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“Green New Deal”: It’s already one of most-used political phrases of 2019—and arguably one of the most divisive. For some Americans, the proposed Congressional resolution embodies government overreach in its most egregious form. For others, the Green New Deal represents the decisive action needed to save humanity from climate extinction. Still others, including Speaker of the House…

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January welcomed a new class to U.S. Congress, including some emerging female superstars. Many of these political freshwomen hail from AMC’s region and bring environmental insight and ideas for climate change mitigation to our nation’s capital. AMC looks forward to working alongside these leaders, continuing to build broad, bipartisan support for the protection of Northeastern…

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The midterm elections of 2018 saw the highest recorded voter turnout since 1914. The result? A record-breaking group of Congressional freshmen, with a significant number running on environmentally focused platforms. The Environmental Voter Project, launched by Nathaniel Stinnett in 2015, attributes some of this momentous turnout to a rise in environmental voters, which nearly doubled since…

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Cambridge, Mass., long known as an urban bastion of Ivy League academia, is betting on a new type of greening: harnessing its treetops to fight climate change. Cambridge officials are developing an urban forest master plan to restore and expand the city’s tree canopy after studies found an alarming shrinkage of tree cover. Cambridge is…

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Alex Honnold recites every step like a carefully crafted dance, narrating his routine of small handholds and foot placements with meticulousness and grace. Taking a deep breath, he extends his left leg across a gap and, solidifying his grip, pulls himself through the Boulder Challenge, a particularly difficult pitch on his route up Yosemite’s El…

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What’s better than protecting not one Massachusetts forest, but two? Protecting them and the 20-mile corridor in between. That’s the case in central Massachusetts as of fall 2018, thanks to the Quabbin to Wachusett (Q2W) Forest Legacy Initiative, which conserves the crucial greenway between Quabbin Reservoir and Wachusett Mountain. Situated in close proximity to 7…

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A new state law mandates that New Jersey will get 50 percent of its power from clean energy by 2030. Such an ambitious target surpasses even some current leaders, including Massachusetts (nudge, nudge) and Hawaii. We surveyed how several states stack up against New Jersey clean energy goals. A little competition never hurt anyone, right? …

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With its velvety green mountains and destination ski slopes, Vermont already knows how to attract tourists. Now Green Mountain State officials are taking things one step further, creating a unique program to encourage those visitors to permanently move to Vermont. Through the Remote Worker Grant Program, signed into law by Governor Phil Scott in 2018,…

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  Picture your most beloved piece of gear, the loyal companion that has accompanied you on your greatest adventures. Now imagine that, no matter the wear and tear, your pack or bivy doesn’t have to end up in a landfill. Instead, it could be stitched up and repaired, accompanying you or someone else on future exploits. …

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As electric bicycles, or e-bikes, have grown in popularity, they’ve encountered pushback from a group that might surprise some: mountain biking enthusiasts. The potential for conflict arises, in part, from e-bikes’ impact on trails but also from mountain bikers’ concerns that their own diligence as good backcountry citizens could be undone by association.  E-bike advocates,…

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