BOSTON — Whether the city has or will adequately “step up,” however, remains a point of contention for some community leaders, activists and policymakers. Elected officials recognize the threat of climate change — Boston, after all, is one of the most vulnerable U.S. cities to the impacts of climate change — and have begun to address the issue.
One day after President Trump pulled the United States out of the 2015 Paris Agreement, a slew of states and cities are saying they are all in anyway. Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island joined the founding states of Washington, New York and California in the United States Climate Alliance.
PROVIDENCE — The site of the modest protest was chosen to draw attention to the city’s vulnerable and highly polluting industrial waterfront. National Grid is proposing a controversial natural gas-liquefaction facility that is seen a threat to safety, health and the climate.
NEWPORT, R.I. — Graduate students in the Rhode Island School of Design’s Interior Architecture program recently presented predictions for what sea-level rise could mean to the low-lying historic Point Neighborhood.
Why is the Northeast experiencing higher levels of sea-level rise than other parts of the wold? Area scientists attribute it to two factors: a slowdown in the Gulf Stream and the melting of ice sheets in Antarctica and Greenland.
Earlier this year, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave the state of U.S. infrastructure an overall grade of D+ in its annual Infrastructure Report Card.
PROVIDENCE — A group of college, high-school and middle-school students aren’t waiting around for climate change to get worse. In fact, they went ahead and organized the recent climate rally at the Statehouse.
BOSTON — The Boston Common hosted not one, but two of the 600 March for Science rallies held around the world on Earth Day. In addition to the featured rally, a separate Kid’s March drew about 1,000 youngsters and adults.
Warwick, Narragansett, Newport, Barrington and Providence are the top five Rhode Island municipalities most vulnerable to climate change-related road damage.
The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management recently released findings of a new study that examined the impacts of climate change on the state’s wastewater infrastructure.
Salt-marsh islands in the West Branch of the Westport River have declined by nearly half during the past 80 years, according to a recent report.
Grover Fugate, executive director of the state Coastal Resources Management Council, said Rhode Island should consider measures beyond the hurricane barrier in Providence to protect the city and other parts of Narragansett Bay.
The size and scope of climate change is mind bogging. While its impact is already being felt locally and globally, our warming planet is expected to inflict vastly greater damage on the built and natural environment for decades and centuries to come. Its impact on human health, farming and the economy is projected to cost trillions of dollars annually.