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Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey at the groundbreaking site of the Embrace Memorial on the Boston Common on April 27.

ExxonMobil must face AG Healey’s climate lawsuit, Massachusetts supreme court rules

Massachusetts’ high court on Tuesday struck down ExxonMobil’s bid to dismiss a lawsuit brought by Attorney General Maura Healey, alleging that the company knew its products were contributing to dangerous changes in the climate yet hid that information from Massachusetts consumers and investors.

Emergency vehicles respond to evacuate people at a mass shelter Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021 in Independence, Louisiana. Multiple nursing home residents died after Hurricane Ida, but full details of their deaths are unknown because state health inspectors said Thursday that they were turned away from examining conditions at the facility to which they had been evacuated.

Stormy repeat: NOAA predicts busy Atlantic hurricane season

Federal meteorologists are forecasting a record-shattering seventh straight unusually busy Atlantic hurricane season.

Katherine B. and her family used a bike lane in Cambridge. Because she uses the bike lane with her young children daily, she is hoping the protected bike lanes will come together as soon as possible.

In Porter Square, a fight rages for the future of Cambridge streets

An ambitious plan to add protected bike lanes around the city has spurred a raucous public spat between businesses, city officials, and transit advocates.

António Guterres, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, attended a Security Council meeting that addressed conflict and food security in Ukraine at the UN headquarters on May 19, 2022 in New York City.

UN chief urges college grads to shun companies funding fossil fuels

The head of the United Nations implored graduating college students on Tuesday to reject jobs at companies that fund the fossil fuel industry he described as “killing our planet.”

A graduate held a fan to cool down as temperatures soared in to the 90’s during Boston University’s Commencement on Sunday.

Towns across New England set daily temperature records

It’s not even Memorial Day yet, but it felt like peak summer this past weekend.

Natalie Santos-Castillo, manager of Family Hardware on Blue Hill Avenue, arranged room and window fans on a shelf in Dorchester.

Summer is starting earlier. Massachusetts is not prepared.

As New England warms thanks to the climate crisis, summer-like temperatures in May are becoming the new normal — and local institutions and cultural practices are struggling to keep up.

A plume of steam billows from the coal-fired Merrimack Station in Bow, N.H.

New England climate activists sentenced for anticoal civil disobedience action

Four climate activists have received suspended jail sentences for attempting to stop a train from delivering coal to a power plant in Bow, NH in 2019.

The Barnstable Clean Water Coalition installed a KleanTu septic system in the Sandy Shores neighborhood around Shubael Pond in Marstons Mills. On Cape Cod and in many other places, poorly maintained and aging septic systems are a primary cause of the nitrogen pollution that plagues coastal ecosystems.

As pollution worsens on Cape Cod, some are investing hopes in a new type of septic system

A coalition of groups in Cape Cod is pressing local and state officials to consider installing a new kind of septic system that they say would curb the vast majority of nitrogen that leaks from traditional systems.