Daily Archives: December 11, 2017

Climate Ready Boston | Boston.gov

Climate Ready Boston is an initiative to develop resilient solutions to prepare our City for climate change.

Boston residents are already affected by extreme heat, rain, snow and flooding. These trends will likely continue. The City launched Climate Ready Boston to help Boston plan for the future impacts of climate change.

Climate Ready Boston is an ongoing initiative. We released a comprehensive study report in December 2016 that you can read below. We are now working with the community and other partners to advance our vision for a Climate Ready Boston.

Climate Ready Boston is a partnership with the Green Ribbon Commission with support from the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management.

Higher Education Working Group – Boston Green Ribbon Commission

The Higher Education Working Group represents the unique constituency of large research and residential campuses in Boston and neighboring cities.


Colleges and universities have a significant footprint in the City, as well as a particular set of sustainability challenges, including large-scale energy procurement and management, and resiliency planning for diverse communities of tens of thousands of students, faculty, and staff.

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See Green Ribbon Commission main website

Sen. Markey Discusses FCC Plan to End Net Neutrality Rules

Senator Markey
Published on Dec 6, 2017

Net Neutrality: Make your voice heard

City of Boston
Published on Dec 7, 2017

Net Neutrality protections prevent Internet Service Providers from interfering with your Internet content. In November, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai proposed to eliminate these protections — here’s our take on it. For more background, check out our introduction to Net Neutrality: http://bit.ly/2B80aQU

Global business leaders collaborate on protecting the environment

Fears of throttled internet ‘absurd’ – Lionel

Trump to send astronauts back to the moon, eventually Mars

Houston’s Recovery : NPR

Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks with Marvin Odum, Houston’s chief recovery officer, about the city’s need for more federal aid since the region was hit by Hurricane Harvey.


And here in Houston with me now is one of the reasons we actually came here. John Burnett, NPR’s Southwest correspondent. Hey, John.

JOHN BURNETT, BYLINE: Welcome to Houston, Lulu. I’m glad we got you down here.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: I am glad to be here. And you’ve been urging us to cover Houston for a while. We’ll get to Harvey in a moment. But why, in your view, is the city important right now?

BURNETT: Well, I’m a native Texan. And for decades, Houston had labored under a stereotype of being this behemoth city filled with oil men, refinery workers and astronauts. And in the last decade, I think Houston has become the most interesting city in Texas and really the most misunderstood major city in America. It’s the fourth-largest.

Houston is now calling itself the most ethnically and racially diverse in America. As whites slip into a minority, Houston becomes a bellwether. This is what big American cities are going to look like going forward. But there’s something else going on here. Houston is trying hard to make itself a more livable city. It’s created these amazing urban parks like Hermann Park and Buffalo Bayou. And people are investing in the theater district and the museums.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: And, of course, in the middle of that civic reinvention, Hurricane Harvey hit the area more than three months ago. And you can’t overstate how devastated Houston was by that storm.

BURNETT: It’s true. Harvey dumped 50 inches of rain – a year’s worth of rain in four days, more than 100,000 homes damaged. Thousands are still staying in hotels all over the region. Houston is exceptionally flat. The city’s nickname is the Bayou City. Its existence is premised on drainage. But three 500-year storms in three years have proved that something has gone wrong. These bayous that drain into Galveston Bay are just not getting the water out fast enough.

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US flood risk ‘severely underestimated’ – BBC News

By Victoria Gill BBC News, New Orleans

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption During Hurricane Harvey, Port Arthur in Texas experienced some the most extreme impacts of flooding

Scientists and engineers have teamed up across the Atlantic to “redraw” the flood map of the US.

Their work reveals 40 million Americans are at risk of having their homes flooded – more than three times as many people as federal flood maps show.

The UK-US team say they have filled in “vast amounts of missing information” in the way flood risk is currently measured in the country.

They presented the work at the 2017 American Geophysical Union meeting.

This mapping project includes areas across the US that are on river floodplains and those at risk of flash floods associated with heavy rainfall.

It focuses on rivers and does not include areas at risk of coastal flooding.

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Far-flung Neighbors: A Lecture by David Abulafia

Brown University

Uploaded on Dec 5, 2017

Maritime historian David Abulafia of the University of Cambridge presents his lecture, ”
Far-flung Neighbors: The Cape Verde Islands, São Tomé and the Portuguese Settlement of the Eastern Atlantic, 1420-1520,” This lecture is co-sponsored by the John Carter Brown Library and the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World.

For more info: https://www.brown.edu/academics/libra… Thursday, November 30 2017 Brown University