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Massachusetts is getting hotter. Our electricity system is not prepared.

The networks of wires and substations that bring electricity to homes and businesses are already stressed as housing density increases, and many parts of them will likely need upgrading or expanding.

Manchin won a pledge from Democrats to finish a contested pipeline

Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia has secured a promise from Democratic leaders and the White House to complete a highly contested 304-mile gas pipeline in his state, his office said, a major concession won as part of negotiations over a climate and tax bill.

Legislature amends climate bill, leaving its fate in Governor Baker’s hands

The Massachusetts Legislature sent a major climate bill back to Governor Charlie Baker’s desk on Sunday — the last day of the session — incorporating some, but not all, of his proposed amendments.

In Mattapan, bike lanes divide the community: ‘They’re just trying to push us out’

Cycling advocates say bike lanes are long overdue in Mattapan, whose large Black and Latino communities have often felt overlooked by City Hall. But some residents see them as a subtle, yet powerful, agent of gentrification that will only aggravate traffic congestion.

A bellwether of climate change, puffins are struggling to survive in a warming Gulf of Maine

“There are real red flags — warning signs — right now for these puffins,” said Donald Lyons, director of conservation science at the National Audubon Society’s Seabird Institute in Bremen, Maine.

Mass. environmental justice advisory council convenes after years of anticipation

The state's environmental justice advisory council met for the first time on Thursday — just three days before the group’s first official report is due.

Mass. climate legislation in limbo as Baker files amendments

Governor Baker sent the Massachusetts Legislature several amendments on a new climate bill on Friday afternoon, leaving the future of the legislation uncertain.

Study: Climate change made UK heat wave hotter, more likely

Human-caused climate change made last week’s deadly heat wave in England and Wales at least 10 times more likely and added a few degrees to how brutally hot it got, a study said.