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What’s that smell? It could be the smoke from wildfires in Nova Scotia.

You may be able to smell smoke from Canadian wildfires when you go outside Tuesday.

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Mass Pike EV chargers took the holiday weekend off

The state’s Department of Transportation arranged for portable chargers to be in place at four locations during the busy travel period.

Mechanical sails? Batteries? Shippers forming ‘green corridors’ to fast-track cleaner technologies.

The International Maritime Organization, which regulates commercial shipping, wants to halve its greenhouse gas releases by midcentury and may seek deeper cuts this year.

Harnessing the same forces as lightning, new technology extracts electricity from humidity

“Throughout history, we haven’t been able to find any means to capture the electricity in the air. It’s dangerous. It’s unpredictable. But I think this technology essentially turns that dream into reality,” said Jun Yao, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering in the College of Engineering at UMass Amherst.

Eversource exits offshore development, with a big loss

The utility expects to write off more than $200 million in losses from its joint venture to build wind farms off the Massachusetts coast.


R.I. sues manufacturers for PFAS ‘forever chemicals’ contamination

“The burden of this enormous cost should be borne by the companies who made, marketed, and sold these products at great profit, while hiding their true dangers,” said Attorney General Peter F. Neronha.

Supreme Court limits federal power over wetlands, boosts property rights over clean water

The Supreme Court on Thursday made it harder for the federal government to police water pollution in a decision that strips protections from wetlands that are isolated from larger bodies of water.

Cities need better public transit, less driving, new international report says. That makes Mass. a laggard, not a leader.

Urban areas will have to look more like Leipzig, Germany, where cars are a rare sight in the city center, and electric trams whisk people from here to there.