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Greenwashing at Greentown Labs? The Somerville climate-tech hub’s new partner is raising alarms.

When the company recently announced a new partnership with the largest oil company in the world — one that would provide it a close relationship with the startups being fostered at Greentown Labs — it sent shock waves through parts of the climate community.

Three ‘forever chemicals’ makers settle public water lawsuits

Chemours, DuPont and Corteva said they had reached an agreement in principle to set up a $1.19 billion fund to help remove toxic perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances from public drinking water systems.

‘This is Boston’s big challenge’: A new plan to defend downtown against sea-level rise

A long-awaited resiliency plan for Boston’s Wharf District outlines $1.2 billion worth of upgrades to protect the waterfront from flooding.

State program to fund new schools allows for fossil fuels, despite climate goals

The Massachusetts School Building Authority said some communities cannot afford to go all-electric.

Debt ceiling deal advances pipeline and tweaks environmental rules. But more work remains.

The final legislation does not clear the way to build large-scale electricity transmission lines, instead ordering a two-year study of the issue.

Earth is ‘really quite sick now’ and in a danger zone in nearly all ecological ways, study says

It’s not a terminal diagnosis. The planet can recover if it changes, including its use of coal, oil and natural gas and the way it treats the land and water, the scientists said.

Ugly fight over climate bill exposes cracks in German coalition

In recent days, Germany's coalition government has engaged in an unusual level of public sniping over a wonkish bill with the seemingly humble aim of reducing fossil fuel emissions from heaters in homes and other buildings.

What’s that smell? It could be the smoke from wildfires in Nova Scotia.

You may be able to smell smoke from Canadian wildfires when you go outside Tuesday.