The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that Exxon Mobil has to hand over documents demanded by Attorney General Maura Healey in a probe of whether the company not only sat on information that proved the role of fossil fuels in climate change but actively tried to discredit the science of climate change to preserve its profits. Read more.
Adam Castiglioni watched members of the Boston Climate Action Network hold a rally to demand Boston do more about rising seas outside the Aquarium T stop, a couple days after the T sandbagged the entrance and closed the station because of the once-in-a-generation flooding that has now happened twice in two months.
Meanwhile, over at the Aquarium itself: Read more.
The Boston City Council agreed today to begin looking into ways to deal with flooding that go beyond requiring developers along the waterfront to take into account increased flooding due to climate change and sea-level rise. Read more.
Brandy shows us the flooding starting this morning along the South Boston side of Fort Point Channel.
Paul Lukez Architecture of Somerville reports it's won an award at the annual World Architecture Festival in Berlin for its Hydroelectric Canal that would run from Carson Beach to Savin Hill Cove along Morrissey Boulevard as part of a complete re-do of Columbia Point to make it better able to withstand rising seas. Read more.
WBUR reports the focus will be on what cities can do to battle the problem even in the face of coal-slurping governments.
WBUR reports on new vigilance in Massachusetts four years after the first outbreak of vibrio, caused by bacteria found in shellfish that was formerly confined to areas well to our south.
It’s 7 a.m. - just before low tide - and Wellfleet's assistant shellfish constable, John Mankevetch, is on “Vibrio Patrol.”
A big part of his job is monitoring compliance among wild and aquaculture fishermen during “Vibrio season,” which runs from May 21 through Oct. 16
WBUR looks at city efforts to begin to protect East Boston - basically several low-lying islands stitched together with landfill - from rising sea levels and the potential for Katrina-like flooding.
Matt Viser posts a copy of Gov. Baker's statement that Massachusetts will join the new US Climate Alliance, announced yesterday by the governors of New York, California and Washington state to uphold and go beyond the Paris Agreement on climate change. Baker is, of course, a Republican; the other governors are Democrats.
Mayor Walsh says Boston will not back down from work to make the city "carbon neutral" by 2050 and take other steps to protect the city from the effects of climate change no matter what the White House does. Read more.
The Boston Business Journal reports:
A day after President Donald Trump signed an executive order rolling back regulations aimed at curbing climate change, General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt told employees the company will take a leadership role in fighting global warming.
The National Weather Service reports a tornado touched down near Conway, on the west side of the Connecticut River, during yesterday's storms.
The maximum estimated speed was 110 MPH, however most of the damage is estimated to have occurred with 80 to 100 MPH winds. Most of the damage occurred in Conway, MA with a brief touchdown in Goshen, MA in Hampshire county.
A couple thousand scientists took time out today from a national conference at the Hynes - or just their weekends at home or in the lab - to protest attacks on science in general and climate science in particular, in a rally in Copley Square. Read more.
The idea of a seawall with giant gates to let in ships - that would close in advance of a major storm - first came up in a list of possibilities in a city report on preparing Boston for rising seas. The Globe reports several professors are spending a year studying the practicalities and costs of what would be one of the world's largest seawalls.
MIT and a group called Conservation International yesterday announced a program to look at ways to use nature to help fight climate change:
The collaboration brings together MIT’s technical, scientific, and engineering expertise with Conservation International’s expansive environmental programs, to look for ways that forests, coastal ecosystems, and urban areas can be managed to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change.
The collaboration launches today with a one-day hackathon at MIT that invites participants to team up on ideation and early-state design of nature-based, technologically savvy solutions to climate challenges in developing world communities. The collaboration will involve MIT students in CI’s international fieldwork and will initially include four joint research projects in which scientists will focus directly on climate challenges already having an impact in places such as the Philippines and the Amazon Basin.
The Massachusetts Appeals Court today tossed a lawsuit by Harvard students who wanted a judge to make Harvard sell off its endowment's holding in fossil-fuel companies. Read more.
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