In Wyoming, state lawmakers have introduced a bill that would bring steep penalties to protesters who engage in civil disobedience aimed at halting fossil fuel extraction. Wyoming’s Senate File 74 would make “impeding critical infrastructure” a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison with a fine of up to $100,000. One of the bill’s co-sponsors has said it’s a reaction to protests against the Dakota Access pipeline led by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. The Wyoming bill comes on the heels of similar bills introduced in Iowa and Ohio—legislation that hews closely to a template bill written by the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC.
Back in the U.S., unusual weather patterns have seen record low temperatures in Rocky Mountain states and parts of the Pacific Northwest, while temperatures spiked to record highs along much of the Eastern Seaboard. Newark, New Jersey, saw thermometers top 80 Wednesday—the highest temperature ever recorded there in February. The wild weather came as the National Snow and Ice Data Center warned global warming has driven wintertime sea ice levels to the lowest levels seen since record-keeping began. January 2018 saw Arctic sea ice reach just 13 million square kilometers—an area 10 percent smaller than the average for recent decades. This week, temperatures in the Arctic rose by more than 45 degrees Fahrenheit above normal—with the world’s northernmost weather station in Greenland recording winter temperatures above freezing.
An epic nor’easter, a full moon high tide and a rising sea all conspired to swallow up Boston with an icy cold winter flood. What has been a somewhat rare event is believed in the coming years to become much more common due to the effects of climate change. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien reports on how Boston is preparing and whether it will be sufficient.
Nature is taking a devastating toll in both the U.S. mainland and in countries like India, Bangladesh and Nepal, where monsoons rains are causing floods and hundreds of casualties. Directly attributing these individual weather events to global warming is a tricky undertaking for scientists. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien reports on what data suggests about the connection.
November 4 at Falmouth Public Library, 300 Main St, Falmouth, MA. Speakers: Ellen Douglas, PE, PhD, Associate Professor of Hydrology, School for the Environment, UMass Boston. With local perspective from: Stephanie Madsen, Sustainability Coordinator, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Dr. Robert Max Holmes, Deputy Director and Senior Scientist Woods Hole Research Center.
Renew Boston will host a webinar where you will learn how the City of Boston can help reduce your monthly energy bills and energy use while improving the year-round comfort of your home. More than 40,000 Boston residents have reduced their energy usage and saved money through Renew Boston and Mass Save. Find out more at boston.gov/renew-boston.
Boston is prepping for climate change. If the city keeps doing business as usual, it will adversely affect its population. While the average summer temperature in Boston from 1981 to 2010 was 69 degrees, it may be as high as 76 degrees by 2050 and 84 degrees by 2100.As soons as the 2050s, 7% of the total land area in the city could be exposed to frequent stormwater flooding. Coastal and Riverline flooding will affect Boston both during storm events and during high tides, will will cause large-scale flooding in some neighborhoods. People, buildings, infrastructure, transportation and economy will be seriously affected.
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