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Following a dismal global climate report, could Massachusetts push up its net-zero goal?

An alarming new report on climate change raises a difficult question for Massachusetts, already ahead of most states on climate policy. Is it even possible to move faster?


Unions, environmentalists call for ‘decarbonizing’ R.I. public schools

Climate Jobs Rhode Island coalition urges passage of legislation aimed at shifting schools from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources.

This winter, haunting signs of climate change were everywhere

It was a weird and often warm winter in New England, the country, and around the world, with haunting signs of the climate crisis everywhere. Here's a look back at the season.

World on ‘thin ice’ as UN climate report gives stark warning

Humanity still has a chance, close to the last one, to prevent the worst of climate change’s future harms, a top United Nations panel of scientists said Monday.

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.