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Warming Trends: How Hairdressers Are Mobilizing to Counter Climate Change, Plus Polar Bears in Greenland and the ‘Sounds of the Ocean’

A column highlighting climate-related studies, innovations, and other developments from the global warming frontier.

Katelyn Weisbrod - 06-20-2022

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In An Unusual Step, a Top Medical Journal Weighs in on Climate Change

New England Journal of Medicine examines of the effects of air pollution on children's health.

Victoria St. Martin - 06-20-2022

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Online Disinformation Uses Culture Wars to Delay Climate Action, Study Says

Online disinformation campaigns aim to delay climate action by intentionally dragging the issue into politics.

Kristoffer Teague - 06-13-2022

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 Inside Clean Energy: Solid-State Batteries for EVs Make a Leap Toward Mass Production

Solid Power has begun rolling out batteries that will enable electric cars to run much longer on a charge.

Dan Gearino - 06-13-2022

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Gen Zs and millennials need businesses to fight climate change

Both generations put climate change just behind the cost of living as their top societal concern.

Kathy Alsegaf - 06-06-2022

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Heat, sewer problems and less lobster: New report details climate change's impact in Boston - WBUR News

Heat, sewer problems and less lobster: New report details climate change's impact in Boston.

Barbara Moran - 06-06-2022

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The debate over an outdated rule that's harming renewable energy in New England

What to know about the MOPR, an obscure rule that critics say is harming renewable energy and raising electricity bills....

Mirian Wasser - 05-27-2022

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Inside Clean Energy: Think Solar Panels Don’t Work in Snow? New Research Says Otherwise

Double-sided panels help offset the effects of snow on solar arrays.

Dan Gearino - 05-27-2022

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New Study Says World Must Cut Short-Lived Climate Pollutants as Well as Carbon Dioxide to Meet Paris Agreement Goals

Failing to rein in methane, HFCs and soot, will speed global warming in the coming decades.

Phil McKenna - 05-27-2022

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Yes, you can save lives by planting trees, a new study says

Increasing urban greenery could save lives of tens of thousands of older adults, researchers found.

Julia Kane - 05-27-2022

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Urban heat is an invisible threat

Urban heat is an invisible threat – resilience against it shouldn't be.

Luke Antoniou - 05-27-2022

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$500M available for New England schools for green buses

Boston announced last month that it plans to replace its entire fleet of more than 700 buses with electric vehicles.

Associated Press - 05-23-2022

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Inside Clean Energy: Flow Batteries Could Be a Big Part of Our Energy Storage Future. So What’s a Flow Battery?

A battery project uses a technology that could be vital for meeting the need for long-duration energy storage.

Dan Gearino - 05-23-2022

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Study Identifies Outdoor Air Pollution as the ‘Largest Existential Threat to Human and Planetary Health’

Deaths from exposure to emissions from vehicles, smoke stacks and wildfires have increased more than 50% this century.

Victoria St. Martin - 05-23-2022

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Warming Trends: Forests Are the Best Big-City Water Filters, Plus Veggie Burgers by Default, Sea Songs by ET’s Doctor and a Reminder to Eat Fresh Food in the Fridge

A column highlighting climate-related studies, innovations, and developments from the global warming frontier.

Katelyn Weisbrod - 05-23-2022

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Summer forecast: Extreme heat with a chance of rolling blackouts

NOAA expects unusually hot temperatures across all 50 states.

Lina Tran - 05-23-2022

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The Most Livable Cities in the US

AARP ranks Watertown as the second 'most livable' small city in the US.

Andre Claudio - 05-17-2022

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Inside Clean Energy: In a World Starved for Lithium, Researchers Develop a Method to Get It from Water

National lab uses magnets to extract lithium, potentially helping with shortage of key battery material.

Dan Gearino - 05-16-2022

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Billions Proposed for Massachusetts Cities, Climate Resilience - Governing

Baker has filed $3.5 billion to revitalize downtowns, develop climate resiliency and workforce initiatives.

Alison Kuznitz - 05-16-2022

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First Resilient Service Station microgrid project completed in Massachusetts - pv magazine USA

Enel X completed a microgrid with solar-plus-battery storage to operate the facility and offer EV charging.

Anne Fischer - 05-16-2022

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National Grid and Eversource advance New England's network resilience - Smart Energy

National Grid has announced the completion of a portion of the grid reliability project for the Boston region.

Yusuf Latief - 05-16-2022

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Fossil Fuels Aren’t Just Harming the Planet. They’re Making Us Sick

Petrochemicals are linked to health problems from infertility to cancer, and now they’re building up in pregnant women.

Liza Gross and Victoria St. Martin - 05-16-2022

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Earth Has a 50-50 Chance of Hitting a Grim Global Warming Milestone in the Next Five Years

Global temperatures will briefly break the 1.5 degrees Celsius warming mark soon.

Bob Berwyn - 05-16-2022

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Warming Trends: Weather Guarantees for Your Vacation, Plus the Benefits of Microbial Proteins and an Urban Bias Against the Environment

A column highlighting climate-related studies, innovations, and other developments from the global warming frontier.

Katelyn Weisbrod - 05-16-2022

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Green Hotel Revolution: Greater Boston hotels strive for sustainability

If travelers want to reduce their contribution to climate change, choosing green hotels is an available option.

Katie Mogg - 05-09-2022

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New Reports Show Forests Need Far More Funding to Help the Climate, and Even Then, They Can’t Do It All

International efforts to reduce deforestation are underfunded and overwhelmed by industries that continue to cut trees.

Georgina Gustin - 05-09-2022

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Warming Trends: Nature and Health Studies Focused on the Privileged, $1B for Climate School and Old Tires Detour Into Concrete

A column highlighting climate-related studies, innovations, and other developments from the global warming frontier.

Katelyn Weisbrod - 05-09-2022

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Inside Clean Energy: The Idea of Energy Efficiency Needs to Be Reinvented

Incremental gains are no longer good enough if the goal is to get carbon dioxide emissions to zero, a researcher argues....

Dan Gearino - 05-02-2022

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Bicycle Friendly States: Massachusetts Tops the List

Massachusetts is the best state for people on bikes, according to the 2022 Bicycle Friendly States.

James Brasuell - 05-02-2022

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Ending the sale of gas cars by 2030 was a radical idea. What changed?

7 factors driving the switch to electric vehicles.

Kate Yoder - 05-02-2022

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Warming Trends: Tracking Bird Migration in the Night Sky, Plus the Olympic Mountains’ Rapidly Shrinking Glaciers and a Podcast Focused on Florida’s Polluted Environment

A column highlighting climate-related studies, innovations and developments from the global warming frontier.

Katelyn Wesibrod - 05-02-2022

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The Current Rate of Ocean Warming Could Bring the Greatest Extinction of Sealife in 250 Million Years

Warming, oxygen-starved seas could lead marine species to vanish at a rate matching the planet’s biggest extinction.

Bob Berwyn - 05-02-2022

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Warming Trends: Smelly Beaches in Florida Deterred Tourists, Plus the Dearth of Climate Change in Pop Culture and Threats to the Colorado River

A column highlighting climate-related studies, innovations and other developments from the global warming frontier.

Katlyn Weisbrod - 04-25-2022

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Want to Elect Climate Champions? Here’s How to Tell Who’s Really Serious About Climate Change

These tools and scorecards will help you find candidates truly committed to environmental issues.

Marianne Lavelle - 04-25-2022

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The ‘State of the Air’ in America Is Unhealthy and Getting Worse, Especially for People of Color

Millions more are breathing unhealthy air compared to just a few years ago, in large part due to climate change.

Kristoffer Tigue - 04-25-2022

BLOGS

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Wrapping Up Phase 1 of the Community Greening Program

What was accomplished by the Community Greening Program this year?The first phase of the City of Watertown’s equit...

City of Watertown - 06-24-2022

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Three Ways to Show Love to Watertown - and the Planet!

It’s impossible to list all everything we love about Watertown- the Charles River waterfront, our unique industria...

- 03-09-2022

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Look Inside Our New Equity-Based Community Greening Program

What Do We Mean by Equity-Based Community Greening?The City of Watertown is conducting an equity-based green infrastruct...

- 03-09-2022

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Introducing the Resource Center for Renters and Landlords

Meaningful climate action will require our collective effort, but the risks, barriers and needed resources to achieve ac...

- 11-24-2021

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Back to Net-Zero School!

As the new school year gets underway, it’s a great time to reflect on the role our schools play in the Watertown c...

- 10-04-2021

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5 Surprising Benefits of Urban Trees

Cities around the US are becoming less green. The Nature Conservancy reports that cities are losing about 4 million tree...

- 09-01-2021

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Working Towards a Resilient Region

Watertown is doing a lot on its own to combat climate change, but did you know that we also participate in multiple regi...

- 07-19-2021

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Having Positive Climate Conversations

Action on climate change will be most effective if we raise awareness of how important it is to our future wellbeing. Th...

- 06-30-2021

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Momentum is Building for Climate Action in Watertown – Get involved!

Since we have recently launched the planning process for Resilient Watertown, our Climate and Energy Plan, this is a gre...

- 06-09-2021

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The Bikes are Back in Town!

Hello Watertown!  May is Bike Month!Watertown supports biking, as an environmentally friendly, fun, and healthy mea...

- 05-18-2021

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Community Clean Energy in Watertown

In 2019, Watertown launched the Watertown Electricity Choice (WEC) program, in order to increase the amount of renewable...

- 05-05-2021

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New Year’s Resolution: Climate Change Edition

The Town of Watertown hopes you had a restful and safe holiday! With the busy holiday season behind us, we are left with...

- 01-05-2021

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Trying to Reduce Your Waste During the Holidays?

Don’t let consumerism consume your holiday season!  Did you know between Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day...

Laurel Schwab - 12-10-2020

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The Importance of Community to Resilient Watertown

Community engagement has been and will continue to be a key component of Resilient Watertown’s climate action plan...

Laurel Schwab - 11-23-2020

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Introducing Resilient Watertown – A Climate Action and Resilience Plan

Climate Action in Watertown­­­­In July of 2019, the Town of Watertown received funds to start a town-wid...

Laurel Schwab - 10-21-2020