenues for fishermen.
Adventurer and bear biologist Chris Morgan will take us on a motorcycle odyssey deep into the wilds of Alaska. Over a punishing 2,000 mile journey, Chris will explore the amazing resiliency and adaptability of bears through five dramatic Alaskan ecosystems: coastal, urban, mountain, tundra and pack ice.
WHERE WE LIVE: ASHLAND
A study by the New England Center For Investigative Reporting has found that many Massachusetts sites, including the one in Woburn, still live with a toxic legacy. WGBH's Jared Bowed heads to Ashland, home to a plant whose waste practices ultimately turned deadly.
An investigation by the New England Center for Investigative reporting found more than 30 toxic sites in Massachusetts. Scroll through this town-by-town report, compiled by the Toxics Action Center, to learn more.
There are 31 contaminated sites have attained Superfund status due to contamination. According to EPA records, at least one-third of those sites may pose a health risk to people living and working nearby.
The government says the country needs more energy to keep developing and to support a power-intensive copper mining industry. But opponents say the dam project will destroy pristine wilderness. They are calling for a shift in attitudes toward energy and the environment.
New Bedford's man-made hurricane barrier has been recertified. With sea levels (and hurricane predictions) on the rise, it's possibile that other coastal areas in Massachusetts will consider erecting similar safeguards.
A Massachusetts lawmaker is raising concerns about potential natural gas explosions. She's calling for new laws regulating the thousands of known gas leaks around the state.
An international panel of ocean experts known as the International Programme on the State of the Ocean has released a new report that says human activities are driving marine life extinct at an unprecedented and accelerating pace. No sugar coating there.
A group of Massachusetts’ lawmakers is coming down hard the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the agency at the center of a contentious debate over regional fishing rights — and the subject of a damning Commerce Department investigation last year.
Earlier this spring, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution researchers forecast a “moderate” bloom of red tide, the algal toxin that poisons seafood, in New England. Some researchers think that might be because heavy snow and rainfalls actually freshen seawater.
Environmental activists in Massachusetts are pushing for quick passage of a bill that would restrict potentially harmful chemicals found in everyday products from window cleaners to shampoo. The so-called Safer Alternatives Bill had an initial hearing Tuesday on Beacon Hill.
The Charles River is a finalist for a prestigious international honor. The International Riverprize is a $350,000 award for development and implementation of sustainable river management policies.
The Charles River is a finalist for the International Riverprize, awarded for visionary river-management policies. But the International Riverprize nomination may not be enough to convince those who use the river that it’s safe to go in.
The administration of Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is trying to delay a merger between utility giants NSTAR and Northeast Utilities. And Robert F. Kennedy Jr. says the governor is doing it to help the Cape Wind project.
Officials in Westport, Mass., are working to deal with unsafe levels of toxins discovered in a middle school there this week.
As it celebrates its 50th anniversary, the Cape Cod National Seashore bears the legacy of the agreements that founded it -- which supporters say will help it navigate its future.
WGBH 89.7 News
Nobel Peace Prize-winning Kenyan environmentalist Wangari Maathai died last month but the legacy of her mission is still alive. Maathai spoke about her life's work with WGBH back in 1990 for a series called Race to Save the Planet. Former Nova producer Linda Harrar offered this personal remembrance.
Nelson Butten of Lawrence talked about how he was dealing with lengthy power outages. As late as the morning of November 2, his apartment still had no heat.
Economically viable solar energy for private homeowners is heating up in the U.S. as more companies seek to enter what they admit is a niche market.
WHERE WE LIVE
Our nonprofit, Together Yes, launched this year, is dedicated to sustainability and community building in Norwood. Our grassroots efforts are aimed at getting "small and local." We are becoming a presence in Norwood, and wish to see the town viable and sustainable for all residents and businesses. WHERE WE LIVE: COMPLETE SERIES
WHERE WE LIVE
Many residents see the cleaned-up Merrimack River as a metaphor for the positive changes they've been creating in this old mill town.
WGBH SPECIAL REPORT
The owners of the Plymouth Nuclear Power Station are asking for it to be relicensed for another 20 years of service. But the landscape surrounding nuclear power has changed since the disaster in Fukushima, Japan. As regulators consider the request, the debate in the community is heating up.
WGBH SPECIAL REPORT
At Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, about 3,000 spent fuel rods sit in a pool designed to hold one-third that amount. In Fukushima, some rods stored in similar pools melted down.
The owners of the 39-year-old Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth have applied for a 20-year extension. Opponents question its safety, especially after its sister plant experienced explosions and likely meltdowns this year in Fukushima, Japan. In a three-part series, WGBH News reports on the controversy.
Federal regulators will not halt a review of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant's bid to extend its operating license. WGBH News reported on the Pilgrim controversy this November.
In Dorchester's Peabody Square, what looks like an ordinary patch of plants is in fact a sophisticated "rain garden" designed to clean water and keep pollutants out of the Neponset.
In Westport, Mass., a 200-year-old linden tree threatened by a sidewalk may yet wave another day (or century). A "Greater Boston" web exclusive.
The Mass. Supreme Judicial Court has no problem with the state-sanctioned power purchase agreement between Cape Wind and the utility National Grid, ruling that the deal is in the public's interest.
This week, a number of the stranded Cape Cod dolphins were seen swimming off the coast of Maine. The head of the marine rescue team talked about how she got them back into the ocean safely.
What it will take to generate the energy and fuel for a planet that just hit 7 billion and isn’t done growing? The old gas-and-coal-powered grid is changing. Germany now generates 20% renewable energy, but America has lagged — and our next guest says that’s got to change.