Flash flooding due to heavy rainfall. Heat waves that hurt older adults. An increase in Lyme disease.
These are some of the dangers of climate change that Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Secretary Katie Theoharides discusses as she touts Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration’s efforts to help fight climate change. Theoharides, who replaced former Energy Secretary Matt Beaton at the end of May, met with editors and reporters of The Republican/MassLive.com on Thursday.
A centerpiece of Baker’s effort is the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness program, which gives grants to cities and towns to plan for the impacts of climate change.
Springfield in 2017 developed an extensive plan that includes a range of recommendations to address energy and climate issues, from adding more bike lanes to developing community solar power to planting trees. (read more)
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