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Sarah Dooling, executive director of Mass. Climate Action Network, protested with local residents against a proposal to build an a new gas- and oil-based power plant in Peabody.

Amid the push for a cleaner future, a proposed power plant threatens to escalate the war over the region’s power grid

Without state intervention, construction on a 55 megawatt “peaker” — a power plant designed to operate during peak demand for electricity — could start in the next few weeks.

Youth climate activists protested that representatives of the fossil fuel industry were allowed inside the COP26 U.N. Climate Summit in Glasgow.

Here’s how the Glasgow climate talks failed

At most every climate conference, including this year’s in Glasgow, world leaders talk a big game, but then fail to deliver a final agreement that can actually ward off catastrophic levels of global warming. Why?

Southwest Airlines Co. Boeing 737 passenger jets parked on the tarmac at Midway International Airport in Chicago, Illinois, US, on Monday, Oct. 11, 2021.

Southwest Airlines commits $10 million to Yale University to support climate change initiatives

Southwest Airlines announced a $10 million commitment to Yale University’s Center for Natural Carbon Capture to research technological advancements and find new solutions to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions.

Cynthia Stone Creem and Lori A. Ehrlich
Olivia Cerf and Ben Butterworth stand near the heat pumps they installed at their Melrose home.

A better future for heating your home

A bill in the Legislature empowers utilities to offer clean, renewable thermal energy in order to enlist those companies in the effort toward networked ground source heat pumps, technology already being used cost-effectively in many of our communities.

Mayor Michelle Wu got a round of applause after she signed a measure to divest city funds from the fossil fuel industry. Senator Ed Markey appears at left.

With first official ordinance, Mayor Wu divests Boston from fossil fuels

Wu said the ordinance was “making history for the city of Boston, and really setting the tone for the rest of the country.”

House Democrats cheer as US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California, right, presides over a vote in the House Chamber at the US Capitol in Washington DC.

Biden’s historic climate spending bill includes incentives for clean energy projects, electric vehicles

The Build Back Better act, which the House of Representatives advanced on Friday, would result in chart-topping investments to reduce carbon pollution. Yet its passage by the Senate is far from promised.

State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg said, “I think that if you don’t have a seat at the table, you don’t have a seat at the table.”

Beyond divestment: Massachusetts’ pension fund may soon be used in the fight against climate change

The board that oversees Massachusetts’ state pension fund is considering becoming a shareholder activist, pushing all companies in which it invests to take climate action.

Governor Charlie Baker

Baker pulls support for regional pact that would address climate change

A spokesman for Governor Charlie Baker suggested the initiative was no longer necessary, given the state’s economic rebound from the pandemic and the large infusion of federal aid to Massachusetts, as a result of Congress’s recent passage of the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill.

The Climate team