Daily Archives: June 14, 2018

Rising seas and raising questions in booming Boston district

Rising seas and raising questions in booming Boston district

By PHILIP MARCELO   Jun. 06, 2018

BOSTON (AP) — In this old city’s booming Seaport District, General Electric is building its new world headquarters, Amazon is bringing in thousands of new workers, and Reebok’s red delta symbol sits atop the new office it opened last year. Three tech companies are testing self-driving cars and restaurants and apartments have gone up virtually overnight.

But after bad flooding this past winter, some wonder whether it was a bright idea to invest so much in a man-made peninsula that sits barely above sea level.

“That was the first winter where we really saw waves splashing onto the boardwalk and water in the streets,” said Greg Hoffmeister, who watched the brief deluge from the third-floor Seaport office of his real estate firm. “You start to think: Is that what we’re in for, as sea levels rise?”

As they gear up to host the International Mayors Climate Summit on Thursday, municipal officials insist they’re making the proper preparations in a city that was less than 500 acres (202 hectares) when the Puritans settled it in 1630 but now includes more than 5,000 acres (2,023 hectares) of man-made landfill — one-sixth of its entire area.

“We know the water is going to be coming in through South Boston, pretty much from every direction, by 2070,” said Richard McGuinness, a city planning deputy, referring to the neighborhood that includes the Seaport.

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Climate Finance Panel Moderated by John Macomber


Boston City TV
Published on Jun 11, 2018

Mayor Walsh welcomes mayors across the country and abroad for an International Mayors Climate Summit hosted at Boston University. The summit will focus on actions being taken by mayors to address climate change globally and in their own communities.

Clean Energy Panel Moderated by Mindy Lubber


Boston City TV
Published on Jun 11, 2018

Mayor Walsh welcomes mayors across the country and abroad for an International Mayors Climate Summit hosted at Boston University. The summit will focus on actions being taken by mayors to address climate change globally and in their own communities.

Climate Mayors Luncheon Panel


Boston City TV
Published on Jun 11, 2018

Mayor Walsh welcomes mayors across the country and abroad for an International Mayors Climate Summit hosted at Boston University. The summit will focus on actions being taken by mayors to address climate change globally and in their own communities.


Hurricane Aletta: FIRST hurricane of 2018 as Category FOUR monster forms in Pacific Ocean


Climate Change News
Published on Jun 9, 2018

Hurricane Aletta: FIRST hurricane of 2018 as Category FOUR monster forms in Pacific Ocean.
HURRICANE Aletta has been named as the first hurricane in the Western Hemisphere of 2018 – rip currents and rough seas could hit coasts from Acapulco to Mazatlan and southern Baja California due to the storm’s force.
Aletta was named as the first Western Hemisphere hurricane on Thursday afternoon after it continued to build power while churning its way through the Pacific.

Hurricane Aletta is not expected to make landfall but it is expected to gain strength over the next few days.

The Weather Channel Meteorologist Heather Tesch said: “We will be monitoring this in the days to come as it continues to work its way to the north and north-west.

“Fortunately, it is not a huge impact to land but we are going to see some impact and that would be along the coast of Mexico in the form of some rip currents and also some heavy surf.
“We do expect it to intensify a bit before later on this weekend it starts to come down.”

The Weather Channel also warned there could be a second storm brewing which could potentially develop into something stronger in the Pacific close to the coast of Mexico and Guatemala.

Ms Tesch said: “If it does become a named system, it will be Bud and it does have the potential to move a little bit closer to shore.”

Aletta had been producing winds of 45 miles per hour before severely intensifying.
We are going to see some impact and that would be along the coast of Mexico

The Weather Channel
As a result of the hurricane, rainfall and thunderstorms are possible in the Mexican regions from Oaxaca to Jalisco on Friday.

The Atlantic hurricane season is the period in the year where hurricanes typically form in the Atlantic Ocean.

In the north of the Atlantic Ocean, the season takes place from June 1 to November 30.

The peak of hurricane season is typically towards the end of August.

Dan Kottlowski, from AccuWeather, said: “Aletta should become a hurricane Friday or during the upcoming weekend.”

Climate Resilience Panel Moderated by Vivien Li


Boston City TV
Published on Jun 11, 2018

Mayor Walsh welcomes mayors across the country and abroad for an International Mayors Climate Summit hosted at Boston University. The summit will focus on actions being taken by mayors to address climate change globally and in their own communities.

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Transportation Panel Moderated by Administrator Gina McCarthy


Boston City TV
Published on Jun 11, 2018

Mayor Walsh welcomes mayors across the country and abroad for an International Mayors Climate Summit hosted at Boston University. The summit will focus on actions being taken by mayors to address climate change globally and in their own communities

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