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A look at our changing environment.

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A look at our changing environment.

    Expensive And Dangerous Storms | Earth Wise

    Expensive And Dangerous Storms | Earth Wise

    Severe storms are getting more and more common.  Early in July, the United States experienced its 10th billion-dollar weather disaster of the year – the earliest this has happened.  It also marks 2020 as the sixth consecutive year with at least 10 such extreme weather events, which is also a record.  With the country struggling […]

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    A New Problem For New York Apples | Earth Wise

    A New Problem For New York Apples | Earth Wise

    New York is the second largest apple-producing state in the country, trailing only Washington state.  New York averages nearly 30 million bushels of apples annually from approximately 600 commercial growers.  The apple industry supports 10,000 direct agricultural jobs as well as 7,500 indirect jobs involved with fruit handling, distribution, marketing and exporting. Thus, there is […]

    • 2 min
    Beavers And The Warming Arctic | Earth Wise

    Beavers And The Warming Arctic | Earth Wise

    Beavers have a remarkable ability to transform landscapes.  Using their sharp teeth, they fell trees and shrubs and build dams, which cause small valleys to fill with water and form new lakes.  Some of these lakes measure five or ten acres in size, or even more.  And beavers are very efficient builders; they often build […]

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    Massachusetts And Energy Policy | Earth Wise

    Massachusetts And Energy Policy | Earth Wise

    The transition to a renewables-based energy future continues to accelerate, but there are still many forces that can slow it down.  Government policy has a major role to play.  At the moment, the federal government is trying to prop up the fossil fuel industry with financial incentives and rampant deregulation.  So more than ever, innovative […]

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    The Menace Of Abandoned Oil Wells | Earth Wise

    The Menace Of Abandoned Oil Wells | Earth Wise

    More than a century of oil and gas drilling has left behind millions of abandoned wells and many of them are leaching pollutants into the air and water.  Drilling companies continue to abandon even more wells as demand for oil diminishes and bankruptcies become more common. Leaks from abandoned wells have long been known to […]

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    Tree-Planting Is Not Necessarily A Good Thing | Earth Wise

    Tree-Planting Is Not Necessarily A Good Thing | Earth Wise

    There is no question that forests have a major role in efforts to combat climate change as well as to slow biodiversity loss.   As a result, tree-planting on a massive scale has gained traction as a strategy and there have been major commitments made to plant billions of trees around the world. A new study […]

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