BARNSTABLE — Critics on Thursday expressed concern that the Cape Cod Commission’s revised regional plan doesn’t go far enough to reduce the effects of climate change on the region in the years ahead.
Last fall, as the commission was putting the final touches on the latest update of its regional planning policies guiding development and environmental protection, an international climate change panel warned that the next dozen years would determine whether the world avoided a worst-case scenario in terms of global warming.
Kristy Senatori, the commission’s executive director, said the news from the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change helped shape the rewrite of the regional policy plan, which is required at least every five years.
The updated plan proposed a number of local climate change initiatives such as developing a baseline of the Cape’s greenhouse gas emissions to measure the effectiveness of reduction strategies, finding locations for new electric vehicle charging stations and utility-scale solar arrays and energy storage, and encouraging towns to seek state Green Communities designation. (read more)
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