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Helping Farmers and Food Businesses Navigate New Opportunities
by Laurie O'Reilly

Scott Soares has seen the opportunities and challenges facing New England’s farmers and food businesses firsthand. He served as Massachusetts’s first aquaculture coordinator in 1996 and was later appointed state agriculture commissioner by Deval Patrick. In 2012, he became executive director of the Cranberry Marketing Committee, which gave him inside look at the branding and…

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Video: Putting ExxonMobil on Trial
by Laurie O'Reilly

Conservation Law Foundation is suing ExxonMobil over the corporate giant’s deliberate campaign of deceit about climate change – which put local communities here in New England at risk. The company’s failure to fortify its oil storage facility in Everett against climate impacts could result in catastrophic spills of oil and other toxic pollution into the…

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Screening: A Climate of Change at the Somerville Theatre
by Laurie O'Reilly

Join the Island Institute and Conservation Law Foundation for a special screening of the Institute’s “A Climate of Change” film series. Across New England and the nation, fishermen and scientists are observing shifts in the ecosystem and dramatic changes on the water. The Climate of Change films examine the effects of climate change on the…

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Five Questions for: Dr. Sylvia Earle
by Laurie O'Reilly

In August, Dr. Sylvia Earle, world-renowned conservationist, oceanographer, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, and founder/chairman of Sylvia Earle Alliance/Mission Blue, launched a dive expedition to Cashes Ledge, the underwater mountain range 80 miles off the coasts of Portland. Dr. Earle joined the expedition to amplify the efforts of CLF and Mission Blue, as well as scientists, business leaders, environmental groups, and faith leaders, in calling for the White House to declare Cashes Ledge a Marine National Monument.

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Your Attendence Needed in Providence Next Tuesday
by Laurie O'Reilly

Momentum is building for protecting ocean habitats in New England – and your voice has never been more important. Next Tuesday, September 15, NOAA is holding a town hall meeting to hear from people like you about why Cashes Ledge and the Coral Canyons and Seamounts deserve protection as the Atlantic’s first Marine National Monuments.…

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Time to Act: Guest Post by Olivia Gieger
by Laurie O'Reilly

Last fall, CLF, Mass Energy Consumers Alliance, and four youth plaintiffs filed suit against the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection for failing to fully comply with the Global Warming Solutions Act. In this guest post, one of the teen plaintiffs, Olivia Gieger, explains why she’s joined the court fight to defend her climate future. As…

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Groundbreaking Settlement Reached on Salem Natural Gas Facility
by Laurie O'Reilly

In a groundbreaking settlement with Footprint Power on its proposed natural gas facility in Salem, MA, the plant developers agreed to emissions limits and a future shutdown date to comply with Massachusetts mandates. The settlement ensures that, for the first time ever, a proposed natural-gas-fired plant must comply with conditions aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and…