In recent years, greenhouse gas emissions have actually dropped in developed countries. Europe and China are setting more abitious goals for the future.
Elsa Partan

The EPA has released its four-year plan and there’s no mention of climate change. Plus, they’ve officially begun the process of rescinding the Clean Power Plan. It’s the latest step in the Trump administration’s efforts to undo Obama-era climate policies. 

The Clean Power Plan was the Obama administration’s approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the face a GOP-controlled Congress opposed to climate legislation. So, is its rollback the end of U.S. action to address climate change? 

Fado is Life

Oct 16, 2017
Patrick T. Power

New Bedford is well-known for its vibrant Portuguese cultural scene; more than half of its residents claim Portuguese ancestry. What’s less well-known is New Bedford’s place in the world of fado, the music known as the “Soul of Portugal.” The city is home to two of America’s most established Fado performers, Ana and Jose Vinagre.

Statues supporting signs at the March for Science in Washington, D.C.
Heather Goldstone / WCAI

The March for Science brought thousands of scientists and science enthusiasts into the streets and sparked debates about social justice and the role of scientists in democracy. Six months later, Washington Post's Speaking of Science blog is asking what - if anything - has changed:

Have you altered anything about your life or work? Have your colleagues? Do you feel part of a “global movement”? Do you think the March for Science achieved its goals?

Dan Tritle

WCAI News Director Steve Junker hosts a roundup of some of the top local and regional news of the week. His guests include Gwenn Friss of the Cape Cod Times; Sara Brown of the Vineyard Gazette; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; Andy Tomolonis of South Coast Today; Ann Wood of the Provincetown Banner; and George Brennan of the Martha's Vineyard Times.

On The Point, a conversation between author Jessica Shattuck, whose grandparents were members of the Nazi party, and Rachel Kadish, whose grandparents survived the Holocaust.

What can descendants of perpetrators and victims learn from each other, and from the past? How can the lessons from WWII help us address the nationalism, racism and anti-semitism we see today? 

On The Point, we talk with Denise Kiernan, author of The Girls of Atomic City. It's the true story of the top-secret World War II town of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and the young women brought there unknowingly to help build the atomic bomb. Mindy Todd hosts.

 

 

Elspeth Hay

Many farmers think of parsnips as an underappreciated vegetable—they're sweet, tasty, and they store well. But this week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay learns that growing them isn't as easy as it seems—and that other wild relatives may pose a risk as well.

Every 66 seconds someone in America develops Alzheimer’s disease. According to the Alzheimer’s Association 5.5 million Americans are living with this disease, which steals memories and changes personalities. By 2050 that number could be as high as 16 million. On The Point, we talk about the hopes raised by promising new research, and about some innovative programs being offered on Cape Cod.

Silent Spring Institute is a Massachusetts-based research organization that’s trying to understand how synthetic chemicals in our environment impact our health. We know there are many such chemicals in our furniture, our cosmetics, our cleaners, and even our drinking water. 

USFWS

 

After days of high winds and rough water, the forecast on October 6 was finally for calm weather, but with 100% chance of clouds. Clouds of shorebirds, that is. You see, I was helping with the US Fish and Wildlife Service Red Knot trapping project that day at South Beach in Chatham, home to the biggest shorebird roosts in the state. 

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