Topics: Climate Change

HARWICH — Zoe Simmons, a student in the Nauset schools, has leveraged the power of her school newspaper to spread environmental awareness. Her good work caught the attention of the nonprofit group CARE for the Cape and Islands, which named her their 2021 Youth Award recipient. When she entered Nauset Regional Middle School as a sixth grader last year, the Harwich resident was looking for a way to put her writi...

Study Identifies High Risk Flood Areas In Orleans

By: Ryan Bray

ORLEANS -- With town roadways facing an increased risk of flooding in the coming years, local officials are being asked to prioritize which stretches of road are most in need of protection. The Cape Cod Commission and Woods Hole Group presented findings of its analysis of the town's low-lying roads to Orleans officials Nov. 16. The presentation, which was held remotely via Zoom, was the first of several public...

ORLEANS – As athletic director at Nauset Regional High School, John Mattson has plenty on his plate. But in addition to scheduling and rescheduling games as needed for the school's 12 varsity and junior varsity fall programs, he's taken upon himself the added task of trying to help recruit bus drivers. The Cape Cod Collaborative, which handles bus transportation for Nauset, Monomoy and four other Cape district...

Drought Worsens, Despite Ida

By: Alan Pollock

In what seems to be a case of climatological bad luck, one corner of Cape Cod is still experiencing a drought, despite the recent rains from the remnants of Hurricane Ida. Chatham and Harwich are still way behind in seasonal rainfall, while other parts of the state – and even the Cape – have recently experienced heavy rains and flooding. Following a dry spring and summer that prompted towns to impose restricti...

CHATHAM — It might seem like climate change is an unstoppable juggernaut that can only be slowed by international treaties and sweeping reforms . But actions we take in our own houses, businesses, town halls and back yards can make a worthwhile change as well. That was the message from a panel of local experts in a forum on climate resilience Saturday. Janet Williams of the Chatham Climate Action Network ...

HARWICH — When it comes to activities with a huge carbon footprint, commercial air travel has to be near the top of the list. But thanks to the vision of Harwich’s Dan Wolf and his brother Jim, green air travel could soon be coming to the region. Their company, Cape Air, is making aviation history by purchasing a nine-passenger all-electric plane. The Wolf brothers spoke at a virtual forum held recently by t...

CHATHAM — One of the things Christie Beckley likes best about her hometown is, of course, its beaches. But with the effects of climate change already becoming clear, the Monomoy Regional High School sophomore wants Chatham to take steps to preserve those beaches in the face of sea level rise and erosion. She recently outlined her plan for the parks and recreation commission. “It’s so important that our beaches...

Your Property Might Flood In A Storm

By: Alan Pollock

Even If FEMA Maps Say It Won’t Time was, if you wanted to know which parts of town flooded during major hurricanes, you’d ask old timers. Then FEMA developed maps showing flood zones down to the property level. But both methods have a major shortcoming: they rely on past events to predict the future. The problem is, the environment is changing quickly, and some of the baseline assumptions used in convention...