AGRICULTURE

Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren talks with reporters outside her home in Cambridge after announcing that she is setting up an exploratory committee for a run for the presidency in 2020.
Robin Lubbock / WBUR

Massachusetts U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren kicked off a busy political week with her announcement that she's forming an exploratory committee into a 2020 presidential run. 

Round bales of hay in a field that have been harvested by dairy farmer Pete Williams in Shelburne, Massachusetts. He is having trouble selling them this year.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPR

The minimum wage in Massachusetts goes up a buck to $12 an hour starting January 1, 2019. But there's a group of workers who won't get that increase. 

It may seem paradoxical, but sugar maple trees need snow to grow.

Each winter, a deep blanket of snow — 8 inches deep or more — covers about 65 percent of northeastern sugar maples. Without this insulating snow, the soil freezes deeper and longer, damaging the trees’ shallow roots.

A Dollar General store in New Britian, Connecticut.
Mike Mozart / Creative Commons/flickr.com/photos/jeepersmedia/16414968776

Residents of Cummington, Massachusetts, are pushing back against a possible plan to build a Dollar General store in their town.

Climate change will hit the Northeast hard and soon, bringing threats to our health — and to fruit crops, ski resorts and the Atlantic cod.

Those are some conclusions from the fourth National Climate Assessment, which was released on Friday — the day after Thanksgiving — in what some see as an attempt to blunt media coverage. Thirteen federal agencies contributed to the 1,656-page report, which is mandated by law and produced every four years.

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