ENVIRONMENT

An American Robin is measured as part of federal research on urban wildlife in a backyard in Greenfield, Massachusetts.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPR

Federal researchers in western Massachusetts study ways to protect migrating fish, backyard birds and urban trees. The government shutdown is keeping them home and away from their research.

Plastic water bottles.
Ricardo Bernado / Creative Commons/www.flickr.com/photos/zone41/4102673364

A ban on plastic water bottles originally set to take effect on New Year's Day in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, has been pushed back until the spring.

Sea levels are rising all over the world, but in some East Coast regions they’re rising higher than in others.

Coastal communities along the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia, for instance, saw sea levels rise a foot-and-a-half over the 20th century, while seas in Portland, Maine, rose only about 6 inches. Boston lands in the middle, with seas rising about a foot over the same period. What gives? Isn’t it all the same ocean?

East Coast environmental groups are suing the Trump administration to block drilling activities in the Atlantic Ocean.

Federal officials issued permits last month for five companies to conduct offshore seismic tests in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast.

State utility regulators have approved the transfer of the closed Vermont Yankee nuclear plant to NorthStar, a demolition company that has has committed to decommissioning the plant decades earlier than previously planned.

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