ENVIRONMENT

A plastic shopping bag.
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A Massachusetts legislative committee will hold a hearing Tuesday on a proposal aimed at reducing single-use plastic bags. 

The debate over Central Maine Power’s proposed billion-dollar transmission project is about more than just money. It’s also about threats to scenic vistas, wildlife habitat and backwoods culture, and whether all of that should take a back seat to what some see as the most urgent challenge of the day — fighting climate change.

Some of Vermont's working farmland is under a land protection deal called the Current Use program.
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A new study of New England cities and towns, led by scientists at Harvard Forest, Amherst College and others, shows that when land is conserved, a modest growth in employment follows. 

Pittsfield, Mass., Close To Banning Plastic Shopping Bags

Mar 27, 2019
Plastic shopping bags.
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Berkshire County's biggest city is close to banning plastic bags at checkout counters at most retailers. 

Massachusetts Plastic Bag Ban Push Is On

Mar 26, 2019
A grocery cart filled with multiple plastic shopping bags.
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Environmental protection and recycling advocates aligned with a "zero waste" coalition are gearing up for a Beacon Hill hearing next week on statewide single-use plastic bag ban legislation. 

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