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South Coast Rail: Passenger trains will return to Fall River and New Bedford sometime in 2024

The last passenger trains between Boston and the southeastern Massachusetts cities of Fall River and New Bedford rolled out of the railroad stations of each city about 65 years ago, in the late 1950s. Resurrection of passenger-rail transportation to the two largest southeastern Massachusetts municipalities was being debated and discussed since the 1980s, as a…Continue readingSouth Coast Rail: Passenger trains will return to Fall River and New Bedford sometime in 2024

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From Thoreau to Carson: Following the path from conservation to environmentalism, May 1962

On May 11, 1962, now more than sixty-one years ago, a small cadre of influential American conservationists gathered for an outdoor ceremony at Dumbarton Oaks Park in Washington, D.C., to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of Henry David Thoreau. The author and naturalist, whose life and writings have provided persistent inspiration for the…Continue readingFrom Thoreau to Carson: Following the path from conservation to environmentalism, May 1962

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Little Compton Agricultural Conservancy Trust explains a recent “fraught” land transaction

  [CORRECTION, December 28, 2023:¬†Throughout my original December 4, 2023 post, I incorrectly spelled the name of the person who recently sold property to the Little Compton Agricultural Conservancy Trust (LCACT) and Dennis Talbot. Her name is Beverly Anarumo (not “Annarumo”). I apologize to Ms. Anarumo, and to other readers, for my error, which I…Continue readingLittle Compton Agricultural Conservancy Trust explains a recent “fraught” land transaction

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“Environmental Justice for All”: Every person is a part of nature, not apart from it

Fifty-three years after the first Earth Day on April 20, 1970, just over 60 years since publication of Rachel Carson’s pathbreaking 1962 book Silent Spring, President Joe Biden on April 21, 2023 issued an “Executive Order on Revitalizing Our Nation’s Commitment to Environmental Justice for All.” I lived through and came of age during the…Continue reading“Environmental Justice for All”: Every person is a part of nature, not apart from it

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Earth Words: Varieties of American nature writing (Part 2: George Perkins Marsh)

NOTE: In a February 1, 2023 post, I introduced what I declared would be a three-post series titled “Earth Words: Varieties of American nature writing.” In that first post I wrote about writers Robin Wall Kimmerer, Bernard DeVoto, and Bill McKibben. I also indicated that the next post in the series would consider Rachel Carson,…Continue readingEarth Words: Varieties of American nature writing (Part 2: George Perkins Marsh)