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CSG/ERC Climate Plenary Highlights Global Changes, Local Opportunities

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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

Massachusetts Announces Plan to Ban Commercial Food Waste

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

First North American Offshore Wind Turbine Launched in Maine Waters

Photo courtesy of Advanced Structures and Composites Center, University of Maine

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

Stakeholders, Experts Weigh in as RGGI Undertakes a Program Review

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.[1] Continue reading

EPA Region 2: Environmental Commissioners Address Common Issues, Challenges

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