Environment

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My Lunch with the Hunger Striker Who Took on Charlie Baker

What’s the best way to get Gov. Charlie Baker’s attention? Depending on who you are, it might be by telling the state’s head honcho that […]

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Oh, Great! There Are High Levels of “Forever Chemicals” in the State’s Fertilizer

“Forever” as a concept is a positive one in a couple of specific contexts: everlasting love, stamps. But a troubling forever scenario has recently been […]

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Quincy Is Accused of Spewing Sewage into Boston Harbor

This is how you treat your neighbors? Quincy has some explaining to do, and is facing serious fines, after authorities announced a complaint against the city […]

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New Report Finds Cost of Boston Harbor Wall Outweighs Benefits

Build the wall, they chanted. It will solve the problem, they believed. Price tag, shmice tag, they smirked. Not so fast, the researchers said. A […]

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Mayor Marty Walsh Signs Boston’s Plastic Bag Ban Into Law

Start hoarding plastic bags now, Boston, because it’s twilight for the ubiquitous vessels. Despite expressing concerns about who will foot the bill, Mayor Marty Walsh […]

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Boston City Council Votes to Ban Plastic Bags

The Environmental Protection Agency estimates as many as one trillion plastic bags—more than 31,700 per second—are used annually worldwide. But Boston will soon curb its contributions to that […]

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Trash Your Halloween Décor at Boston’s First-Ever “Pumpkin Smash”

So maybe you have a rotten, brownish-green pumpkin perched on your porch, or you’re already making room for Thanksgiving accents at your front door, or you’ve got […]

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Gypsy Moth Caterpillars Have Eaten a Third of the Massachusetts Forest Canopy

If our literature is to be believed, caterpillars are very, very hungry. And the state of Massachusetts has recently discovered how true that is. Gypsy […]

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How Reverend Mariama White-Hammond Is Bridging Boston’s Racial Divide

The Reverend Mariama White-Hammond grew up straddling Boston’s racial divide. Now, she’s hoping an environmental crisis can bring us all together.

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Climate Change Data Vanished from the EPA’s Website, So Boston Is Publishing It Instead

In the latest move from cities to undermine the Trump administration’s efforts to roll back climate protections, Boston has begun hosting EPA data on climate […]

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Brian Skerry, Shark Photographer, Wants Us to Stop Ruining the Ocean

Flip through Milford native Brian Skerry’s upcoming book of shark pictures, Shark, and you’ll see dozens of breathtaking images: an Australian Great White smashing its huge body through […]

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Marty Walsh Speaks Out on Trump’s Paris Climate Deal Decision

Update Thursday, June 1: After President Trump announced Thursday he would pull out of the Paris climate accord, Walsh blasted the move as “irresponsible,” adding, “I […]

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Winter Stings Boston’s Beehives with Unexpected Hive Deaths

Last summer, Jennifer Kolchinsky enjoyed sitting with her four-year-old daughter on their back deck in front of two beehives, watching their bees, full of pollen, […]

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Massachusetts’ Environment Is Under Much Greater Threat Than You Think

There’s no way around it, says Ken Kimmell, former head of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP). The Trump administration’s planned cuts to the Environmental […]

Home & Property

Green Undercover: This Eco-Friendly House in Wellesley Fits Right In

ZeroEnergy Design creates an eco-friendly home that fits right into a traditional Wellesley neighborhood.