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New England Speaks Up at the Global Climate Action Summit
by Bradley Campbell

By many measures, our climate outlook here in the United States is grim. Our president denies the settled science of climate change. Our natural monuments are being pillaged for oil and gas. And a coal lobbyist now heads the Environmental Protection Agency, the federal entity charged with protecting our health, not endangering it. Despite these…

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Massachusetts Stands with CLF Against Climate-Damaging Pollution
by David Ismay

Last week, the highest court in Massachusetts unanimously ruled that power generators must drastically cut their carbon pollution year after year through 2050. In doing so, the high court recognized the incontrovertible fact that carbon pollution damages our climate, threatens our health, and hurts our economy. It was the second time the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial…

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Is New England Ready for a Hurricane Harvey?
by Deanna Moran

Just over a year ago, Hurricane Harvey crashed into the Texas coastline, pummeling Houston and dropping a record 60 inches of rain on the Lone Star State. When all was said and done, 103 people lost their lives, and damage estimates topped $125 billion. Harvey kicked off a series of catastrophic hurricanes in 2017, and…

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Composting Takes Root in Lawrence
by John Hite

Affordable composting has arrived in Lawrence, Massachusetts. A pilot program spearheaded by local groups and CLF gives residents of the Union Crossing/Duck Mill building an easy way to get their food scraps out of landfills and turned into rich soil.

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Protecting Our Kids from Lead in Drinking Water
by Tom Irwin

Schools and childcare centers – places where children spend so much time – can have unsafe levels of lead in their water, putting our kids’ health at risk. To ensure safe water, it’s time for parents and teachers to demand that schools test their water for lead and take measures necessary to protect the health of schoolchildren.

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Invenergy Heads for Final Approval Hearings
by Jerry Elmer

The Final Hearing to decide if Invenergy will be allowed to build its fracked gas and diesel oil power plant in Rhode Island is underway. By law, the most important questions to be answered by the state’s Energy Facility Siting Board: Is this plant really needed (it’s not) and would the plant cause unacceptable environmental harms (it would).

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Protecting New Hampshire’s Rivers and Lakes from Toxic Blue-green Algae
by Chelsea Kendall

Decades ago, Fred Quimby taught his children how to fish and canoe in Jones Pond near his home in New Durham, New Hampshire. But this year, Fred had to go someplace else to teach his grandchildren to fish. That’s because Jones Pond, part of the Merrymeeting River, has suffered yet another outbreak of cyanobacteria –…

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More Good News for Public Access in Everett
by Deanna Moran

Earlier this summer, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) announced they would ensure the public’s access to the waterfront in Everett. The announcement came after CLF wrote MassDEP a letter urging them to hold DDR Gateway LLC, owner of the Gateway Center, accountable for its legal obligations to provide public access to waterfront areas.…

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New England Can’t Fall Behind on Climate
by Sandy Levine

You know that sinking feeling? The one where you think you’ve done a good job, but it turns out you didn’t? That’s the boat Vermont finds itself in when it comes to tackling climate change. We thought we were leading. But in fact, we are falling behind on our climate goals. Vermont’s climate-damaging emissions are…

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