WASHINGTON — Global warming is hurting people’s health a bit more than previously thought, but there is hope that the Earth — and populations — can heal if the planet kicks its coal habit, a group of doctors and other researchers said.
The poor and elderly are most threatened by worsening climate change, but there remain ‘‘glimmers of progress’’ especially since the 2015 Paris agreement to limit heat-trapping carbon dioxide emissions, according to a big study published Monday in the British medical journal Lancet.
Comparing the report to a health checkup, four researchers and several outside experts described Earth’s prognosis as ‘‘guarded.’’ (read more)
Planning for green energy: What prompted Wareham to come up with a solar bylaw (Wareham Wicked Local 10/29/17)
WAREHAM – In what seemed to be a rush of solar proposals this fall, there grew a common concern among residents and town leaders that this new way of garnering energy needed to go through a series of steps with the town – like any other business or utility – to ensure it conforms with town goals and addresses the concerns of residents who live nearby.
Planning for these solar arrays is going to be a crucial question for communities across Massachusetts, and the country, as more traditional resources for energy get shut down. In Plymouth, the Pilgrim Nuclear Plant is in the process of decommissioning and is due to be shut down in two years, and in Somerset, coal-fired Brayton Point Power Station shuttered its doors in June. (read more)
Report highlighting improvements in Blackstone, Narragansett Bay draws national attention (Worcester Telegram 10/25/17)
A report showing that Narragansett Bay and its watershed, including the Blackstone River, are getting cleaner, but impacts of climate change and development could hinder improvements, was released by the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program on Monday.
A big success story was the reduction in nutrients, phosphorus and nitrogen from wastewater treatment plants along rivers flowing to the bay. These nutrients fuel excessive algae and plant growth in the water and have led to fish kills and so-called dead zones, which don’t support marine life... (read more)
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