This analytical study offers insight into sea level rise risks to the city of Boston, Massachusetts. Potential gaps in official plans for sea level adaptation and an understanding of the typical Bostonian’s reactions are discussed. Historical background reviews how the city of Boston was founded on a small peninsula in the year 1630. To expand the city, Boston developed on landfill. Over 50% of Boston was built on this fill – today comprising some of the most valuable real estate in the US. The risks from rising waters are very real; with the concern that little has been done to protect Boston from the sea since the Charles River Watershed, Charles River Dam and the Amelia Earhart Dam were developed. Qualitative research, discussing this Capstone Project topic with both experts in the field of sea level rise and non-expert members of the community, was the primary research method used in the report. Secondary sources include scientific journals, government reports and news articles on the topic. Data and Results research uncovered several approaches to a workable adaptation plan: The most viable of those under consideration are:
1. Engineering and Utilizing Hard Infrastructure
2. Adaptation Initiatives: Learning to Live with Water
3. Reinforcing Existing Structures: A New Model for City Resiliency
4. Teamwork: Securing the Business and Residential Communities Involvement
Boston’s analytical efforts and strategy are impressive, but the city needs to immediately move to an action phase that includes specifics on timing and funding. If the average Bostonian does not feel that sea level rise will impact their way of life, negative reactions to FEMA’s 2013 flood maps are an opportunity to make the issue a cause. Sea level adaptation must be part of the city of Boston’s official 2014 plan, utilizing a multi-faceted, layered strategy that will protect all of Boston’s citizens and neighborhoods.
(Visit: http://www.uctv.tv/) The International Labour Organization estimates that 20.9 million people around the world are currently held in forced labor and servitude. Human trafficking is constantly in the headlines in the United States, but it can be hard to separate fact form fiction. Martina Vandenberg will debunk the myths and examine concrete case studies compiled in her two decades combating trafficking in the US and abroad.
Martina Vandenberg, founder and president of The Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Center in Washington, DC, and former researcher for Human Rights Watch, has spent nearly two decades fighting human trafficking, forced labor, rape as a war crime, and violence against women. [Public Affairs] [Show
Environmental journalist and author Duncan Clark argues that tackling global warming means persuading the world to leave fossil fuels in the ground. But does the political and economic will exist to make this a reality?
http://www.democracynow.org – On issues from domestic inequality to foreign policy, President Obama delivered the fifth State of the Union with a vow to take action on his own should Congress stonewall progress on his agenda. But will Obama’s policies go far enough? We host a roundtable with three guests: Jeremy Scahill, producer and writer of the Oscar-nominated documentary “Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield;” and senior investigative reporter at First Look Media, which will launch in the coming months; Bob Herbert, Distinguished Senior Fellow with Demos; and Lorella Praeli, Director of Advocacy and Policy at the United We Dream Coalition.
Welcome to Transition Studies. To prosper for very much longer on the changing Earth humankind will need to move beyond its current fossil-fueled civilization toward one that is sustained on recycled materials and renewable energy. This is not a trivial shift. It will require a major transition in all aspects of our lives.
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