January 5, 2024

Is Plastic Biodegradable? Here’s the truth

by Mara Shulman

Regardless of how we dispose of it, plastic will not biodegrade. Here’s what that means for our communities and environment.

Empty single-use plastic bottle sits on shore over water. Photo illustrates that plastic products do not break down or biodegrade when in contact with natural elements. From top to bottom, the background shows a gradient going from light orange to white to dark blue. These sunset-like colors are reflected in the water.
January 1, 2024

5 Questions for Britteny Jenkins

by Adilson González Morales

Britteny Jenkins, CLF’s Vice President for the Environmental Justice Program shares her journey and goals for our region. She will lead our transportation, climate justice, and zero waste efforts.

Portrait photography of Britteny Jenkins, Environmental Justice Vice President at Conservation Law Foundation. The background shows lush greenery and a green-tarnished metal fountain at Post Office Square in central Boston.
December 27, 2023

MBTA Closures: 5 T’s to Make Them Easier for Riders

by Adilson González Morales

To make closures as painless as possible, the MBTA must prioritize: 1. Timely Announcements, 2. Transit Alternatives, 3. Transparency, 4. Translation, and 5. Thinking Ahead.

3 digital displays announcing MBTA closures of the Red Line in three different languages: English, Spanish, and Chinese. Shadow of hand pointing to the signs.
December 18, 2023

Maine Officials Signal Support for Clean Cars Standards but Not Clean Trucks 

by Emily Green

Maine’s Board of Environmental Protection’s straw poll indicates the members’ positions on both standards preceding a formal, final decision that will take place at the end of December.

a row of grey/silver electric cars parked against a curb charging. You can only see the front of the car up to half the front tire.
December 18, 2023

Unlocking the Power of Microgrids in Today’s Energy Landscape

by Sarah White

Microgrids will provide communities with energy independence, resilience, and security in the face of extreme weather.

Large installation of solar panels on the roof of an industrial building
December 14, 2023

Under Pressure from CLF Lawsuit, Exxon Sells Polluting Oil Terminal

by Bradley Campbell

In a victory for Everett residents, ExxonMobil has agreed to sell its aging facility. The site can never again be used to store polluting fossil fuels.

An aerial photo of the Exxon Everett facility, Massachusetts, with a dozen white cylindrical storage tanks and a neighborhood in the background.
December 13, 2023

Twin States Clean Energy Link Receives Federal Funding to Boost Clean Energy Efforts 

by Kate Sinding Daly

The Twin States Clean Energy Link would run from New Hampshire into Vermont and connect to Canada, bringing clean energy into and out of the region.

An aerial view of New Hampshire's White Mountains National Forest in the Fall. The tops of trees are covered in green, orange, and yellow leaves – met by a background of mountains covered in a thick white mist.
November 30, 2023

Why 28 Years of Delaying Climate Action Are Too Many

by Katherine Lee Goyette

COP28 is a reminder that local governments can act on climate even when political debate stymies global negotiations

Katherine's young daughter in the middle of a mild snow flurry. She is wearing a black jacked with a white fur collar along with pink hat that covers her ears and pink gloves. Her tongue is out catching snowflakes as she looks up towards the sky. The background shows tree trunks and the ground covered in snow.
November 29, 2023

This Calving Season, We Are Putting North Atlantic Right Whale Babies in Danger 

by Erica Fuller

Right whale mothers and calves are especially vulnerable to being hit by boats and ships. For the species to survive, we need to better protect them.

Right whale mother swimming after a small calf
November 28, 2023

Mountaineer Mardi Fuller on Racial Equity in Nature

by Pam Reynolds

Outdoorswoman Mardi Fuller has reveled in nature all her life – hiking, backpacking, paddling, and more. In fact, the mountaineer, who enjoys hiking, backcountry skiing, and ice climbing, has earned a rare distinction: In January 2021, she became the first Black person to hike all 48 of New Hampshire’s 4,000-foot peaks in winter. “Maybe 1,000 people… Continue reading Mountaineer Mardi Fuller on Racial Equity in Nature

Mardi Fuller climbs Mt. Osceola in New Hampshire.