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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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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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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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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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Dangerous Heat Waves Demand Immediate Climate Action
by Elena Mihaly

If someone had told me last spring that the August forecast for Vermont showed seven days above 90 degrees, I wouldn’t have believed them. Yet in Burlington last month my thermometer read, day after day: 91, 94, 99, 97, 95, 97, and 96. Since then, we’ve seen the temperatures soar past 90 degrees again and…

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Rhode Island General Assembly Fails to Make Progress on Environmental Initiatives, But Some Bad Bills Defeated
by Amy Moses

When the Rhode Island General Assembly convened for its 2018 session, CLF and our partners focused on several key measures aimed at combating climate change, reforming how energy projects are sited, and protecting our waters from offshore drilling. With progress on these issues stalled (or moving in reverse) at the national level, state and local…