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Inside the weird, wonderful world of ‘Buy Nothing’ groups

The offbeat giveaway groups on Facebook flourished during the pandemic, with membership numbers more than tripling.

‘Wakeup call’: Braintree chemical fire, Ohio derailment show need for stronger emergency planning, experts say

The fire at a waste disposal facility in Braintree, coming on the heels of the Feb. 3 train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, showed how towns left to clean up the mess from chemical accidents are not always prepared.

With new commissioners, Healey aims to reshape an agency seen as critical to climate reforms

This week, in what Governor Maura Healey said is a first move in overhauling the department, her administration named two pointedly climate-friendly commissioners to the three-person commission that leads the DPU.

Education is missing from Massachusetts’ climate plans, advocates say

Without a plan for climate education, young people won’t be prepared to take on roles in climate policy when they grow up — or even to simply live in the warming world that they’ll inherit, advocates say.

The Willow Project: What to know about the massive Alaska oil-drilling venture Biden approved this week

This week, President Biden approved a massive oil drilling project in Alaska, despite warnings from leading climate scientists that countries must halt fossil fuel expansion to secure a livable future.

Mayor Wu announces steps to cut oil and gas from Boston buildings, creating ‘clear pathways’ to a fossil-free future

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu announced Thursday that the city is adopting a new building code that would discourage fossil fuels, while also designating $10 million to help affordable multifamily buildings become more energy efficient.

Major oil project approval intensifies Alaska Natives’ rift

The Biden administration’s approval this week of the biggest oil drilling project in Alaska in decades promises to widen a rift among Alaska Natives.

Do-not-eat listing draws lawsuit from Maine lobster industry

A coalition representing the Maine lobster industry is suing a West Coast aquarium for recommending that seafood customers avoid buying a variety of lobster mostly harvested in their state.