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- Climate Change Cost Tax Payers $100+ Billion, Warns Katie Porter October 23, 2021
- David Attenborough Breaking Boundaries-of Earth (excerpts) October 23, 2021
- The Overview Effect & Humanity’s Future October 23, 2021
- Spanning Oceans – Bridging Traditions: The Global Humanities & “The Overview Effect” on a Small Planet October 23, 2021
- The CIA and Returning to Vietnam After the War: John Stockwell (1985) October 22, 2021
- Production Gap Report 2021 October 21, 2021
- The Tombs of Mount Vernon October 21, 2021
- Climate change and health: developing evidence for action October 21, 2021
- George Washington and the Age of Discovery October 21, 2021
- Decarbonization in a new geopolitical landscape – the EU, US and China October 21, 2021
- Production Gap Report 2021 October 21, 2021
- Reading Room – Library Collections October 21, 2021
- Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery Memorial A Photographic Tour October 21, 2021
- Camembert culture: Dipping into the world of France’s most iconic cheese • FRANCE 24 Engl ish October 21, 2021
- Edge of Extinction: Collapse of Everything? October 21, 2021
- Indigenous Knowledge: the wisdom of deep listening | RSA Event October 21, 2021
- Another Criminal Investigation Reportedly Looking At Trump Golf Course Tax Scheme October 21, 2021
- Afghanistan talks: Russia, China, Iran to work with Taliban towards ‘regional stability’ October 21, 2021
- “Dire Crisis of Poverty”: NYC Taxi Drivers Launch Hunger Strike to Demand Relief from Medall ion Debt October 21, 2021
- 10,000 Striking John Deere Workers Demand “Equitable” Pay & Benefits as Company Sees Record Profits October 21, 2021
- Striketober: Labor Militancy Grows, U.S. Workers Walk Off the Job & IATSE Members Get Tentative Deal October 21, 2021
- Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme – Odisha October 20, 2021
- Climate Bridge Fund October 20, 2021
- Rep. Schiff: GOP Colleagues “Accountable for Destruction of Democracy” | Amanpour and Compan y October 20, 2021
- Biden: $90 billion In Loss Caused By Natural Disasters October 20, 2021
- How Business Lobbies Pushed Republicans to the Right October 20, 2021
- Brazil’s President “should be charged with crimes against humanity” over Covid death s – BBC News – YouTube October 20, 2021
- BBC World Service – Newshour, Covid: Brazil’s Bolsonaro ‘should be charged with crimes against humanity’ October 20, 2021
- How Democracy Dies | Democracy Maybe October 20, 2021
- MAGA Leader Steve Bannon Faces Jail Again — With No Pardon This Time October 20, 2021
- Capitol Riot Defendant Expresses Regret In An FBI Interview October 20, 2021
- The Oligarch Raided By FBI And How Mitch McConnell Got The ‘Moscow Mitch’ Nickname October 20, 2021
- ‘What Were We Thinking’ Digs Into The Books Of The Trump Era October 20, 2021
- Liz Cheney: Trump And Bannon Were Involved In Planning 1/6 October 20, 2021
- USS Connecticut Submarine Collision in The South China Sea October 20, 2021
- Difference Frames the World October 20, 2021
- China: Long-industrialized countries should take climate action lead – CGTN October 20, 2021
- How does Facebook ‘force’ political parties to go extreme? – CGTN October 20, 2021
- Why Should China Worry About Bio-Chemical Wars? October 20, 2021
- Glenn Greenwald: “Edward Snowden and the Secrets of the National Security State” October 20, 2021
- New Releases | October 2021 | Very Short Introductions October 20, 2021
- Do you get it now? Why scientific reality doesn’t care about your politics October 20, 2021
- “Demographic Destiny” Is a Total Farce October 20, 2021
- How Capitalism Absorbs Anticapitalism October 20, 2021
- Capitalism (Not COVID) Broke the Supply Chain October 20, 2021
- “Missing in Brooks County”: Thousands of Migrants Denied Due Process at Border Have Died in Desert October 20, 2021
- As CIA Ramps Up Anti-China Actions, Why Doesn’t Congress Oppose Biden’s “New Cold Wa r”? October 20, 2021
- Pediatrician Welcomes Approval of COVID Vaccine for Kids 5-11 Amid Opposition to Mask Mandates October 20, 2021
- “Racism Plays Major Part”: Like in Flint, Lead Pipes Leave Benton Harbor, Michigan, with Tox ic Water October 20, 2021
- A Reluctant Warrior? An Examination of Gen. Colin Powell’s Bloody Legacy from Iraq to Latin America October 20, 2021
Daily Archives: December 27, 2017
Streamed live on Nov 29, 2017
The City of Boston has committed to zero waste as part of its 2014 Climate Action Update. Join City of Boston Recycling Policy Director Susan Cascino and lead consultant Amy Perlmutter of Perlmutter Associates for an informative webinar about waste management and the path to zero waste in Boston. If you would like to join in on the discussion, you can pose questions and comments by emailing us at Greenovate.
Climate change is real. It is happening. It is accelerating. All over the world, people are experiencing its effects. And these are becoming more devastating every year—a trend that can be checked only through dramatic, global effort.
While climate change is a global challenge, cities, states, and regions have become vital agents of leadership. We believe breakthroughs and progress will continue coming from the ground up and that Barr can help catalyze and advance solutions and leadership across our region in ways that also spur broader action. On occasion, we engage in targeted national or global efforts with significant opportunities to contribute to impact. Yet our principal geographic focus is the U.S. Northeast.
We focus on the two areas that produce the most greenhouse gas emissions: 1) how we generate and use energy; and 2) how we move around. To learn more about our strategies and grantmaking priorities in each of these areas, explore our Clean Energy and Mobility focus areas below.
In addition, we recognize that Greater Boston is especially vulnerable to the adverse effects of a changing climate—particularly rising sea levels. With many city and state agencies already taking action, Barr launched a two-year exploratory initiative in 2016 to ensure Boston is adequately prepared for climate change, while also positioning our region among global leaders in kindred efforts.
With an initial $5 million commitment for 2018, Barr Foundation adds climate resilience as a third priority of its Climate program.
“Every day, little by little, the water is rising, washing away beaches, eroding coastlines, pushing into homes and shops and places of worship. As our world floods, it is likely to cause immense suffering and devastation. It is also likely to bring people together and inspire creativity and camaraderie in ways that no one can foresee. Either way, the water is coming.”
-Jeff Goodell, The Water Will Come
With an initial $5 million commitment for 2018, Barr Foundation adds climate resilience as a third priority of its Climate program.
Each year, Boston becomes more vulnerable to the effects of a changing climate. We know this from the Climate Ready Boston research commissioned by the City of Boston. Moreover, the extreme weather events of 2017 in California, Florida, Texas, and the Caribbean only underscore the scale of the challenges before us, the urgency for action, and the many opportunities Greater Boston has to prepare for rising seas and other climate impacts.
As Jeff Goodell argues in his highly acclaimed new book, The Water Will Come, this moment calls for us to embrace creativity, to invest in smart and sustainable solutions and, most importantly, to come together to address the challenge of a changing climate.
Since the Barr Foundation’s inception, one of our key priorities has been the environment. In 2010, we sharpened this work with a focus on climate change. Initially making a five-year, $50 million commitment, as we close 2017, Barr has awarded over $120 million in support of this vital work.
Through these years, Barr’s principal attention has been on reducing emissions from their two largest sources: transportation and energy. Yet, even as we have sought to mitigate the most harmful impacts of climate change, we have also recognized that many of those impacts are inevitable. As a result, over the last two years, we supported an exploratory pilot in climate preparedness.
Based on what we have learned from that effort, the Barr Foundation trustees recently authorized an expansion and deepening of this work. Beginning with an initial investment of $5 million in 2018, climate resilience will join clean energy and mobility as a third priority for Barr’s climate program. We intend for this to remain a key focus area for years to come, with the goal of integrating our efforts across clean energy, mobility, and resilience as mitigation strategies often result in greater resiliency as well.
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.
Read the October 2017 report, “Coastal Resilience Solutions for East Boston and Charlestown.”
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Projects Across the City
Read the Citywide Report
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Better understand the flooding, heat, and social vulnerability data used in Climate Ready Boston
Track our progress in implementing the citywide report recommendations
Across the City, we recognize the importance of tracking our progress and being transparent. This tool is our pilot to improve those efforts in climate resiliency. We want to how the progress we’re making on the initiatives recommended in the Climate Ready Boston Outline of Actions.
Action Help raise awareness in your community of Boston’s climate impacts and what we can do to prepare.
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Below are resources related to climate change vulnerabilities and adaptation planning in Boston and the greater metro area.
- Boston Research Advisory Group (BRAG) Climate Projections Executive Summary (2016)
- Boston Research Advisory Group (BRAG) Climate Projections Full Report (2016)
- Climate Ready Boston Full Report
- Glossary of Terms
- Flood Protection Locations Appendix
- Approach and Methodology Appendix
- Full Report
- Executive Summary
- Full Report – Pages View (better for printing)
- Executive Summary – Pages View (better for printing)
- Open Space & Recreation Plan 2015-2021
- City of Boston’s Climate Action Plan: Climate Preparedness
- Retrofitting Boston’s Buildings for Flooding: Potential Strategies
- Climate Ready Boston: Municipal Vulnerability to Climate Change
- Living with Water Design Competition
- Legal Options for Municipal Climate Adaptation in South Boston
- Planning Urban Heat Island Mitigation in Boston
- Sea Change Boston
- Building Resilience in Boston
- The Urban Implications of Living With Water
- Climate Change and Extreme Weather Vulnerability Assessments and Adaptation Options for the Central Artery
- Enhancing Resilience in Boston: A Guide for Large Buildings and Institutions
- Resilient Food Systems, Resilient Cities: Recommendations for the City of Boston Report
- City of Boston Hazard Mitigation Plan [Draft]
- Pragmatic Approach to Climate Change Adaptation
- Mystic River Master Plan
- Charles River Basin Master Plan
- Climate’s Long-term Impacts on Metro Boston (CLIMB)
- Metro-Boston Regional Climate Change Adaption Strategy
- Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment
- State Hazard Mitigation Plan
- Sea Level Rise: Understanding and Applying Trends and Future Scenarios for Analysis and Planning
Published on Oct 27, 2017
This special reception celebrated the work of over 70 Climate Ready Boston leaders from Greenovate’s first cohort. Read more here: http://www.greenovateboston.org/crbl_…
The Daily Conversation
Published on Jun 22, 2017
A documentary on eight of the most ambitious mega-projects currently under development around the world, featuring: Istanbul’s building boom (Turkey); the Mission to put a human on Mars; the effort to develop Lagos (Nigeria); Africa’s unprecedented clean energy opportunity; the project to probe the nearest Earth-like exoplanet; Atlanta’s stadium of the future (Georgia, United States); India’s effort to modernize its highways; and China’s unprecedented One Belt One Road, “New Silk Road” initiative.
Published on Mar 8, 2016
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The 2008 recession slowed development for much of the world, but some cities have seen explosive growth coming out of recovery.
So which cities are developing the fastest?
Learn More: Global Metromonitor An Uncertain Recovery http://www.brookings.edu/~/media/Rese… “The economic growth trajectories of the world’s major metropolitan areas continued to diverge in 2014, reflecting a still uncertain global recovery.”
The World’s 10 Fastest Growing Metropolitan Areas http://www.brookings.edu/blogs/the-av…
With only 20 percent of the population, the world’s 300 largest metropolitan economies account for nearly half of global economic output.”
China Plans a New Silk Road, but Trade Partners Are Wary http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/26/bus…
“Beijing’s effort to revive ancient trade routes is causing geopolitical strains, with countries like Turkey increasingly worried about becoming too dependent on China.” China’s Xi Jinping Changes the Odds in Macau http://www.wsj.com/articles/xi-change…
“If there’s one skill that the U.S. gambling moguls who staked their futures here have mastered it’s calculating the odds.”
Published on Oct 18, 2017
From countries with rapidly growing populations to countries gaining wealth quite rapidly, here are 11 fastest growing countries in the world. Subscribe to American Eye!
4. Panama While many Central American countries are beginning to move in the wrong direction, Panama is unique and home to the strategic canal. On one side of Panama is the Pacific Ocean and on the other side is the Caribbean sea. The US was the one who built the Panama Canal back in 1914 but no it’s the Panamanians who wreak the benefits of this modern wonder of engineering, which is certainly one of the reasons they’ve been able to grow. Panama gained full control of the canal thanks to a treaty in 1999. In 2016, The canal has expanded since then order to accommodate much larger ships. This should certainly be an important factor for the future of Panama. GDP has been continually increasing since 2012 however the wealth distribution here hasn’t been all that great with ¼ of the population living under the poverty line. Due to Panama’s tropical climate, they’ve been able to grow numerous crops which can be easily exported thanks to the expansion of their canal. The sky’s the limit for panama if they can maintain social order
3. Ethiopia Believe it or not, but the country of Ethiopia has made drastic improvements in the past decade and both their GDP and population is on the rise. Ethiopia is home to one of the fastest growing economies in the world and their GDP growth percentage has been well above the world average. This measured in at first place reaching 8.3 percent in 2016, right above Uzbekistan. China has been willing to invest in Ethiopia’s infrastructure plan but everyone still kind of worried a drought might happen again which will set them back again. Despite the drought that set them back, they’ve been export quite a few products including coffee, sugar and cereals. Other industries appear as though they’ll surpass ethiopia’s agriculture such as leather manufacturing and gold mining.
2. India With an ever growing GDP per capita, India continues to surprise people how fast they are able to grow. It’s now the 2nd largest country by population. Home to one of the earliest civilizations in the Indus Valley, India has been a thriving nation full of resources and many foreign invaders knew this. However, in modern times, it’s taken india quite a while to adjust. Within the past few decades, they’ve become a global force to reckon with. Some major cities such as New Delhi and mumbai have over 20 million residents each. They seem to exponentially be growing in population and their population has risen by 200 million people since 2001.
1. Indonesia With 261 million people, indonesia is becoming a rapidly growing nation both economically and by population. From 1960 to the mid 1990’s the population here has doubled from 100 million to 200 million and they’ve continued to grow since. With naturally beautiful places such as Bali and various volcanoes, indonesia is home to many resources, even one of the biggest gold mines in the world. They now have the largest economy in southeast asia, and many believe they will continue to be a close 2nd to china in terms of economic growth in Asia. They replaced India as the 2nd fast growing G-20 economies.With their focused on a large variety of things such as agriculture, mining, manufacturing, and tourism, they don’t have all their eggs in one basket. Indonesia is a large manufacturer of many cheap goods, but unlike china, many people in the country will be the people who buy them. The rapid growth has taken its toll on the environment like many of these countries. The citarum river near the capital of Jakarta is labeled as one of the most polluted rivers in the world. Although the government appears to rather easily corruptible, it’s shown signs of progressing
Published on Jan 15, 2017
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#9 – Dhaka in Bangladesh Dhaka is the capital of Bangladesh and one of the world’s most densely populated cities. It is also the largest city in the Bengal region, and the current population is a staggering 17 million people. With the size of the city, it hosts 112,000 people for each square mile. The city is home to thousands of businesses, and the Dhaka Stock Exchange is the largest stock in South Asia in terms of market capitalization and trading volume. The city also hosts many festivals and city-wide events throughout the year that focuses on topics such as literature, art, and culture.
#8 – The City of Manila in the Philippines Founded in 1571, the city of Manila is of the oldest cities in the Philippines and was the seat of power for most of the country’s rulers. In 2015, a record 1,780,148 people call Manila home. The city is composed of 16 separate districts, but even then there are about 120,000 people living in every square mile of the city.
#7 – Migingo Island in Lake Victoria The territory was once claimed by both Kenya and Uganda, but after consideration in 2009 the military forces of Uganda left and surrendered the island to Kenya. The island found in the eastern part of Lake Victoria isn’t very big, but that hasn’t stopped the 130 residents from living on a piece of land the size of half a football field. While there isn’t much as far as services found on the island, there are four pubs, a number of brothels, and one pharmacy.
6 – Tin Shui Wai in the Yuen Long District, Hong Kong What was once fish ponds created and used by local fishermen, became a thriving town in the 1980’s. The new town was created by filling in swampy areas with material and building thousands and thousands of apartments in tall buildings. The government has since been criticized due to lack of services and facilities required to meet the demand of the rapid population growth. Tin Shui Wai is now home to 300,000 people who all share the less than two-mile spot of land.
#5 – St. James Town Neighborhood, Toronto, Canada The residential towers that are called home to most were built in the 1960’s for the city’s middle class. Over the next 50 years, immigrants from all over the world flooded in to establish a new beginning. By 2013, there were a recorded 17,000 people living in the 0.09 square mile radius. While all of the residential building were built sky-high to accommodate as many people as possible, there isn’t enough room, and many of the building are falling into disrepair.
#4 – Male Island, the Republic of Maldives Male is the capital and most populous city in the Republic of Maldives. The island was first established as a residence for the King until the abolition of the monarchy in 1968. The name “Maldives” comes from its capital, Male. The word “Maldives” means “the islands of Male.” Male Island is less than one square mile, but there have been talks about expanding the borders through landfills. With a recorded 133,400 people living on the island, it is one of the most densely populated places in the world.
#3 – The Rocinha Favela in Rio de Janeiro “Favela” is the Portuguese word for slum used in Brazil. The largest of these being the Rocinha favela which is located in the South Zone of Rio de Janeiro between the Sao Conrado and the Gavea districts. Most of the slum is located on a steep hill, surrounded by numerous trees. The area of the neighborhood is about a third of a square mile and houses almost 70,000 people according to a 2010 census. Though it is a densely populated slum, the neighborhood has a better-developed infrastructure than many of the others around the world. The tiny area has banks, bus lines, cable tv, and at one time, even a McDonald’s franchise.
#2 – The Marine Lines Neighborhood in Mumbai, India The area was named after the military establishment built by the British in the early 1900’s. The neighborhood area measures to be a fraction less than a square mile at 0.7 square miles. With a recorded population of 202,920, it is one of the most populated neighborhoods around.
#1 – Mong Kok in Hong Kong In less than half a square mile, Mong Kok houses almost 150,000 residents and is home to one of the biggest shopping areas in Hong Kong. The area is a mix of old and new building types with most of the restaurants and shops being at the ground level, and the residential units built above. Due to its extremely high population density, the Guinness Book of World Records called it the busiest district in the entire world.