Environment

Walsh seeks climate change barricade of beaches, parks

Walsh seeks climate change barricade of beaches, parks

Plan affects 6 areas of Boston, $4b is one cost estimate

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE BOSTON MAYOR MARTY WALSH on Wednesday laid out an expansive plan for public projects to combat the impacts of climate change in Boston, a city whose vulnerability has been exposed in recent storms and tidal surges. “It’s a system not of barricades but of beaches – and parks and trails and(...)

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Climate change politics is heating up

Climate change politics is heating up

Environmentalists call for civil disobedience, decry half-hearted responses

The tenor of the debate about climate change, like the problem itself, is changing. As the planet warms at what appears to be a faster and faster rate, environmental advocates are becoming more vocal and more pointed. The changing dynamic was on full display at a gubernatorial forum last week hosted by many of the state’s environmental(...)

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Get your hands dirty, plant a garden

Get your hands dirty, plant a garden

Community plots in parks are growing at rapid pace

THE SEEDS OF THE COMMUNITY GARDEN movement were planted in the counterculture of places like 1970s New York City, among “guerrilla gardeners”—daring green thumbs who didn’t always wait for permission to plant fresh fruits and veggies in neglected vacant lots. In the decades since, community gardens have become fixtures of public life in America. First(...)

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State commits $2.6m for how-to-recycle initiative

State commits $2.6m for how-to-recycle initiative

Focus is on educating consumers, avoiding contaminants

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE AS CHINESE GOVERNMENT RESTRICTIONS on the import of recycled paper and plastics drive up recycling processing costs in America, a new state effort is attempting to increase recycling and educate people about what can and cannot be recycled. Almost 250 municipalities will get a chunk of $2.6 million in state grant(...)

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Cities can clean up the transportation sector

Cities can clean up the transportation sector

Policies for more EVs, less driving improve health and air quality

TRANSPORTATION IS THE largest source of carbon pollution in the Commonwealth, producing 40 percent of climate-disrupting greenhouse gas emissions. Cities and towns can play an important role in leading the way to a clean transportation future. How? By helping residents drive less, and switch to electric vehicles when they must continue to drive. While the(...)

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Electricity trick or treat?

Electricity trick or treat?

Pro and con: Do competitive electricity suppliers help or hurt in Massachusetts?

Well-intentioned law has been corrupted by con men BY DANIEL STEVENS AS SUMMER SWINGS into high gear, our electric bills do, too. Modern life dictates that we need power to keep us cool. To try and reduce electricity prices for people living in Massachusetts, a few years ago, the state Legislature created a program called(...)

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The end of recycling?

The end of recycling?

Cutting curbside collections will overload landfills, create environmental crisis

CURBSIDE RECYCLING PROGRAMS are disappearing in Massachusetts. Our Commonwealth has made the absurd decision to dump thousands of tons of recyclable materials into landfills. Recycling infrastructure is approaching its breaking point, and the slow response from our public leaders is due to a conspicuous lack of resources to prevent this crisis. Indications of this systemic(...)

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Time to update state’s appliance standards

Time to update state’s appliance standards

Energy efficiency makes economic and environmental sense

MASSACHUSETTS HAS MADE great strides in reducing electric and gas usage through state policies and our nationally recognized energy efficiency programs. These programs have provided billions of dollars in rebates to thousands of residential and business customers for investments in boiler upgrades, motor replacements and lighting changes. But there is more to be done, particularly(...)

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We need a RGGI for transportation

We need a RGGI for transportation

Cap emissions, sell credits, and invest to reduce congestion

AS WE CELEBRATE EARTH DAY and the worldwide movement to protect our environment, it’s heartening that sustainability and an appreciation for clean air, water, and land have become mainstream values. We have come a long way from the first Earth Day in 1970, when, too often, environmental consequences were an afterthought. And while many hurdles(...)

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