Monday, January 25, 2021
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Greening Martha

Island companies lead the way in sustainable home energy

Locally owned design and engineering firms are offering sustainable alternatives for home energy, and are working to educate the Island community about the financial and environmental benefits of reducing their carbon footprint. When Brian Nelson...

The cleaning power of oysters

Oysters are a delicious shellfish that folks on Martha’s Vineyard are lucky enough to have grown fresh, practically in their backyard. But some are unaware of the benefits these bivalves can have on marine...

‘A spectrum of services for a spectrum of needs’

The eighth annual Food Is Medicine Symposium invites Islanders to educate themselves about the myriad ways nutrition can benefit those who are at risk or living with chronic illness. But Food Is Medicine Massachusetts (FIMMA)...

Bringing climate action back home

There are so many ways to support our environment and advocate for sustainable practices, in both our individual and collective lives. The three-part climate change course offered by the West Tisbury library provides a wealth...

Climate change course seeks to educate and inspire

The West Tisbury library is offering a three-session course for those interested in learning more about climate change, and how to use that knowledge to combat the devastating impacts it has on society. The first...

Your Martha’s Vineyard climate change roadmap

There’s no longer any question that climate change is real. Dukes County is ranked one of the fastest warming regions in the nation, and sea level rise continues to change the character of Martha’s...

New federal report contradicts White House

On Nov. 3, 13 federal agencies jointly released an updated report that determined that global warming was continuing to contribute to sea-level rise, increased severe storms, colder winters, warmer summers, and drought. The cause,...

Martha’s Vineyard Transit Authority gets grant for greener buses

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and the Martha’s Vineyard Transit Authority (VTA) have been jointly awarded a $1.2 million grant for low or no-emission (“LoNo”) transit buses by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA)....

Greening Martha: The argument for more working farmland and woodland

Widespread management for agriculture or wood production on the Vineyard’s limited land area may seem counterintuitive or trivial when stacked up against the Island’s economic reality and high levels of consumption. Shouldn’t the Vineyard’s...

A conservation future for the Vineyard

Massachusetts offers an unusual and urgent opportunity for… conservation. Following widespread agricultural decline in the 19th century, the landscape reforested naturally, and … has more natural vegetation today than at nearly any time in...

Mill Brook summer data points to deadly temperature spikes

Mill Brook begins its journey in the Chilmark woodlands and travels approximately four miles, crossing 10 dams of various construction as it passes through West Tisbury, before it flows into Town Cove and feeds...

Life of a Tree: The cedar of Cedar Tree Neck

This is the third in a series of articles that will describe unique and old trees across Martha’s Vineyard — one tree for each town (March 9, “The Quansoo oak,” June 9, “The West...

Life of a Tree: The West Chop pitch pine

This is the second in a series of articles that will describe unique and old trees across Martha’s Vineyard — one tree for each town (March 9, “The Quansoo oak”). Each article relates the...

A dam removed, the Tiasquam begins to heal

Autumn meadowhawks — mid-size, red-bodied dragonflies — patrolled over sedges and grass on a recent mild autumn day, at noon at a freshwater wetland in West Tisbury. In drier areas, a few asters still...

The remarkable journey of the ginkgo tree began 200 million years ago

The ginkgo tree, several specimens of which may be found on Martha’s Vineyard, has a remarkable heritage that will be the subject of a talk by a man with his own distinguished background. “People know...

Actor Ted Danson plays an environmentalist in real life

Best known for his television and movie roles, Ted Danson is hard at work on a campaign to preserve ocean resources.

Goats and sheep help Martha’s Vineyard land organizations with weeds

Using animals for land management is as old as the hills. Two projects will gauge how effective it is for select Vineyard properties.

Delayed Tisbury Great Pond report shows low nitrogen levels

A recent report shows low but significant nitrogen levels in Tisbury Great Pond, one of the Vineyard's largest estuary systems.

Chappy beach closures to protect shore birds include wiggle room

More flexibility on the part of state and federal officials could keep one beach trail to Cape Poge open longer, The Trustees say.

All-Island selectmen’s meeting hears presentation on rising seas

The presentation illustrates the projected sea level rise predicted for Martha's Vineyard, following on forecasts for greenhouse gas emissions.
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