Christian Morris

Once Again, Our Actions are Misaligned With the Reality of this Crisis

Earlier this year, a forecast analysis was released by the International Energy Agency (IEA) detailing pathways to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. Notably, the report indicates that existing government pledges will not achieve the goal of net zero by...

June 10th Roundup: Vehicular Air Pollution Claimed Hundreds of Lives in MA in 2016

[Not a subscriber? Sign up here] BEACON HILL HAPPENINGS – “Watchdogs On Alert Ahead of Climate Law Implementation” (Colin A. Young, SHNS via WWLP): [read the article] LOCAL IDEAS – “Time to prioritize offshore wind supply chain” by Patricia Haddad, via Commonwealth Magazine – “Solar gone wrong” by Margaret Sheehan,...

What’s the Beef? Misinformation Strikes Again

In the past few weeks, our social media and television feeds have been flooded with pictures of meat. Why, you might ask, are individuals posting their meat-filled meals for all to see? Well, it’s partly in response to a wildly...

Earth Day 2021: Restoring our Planet

This year, the theme for Earth Day is restoration. It’s a clarion call to restore and rehabilitate our natural, social, and economic systems imperiled by converging and compounding ecological and climate crises. While much of the world continues to grapple...

April 23rd Roundup: Earth Week & House Considers Green Budget Proposals

[Not a subscriber? Sign up here] BEACON HILL HAPPENINGS – Green priorities under consideration in House budget (Christian Morris): The Environmental League of Massachusetts (ELM) and other members of the Green Budget Coalition are continuing efforts to push for an increase in spending...

President Biden Increased The Social Cost Of Carbon, But Is It Enough?

For years, economists and climate scientists have worked to attribute a price tag to the pollution driving the climate crisis, known as the Social Cost Of Carbon (SCC). The SCC can be leveraged in policy and decision-making to weigh the...

We Can’t Stop Climate Change, But We Can (Still) Avoid The Worst-Case Scenario

Life on Earth is, in itself, a miracle. The conditions produced by the delicate balance of Earth’s planetary systems has allowed modern humans to flourish and thrive over thousands of years. But, while we relish in the gifts this planet...

Administration off to a good start on climate commitments

The United States has a new Commander-in-Chief. Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th President last week and environmental advocates breathed a sigh of relief. The inauguration signaled an end to the volatile, anti-science Trump administration, an era under...

The Capitol Riot (as with most everything else) is also a climate story

Last week, we witnessed a horrifying display of insurrection in our U.S. Capitol. As Congress was certifying the results of the 2020 election, Trump-supporting rioters gathered outside with the intention of disrupting the process in the name of the lame-duck...