Climate Change Clue: Follow the Stripers
There is no purer pleasure for anglers on Martha’s Vineyard than the tug on the line of the first striped bass of the season. That first hit in early May or June renews a seasonal relationship that is as old as the Island itself.
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From Shoreline to Farmland, Climate Action Week Delivers
Climate Action Week, with its nearly 40 free events culminating in a finale Saturday at the Grange Hall in West Tisbury, has kept Vineyarders informed and inspired.
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Dune Restoration Tour Highlights Ever-Changing Shoreline
Gusty winds blew across the Atlantic ocean Tuesday evening when some 20 Islanders gathered at the left fork of South Beach. A newly restored dune about 14 feet high obscured any view of the ocean from the road.
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Climate Action Week Looks to Educate, Empower
Climate Action Week, a series of events put on by the Martha’s Vineyard Commission, looks to engage Islanders in planning for the effects of climate change.
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Climate Action Week Events Highlight Urgency of Issue
Island church bells will ring every day next week at noon, reminding us that we are facing a climate crisis and ringing out a call to action.
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Clean and Green: Your Questions Answered
Elizabeth Bennett, Susie Middleton, Charlene Pinckney-Goldberg
You’ve got (20) questions about how to make your home and landscape more energy efficient and climate-friendly. Island experts have the answers.
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Climate Change Is No Hollywood Fiction
Early in the 1975 movie Jaws, a shark is spotted in the distance, and Amity police Chief Brody yells to swimmers to get out of the water.
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The Changing Face of an Island

The changing shoreline on Martha's Vineyard variously fascinates, startles or horrifies people, depending on where they live or own property. The strongest supporting images of erosion are provided by destruction of buildings located at the water's edge, such as lighthouses and Worlds War II military bunkers. Among the latter, a concrete bunker (part of the Katama Naval Air Station target track) once 180 feet from the shore at South Beach in Edgartown was last seen far offshore, drowned in the surf. The associated rate of shoreline retreat comes to about 12 feet per year.

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Study of Global Warming Predicts the Island Faces Flooding in Near Future

A startling new national report that uses computer imaging to flag the effects of global warming on the Massachusetts coast shows that the south shore of the Vineyard will be washed away and downtown Edgartown will be a swamp in 50 years — even if the most conservative projections about rising sea levels are correct.

The report was issued yesterday by the National Environmental Trust (NET), a nonprofit, nonpartisan group based in Washington, D.C.

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MVC Hosts Climate Change Discussions
The Martha's Vineyard Commission will present two online, community-focused discussions about climate change in March.
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