ENVIRONMENT

A new report says the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative has put $4 billion into Northeast economies since 2009.

The three-year study by the Analysis Group says those benefits have continued even as the program known as RGGI grew more ambitious.

Susan Johnson in Camden,  Maine on top of Mt. Megunticook.
Thomas Thompson / Courtesy of Susan Johnson

I began hiking regularly with a friend and her chubby dog eight years ago. The friend worked a 9-to-5 job, so neither she nor her dog got much exercise. But on Saturday afternoons we would hike.

Hampshire's R.W. Kern Center, just certified as a "Living Building," shortly before it opened in 2016.
Karen Brown / New England Public Radio

Two years after opening a super-green, $10-million building, Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, has earned one of the toughest environmental ratings in the world.

Connecticut and New York are butting heads over a controversial decision by the federal Environmental Protection Agency to allow dumping of dredged material in Long Island Sound. It’s an unusual split between two states that have been pretty lockstep in suing the EPA.

14 States Suing EPA Over Methane Emissions

Apr 6, 2018

New York and several states from New England have filed a lawsuit against the EPA and its administrator, Scott Pruitt, for not doing enough to combat methane pollution.

Fourteen states, including Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and Rhode Island, have joined New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s lawsuit against the agency.

Schneiderman says the EPA is violating the Clean Air Act by unreasonably delaying its obligation to control methane pollution from the oil and gas industry.

A stretch of the Housatonic River that under an EPA proposal would be dredged to remove PCBs.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPR

The New England EPA is suggesting mediation may help speed up the clean up of the Housatonic River. 

It’s a political insult that dates back to the 1800s and has been used as recently as last fall by the President: "He couldn’t get elected dogcatcher." Often considered hyperbole, since there are no longer elected dogcatchers in the U.S., there's a town in central Vermont where it could be taken quite literally.

Floodwater rises in Marshfield during the nor'easter on March 13, 2018.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

As yet another nor'easter swept across the region — the fourth this month — two-thirds of Massachusetts voters say climate change is bringing more frequent or severe storms to the state.

The endangered North Atlantic right whale population took a big hit last year, with a record number killed by fishing gear entanglements and ship strikes. Now, an ongoing debate over threats posed by Maine's lobster industry is gaining new urgency.

Gov. Baker Surveys Coastal Storm Damage

Mar 6, 2018

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) will be flying planes over the entire coast of the state Monday to get a better idea of the damage caused by the weekend nor’easter.

The storm is blamed for at least one death in Massachusetts.

Its strong winds, heavy rains and high tides knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of people. As of 7 a.m. Monday, 76,000 customers were still without power, and utility companies say it could be midweek before it’s restored across the state.

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