Climate change

Mass. citizens point the way on climate change

Mass. citizens point the way on climate change

State leaders and policymakers need to get on same page as voters

WE LIVE IN a time when the way we power our lives is literally putting our survival at stake. We’re seeing an increase in deadly natural disasters, glaciers melting at a worrisome rate, and American states and territories at risk of disappearing from the map due to rising sea levels. Yet the Trump administration seems(...)

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Cities and states must take lead on climate change

Cities and states must take lead on climate change

Policies can yield substantial health dividends

CLIMATE CHANGE CREATES risks that scientists have been warning about for decades. Fortunately, many actions that reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that drive climate change and hedge against longer-term risks can also benefit public health right now. Reductions in greenhouse gas emissions often go hand in hand with reductions in air pollutants with well-established relationships(...)

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Boston seizes clean energy opportunity

Boston seizes clean energy opportunity

Cities take initiative on climate change as federal government retreats

IT’S BEEN A sobering few months for clean energy advocates. Despite the Trump administration’s disdain for programs and policies intended to lower the carbon emissions that threaten the safety and well-being of the nation, Boston and like-minded cities are surging ahead to take advantage of the economic, health and other benefits inherent in a carbon-free(...)

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Salem is taking on climate change

Salem is taking on climate change

For coastal cities, it's a matter of urgency

THE MORE THINGS change, the more they stay the same. For centuries now the economic health of the city of Salem has been tied to the ocean. In the immediate aftermath of the American Revolution and into the 1800s, ships from Salem took to the seas and returned with tea, spices, and silks that turned(...)

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Massachusetts can’t lag on climate change

Massachusetts can’t lag on climate change

The longer we wait the more it will cost

Last week, President Obama met with leaders from small island states at the UN Climate negotiations in Paris. During his opening speech, Obama reconfirmed his international commitments, saying “tomorrow we’ll pledge new contributions to risk insurance initiatives that help vulnerable populations rebuild stronger after climate-related disasters.” Sadly this sentiment is not shared by the Massachusetts(...)

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