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To combat climate change, Massachusetts needs to break these habits — and soon | Editorial | The Boston Globe | BostonGlobe.com

To combat climate change, Massachusetts needs to break these habits — and soon | Editorial | The Boston Globe | BostonGlobe.com | @The Convergence of ICT, Climate Change & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

In Quebec, clean power that Massachusetts could be using goes to waste, whooshing over dams while environmentalists battle against plans for the power lines needed to connect to the Commonwealth.

In Plymouth, the state is letting its biggest single source of carbon-free electricity vanish — to cheers.

In Everett, the Commonwealth is choosing to rely on imported liquefied natural gas from Russia, or Trinidad and Tobago, in deference to the environmental movement’s current shibboleths around pipelines.

For a state that calls climate change a priority, Massachusetts sometimes makes odd decisions. And it’s not because the state is rife with climate-science deniers.

 

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Biden Sets Out Oil, Gas Leasing Reform, Stops Short of Ban | CapeCod.com

Biden Sets Out Oil, Gas Leasing Reform, Stops Short of Ban | CapeCod.com | @The Convergence of ICT, Climate Change & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration has recommended an overhaul of the nation’s oil and gas leasing program to focus on areas that are most suitable for energy development and raise costs fo…
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CA: Irvine approves regulations for controversial asphalt plant | LATimes.com

CA: Irvine approves regulations for controversial asphalt plant | LATimes.com | @The Convergence of ICT, Climate Change & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
Following years of pressure from residents, Irvine approves new measures this week to regulate trucks leaving All American Asphalt.
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The Florida DOT's latest ‘Billionaire Boulevard’ plan has rural FL outraged | FloridaPhoenix.com

Last month, because of Halloween, TV was full of horror movies, including one cleverly titled “Halloween.” That one, released in 1978, featured a frightened young woman, played by scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis, fleeing a masked and murderous psycho named Michael Myers, whose dialogue consisted of him breathing very loudly. At the film’s climax — […]
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Days after COP26, U.S. oversees historic oil and gas lease sale | NPR.org

Days after COP26, U.S. oversees historic oil and gas lease sale | NPR.org | @The Convergence of ICT, Climate Change & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
Despite pledging to take action on climate change at the international event, the Biden administration says its hands were tied after a federal judge stopped its attempt to pause the leasing program.
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Massachusetts pulled out of a regional emissions pact. Here's what that means | WBUR News | WBUR.org

Massachusetts pulled out of a regional emissions pact. Here's what that means | WBUR News | WBUR.org | @The Convergence of ICT, Climate Change & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
The Massachusetts effort to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 has suffered a big setback. Last week, Gov. Baker took the state out of the Transportation Climate Initiative, a multi-state initiative to cut carbon emissions in the transportation sector.
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"Smart" Farallon Buoy helps commercial fishers recover lost nets |  NewAtlas.com

"Smart" Farallon Buoy helps commercial fishers recover lost nets |  NewAtlas.com | @The Convergence of ICT, Climate Change & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
You've no doubt heard about the horrors of lost commercial fishing nets, which drift through the ocean catching and killing a multitude of sea creatures. Well, the Farallon Buoy is designed to help, by allowing fishers to track the whereabouts of those nets.
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Wildlife corridors: one solution for saving animals from extinction | by Mary Katherine Moore | Environment America | Medium.com

Wildlife corridors: one solution for saving animals from extinction | by Mary Katherine Moore | Environment America | Medium.com | @The Convergence of ICT, Climate Change & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
Twenty-three species were declared extinct in the United States in September, underscoring the urgency with which we must act to stave off further losses. Environment America is advocating for the…
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MA: Chelsea and Chinatown are building microgrids to solve big energy, climate challenges | WBUR News | WBUR.org

MA: Chelsea and Chinatown are building microgrids to solve big energy, climate challenges | WBUR News | WBUR.org | @The Convergence of ICT, Climate Change & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
The planned systems in Chelsea and Chinatown can detach from the main power grid, giving the communities their own islands of energy while relieving pressure on the wider regional system.
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MA: Low-Lying Roads Project seeks to enhance community resiliency | CapeCodCommission.org

MA: Low-Lying Roads Project seeks to enhance community resiliency | CapeCodCommission.org | @The Convergence of ICT, Climate Change & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Climate change hazards such as inland flooding, sea level rise, erosion, and severe storms are threatening many of Cape Cod’s roadways. Potential damage could cut off critical access to homes, buildings, infrastructure, and critical facilities.

 

Low-lying roadways have been identified as vulnerabilities through the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Plan process, hazard mitigation planning process, and through the Climate Action Plan stakeholder process. Consistent with recommendations of the Climate Action Plan, the Cape Cod Commission is working with ten Cape Cod towns to examine vulnerabilities in the roadway network and to identify solutions.

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It's Time to Fear the Fungi | WIRED.com

It's Time to Fear the Fungi | WIRED.com | @The Convergence of ICT, Climate Change & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
Climate change could threaten humans' protection from fungal infections. It's time to fear the fungi.
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Shell halves Singapore refining capacity, to change chemical feedstock | Reuters.com

Shell halves Singapore refining capacity, to change chemical feedstock | Reuters.com | @The Convergence of ICT, Climate Change & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
Royal Dutch Shell has halved its crude processing capacity at its Singapore hub and reduced fuel exports, executives said on Tuesday, as the major transits from fossil fuels to cut emissions and meet global low-carbon energy needs.
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On Twitter, fossil fuel companies’ climate misinformation is subtle | Nieman Journalism Lab | NiemanLab.org

On Twitter, fossil fuel companies’ climate misinformation is subtle | Nieman Journalism Lab | NiemanLab.org | @The Convergence of ICT, Climate Change & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
This subtle form of misinformation, which scholars have called “fossil fuel solutionism,” involves cherry-picking data and talking points.
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Native-Owned Renewable Energy Companies to Receive more than $6.5 Million from Department of Energy | Environment | NativeNewsOnline.net

Native-Owned Renewable Energy Companies to Receive more than $6.5 Million from Department of Energy | Environment | NativeNewsOnline.net | @The Convergence of ICT, Climate Change & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
ST. PAUL, Minn. — The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded Minnesota based Native Sun Community Power Development over $6.5 million for what’s being touted as the Upper Midwest Inter-Tribal Electronic Vehicle (EV) Charging Community Network. Th
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Water Cycle and Circular Economy: Developing a Circularity Assessment Framework for Complex Water Systems | ScienceDirect.com

Water Cycle and Circular Economy: Developing a Circularity Assessment Framework for Complex Water Systems | ScienceDirect.com | @The Convergence of ICT, Climate Change & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
Water – the most vital resource, negatively affected by the linear pattern of growth – still tries to find its positioning within the emerging concept…
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CA: How the KNP Complex fire devastated one giant sequoia grove | LATimes.com

CA: How the KNP Complex fire devastated one giant sequoia grove | LATimes.com | @The Convergence of ICT, Climate Change & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
Most of the giant sequoias killed by the KNP Complex fire were in a single grove, where flames may have blanketed the tops of the trees that rise more than 250 feet.
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Salt marshes soak up carbon. Restoring them is key to fighting climate change | WBUR News | WBUR.org

Salt marshes soak up carbon. Restoring them is key to fighting climate change | WBUR News | WBUR.org | @The Convergence of ICT, Climate Change & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
Scientists in Maine recently unlocked a mystery that helps explain what's happening to marshes —and how to restore them.
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Grim milestone: More than 1,000 manatees dead in Florida waters | Central Florida News | WMFE.org

Grim milestone: More than 1,000 manatees dead in Florida waters | Central Florida News | WMFE.org | @The Convergence of ICT, Climate Change & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
A record die-off of manatees this year in Florida waters has surpassed a grim milestone. 
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The end of gas-powered cars is no longer a laughable idea | NPR.org

The end of gas-powered cars is no longer a laughable idea | NPR.org | @The Convergence of ICT, Climate Change & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
In just a few years, phasing out gas-powered cars has gone from fringe idea to mainstream policy proposal. It's still a long way from being reality, but the sense of urgency is accelerating.
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World's first electric autonomous cargo ship takes to the water | NewAtlas.com

World's first electric autonomous cargo ship takes to the water | NewAtlas.com | @The Convergence of ICT, Climate Change & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
A future-focused ship designed as the world's first all-electric, autonomous cargo vessel has debuted in Norway, where it is intended to replace 40,000 diesel-powered truck journeys every year. The Yara Birkeland made a short, crewed trip to the capital of Oslo as part of its unveiling, with work…
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Getting Beyond ‘Blah, Blah, Blah’ and Upending Inaction on Climate Change | by TimKarr | Medium.com

Getting Beyond ‘Blah, Blah, Blah’ and Upending Inaction on Climate Change | by TimKarr | Medium.com | @The Convergence of ICT, Climate Change & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
Ripples from environmental activist Greta Thunberg’s passionate speech in Milan this September were still being felt last week as politicians, diplomats, NGO leaders and youth advocates convened…
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MA: Cape Cod Commission prepares model solar bylaw | CapeCodCommission.com

MA: Cape Cod Commission prepares model solar bylaw | CapeCodCommission.com | @The Convergence of ICT, Climate Change & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it

Climate change is a major challenge facing Cape Cod and transitioning our regional energy sector to renewable forms of energy, including solar energy, is essential. At the same time, ensuring that the region has the resources to facilitate local renewable energy development while protecting our most sensitive resources and public health, safety, and welfare is critical.

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Construction Advances on Hempitecture Manufacturing Facility | Hempitecture.com

Construction Advances on Hempitecture Manufacturing Facility | Hempitecture.com | @The Convergence of ICT, Climate Change & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
Crews have been steadily at work, making significant progress at the Northbridge Junction building site in Jerome, Idaho. Led by both Bonneville Construction and Peterson Construction, Northbridge Junction is a first-of-its-kind development in South Central Idaho. Located along the I-84 Corridor, the North Bridge Junction development boasts strategic reach to critical markets and is located in the heart of Idaho agricultural land. The combination of these attributes makes this site the ideal loc
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Humans Have Broken a Fundamental Law of the Ocean | WIRED.com

Humans Have Broken a Fundamental Law of the Ocean | WIRED.com | @The Convergence of ICT, Climate Change & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
The size of undersea creatures seemed to follow a strange but stable pattern—until industrial fishing came along.
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Turkey has already reached renewable energy targets for 2023 | DailySabah.com

Turkey has already reached renewable energy targets for 2023 | DailySabah.com | @The Convergence of ICT, Climate Change & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
Turkey's power capacity in renewable energy reached approximately 53,000 megawatts as of the end of October, the Energy and Natural Resource
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10,800 Years Ago, Early Humans Planted Forest Islands in Amazonia's Grasslands | DiscoverMagazine.com

10,800 Years Ago, Early Humans Planted Forest Islands in Amazonia's Grasslands | DiscoverMagazine.com | @The Convergence of ICT, Climate Change & Distributed Renewable Energy | Scoop.it
Researchers say that these trees are evidence of early crop cultivation by ancient humans in Amazonia.
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