Posted on August 13, 2014

Bostonian sails across the North Atlantic in search of climate answers

By Jeffrey Morgan During the month of June I had the unique opportunity to sail across the North Atlantic Ocean and study the ocean I was crossing along the way. I set sail from Woods Hole, MA on June 2, 2014 aboard the 134-foot-tall ship Corwith Cramer and made it to Cork, Ireland on June 27, 2014. The vessel belongs to the Sea Education Association (SEA) out of Woods Hole, MA and the Transatlantic Voyage which I and 34 others were a part of was through a program SEA offers called SEA Semester. I’d like to thank SEA and all…

Posted on August 7, 2014

Deep in the Bins: A Look at Small Business Recycling Practices

Maryrose Myrtetus is a Greenovate Boston Summer Fellow working to increase the city’s commercial recycling rates through a scalable, market-based solution.  I never thought that it would be easy to get small businesses recycling. A task like this requires more than simply distributing blue bins and registering businesses with recycling haulers. Though we don’t measure it, Boston’s commercial recycling rate is thought to pale in comparison to its tepid residential recycling rate of 20 percent. Anecdotally, local waste experts and businesses estimate that less than half of all businesses here do any recycling at all, and those that do may…

Posted on August 4, 2014

Learning to live with water in a coastal city

In addition to being one of the most beautiful cities in the world (as noted by the BRA’s own Kairos Shen), Boston is also one of the luckiest. We avoided flood disasters from winter storms Nemo and Hercules by just a few hours; and had Hurricane Sandy had hit us at high tide, Boston would have likely experienced a 100-year flood. Boston is a city built along water, and as a result, we are a city vulnerable to climate change and sea level rise. Thankfully, a solution is on the way—and  you can be a part of it. Last Friday,…

Posted on August 4, 2014

Latest data confirms that our planet is warming…

The American Meteorological Society (AMS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently released the State of the Climate in 2013 report. This annual, peer-reviewed report examines the changing state and behavior of the Earth’s physical climate system.And the news isn’t great… With the support of data collection and analysis by 425 scientists from 57 countries around the world, this latest report reflects the continuing trends of Planet Earth warming up. To track patterns, changes, and trends of the global climate system, several indicators were employed, including greenhouse gas levels, ocean heat content, sea level, glacier ice loss, permafrost temperatures,…