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By Rona Cohen In the summer of 2014, Jean Lemire, a Canadian documentary filmmaker and biologist, set sail in a 51-foot retrofitted fishing trawler and headed for the treacherous Northwest Passage, which connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Lemire was … Continue reading
Gov. Deval Patrick’s administration on Wednesday announced a proposal to outlaw disposal of commercial food waste starting July 1, 2014, in a bid to help Massachusetts reach its goal of reducing the waste stream some 30 percent by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050. Continue reading
Photo courtesy of Advanced Structures and Composites Center, University of Maine
By Rona Cohen
Last Friday, the Gulf of Maine became host to North America’s first grid-connected offshore wind turbine, as part of a performance test for an innovative floating technology that proponents hope will advance an industry that has struggled to gain a foothold in this country. Continue reading
Despite the absence of a federal policy to restrict emissions of the greenhouse gases that fuel climate change, a number of U.S. states and Canadian provinces have rolled out programs to achieve this goal. Among such efforts, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a market-based cap-and-trade auction system launched in late 2008 by ten Northeastern states, is the North American pioneer. Continue reading
At first glance, members of the U.S. EPA’s Region 2 – New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands – seem like a set of strange bedfellows. “It’s as if we have three regions in one: two states, the Caribbean islands and New York City,” said Judith A. Enck, Region 2’s administrator, at its recent biennial conference. Continue reading