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Deep in the Democrats’ Climate Bill, Analysts See More Wins for Clean Energy Than Gifts for Fossil Fuel Business

Provisions on EVs, methane, industrial and agriculture policy add up to big emissions cuts.

Marianne Lavelle, Dan Gearino, Georgina Gustin, Phil McKenna - 08-08-2022

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Emerald Tutu being developed to protect Boston neighborhoods from increased threat of flooding

Boston Harbor is one of the region’s greatest assets, but it could become its biggest liability.

Jason Brewer - 08-08-2022

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Weekend forecast: As sweltering temps keep up, Boston could see a 6-day heat wave - WBUR News

The high on Thursday broke the daily record after hitting 98 degrees.

Danielle Noyes - 08-08-2022

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Plastic can take hundreds of years to break down – and we keep making more | Kim Heacox

Americans throw away an estimated 2.5m plastic water bottles an hour.

Kim Heacox - 08-08-2022

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Inside Clean Energy: What’s Hotter than Solar Panels? Solar Windows.

Researchers and startups are moving forward with plans for windows that generate electricity.

Dan Gearino - 08-01-2022

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How Is the Jet Stream Connected to Simultaneous Heat Waves Across the Globe?

Scientists are racing to understand the changing shape of the air currents.

Leslie Hook - 08-01-2022

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Millions Swelter As Heat Wave Shatters Temperature Records Across Northeast

“The ‘Dog Days of Summer’ are unquestionably here,” the Weather Prediction Center said.

Nick Visser - 07-25-2022

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All of Massachusetts is officially in a drought

State says it’s time to start getting serious about water conservation.

Miriam Wasser - 07-25-2022

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Inside Clean Energy: Did You Miss Me? A Giant Battery Storage Plant Is Back Online, Just in Time for Summer

California hit a new high for battery storage use, thanks to plants like the one at Moss Landing.

Dan Gearino - 07-25-2022

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Warming Trends: The Tokyo Olympics’ Reduced Carbon Footprint, a Fin Whale Feeding Frenzy and the Tech Guru Who’s Trying to Bring Back the Woolly Mammoth

A column highlighting studies, innovations, and other development from the global warming frontier.

Katelyn Weisbrod - 07-17-2022

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Massachusetts hospitals are joining the climate fight

Half of all hospitals signed a White House pledge to cut emissions 50% by 2030 and reach net-zero emissions by 2050.

Dharna Noor - 07-17-2022

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Inside Clean Energy: Some EVs Now Pay for Themselves in a Year

Evs are now a better deal than gas cars, due to much lower fuel and maintenance costs and a $7,500 tax credit.

James Pothen - 07-17-2022

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Summer heat waves are here — how to prepare and stay cool

At least 65 million Americans experienced temps above 100 degrees in the past month.

TARA YARLAGADDA - 07-12-2022

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Inside Clean Energy: This Virtual Power Plant Is Trying to Tackle a Housing Crisis and an Energy Crisis All at Once

Bay Area project combines subsidized housing with solar and battery systems that work together to support the grid.

Dan Gearino - 07-12-2022

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In Climate-Driven Disasters, Older People and the Disabled Are Most at Risk. Now In-Home Caregivers Are Being Trained in How to Help Them

Program offers tools and training to caregivers, who often find themselves on the front lines of natural disasters.

Katie Rodriquez - 07-12-2022

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Vertical farming provides alternative way to grow produce

With temperatures 5-15 degrees above average, farming across the U.S. has been especially impacted.

NBC News - 07-12-2022

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Warming Trends: Carbon-Neutral Concrete, Climate-Altered Menus and Olympic Skiing in Vanuatu

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

Katelyn Weisbrod - 07-12-2022

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Natural Gas Samples Taken from Boston-Area Homes Contained Numerous Toxic Compounds, a New Harvard Study Finds

Almost all contained a carcinogen. Studies underway to see if homeowners are exposed to toxins when cooking with gas.

Hannah Loss - 06-30-2022

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Inside Clean Energy: Yes, There Are Benefits of Growing Broccoli Beneath Solar Panels

Shade from solar panels leads to a brighter green color for broccoli, reduced evaporation and more income for farmers.

Dan Gearino - 06-30-2022

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These Clergy Are Bridging the Gap Between Religion and Climate

A Rabbi and a Protestant minister offer suggestions for how to engage congregations to solve the climate crisis.

James Bruggers - 06-30-2022

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Charlie Baker, East Coast govs team up with Biden to boost wind

Governor Baker sees this as a big move for local wind industry,

Boston Herald. - 06-27-2022

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Inside Clean Energy: E-bike Sales and Sharing are Booming. But Can They Help Take Cars off the Road?

E-bikes are getting a big boost from states that hope they will reduce driving, energy consumption and emissions.

James Pothen - 06-27-2022

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Pollen and heat: A looming challenge for global agriculture

Unusually high springtime temperatures can kill pollen and interfere with the fertilization of crops.

Carolyn Beans - 06-27-2022

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Warming Trends: Putting Citizen Scientists to Work, Assuring Climate-Depressed Kids That the Future is Bright, and Deploying Solar-Hydrogen Generators

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

Katelyn Weisbrod - 06-27-2022

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Solar panel waste is not the worst thing that’s ever happened

It is always important to put challenges like this in context.

Jon Smieja - 06-27-2022

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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

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