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Feb 19th Roundup: Boston EPA Office Shrinks Staff, Sparks Concern

Not a subscriber? Sign up here. BEACON HILL HAPPENINGS-- -Legislative update: After much anticipation, the House and Senate released committees assignments last Thursday. In the Senate, President Spilka’s pick for the powerful Senate Ways & Means Committee chair surprising fell to moderate...

Can Statewide Carbon Pricing Lead to a Carbon Free Boston?

In 2017, the city of Boston set its sights on the ambitious goal of becoming 100% carbon free by 2050. With this commitment, the Green Ribbon Commission in collaboration with Boston University's Institute for Sustainable Energy began to investigate how...

Strong Climate Policies on the Horizon in the Empire State

Though countless reports have highlighted the grave future consequences of climate change, President Trump has done nothing about the massive existential threat but deny its existence and roll back environmental regulations. In the wake of such inaction, state lawmakers have...

Feb 12th Roundup: Climate Impacts Boston’s Traffic Congestion

Not a subscriber? Sign up here. TRAFFIC & CLIMATE-- -Local Gridlock, Global Climate Impacts in Boston: According to a new report by transit data firm Inrix, Boston has beat out Los Angeles and become the metropolitan area with the worse commuting congestion in...

Will Hawaii be the first state to price carbon?

In 1959, Hawaii became the 50th and last state to join the United States. Almost sixty years later, it’s emerged as one of the nation’s most progressive and forward-thinking states, known for its many legislative firsts. Hawaii was the first...

7 Beacon Hill Climate & Energy Bills to Watch

Legislators had two weeks to sign onto bills filed in the new session, a process known as cosponsorship. Over that period, a host of bills addressing climate change and promoting clean energy received a lot of attention, with multiple lobby...

We Won’t Remain a Livable Planet Without Economic Circularity

It makes sense in an efficient capitalist society, that we minimize waste and reduce resource extraction to maximize returns – or so you’d think, in theory. In reality, our world is only 9% circular. This alarming statistic is the main...

Feb 5th Roundup: Climate Bills to Watch on Beacon Hill This Session

Not a subscriber? Sign up here! LEGISLATIVE UPDATE-- -What bills will drive the climate & energy debate for the next 2 years?: Last Friday marked the end of the two week period for lawmakers to cosponsor legislation. A host of bills addressing climate...

New Governor Builds Momentum for Carbon Pricing in Maine

“I do not believe in the Al Gore sciences,” Paul Lepage notoriously said in an interview during his 2010 Maine gubernatorial campaign. He went on to call for the abolition of the Department of Energy and the U.S. EPA, quickly...