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Tales to Tails: Reading to Dogs in the Library

Jul 12, 2018
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It can be hard to get kids to read, especially today, when books compete with screens, but libraries across the Cape are offering a unique, tech-free way to encourage young readers. 

Samantha Fields

Visitors to the Cape Cod National Seashore this summer will likely notice changes at some of the beaches. At Nauset Light in Eastham, there is now a long path down to the beach, instead of a staircase. And at Marconi in Wellfleet, there’s a brand new staircase for the second year in a row.

Both beaches seem to be hotspots for erosion right now. And the Seashore is trying to adapt. 

Samantha Fields

Prince Albert II of Monaco visited Woods Hole on Monday, and met with scientists at the Marine Biological Laboratory. He also announced that his foundation, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, will be supporting research at MBL for the first time. 

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If you think your seasonal allergies are getting worse, could be you’re not imagining things. Changes in temperature, rainfall, and greenhouse gases are making the pollen season stronger and longer.

 

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Allergy season is expected to get worse in the Northeast with climate change. More heat, rain, and CO2 is causing plants to produce more pollen. Now you can add severe weather—and thunderstorms in particular—to the mix of bad news for allergy-sufferers.

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A new local insurance plan could provide some Cape homeowners with an alternative to the Massachusetts Fair Plan—that’s the insurer of last resort for homeowners who can’t get a policy on the commercial insurance market.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

The federal agency that regulates what happens on, and in, the oceans is making some major policy changes, including some tweaks to its mission statement. That agency is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA. WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with science correspondent and Living Lab Host Heather Goldstone to learn more. 

Governor Charlie Baker was set Thursday to sign the so-called "Grand Bargain"--legislation to avoid having three controversial questions on November's ballot. At the same time, Beacon Hill lawmakers were scrambling this week to wrap up a budget to get on Baker's desk. WCAI's Kathryn Eident talks with State House Reporter Mike Deehan to hear more. 

State lawmakers rushed a bill through Thursday that effectively pushed some hot-button questions off the November ballot. 

WCAI's Kathryn Eident talked with State House Reporter Mike Deehan to understand better what House and Senate lawmakers were trying to accomplish. 

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After over a year of being banned from meeting by President Donald Trump's administration, the Cape Cod National Seashore Advisory Commission was able to meet for the first time on Monday at the National Seashore headquarters in Wellfleet. Commissioners discussed the decommissioning of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant and how that could affect the seashore, and also heard plans for addressing shoreline erosion due to this past winter's storms. 

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Some town waterways on the Cape will soon be getting an influx of oysters.  It’s an intervention that town managers hope will have multiple benefits for the water quality, the ecosystem, and for local shellfishermen.

 

 

 

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Warming seas and melting sea ice are causing sea levels to rise, and putting coastal homes at risk of chronic flooding—inundation that happens, on average, 26 times or more per year.

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The storm that flooded Tess Korkuch’s neighborhood was six months ago, but the images are fresh in her mind and at her fingertips. She has photos and videos on her phone—a neighbor's bocce court three feet underwater, more water pouring through the streets—and she’s ready to show them to anybody who asks.

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Nationwide, 2017 was a record year for high tide flooding across the country, according to a new analysis out from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. And that trend is projected to continue into 2018. In coastal communities across Massachusetts, people are starting to take notice. 

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Massachusetts has chosen energy company Vineyard Wind to build the state’s first offshore wind farm. Now, the company has broken ground for the first time, as it begins testing soil samples at a potential onshore site in Centerville.

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