Advocates gathered outside of the Merrimack Station in Bow, NH to call for the coal plant's retirement

Activists host ‘retirement party’ for New England’s last running coal plant, but its future is uncertain

June 12, 2023

At least 60 people showed up to a protest Sunday urging the retirement of New England’s last running coal plant, the Merrimack Station in Bow. The gathering was complete with cake and dancing, according to organizer Kendra Ford. “Because it’s long overdue for that coal plant to retire, we had a retirement party to live…

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Solar panels on the rooftops of passive house buildings at the Hillside Center.

Wildfire smoke ‘significantly’ reduced solar power production in New England this week

June 9, 2023

The smoke from Canadian wildfires didn’t just block the sun and make the air unhealthy to breathe in much of New England this week. It also blunted solar power production and made it harder to forecast electricity demand in the region, according to the regional grid operator. “At a simple level, the smoke is is inhibiting the…

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Cornell professor Linda Shi talks to an audience in Keene about climate migration, May 17, 2023.

Climate change could drive migration to New England. Some communities are starting to plan.

May 18, 2023

As climate change fuels extreme weather and rising sea levels in the U.S. and across the globe, parts of New England could become havens of safety for those fleeing fires, heat, and floods. Making room for more people was the theme of a conference held in Keene this week, where academics, municipal officials, and advocates…

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The Merrimack Generating Station in Bow, New Hampshire

The EPA just proposed new rules for power plants. How would they affect New England?

May 12, 2023

The U.S. The Environmental Protection Agency proposed new rules for power plants Thursday that would set emissions limits for carbon dioxide from power plants. It’s part of an effort to cut down on the greenhouse gases that further climate change, which are already making New Hampshire hotter and wetter. In New England, the proposal could mean more…

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Farmer Meg Riley with some of her Shetland sheep in Middleborough, Mass.

Farmers are helping one another manage stress and mental health

May 5, 2023

Being a farmer has always been hard and stressful work, but there’s now a growing awareness that the demands of the job and its increasing unpredictability from climate change is taking a rising toll on the mental health of those who work in agriculture. As a result, the state launched a program to train farmers…

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Climate change is affecting NH’s streams and rivers. Dartmouth researchers are tracking how.

April 25, 2023

As the climate changes, New Hampshire is getting warmer and wetter. A new study from Dartmouth shows how that could impact local waterways — and how much there still is to learn. The study explored how things like snowfall, winter rain and springtime snowmelt impact streamflow – the amount of water moving through streams. Being able to project…

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Salt marshes behind the the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, Conn.

An experiment in Connecticut aims to make New England’s salt marshes more resilient

April 21, 2023

Employees of the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, Connecticut are in an alcove out back by the river, building greenhouses — hammering, sawing and drilling. “Cutting PVC to shape, cutting greenhouse plastic and assembling these one-meter-volume cubes,” said Justin Susarchick, the aquarium’s projects director. His colleague Rebha Raviraj fires up a power saw and cuts a…

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Cows graze in a silvopasture area on April 19, 2023, on Wild Harmony Farm in Exeter, R.I.

For New England farmers, silvopasture could be a key adaptation to a changing climate

April 21, 2023

To understand silvopasture, imagine you’re a cow grazing under full sun on a hot August day. It’s 95 degrees and the humidity is brutal. “Do you want to be out there eating a full buffet?” asked Joe Orefice, a beef cattle farmer at Hidden Blossom Farm in northeastern Connecticut. “You don’t want to do that. As a…

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Nashua residents Pat Lyons, an older woman with short white hair and wearing a yellow cardigan sweater, and Irene Oliveira, wearing a pink sweater with a blue-ish scarf, are seated at a city meeting and look at informational sheets on April 5, 2023, during a meeting about community power at City Hall in Nashua, N.H.

Community power programs are launching in New Hampshire. How could they help stop climate change?

April 19, 2023

Keene was one of the first cities in New Hampshire to adopt commitments to 100% clean energy, in 2019. But then came the challenge of following through. “The city of Keene, we have a limited number of levers that we can use to effect change,” said Mari Brunner, a senior planner with the city’s community…

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District transportation director Dana Cruickshank unplugs the charging cable from one of Beverly, Mass.'s electric school buses.

Electric school buses serve as mini power plants during the summer

April 18, 2023

Summertime in New England is when people demand the most electricity from the grid because of air conditioner use. At those high-demand times, utilities turn to so-called peaker plants to supply the extra power. They’re often older, more polluting facilities, and they are expensive to run. But a project in Beverly, Massachusetts offers an alternative…

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