Sam Evans-Brown

Environment and Education Reporter

 

Sam Evans-Brown has been working for  New Hampshire Public Radio since 2010, when he began as a freelancer. His work has won several local broadcast journalism awards, and he was a 2013 Steinbrenner Institute Environmental Media Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University. He studied Politics and Spanish at Bates College, and before reporting was variously employed as a Spanish teacher, farmer, bicycle mechanic, ski coach, research assistant, a wilderness trip leader and a technical supporter.

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Environment
12:30 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

As Seacoast Development Booms, Water Quality Could Bust

While development trends vary slightly from town to town, in general development is on the rise, and in many communities speeding up
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Meanwhile, many of the stresses that threaten water quality – more waste-water, increased runoff from pavement, and fewer forests to naturally filter water – increase hand-in-hand with development. Those in the conservation community say the cheapest route is to keep water clean by putting land into conservation, instead of trying to clean it up after it’s already a mess. No-where is the tension between environmental quality and more acute, than on the seacoast, in the communities of the Great Bay.

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Environment
5:42 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

PSNH Asks Supreme Court To Weigh In On Scrubber Costs

Public Service of New Hampshire, the state’s largest electric utility, has filed an appeal with the state supreme court. PSNH is trying to head off regulators’ attempts to question whether the company should have installed a mercury scrubber on its largest coal-fired power plant.

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NH News
3:42 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Shaheen-Portman Energy Efficiency Impass Another Sign Of Partisan Gridlock?

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Energy is one of the more divisive energy issues facing politicians today. But amid this push-pull, there is broad agreement that using less energy to do the same thing is a cheap and easy fix for many energy problems. This is why for over three years, Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen has been working with Ohio Republican Rob Portman to pass a federal energy efficiency bill.

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Sports
5:32 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

World Tour Cyclist, Ted King, Keeps Up Local Connections

Ted King (right) chats with teammate Guillaume Boivin at the start of the Mayor's Cup Criterium
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If you haven’t heard of New Hampshire native Ted King, it’s perhaps no surprise; The professional cyclist certainly doesn’t dominate the world stage. He finished 64th in the recent tour of Colorado and 39th in the tour of Utah. But as one of only six Americans to race in the Tour de France this year, King has won many hearts in the cycling community all over the Northeast.

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NH News
3:24 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Jim Rubens Officially Enters Senate Race Against Jeanne Shaheen

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Former state senator, and Hanover resident Jim Rubens officially announced he will run for the Republican nomination to face Jeanne Shaheen in next year’s U.S. Senate election. He’s the first to enter the race.

Rubens has an eclectic platform that could be hard to sell to some Republican voters. He says he prioritizes reducing the federal deficit and repealing and replacing Obamacare, but is pro-choice and in favor of gay marriage. He also advocates cutting the payroll tax in order to institute a carbon tax.

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Education
5:12 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Most-Improved N.H. Schools Recognized Under New Formula

Bob Jones, Principal from Woodsville High School, is recognized for having zero dropouts in the 2011-2012 school year
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The State Department of Education recognized 38 high performing New Hampshire schools Tuesday. The schools were highlighted for improved test scores, and innovative practices.

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Environment
5:30 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Adding Climate Change Into The Conservation Equation

To ensure that more species survive, more variety of habitat has to be conserved, which some conservation groups fear won't happen without some coordination.
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When setting aside land for conservation, what are the priorities? Nice views? Old trees? Mossy stone walls? A pair of conservation groups think that maybe the biggest consideration should be how much the land will help different species survive climate change.

New Hampshire’s show-stoppers are its great granite peaks, and a lot of resources are going toward protecting them.

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Environment
5:36 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Grid Operators Lay Out New England's Energy Future

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The New England Independent System Operator, or ISO, who operates the region’s electric grid, presented the latest draft of its 10-year plan in Boston on Thursday. 

All Things Considered Host Brady Carlson speaks with NHPR's Sam Evans-Brown about the future of energy in the region. 

The ISO operates the Grid, but it doesn’t own any power plants, so how exactly are they involved with planning for the future of where we get our electricity.

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NH News
5:29 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Procession of GMO Labeling Advocates Continues

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  Since August New Hampshire lawmakers have been considering arguments for and against the labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms. The House Environment and Agriculture Committee has so far heard primarily from advocates of GMO labeling.

The most recent advocates of labeling to appear before the committee were Gary Hirshberg, formerly the CEO of Stonyfield yogurt, and Manchester Rabbi Eric Cohen.

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Education
4:39 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

N.H. Works On $37.5m Early Childhood Grant; Hopes to Improve Child Care Quality

A student plays with a hamster at Live and Learn early education center in Lee.
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New Hampshire officials are working on an application for a federal Race to the Top Grant for Early Childhood Education. If the state is selected in this round, it could receive up to $37.5 million dollars to support initiatives to improve childcare and preschool programs all over the state. While there is growing interest in pre-k issues the challenges standing in the way of better or more affordable childcare are daunting.

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Environment
4:42 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Investment Firms Still Lining Up To Buy RGGI Allowances

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Results have been posted from the latest auction of allowances for emitting a ton of carbon dioxide under the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative or RGGI. After rising in the first half of the year prices and demand have leveled off this quarter. The right to emit a ton of carbon sold for $2.67 this quarter.

That’s down nearly 17 percent from the last auction, but still substantially higher than the floor price where it had been trading for more than two years.

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NH News
8:59 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Many Opponents Attend Southernmost Northern Pass Open House

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More than 100 people showed up to an information session about the Northern Pass project in Concord last night. It was the sixth and southernmost of a series of ten scheduled sessions.

Central New Hampshire residents got the most detailed look to date of the route. The main attraction was a series of five computers where residents could look up the footprint of the project in relation to their property.

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Environment
5:37 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

GMO Labeling Advocate Testifies Before N.H. House

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Lawmakers working on a bill that would require the labeling of food containing Genetically Modified Crops heard from a leading advocate of GMO labeling Tuesday. New Hampshire is one of a patchwork of states considering similar such bills.

Michael Hansen, a senior scientist with the publisher of Consumer Reports Magazine, told lawmakers that Europe’s labeling requirements show that many of the concerns raised by opponents of GMO labeling are unfounded.

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Environment
4:13 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

USDA Airdrops Vanilla-Flavored Rabies Vaccines Over Eastern Forests

Raccoons were the animal most frequently found rabies positive in 2013 in New Hampshire
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The United States Department of Agriculture is distributing vanilla flavored rabies vaccine packets from airplanes over New Hampshire. The packets will show up in Coos and Grafton counties as part of 5-state pilot study of a new rabies vaccine.

The vaccines are thrown from 500 feet from a small aircraft over rural areas and distributed by hand in towns. They’re vanilla flavored, which trials have shown to be a favorite flavor for critters.

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NH News
4:56 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

New Hampshire Group Will Monitor VT Yankee Decommissioning Plans

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A new work group will work to monitor the plans for decommissioning the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant. The Department of Homeland Security will lead the interagency partnership, which will include representatives from a wide selection of government agencies.

The group will keep tabs on the long and complicated process of taking apart the nuclear plant. Entergy executives have announced they will use what’s called the SAFSTOR approach to shutting down the plant, which means they will have 60 years to fully dismantle the site after it shuts down in 2014.

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