Featured Health & Environment

What Happened? Sorting Through the January 2018 “Bomb Cyclone” Flood Data and Outlook

So, what happened to cause so much flooding during last week’s winter Nor’easter snow storm? Unlike the near miss of Hurricane Sandy where Boston dodged a (big) bullet, the so called “bomb cyclone” of January 2018 brought a storm surge that hit just at the worst time, an astronomical high tide. With already over 12 Read More…

Community

King Tide Brings Flooding to North End / Waterfront Sites

“King Tide,” the recurring high tides coincident with supermoons once again brought flooding on Sunday to waterfront paths behind the tennis courts, Langone Park and the Eliot School (under construction) on Commercial Street. Janine Coppola captures the sea level rise of Boston Harbor in the above photos. Long Wharf is another low point that regularly Read More…

Government Health & Environment

City Announces Measures to Protect East Boston and Charlestown From Climate Change

City of Boston Releases ‘Coastal Resilience Solutions For East Boston and Charlestown Report’, Outlining Near- and Long-Term Strategies to Protect Vulnerable Neighborhoods from Flooding Boston City Hall announced plans to implement new resiliency measures to protect East Boston and Charlestown from current and future flooding as a result of climate change. The measures include elevating Read More…

Health & Environment

Video: Boston’s Environmental Chief Discusses Climate Ready Boston Report

Boston’s Chief of Environment, Open Space, and Energy, Austin Blackmon, spoke about the latest Climate Ready Boston report at this week’s North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC). As summarized in this previous post, the new assessment highlights the city’s vulnerability to rising sea levels. The comprehensive report (pdf) issued by the Climate Ready Boston initiative details how the rising tides Read More…

Community

Making Boston’s Waterfront Climate Ready; Harbor Barrier Study

As revelers made their 2017 New Year’s polar plunge in Boston’s waters, a new report issued just before the holidays made yet another sobering assessment of the city’s vulnerability to rising sea levels. The comprehensive report (pdf) issued by the Climate Ready Boston initiative details how the rising tides will soon start to engulf city neighborhoods in the coming decades. A Read More…

Arts & Culture Health & Environment

Take the “High Tide” Climate Change Survey Before Art Exhibit Leaves North End

The popular “High Tide” public art exhibit by Carolina Aragón is being removed this weekend, so take a final gander before it leaves the North End. The installation will be moving from its location across the Rose Kennedy Greenway to the Snug Harbor rotary in Quincy. Professors Carolina Aragón and Elisabeth Hamin, from the University Read More…

Arts & Culture Event Notices Health & Environment

Saturday Focus Group in North End on Public Art and Climate Change

North End Residents Needed for FOCUS GROUP “Public Art and Climate Change:  Learning from “High Tide” Professors Carolina Aragón and Elisabeth Hamin, from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, are conducting a research project to understand to role of public art in communicating about climate change. We would like to invite North End neighborhood residents over Read More…

Government Health & Environment

Councilors LaMattina and Wu Meet Climate Change Leaders at European Conference

Boston City Councilor LaMattina and Council President Michelle Wu are attending a conference this week in the Netherlands and Denmark sponsored by the Boston Green Ribbon Commission. The GRC is to bring together public, philanthropic and business leaders in Boston to learn about cutting edge European practices for achieving carbon neutrality, resiliency and long-term climate preparedness. Read More…

Health & Environment

Higher Sea Levels and Extreme Weather Predicted by Boston Climate Report

A sobering new report predicts continued increases in Boston’s sea levels, extreme precipitation and higher temperatures. Climate Ready Boston is an initiative led by the City of Boston in partnership with the Green Ribbon Commission to develop resilient solutions to prepare our city for climate change. The group released worrying climate projections for what Boston Read More…

Commentaries Health & Environment

Downtown View: Reducing Your Carbon Footprint

Let’s pretend. It is 2024. Senate bill 1747, An Act Combating Climate Change, passed the Massachusetts legislature and was signed by the governor in 2017. The bill made Massachusetts a leader in combating carbon emissions. A couple who lives in downtown Boston spent $419.61 on natural gas fuel for heat and hot water in April Read More…

Health & Environment

“King Tide” Brings Record Sea Level Rise to Boston’s Waterfront

Boston’s waterfront saw its highest tide of the year last week, known as “King Tide.” The relative position of the sun and moon created a tide nearly 2 1/2 feet higher than average. Using estimates of recent climate change research, it also showed how the cityscape will look as the average Boston Harbor height around Read More…