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By adamg - 8/26/21 - 10:07 am

CommonWealth reports on the lawsuit against what would be the nation's first large offshore turbine farm by some Nantucket residents - with financial backing from an out-of-state group that claims its main goal is "protecting individual liberty."

By adamg - 8/22/21 - 12:20 pm

MIT News reports on a study done on Boston and Phoenix that found that changing our traditional dark asphalt road surfaces to something lighter could reduce the urban "heat island" effect and in turn reduce local greenhouse emissions. Read more.

By adamg - 7/1/21 - 8:57 pm

A federal appeals court today gave the Conservation Law Foundation permission to proceed with its suit against ExxonMobil over alleged violations of the Clean Water Act at a petroleum facility in Everett off a small tributary of the Mystic River - including an alleged failure to study the potential impact of increased flooding caused by climate change on the riverside plant. Read more.

By adamg - 6/15/21 - 9:19 am

MBTA officials used to worry about Green Line flooding from the tiny Muddy River, but they might have bigger things to worry about, like the Atlantic Island flooding the Blue Line via Belle Isle Marsh, WBUR reports.

Say, isn't that right near the planned Suffolk Downs mega-development? Why yes, yes it is, but they've got a plan for that.

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By perruptor - 4/14/21 - 8:33 am

The National Weather Service has abandoned the weather station at Chatham, and will demolish it. Accelerated erosion due to climate change threatens to dump the station into the ocean.

By adamg - 11/16/20 - 3:13 pm
King Tide at Long Wharf

Adam Castiglioni took a walk down to Long Wharf today - just not all the way to the end, since it was covered by water in a king tiday.

Meanwhile, down in Dorchester, Morrissey Boulevard was completely flooded: Read more.

By adamg - 11/9/20 - 9:16 pm
New Fort Point art installation under way

The Fort Pointer captured artist Zy Baer at work on what will soon be Fort Point Channel's latest art installation, Polarity, which will show a future in which the channel floods and rises until only the upper floor and copper cornice of a building remains above water. Read more.

By adamg - 9/19/20 - 4:34 pm
Flooded Long Wharf

Shortly after high tide, around 1:15 this afternoon, Jonathan Berk photographed seawater "coming up through the storm drain on a perfectly sunny day" way back on Long Wharf, by the Chart House.

By adamg - 5/11/20 - 1:05 pm
Boston sea-water flood zones

Boston areas that could see sea water in the streets in coming decades.

City officials are looking at a possible zoning overlay that would require homeowners looking at extensive renovations consider how to deal with seawater flooding that will come as sea levels continue to rise and storms intensify, and they've developed some possible guidelines for retrofitting those most Boston of dwelling units: Triple deckers. Read more.

By adamg - 2/19/20 - 3:13 pm

The Washington Post, which has lots of ex-Bostonian staffers these days, takes a long look at what Boston's trying to do to stave off rising sea levels now that we've apparently rejected plans to build a giant dam around the harbor. Naturally, while Seaport buildings lay in "aqua fences" to keep themselves dry, "there are no sea walls where most of Boston’s poorest residents live," although it does note the city's planning for a new seawall along Day Boulevard and a re-do of Moakley Park to turn it into a giant sponge during really high tides.

By adamg - 12/6/19 - 10:51 pm

MassLive.com reports the protesters wouldn't move from Gov. Baker's office and were arrested on trespassing charges.

State Rep. Nika Elugardo (D-Jamaica Plain), reports people can send donations to help with bail, transportation and food costs on Venmo at @SunriseBosJailSupport

By adamg - 9/27/19 - 10:48 pm
Red Lobsters at climate protest

Extinction Rebellion shut the Congress Street Bridge at rush hour this afternoon in a protest over climate change. Among the protesters: Women dressed as lobsters (photo by Chris Walton). Read more.

By adamg - 9/20/19 - 2:17 pm
Sign: I'll show up for school when you grow up

Thousands of high-school students and more than a few adults from across the Boston area jammed City Hall Plaza today as part of global climate-strike protests. Read more.

By adamg - 6/18/19 - 10:03 am

Bloomberg BusinessWeek takes a look at the booming Seaport at sea level at a time when sea levels are rising and reports that the newly opened Martin's Park, in addition to serving as a memorial playground for Martin Richard, is also the first in what could be a series of raised surfaces aimed at protecting the area from climate-change-induced flooding.

City officials have proposed spending up to $1 billion on a series of berms, seawalls, raised surfaces and dunes to protect the Seaport and other vulnerable parts of South Boston.

By adamg - 5/13/19 - 11:39 am

On the whole, meteorologists just hate to link any specific weather pattern over a short period to climate change. But Pete Bouchard says it's time to face facts: While may be impossible to say the specific wet weather we've been seeing over the past few weeks is due to climate change, the fact that we're seeing more and more unusual weather patterns that last long periods of time is: Read more.

By adamg - 4/27/19 - 12:44 pm
Climate change die in at Prudential Center

Eric Maki and a robot at the Microsoft Store were among the few stopped to watch a climate-change die-in at the Prudential Center mall this afternoon:

Nearby consumers are unfazed.

By adamg - 4/12/19 - 11:25 am

As he does pretty much every year, City Councilor Matt O'Malley (West Roxbury, Jamaica Plain) has formally asked the city to begin a pilot program to collect people's discarded coffee grounds and other foods to turn into compost. But this year is different, because the costs of dealing with recyclable materials is going through the roof, O'Malley says. Read more.

By adamg - 1/7/19 - 10:45 am

Reuters reports the Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from ExxonMobil over a Massachusetts court ruling that it hand over documents related to the company's efforts to not just hide evidence of climate change but to discredit the science involved. Read more.

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