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This Jan. 19, 2021, photo provided by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources shows a North Atlantic right whale mother and calf in waters near Wassaw Island, Ga. Scientists recorded 17 newborn right whale calves during the critically endangered species' winter calving season off the Atlantic coast of the southeastern US.

The declining size of North Atlantic right whales threatens the endangered species, new study finds

Smaller female right whales don’t raise as many offspring, according to a new study. Previous research found the whales may be shrinking because of fishing gear entanglements.

Attorney General Maura Healey.

Two years after asking for future of gas investigation, Healey asks state to reject results

In a move hailed by climate advocates, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is now asking the state to scrap its blueprint for phasing out natural gas, saying the plans favor gas company profits over a healthy climate.

A house on the Outer Banks of North Carolina collapsed into the sea in May 2022.

Two North Carolina beach houses collapse into ocean in one day

The unoccupied homes on the seashore of Rodanthe, N.C., collapsed into the ocean on Tuesday — and officials warned that more may follow “in the near future.”

A pump jack in an agricultural field near Stanton, Texas, on Feb. 21, 2019.

Biden fights states’ bid to boost oil leasing on public lands

President Biden may yet fulfill a campaign promise to slash oil and gas development on federal lands and waters, if an appeals court rejects an effort by 13 states to expand domestic energy production.

Mayor Michelle Wu leaned forward to listen to a question at a press conference held to announce a new renewable energy pilot program in East Boston that will help residents install solar panels.

Wu unveils new programs to reduce carbon emissions

As part of Boston’s effort to reduce its carbon emissions, Mayor Michelle Wu on Monday launched new initiatives to increase residents’ energy efficiency and reduce their reliance on fossil fuels.

A lone cyclist passes as vehicles drive near downtown during the afternoon commute on April 4, 2022, in Los Angeles, California.

To curb the climate crisis, transforming forestry is key, UN says

Protecting forests — including those in New England — will be crucial to achieving a livable future, a major new UN report says.

Kathleen Theoharides photographed at Walden Pond.

Theoharides announces new position in the offshore wind industry

Former Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides, who announced her resignation last week, will take a new position with a renewable energy developer.

EPA Administrator Michael Regan speaks during a press conference at the Department of Justice May 5, 2022 in Washington, DC. During the press conference U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland and Regan announced that the Department of Justice will place increased emphasis on the enforcement of environmental cases that disproportionately harm marginalized and low income communities.

Justice Department boosts focus on environmental cases that harm the poor

The Justice Department is ramping up enforcement of environmental cases that officials say disproportionately harm poor and marginalized communities, creating an office to help coordinate investigations and expanding the breadth of litigation against companies and local or state governments that appear to violate federal laws or commit civil infractions.