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Commonwealth Could Be National Leader in Renewables

Commonwealth Could Be National Leader in Renewables

The Massachusetts House and Senate have passed energy bills that dictate the percentage of renewable energy in which the Commonwealth will invest by raising the Renewable Portfolio Standard. That’s the percentage of electricity that utilities have to get from renewable sources. The House wants to raise the RPS to two percent a year, starting in

Ocean Monuments Have No Impact on Commercial Fishing

Public data on commercial fishing shows no losses from the creation of protected areas off the New England coast, according to a new analysis. The commercial fishing industry had opposed the creation of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, saying that prohibiting commercial fishing in the two areas would cripple the industry. But

Raising the Profile on the Largest Environmental Issue of Our Time

IPS correspondent Tharanga Yakupitiyage spoke to Robert Scholes, ecologist and co-chair of Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service (IPBES) assessment, about land degradation and efforts needed to halt and reverse the catastrophe. Land degradation caused by human activities is occurring at an alarming rate across the world, and the cost will be steep

Boston hosts international summit on climate change, announces plan to get more mayors invested in green energy

Mayors from far and wide convened in Boston prior to the U.S. Conference of Mayors for Boston’s International Mayors Climate Summit, a one-day event including a series of panels and discussions focused on  mitigating the effects of climate change. Boston Mayor Martin Walsh opened the summit by announcing an initiative to get more cities and

The Environmental Protection Agency announced that they intend to weaken Obama-era fuel-efficiency standards for cars and light trucks, but environmental groups are preparing to fight back. The standards, finalized in January 2017, require new cars to average 50 miles per gallon by 2025. Bowing to pressure from manufacturers, the Trump administration now says it will

Coalition Pushes for Clean Water and Justice in Massachusetts Prisons

 Photo: Beth Prendergast On the morning of Nov. 28, a small group of people gathered in front of the Suffolk County House of Correction at South Bay. With them, a banner depicted a tidal wave rushing toward a line of prison cells. The words “#DeeperThanWater”—the group’s name—occupied the bottom of the banner, painted in prison-uniform

Economic Development vs. Climate Action: Rebutting Deniers and Wafflers

President Trump, probably telling President Xi Jinping of China that he was totally kidding about climate change being a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese. Photo by Thomas Peter, Courtesy of Reuters As negotiators meet in Bonn, Germany, to put together a deal to implement the Paris Agreement, John Holdren, a professor of environmental policy at

Bay State Consumers ‘Overcharged’ Billions by Utilities?

Photo Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons A new report says two utility companies have inflated their energy costs for customers in Massachusetts and other New England states. The allegations are being made in a new white paper by the Environmental Defense Fund. Craig Altemose, master of public policy for the group 350 Mass for a Better Future,

Extreme Weather Exacerbates Homelessness in Australia and New Zealand

The images of Hurricane Harvey in Texas have shown how extreme weather can rob people of their homes. But what about those who have no home to begin with, or whose living situation is already precarious? Almost one-third of people who have been homeless have suffered extra trauma because of extreme weather, according to our

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