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Bill Mckibben: Keystone XL Rally, Fossil Fuel Divestment Across U.S. Campuses

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/2/6/bill_mckibben_ahead_of_keystone_xl

Sterling College in Vermont announced on Tuesday it will soon become the third college in the United States to divest its endowment from 200 fossil fuel companies identified by the environmental group 350.org. Unity College in Maine and Hampshire College in Massachusetts were the first two schools to divest. Divestment campaigns are ongoing on more than 200 other campuses. “I think it’s no surprise, really, that young people are starting to say, ’We’ve got to spend another 60, 70 years on this planet. We better do something fast,’” says Bill McKibben of 350.org. “And that something means standing up to the fossil fuel industry that’s been in the way of rational change for a quarter-century now.” McKibben is helping organize a Presidents’ Day rally against the Keystone XL pipeline later this month, one he predicts will be the “biggest climate rally probably ever” in the United States. [includes rush transcript]
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President Obama Nominates Sally Jewell as Secretary of the Interior

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Kerry: US Cannot Retreat From World Stage

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Mayor Menino Announces Comprehensive Actions to Better Prepare Boston for Storms like Sandy | City of Boston

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Mayor Menino Announces Comprehensive Actions to Better Prepare Boston for Storms like Sandy
Applauds the Release of Boston Harbor Association Report “Preparing for the Rising Tide”

Mayor Thomas M. Menino today announced new planning and policy initiatives to better prepare Boston for Hurricane Sandy-like storms and other effects from the changing climate.

“The government and private sector need to be proactive in planning for a future with rising sea levels and future storms like Sandy,” Mayor Menino said. “The steps that I am announcing today will help make our waterfront and the rest of Boston better prepared to handle future storms and get the city back in business as quickly as possible.”

In the wake of Sandy’s devastation on the East Coast, Mayor Menino is raising the profile of the City of Boston’s ongoing efforts and taking further actions to better prepare the City for future storms and other natural hazards associated with climate change. Mayor Menino also heralded the release of The Boston Harbor Association’s report, Preparing for the Rising Tide, which outlines vulnerabilities of Boston’s coastline and recommends how the private and public sectors can work together to address them. …(more).

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Noam Chomsky Manufacturing Consent

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Preparing for the Rising Tide Report | The Boston Harbor Association

http://www.tbha.org/preparing-rising-tide-report

Preparing for the Rising Tide Report

Events such as Superstorm Sandy highlight the growing relevance of climate change and draw attention to the importance of taking steps today to be prepared for the likely events of tomorrow. Preparing for the Rising Tide provides policy makers, planners and property owners with site-specific examples of how to assess vulnerability and increase resilience to coastal flooding over time.

Preparedness plans need to be robust enough to handle any future condition, and/or flexible enough to change over time to meet needs as they arise. Ideally they include “no-regret” and co-benefit” solutions that extend beyond flood control goals. Cost-effective preparedness plans will result in both “here and now” and “prepare and monitor” actions based on threshold triggers such as sea level rise.

Previous reports have described a range of large-scale adaptation strategies. This report takes those recommendations and applies them to specific properties in Boston. Some cities such as Seattle, WA and Charleston, SC are developing “floodable zones” that preserve the city’s access to its waterfront while minimizing damage when periodic flooding occurs. This concept of “living with water” is an option to consider in Boston as well. …(more).

http://www.tbha.org/files/documents/preparing_for_the_rising_tide_final_0.pdf

http://www.tbha.org/files/documents/preparing_for_the_rising_tide_executive_summary_final.pdf

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Menino Announces Storm-Readiness Initiatives

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http://www.wbur.org/2013/02/05/boston-rising-seas
By Monica Brady-Myerov February 5, 2013 Updated Feb 05, 5:53 pm
BOSTON — Boston officials will spend the next six months reviewing ways to better prepare the city for climate change.

Mayor Thomas Menino on Tuesday announced new initiatives aimed at improving Boston’s readiness for storms like Hurricane Sandy, such as climate change preparedness guidelines for new buildings and better enforcement of flood-proofing standards.

This map shows the impact of 7.5 feet of flooding above mean high tide on the Boston Harbor coastline. (The Boston Harbor Association)

The Boston Harbor Association says in a new report that climate change is already putting Boston’s waterfront at risk, and in under 40 years many parts of the city will be vulnerable to flooding.

“A number of sites may be at risk of increased storm flooding after 2050, including Logan Airport, the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center and the Bay State Expo Center site of UMass Boston,” said Vivien Li, president of the Boston Harbor Association, a nonprofit organization that works to keep the harbor accessible.

“About 6 percent of Boston’s land area could have been flooded had Hurricane Sandy’s storm surge hit Boston five and a half hours earlier, when it was high tide,” Li said. Flood waters would have reached City Hall.

Scientists expect the sea level to rise at least 2.5 feet by the end of the century and possibly as much as 6 feet. Menino says Boston needs to be ready for both scenarios.

“I want us to be as prepared as we can be for future storms and the effects of climate change,” Menino said.

Over the next six months the mayor says the Boston Redevelopment Authority will survey buildings, MBTA stations and major roads for flood risk. The city’s Inspectional Services and the Public Health Commission will improve guidelines for flood-proofing and new buildings will be required to be designed for future flooding.

Brian Swett, chief of environment and energy for the city of Boston, says there is a lot private property owners can do today to prepare.

“There are building level changes that folks can make today, that real estate owners can better prepare their specific building assets for flooding,” Swett said. “Infrastructure changes do take a lot of time and money — that has to be part of the consideration for the right solutions. We want to operate at the building scale, the neighborhood scale and at the infrastructure scale.” ….(more).

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