Environment

Preparing for a shrinking Boston

Preparing for a shrinking Boston

Resilience should be goal; resistance is futile

SETTLED BY EUROPEAN COLONISTS in 1630, Boston was founded on the narrow Shawmut Peninsula behind the protective landforms of what are today Stellwagen Bank, Winthrop, Hull, and the 34 Boston Harbor Islands. Our ancestors sited Boston well. In addition to protecting the city from sea-based attacks, Boston Harbor’s natural topography limits extreme storm surges to(...)

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Trump’s attack on environment is attack on communities of color

Trump’s attack on environment is attack on communities of color

Minorities will pay heaviest price from gutting of EPA and rollback of environmental protections

TWO WEEKS BEFORE the commencement of President Trump’s reign of error, the New York Times reported that in an effort to undermine strong public support for policies to prevent climate chaos, an organization financed by Charles and David Koch had launched an effort to convince nonwhite voters in particular that they are not at risk(...)

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Renewables not cheap

Renewables not cheap

Wind, solar far higher cost than ‘polluting energy’ sources

IN DECEMBER, A company called CleanChoice Energy mailed out a sales pitch to electricity customers in eastern Massachusetts. The letter acknowledged that 100 percent renewable energy from solar and wind would cost “a little more” than “polluting energy,” but said the added expense was worth it. “That’s because the energy you are choosing is better(...)

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Baker confirms probe of environmental police

Baker confirms probe of environmental police

Investigation launched after TV report shows officers at home during work hours

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE EXECUTIVE OFFICE of Energy and Environmental Affairs is investigating allegations of environmental police officers spending portions of the work day at home and receiving overtime for patrolling parks and pools, Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday. A five-month undercover investigation by WCVB-TV (Channel 5) showed footage of environmental police with their(...)

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Banning plastics is a mixed bag

The Boston City Council is considering a proposal to ban single-use plastic bags, those ubiquitous film-thin carriers used in grocery and convenience stores. If the council passes it, it could trigger a long-sought statewide ban that environmentalists crave and retailers fear. State Rep. Lori Ehrlich earlier this year was the latest to make an unsuccessful effort to(...)

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Bay State impresses at Paris climate conference

Bay State impresses at Paris climate conference

Youth delegate reflects on state's leadership role

AFTER TWO DECADES, world leaders reached the first-ever truly global climate agreement at the United Nations climate change conference in Paris. President Obama and his fellow heads of state spoke powerfully about the need to unite to tackle climate change. Signed by 196 countries, the pact, which is scheduled to go into effect in 2020(...)

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From journalist to climate crusader

From journalist to climate crusader

Wen Stephenson moves to the front lines of climate movement

IN 2013, WEN STEPHENSON sat down with his son and daughter to explain why he might end up in jail. “How do you explain to your children that climate change is so serious, so urgent and scary that Daddy’s going to go risk getting arrested to try and do something about it?” says Stephenson, a(...)

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Marlborough gasoline spill upends lives

Marlborough gasoline spill upends lives

State lawmakers propose fixes

KAREN BUCKLEY WANTS out. But she can’t go anywhere because she and her husband — along with three other Marlborough families — are stuck in homes that have lost a huge amount of their value because of a gasoline spill from a neighborhood Citgo station three years ago. The Buckleys and the other families find themselves(...)

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Plum Island at risk

Plum Island at risk

Storms and sea level rise pose difficult choices for North Shore community

Photographs by Mark Morelli except headline photograph by Gabrielle Gurley PLUM ISLAND IS one of the most spectacular places to live in Massachusetts. With high dunes and rolling beaches on the lip of the Atlantic Ocean, people move to this barrier island north of Cape Ann for a deep blue slice of paradise. But paradise can(...)

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Baker administration deals blow to Wynn

Baker administration deals blow to Wynn

Says casino operator must address more environmental issues

STATE ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICIALS dealt a major blow to the proposed Wynn Resorts casino in Everett Friday night by ordering the Las Vegas company to make another round of revisions to its environmental impact report. Matthew Beaton, the state’s secretary of energy and environmental affairs, said he was confident the “limited items” he wants addressed can(...)

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