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Walsh Talks Climate Change, Transit, Emissions In Beijing

The summit included leaders from more than 50 U.S. and Chinese cities focused on creating strategies that put cities at the forefront of efforts to curb climate change.

Marty Meehan says divestment is one piece of the university's response to climate change and environmental concerns. (Stephan Savoia/AP)

UMass President Marty Meehan On Divesting From Fossil Fuels

The Board of Directors of the University of Massachusetts Foundation has announced that it will sell off its fossil fuel holdings from its endowment, making them the first major public university to do so.

What Long-Term Contracts With Canadian Hydropower Would Mean For Mass.

A long-awaited bill was unveiled Monday by House lawmakers. It requires long-term contracts with hydropower and offshore wind projects.

A herd of African Elephants at Kruger National Park in South Africa. In his new book, Frans de Waal writes that African Elephants might be able to hear thunder and rainfall hundreds of miles away, and they can classify humans based on language, age and gender. (Vaughan Leiberum/Flickr)

Are We Smart Enough To Know How Smart Animals Are?

Chimpanzees have a sense of fairness, apes plan for the future, even crows can recognize human faces and hold grudges and octopuses might like to play.

Half Earth: E.O. Wilson On How To Save The Planet

Edward O. Wilson is professor emeritus at Harvard and one of the living giants in the natural sciences, but he doesn’t mind being called “the ant guy.”

Old pipes, like these from Galesburg, Ill. have lead to tainted water in Mass. (Seth Perlman/AP)

Lead Exposure Possible At Some Boston Public Schools

Two Boston Public School employees are on administrative leave as officials work to figure why some school water fountains were activated before water testing was finished.

What The Suspension Of A Natural Gas Pipeline In Western Mass. Means For The State’s Energy Future

Opponents of a proposed natural gas pipeline that would have cut through parts of southern New Hampshire and Massachusetts are celebrating today.

Denny Alsop near the Charles River in Newton (Deborah Becker/WBUR)

Denny Alsop Draws Attention To Massachusetts Water In An Unusual Way

The 69-year-old has been paddling the rivers of Massachusetts for the past month.

A Harvard student on her way to class -- today, April 4, 2016. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Snow… In April?

What’s going on with the weather, and what will it mean for the local gardeners?

The Roxbury house where African-American leader Malcolm X spent part of his childhood. (Angela Rowlings/AP)

Boston Starts Archaeological Dig At Malcolm X’s Former Home

The dig of the home, a designated landmark, will last for two weeks.

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