BOSTON — Transit agencies and school districts in Massachusetts should transition to all-electric bus fleets by 2030 and turn to borrowing and local option taxes to ensure they phase out polluting diesel buses, according to a new report.
The report, released Tuesday by the Massachusetts Public Interest Research Education Fund and Environment Massachusetts Research and Policy Center, concludes that plans should be implemented immediately to achieve the goal in 12 years. (Read More)
IN THE LAST TWO MONTHS, we have once again witnessed the human and financial impact of the world’s addiction to fossil fuels: forest fires in the Arctic; devastated communities and lives in the Carolinas and Florida; and, sadly, here at home, the loss of life and treasure from the explosions in Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover.
Each is a stark reminder of the threat that our society’s over-reliance on coal, natural gas, and other fossil fuels represents to our economy, our environment, and our fellow citizens. (Read more)
Too many tornadoes? Researchers see twisters shifting east, but say the jury’s still out on Northeast (Boston Globe 10/30/2018)
A waterspout turned into a brief, weak tornado Monday when it stormed ashore in the Woods Hole section of Falmouth. Two small twisters roared through Southern New England last week.
The storm activity, which comes unusually late in the year, seems ominous. Could it be the beginning of a trend in a region not really known for tornadoes?
One expert has found that tornadoes are shifting eastward but not, at this point, into the Northeast. “While the trend is upward, it’s just not [statistically] significant yet,” said Victor Gensini, a meteorology professor at Northern Illinois University. (Read more)
This year is shaping up to be one of the strongest years in Boston’s history. We’ve continued to add 20,000 new jobs each year+, and we’ve brought unemployment down below 4 percent. And perhaps most importantly, we’ve made a plan to ensure that the benefits of Boston’s booming economy are enjoyed by everyone who calls this city home. We’re making record investments in affordable housing, sidewalks and bike lanes, community policing, libraries and schools. Through our BuildBPS plan, we are making bold investments in our educational infrastructure, so that every school has the resources to provide a comprehensive, 21st-century education for Boston’s young people. (Read more)
The House appears ready to begin ratcheting up the pressure on National Grid to end its lockout of more 1,250 union gas workers, reviving a three-month-old bill that would force the utility to extend health benefits to the locked-out workers and deny the company any rate increases or public money for maintenance until the labor dispute is resolved.
The bill, which has languished since it was filed in July by Rep. Jim O’Day, suddenly surfaced in the House yesterday morning and was referred to the Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy Committee. (Read More)
DETROIT (AP) -- General Motors says it will ask the federal government for one national gas mileage standard, including a requirement that a percentage of auto companies' sales be zero-emissions vehicles.
Mark Reuss, GM's executive vice president of product development, said the company will propose that a certain percentage of nationwide sales be made up of vehicles that run on electricity or hydrogen fuel cells. (Read more)
BRAINTREE − It is 50 feet long, gray and resembles a shipping container. Inside is enough electricity to power 600 to 700 homes for up to four hours.
It is the Braintree Electric Light Department’s Energy Storage Unit, which is at a substation off Grove Street. Officials at the town-owned utility showed-off the unit to state and local officials on Thursday.
The unit can store electricity produced during off-peak times, including energy produced by three solar arrays in town, and then distribute it during peak times, when the wholesale cost of electricity is highest. It is made up of more than 20,000 lithium-ion batteries. (Read more)
Boston’s environmental efforts have landed it some green as the city plans to use a multimillion-dollar grant to fund further carbon-reduction efforts.
The city is receiving up to $2.5 million from the Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge, which awarded that amount of money to each of 20 different cities around the world.
Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh intends to put the money toward a range of initiatives meant to make building projects more environmentally friendly and cut down on emissions from cars. (Read More)
The recently released U.N. Report on Climate Change is probably not going to change any minds and that in and of itself should raise questions. What information would the deniers, or “skeptics” of the science want delivered to their doorsteps before they would support action that might avert the worst of the impacts that will affect all of our children and grandchildren, not to mention other species we inhabit this planet with? (Read More)
If you’re riding an electric bike around Boston, you may have found the ultimate alternative to sitting in traffic without breaking a sweat.
But you may also be breaking a law — albeit an outdated one that’s not enforced — and the same for riding an electric scooter. Or motorized skateboard. Or any yet-to-be-invented contraption. (Electric unicycles are already on the market.) (Read More)
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