Daily Archives: February 21, 2018

Boston on the water

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Much of Boston’s most treasured built space is at or near sea-level.  A simple snap shot makes this apparent.  Pictures like these can provide a link to understanding one of the potentially vulnerable locations where Boston will begin to experience the impact of climate change in the coming months and years.  This is one of the topics of the Beacon Hill Seminar (BHS) Spring program, focusing on Boston’s “Climate Vulnerability.”  See:

For further background material on the problem of climate vulnerability and the BHS lecture/discussion course you can link to:

and the information that will continue to be posted on:

climate-boston.com
climate-boston.net
climate-boston.org
climate-boston.tv
and
http://climate-boston.info

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Atlantic Avenue and Boston seaport

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Buildings along Atlantic Avenue in Boston are quite proud of their proximity to the Boston harbor and stress their direct access to the sea.   When you can look through “the arch” of this landmark building from Atlantic Avenue and see the boats and ferries docked at the water’s edge, you realize that you are very near sea-level.

What do you think might happen here if more violent and frequent storms batter the Gulf of Maine as sea level rises over the next several decades and perhaps centuries?

This picture provides an immediate link to one of the potentially most vulnerable locations where Boston will begin to experience the impact of climate change in the coming months and years.  This is one of the topics of the Beacon Hill Seminar (BHS) Spring program, focusing on Boston’s “Climate Vulnerability.”  See:

For further background material on the problem of climate vulnerability and the BHS lecture/discussion course you can link to:

and the information that will continue to be posted on:

climate-boston.com
climate-boston.net
climate-boston.org
climate-boston.tv
and
http://climate-boston.info

“Climate Vulnerability” Beacon Hill Seminar – 2018 – One Walnut Street, Boston

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The Engineering Center, One Walnut Street

This is where we will begin our lectures & discussions on 7 March 2018 as part of the “Climate Vulnerability” course in the Beacon Hill Seminars series.

The world is beginning to witness new and alarming weather events in our daily lives: extended heat waves, droughts, supersized hurricanes, massive downpours and record-setting wildfires driven by gale-force winds. These extreme weather events cause us to pause and reflect about the ways in which we are both personally and collectively vulnerable to any sudden changes in weather.

As we learn more about the patterns of climate change that may well be underlying these extreme weather events, we have good reason to start thinking about the general problem of climate vulnerability. In the wake of experiences like Hurricane Sandy, individuals, institutions, municipalities, corporations and entire states like New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are now beginning to make plans for contingencies that they never previously considered. They are beginning to realize that both their short-term safety and long-term well-being may well depend on their understanding of the particular nature of their climate vulnerability.

Just what is climate vulnerability? How is it currently understood? Who – if anyone – is monitoring it? Who is analyzing what needs to be done in response to changes in climate that have already been observed and can reasonably expect to continue? What ought we do about evident vulnerability in the face of uncertainty?

These are the questions that participants will be invited to investigate and discuss in this course. Members of the course will get access to up-to-date news, authoritative documents, important climate and planning reports, and timely interviews with key scientists and policy figures who address our climate vulnerability. Further, members of the class will engage collectively in discussions about devising their own strategies to keep informed on these topics to enable them to act as responsible citizens, concerned parents, or informed public advocates in the years ahead through Climate-Boston.info

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Some topics to be touched upon include:

All participants should have access to the course support materials available through:

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One key route “out of town” goes under water

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When you think of it, this is one of the key routes for Boston residents to get “out of town” in case of an emergency or just to relax at the beach or to commute home from work.  How vulnerable is this key piece of real estate in the North End to the potential combination of prolonged severe weather and sea-level rise?

This picture provides a link to one of the potentially vulnerable locations where Boston will begin to experience the impact of climate change in the coming months and years.  This is one of the topics of the Beacon Hill Seminar (BHS) Spring program, focusing on Boston’s “Climate Vulnerability.”  See:

For further background material on the problem of climate vulnerability and the BHS lecture/discussion course you can link to:

and the information that will continue to be posted on:

climate-boston.com
climate-boston.net
climate-boston.org
climate-boston.tv
and
http://climate-boston.info

 

“One if by land, two if by sea. And I on the opposite shore will be…”

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Are you climate ready? Ready to spread the alarm through every Middlesex city and town? What is required of true patriots in our day?

This picture provides a link to one of the potentially vulnerable locations where Boston will begin to experience the impact of climate change in the coming months and years.  This is one of the topics of the Beacon Hill Seminar (BHS) Spring program, focusing on Boston’s “Climate Vulnerability.”  See:

For further background material on the problem of climate vulnerability and the BHS lecture/discussion course you can link to:

and the information that will continue to be posted on:

climate-boston.com
climate-boston.net
climate-boston.org
climate-boston.tv
and
climate-boston.info

Paul Revere’s court yard

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Paul Revere’s house in Boston’s North End is now a memorial to the conditions of urban living in pre-revolutionary America.  The question of Boston government devoting itself to securing a fresh water supply or concerning itself with sewage disposal were not talked about as a dominant problem for the early colonists whose preoccupations seemed to be focused on struggling to achieve “freedom” from what they thought of as the tyranny of “foreign” rule.

Visiting the Paul Revere House today sensitizes tourists to the limitations of colonial life and livelihoods.  As such, this picture provides a link to one of the potentially vulnerable locations where Boston will begin to experience the impact of climate change in the coming months and years.   Sea-level rise in our day would have compromised the integrity of the “ground water” and cisterns that many Boston urban dwellers depended upon for fresh water supplies in their day.

This is one of the topics of the Beacon Hill Seminar (BHS) Spring program, focusing on Boston’s “Climate Vulnerability.”  See:

For further background material on the problem of climate vulnerability and the BHS lecture/discussion course you can link to:

and the information that will continue to be posted on:

climate-boston.com
climate-boston.net
climate-boston.org
climate-boston.tv
and
http://climate-boston.info