News Release | Environment Massachusetts

Environment Massachusetts Urges Passage of Ban on Plastic Bags

Testimony of John Rumpler to Joint Committee on Natural Resources & Environment on bill to ban plastic bags

News Release | Environment Massachusetts

Every Single Massachusetts County Hit By At Least One Recent Weather Disaster; New Report Says Global Warming to Bring More Extreme Weather

Eight months after Hurricane Sandy led to significant damage in Massachusetts, a new Environment Massachusetts Research and Policy Center report finds that weather-related disasters are already affecting hundreds of millions of Americans, and documents how global warming could lead to certain extreme weather events becoming even more common or more severe in the future.

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Manchester is third Mass. city to ban plastic bags

On April 2, Manchester-by-the-Sea became the latest town in Massachusetts to ban plastic bags, with over a two-thirds majority vote at the second night of the Annual Town Meeting. The ban will go into effect on Jul. 1 2013, and prohibit retail establishments from dispensing plastic checkout bags, encouraging the use of paper, biodegradable, or reusable bags for an optional fee.

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Environment Massachusetts Endorses Ed Markey for Senate

Congressman Edward Markey is a principled environmental champion who has distinguished himself by successfully standing up to polluters and the powerful interests that put our environment and health at risk Cleaner air and water, more energy-efficient cars and appliances, protections for our oceans and open spaces, and leadership in the fight to solve global warming are all the results of an astounding career of fighting for what is right and getting results.

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Northeast States Can Make Huge Difference in Tackling Climate-Altering Pollution

Ten Northeast States, from Maryland to Maine, are responsible for as much climate-altering carbon pollution as all but nine nations, according to a report released today by Environment Massachusetts. In 2010, the region emitted 533 million metric tons of carbon pollution, more than the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Brazil and France. The report also shows that lowering global warming emissions is consistent with a growing economy.