Environment

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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Mass. at climate, transportation crossroads

Mass. at climate, transportation crossroads

Massive long-term investments needed to meet challenges

THERE IS A DEEPENING LEVEL of discomfort permeating business and government leaders in Massachusetts today. The economy is strong; unemployment is low; cranes dot the skyline over greater Boston, with new luxury housing and office towers expanding this historic landscape. But we all know that something is missing from this picture. The “under toad” (See(...)

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Tax that dirty water

Tax that dirty water

Communities impose new stormwater fees to deal with pollution

LISA MURPHY DOESN’T have any control over how much rain or snow falls on her property in Milton, but she is nevertheless being charged a special fee for stormwater runoff. The fee is calculated based on the amount of impervious surface on her property—her paved driveway and patio as well as the footprint of her(...)

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What hospitals are doing for climate resiliency

What hospitals are doing for climate resiliency

Other businesses need to take similar steps

THIS MARCH, BRUTAL NOR’EASTERS have battered the region weekly, knocking out power to thousands and causing destructive flooding along the coastline. ‘Bomb cyclone’ and ‘polar vortex’ have become popular terms as extreme weather becomes more frequent and fierce. Climate change modeling predicts this, yet it appears to be happening faster than expected.  It’s time to(...)

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Walsh wants to hike parking fines

Walsh wants to hike parking fines

Boston mayor proposes increased penalties to raise $5 million for transportation needs

BOSTON MAYOR MARTY WALSH will unveil a $5 million plan to improve the city’s transportation system, ranging from repaving roads and sidewalks to creating dedicated bus lanes, and plans to hike parking violation fines to pay for the effort. Walsh plans to include the money in his fiscal 2019 budget to be unveiled Tuesday and(...)

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Severe storm effects are the new norm

Severe storm effects are the new norm

Rising sea levels and urban flooding will wreak havoc without immediate fixes

ONLY TWO MONTHS after surging tides and high winds flooded MBTA stations, knocked out power and sent three feet of water into the streets of Boston, it’s all happening again. The governor and the mayor call press conferences to lay out preparations, urge caution and call up the National Guard. Schools close. Businesses get out(...)

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