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Drought in New England: Expect the Unexpected
by Sumana Chintapalli

What does the climate have to do with the food system? A lot, it turns out. This relationship plays out in different ways, but lately we have been seeing an awful lot of one particular aspect. From the production side to the business side of agriculture, drought and heat are a dangerous combination. Drought conditions…

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Proposed Transportation Rule Will Hamper Local Input
by Annie Lemelin

A new proposal by the U.S. Department of Transportation would make it harder for small towns, underserved communities, and the public at large to have a voice in how to address local transportation needs. Supersizing Metropolitan Planning Organizations Federal legislation requires that transportation planning and policy in urbanized areas – those with populations of more than…

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Cleaning Up New England’s Energy Market
by David Ismay

New England’s regional electric grid operator, ISO-New England (ISO-NE), recently revealed that it is exploring a potential shift in how our region’s energy markets work. Although made with little fanfare, the announcement of what ISO-NE is calling its “Integrating Markets and Public Policy” (IMAPP) initiative (which begins today with a members-only “solution ideas day” in…

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Senator Blumenthal Calls on President Obama to Establish Marine National Monument in New England
by Jennifer Felt

Last week, Senator Blumenthal of Connecticut, with the support of the state’s entire congressional delegation, called on President Obama to designate the New England Coral Canyons and Seamounts as a Marine National Monument, leading our region in a critical step toward the permanent protection of this undersea treasure! We applaud Senator Blumenthal for considering the…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – July 11-15
by Allison Lorenc

July 11 – An Ocean Warming: Ocean Acidification, Lobster, and the Need for More Research – For the American Lobster, ocean acidification has been shown to have devastating effects on the growth and shell building rates of juveniles, making them significantly more susceptible to threats like predation and disease. Massachusetts senators and representatives are working on…

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Happy Global Wind Day!
by Allison Lorenc

As climate change continues to impact our lands, oceans, wildlife, and even our day-to-day activities, finding ways to power our homes and businesses with clean, renewable sources of energy is becoming more critical. New England hasn’t been immune to climate fallout: Gulf of Maine is one of the fastest warming bodies of water on the…

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From the Ledge: Saturday, May 28
by Allison Lorenc

This is the second in my series of reports from this year’s expedition to Cashes Ledge with Brian Skerry and Brown University biologist Jon Witman. Follow the expedition on Twitter for regular updates! What a special place to be. The fog cleared yesterday, and after our own dinner, as the sun set behind the clouds, we sat on the bow…