Climate

‘Ecological City’ uses the arts to inspire environmental action in New York City

For nearly three decades, Felicia Young has made it her life’s work to use the arts to raise awareness for the ecological issues facing New York City, from climate change and conservation to sustainability. New Yorkers are encouraged to become part of Young’s mission on Saturday, when...

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 1:59pm

NYC has 25-year plan to protect its forests from climate change

We know that climate change will affect New York City’s waterfronts, but there’s another ecological feature also at risk: the city’s forests. NYC Parks and the nonprofit Natural Areas Conservancy announced on Monday the creation of a 25-year plan to keep New York City’s...

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 9:42am

‘Are we going to wait for another Sandy to hit us?’

Living in Bedford-Stuyvesant in 2012, Rachel Rivera thought she was safe when Superstorm Sandy hit New York City that Oct. 29. Five years later, the horror of that night is still present for her and her now-11-year-old daughter. “She’s terrified that she’s going to relive...

Friday, October 27, 2017 - 2:46pm

Exxon Mobil 'misled' the public on climate change for over 40 years

Exxon Mobil, one of the world’s largest oil companies, made “explicit factual misrepresentations” about the dangers of climate change for 40 years, while simultaneously acknowledging the risks behind closed doors, a new Harvard University study finds. Two Harvard researchers...

Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 12:29pm

Boston, 400 other coastal communities could be flooded by 2100 due to climate change: Report

Whether or not you want to admit climate change is real, scientists say the effects of a warming climate are putting sea level rise into hyper drive — a new map predicts most coastal communities in the U.S. will be totally submerged under water by 2100 or at least see regular flooding as a...

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 8:48am

Richard Branson’s Run on Less to highlight US trucking industry's fuel, environmental efficiency

With the transportation sector as one of the biggest contributors to carbon emissions, the trucking industry might be the last place you’d check for innovations moving toward clean energy. That’s why Sir Richard Branson, his Carbon War Room nonprofit and the North American Council for...

Monday, June 26, 2017 - 5:06am

Boston creates website for climate change data removed from EPA's site

The city of Boston continues to be a champion for climate change action with a new website sharing information from the Environmental Protection Agency. Not long after President Donald Trump took office, the EPA began to remove data on climate change, including links to global warming research...

Monday, June 19, 2017 - 11:36am

Protecting Boston's waterfront for future generations

After President Trump announced last week he would pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement, Mayor Marty Walsh assured Boston that the efforts here to curb the effects of climate change would continue undeterred. Climate protection efforts are crucial, Walsh said, to a...

Monday, June 5, 2017 - 5:00am

Massachusetts governor noncommittal about joining states in climate alliance

Gov. Charlie Baker should enlist Massachusetts in a new coalition of states committed to carbon reduction efforts called for under the Paris agreement, according to a state senator from western Massachusetts. The governors of California, New York and Washington, all Democrats, launched the...

Friday, June 2, 2017 - 2:32pm

French president invites American scientists, 'responsible citizens' to go to France

French President Emmanuel Macron is trolling President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement. Taking a jab at Trump’s campaign slogan, “Make American great again,” a mantra that has been echoed frequently since Trump took office in January,...

Friday, June 2, 2017 - 2:00pm

US to pull out of Paris climate agreement: President Trump

Updated 3:53 p.m., Thursday, June 1, 2017: President Donald Trump announced Thursday the United States will pull out of the Paris climate agreement, but indicated he would try to renegotiatiate a "better deal." "In order to fulfill my solemn duty to protect America and its...

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 4:55pm

Neil deGrasse Tyson drops some knowledge ahead of Trump's decision on Paris climate agreement

President Donald Trump is expected to pull the United States out of the Paris climate agreement, a move that well-known astrophysicist and television host Neil deGrasse Tyson has made pretty clear he thinks is uninformed. While nothing is certain until the president makes his formal announcement...

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 1:52pm

Trump to decide US future in Paris climate agreement Thursday

President Donald Trump on Thursday will announce his decision on whether to keep the United States in a landmark global pact to fight climate change, after a source close to the matter said he was preparing to pull out of the Paris climate agreement. Trump said in a Twitter post on Wednesday night...

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 10:43am

EPA removes climate change info from website

Just one day before 200,000 people descended on Washington to protest the Trump administration’s stance on climate change, the Environmental Protection Agency scrubbed most of the information on the topic from its website. Visitors to the climate change page on the EPA website are now...

Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 5:24pm

WATCH: Bernie Sanders and Bill Nye chat climate change

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Bill Nye "the science guy" hosted a Facebook live event on Monday morning. The topic: climate change."Bill Nye was the reason I fell in love with science," one viewer wrote. "Bernie Sanders is why I fell in love with politics. #renewableenergynow"Sanders often tweets...

Monday, February 27, 2017 - 2:13pm

Boston ponders sea wall as rising water levels pose future threat

As climate change and rising sea levels are causing concern the world over, Boston is mulling a project that could protect the city against possible future flooding.A recent city report on local climate change risks has city officials considering the construction of a sea wall that would run four...

Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 10:14am

De Blasio announces early progress on green initiatives across NYC

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Tuesday early progress on green building programs in conjunction with the eighth annual Climate Week held in the city.NYC’s Climate Week runs from Sept. 19-25. With a new president of the United States being elected in just weeks, “Climate Week NYC 2016 will gather...

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - 7:30pm

Religious leaders arrested in protest of controversial natural gas pipeline

Sixteen interfaith clergy were arrested Wednesday morning in West Roxbury during a protest of the West Roxbury Lateral Pipeline (WRLP).The religious leaders, who gathered to pray in front of a gate to the metering and regulating station at 10 Grove St., marched to the pipeline site and stopped...

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 9:03pm

Why 2016 could be the hottest year in history

Last month was the hottest April globally, according to new figures released by NASA on May 15. According to statistics, the temperature of the land and sea was 34 degrees warmer in April than the average temperature for the month between 1951 and 1980. April has become the seventh month in a row...

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 9:30pm

Five islands disappear due to climate change

At least five tiny Pacific islands have been completely lost due to rising sea-levels and coastal erosion, according to a new study published in Environmental Research Letters. The islands, a part of the Solomon Archipelago, have suffered the consequences of sea level rises of between 7 -10mm over...

Monday, May 16, 2016 - 10:35pm