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PNS Daily Newscast - June 29, 2017 


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Public News Service - MA: Oceans

The Atlantic puffin is one of many species that are expected to benefit from President Obama's designation of the first-ever marine national monument in the North Atlantic. (Richard Bartz via wikimedia)

CAPE COD, Mass. - With the stroke of a pen, President Obama has designated a new national monument off the coast of Cape Cod. It is the first-ever marine national monument designated in the North Atlantic, according to Peter Baker, director of U.S. Ocean Conservation in the Northeast for the Pew Cha

Massachusetts made history this month by signing into law the largest commitment of any state in the nation to offshore wind power. (Amber Hewett)

BOSTON – August has proved to be a pivotal month for offshore wind power in the Commonwealth and the region. Catherine Bowes, senior manager for the National Wildlife Federation, cited the turbines now going online off the coast of Rhode Island, and the bill signed into law last week by Massa

Coral canyons and seamounts off the Massachusetts coastline are being considered for National Marine Monument Designation. A new Edge Research poll finds overwhelming support for protecting the ocean. (NOAA)

BOSTON -- A new poll finds that four out of five Bay Staters support permanent protections for the ocean. A poll conducted by the Edge Research found strong bipartisan support for ocean protections, particularly over special areas. "80 percent of the people polled in Massachusetts support more prot

PHOTO: Hundreds of marine mammals are stranded on beaches in Massachusetts and around the country, and groups are asking Congress to restore critical funding to rescue them. Photo credit: © J. Cumes/Int'l. Fund for Animal Welfare

YARMOUTH PORT, Mass. – Hundreds of dolphins, seals and whales are stranded on beaches in the Bay State every year, but dwindling government support is making the job to save them extremely difficult for rescuers and scientists. Katie Moore is a marine mammal rescuer and scientist for the Inte

PHOTO: Coastal storm damage, such as in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, will be more frequent as sea levels rise through the century in the Northeast, according to a new report. Photo courtesy Risky Business Project.

BOSTON - The Northeast is expected to experience a temperature increase over the next century. But a new study identified rising oceans, and their effect on coastal infrastructure, as the major coming climate impact to the region. The report, from the Risky Business Project, concluded that Boston w

PHOTO: The Obama administration’s tough new requirements to limit carbon pollution from new power plants are being hailed as “bold” by some business leaders in Massachusetts.

BOSTON - Linking global warming to disease, extreme weather and other environmental problems, the EPA has set the first national limits on heat-trapping pollution from future power plants. The standard is stricter than one proposed a year ago, and Michael Green of Boston's Climate Action Liason Coal

PHOTO: The documentary film Blackfish about Tilikum, the now infamous orca responsible for three deaths while in captivity opens in a limited release today (Friday) - with a showing in Cambridge. Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Should killer whales be kept in captivity and made to perform tricks for humans? That's a question raised in the documentary "Blackfish." The film opens with the tragic death of a SeaWorld trainer killed in 2010 in Orlando by the whale, Tilikum, and moves back in time to

GRAPHIC: A new report from the National Wildlife Federation says climate change is a threat to migratory birds, many of them iconic species that travel through or spend summers in New England. Courtesy NWF

BOSTON - A new study called Shifting Skies says climate change is affecting migratory birds that live in or pass through Massachusetts and New England. The report by the National Wildlife Federation says that of 305 species tracked, 177 have shifted their winter habitats northward by 35 miles on ave

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