Commentary

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Editor’s Notebook: Five days at the edge of the world

BY: - July 27, 2022

Earlier this month, on the day the Bulletin published the first of two Amanda Gokee stories about how climate change is already affecting coastal communities in New Hampshire, I drove northeast for nearly five hours with my wife and daughters.  We were headed toward the sea – not for science but spirit. Every day there […]

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Next DHHS commissioner will need to keep the focus – and the faith

BY: - July 26, 2022

The NH Community Behavioral Health Association (CBHA), representing the state’s 10 community mental health centers, joins with our mental health and health care partners in recognizing Lori Shibinette for her service as commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services. The commissioner recently announced that she will leave at the end of 2022, and […]

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Would legislation make it ‘virtually impossible’ to site a landfill in New Hampshire?

BY: - July 25, 2022

The vast majority of land in New Hampshire is hydrogeologically suitable for landfill siting because it lies over the type of soils that transmit groundwater slowly toward our nearby lakes and rivers. House Bill 1454 is a problem only for developers who attempt to site a landfill in sand and gravel formations that transmit groundwater […]

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More young voters could vote in November, sparked by abortion and other hot political issues

BY: - July 22, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the constitutional right to abortion has far-reaching personal and political implications and may help decide the midterm elections in November 2022. That influence extends to young people’s election participation. People ages 18 to 29 have historically been less likely to vote than older adults. But in recent years, […]

In a time of global problems, it’s getting harder for scientists to collaborate across borders

BY: - July 21, 2022

The United Nations and many researchers have emphasized the critical role international collaborative science plays in solving global challenges like climate change, biodiversity loss, and pandemics. The rise of non-Western countries as science powers is helping to drive this type of global cooperative research. For example, Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa formed a […]

‘I am a mom because of the care I received from a New Hampshire abortion provider’

BY: - July 20, 2022

The day Roe v. Wade was overturned, I held it together until my daughter asked, “Will it always be like this?” I assured her no, reminded her people she loves are fighting to ensure everyone has the health care they need, and held her close.  “This is really hard for you. I can tell because […]

A case for retreat in the age of fire

BY: , and - July 19, 2022

Wildfires in the American West are getting larger, more frequent, and more severe. Although efforts are underway to create fire-adapted communities, it’s important to realize that we cannot simply design our way out of wildfire – some communities will need to begin planning a retreat. Paradise, California, is an example. For decades, this community has […]

Climate change is making flooding worse: 3 reasons the world is seeing more deluges

BY: - July 18, 2022

Heavy rains set off flash flooding in the mountains of southwest Virginia and eastern Tennessee on July 12. Rivers quickly inundated homes and a campground, swept away cars and blocked access to damaged communities with mudslides and debris. In June, flooding hit mountains in the Western U.S., where rain combined with melting snow can be […]

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How hot is too hot for the human body?

BY: , , and - July 15, 2022

Heat waves are becoming supercharged as the climate changes – lasting longer, becoming more frequent, and getting just plain hotter. One question a lot of people are asking is: “When will it get too hot for normal daily activity as we know it, even for young, healthy adults?” The answer goes beyond the temperature you […]

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James Webb Space Telescope: An astronomer explains the stunning, newly released first images

BY: - July 14, 2022

The James Webb Space Telescope team has released the first science-quality images from the new telescope. In them are the oldest galaxies ever seen by human eyes, evidence of water on a planet 1,000 light-years away, and incredible details showing the birth and death of stars. Webb’s purpose is to explore origins – of the […]

What the controversial 1972 ‘Limits to Growth’ report got right

BY: - July 13, 2022

The 1970s launched an environmental reckoning across the U.S. Spurred by rising public concern, corporations and national leaders pledged to protect resources, and created new laws and agencies to lead that effort. Amid these discussions, a group of researchers at MIT tackled a far-reaching question: How long can humanity keep growing and consuming at its […]

Migraine sufferers have treatment choices – a neurologist explains options

BY: - July 12, 2022

Migraine headaches currently affect more than 1 billion people across the globe and are the second-leading cause of disability worldwide. Nearly one-quarter of U.S. households have at least one member who suffers from migraines. An estimated 85.6 million workdays are lost as a result of migraine headaches each year. Yet many who suffer with migraine […]