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Celebrate Arlington’s Path to a Sustainable Future

Sunday, September 23, 2018 - 3-5 p

Arlington Town Hall, 730 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA

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At the Windows on Water film series screening of Liquid Assets, DPW Director Mike Rademacher gave the audience an update on what the Town is doing to maintain our water, sewer and stormwater infrastructure. Thank you, Mike, for making yourself available to the communuity-we learned a lot.

To read more about Arlington's drinking water, here is the most recent Mass Water Resources Drinking Water report, just click on "Arlington".

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  • Climate Solutions:  Is It Feasible to Remove Enough CO2 from the Air? - by Elizabeth Kolbert

    Climate Change News Nov 16, 2018 | 06:41 am

    Climate Solutions:  Is It Feasible to Remove Enough CO2 from the Air? - by Elizabeth Kolbert A U.S. scientific panel reports that technologies that take CO2 out of the atmosphere could be a significant part of a strategy to mitigate global warming.  In an e360 interview, Stephen Pacala, the panel’s chairman, discusses how these fast-developing technologies are becoming increasingly viable.Is there still time to avoid runaway climate change?  To a large degree, the answer depends on the feasibility of “negative emissions” — techniques or technologies that suck CO2 out of the air.  In the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), all scenarios for limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius depend on negative emissions technologies, or NETs.  Most 2-degree scenarios also rely on negative emissions; many call for removing billions of tons of CO2 per year by mid-century. Yet most NETs remain either untested or unproved.  To help bridge this gap, the National Academies convened a panel of scientists and asked it to propose a research agenda.  The panel considered several possible techniques, ranging from the low-tech — planting more trees — to the high-tech — developing machines to scrub CO2 from the sky.  It also looked at a hybrid technology that has become known as bioenergy with carbon capture and storage, or BECCS.  The panel recommended several billion dollars be directed to research on NETs.  Such technologies, it suggested, ought to be viewed as a “component of the mitigation portfolio,” rather than as a futuristic, last-ditch effort to reduce atmospheric CO2. Read more at Climate Solutions:  Is It Feasible to Remove Enough CO2[…]

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  • Brazil’s Presidential Election Could Mean Billions of Tons of Additional Greenhouse Gases

    Climate Change News Nov 16, 2018 | 06:29 am

    Brazil’s Presidential Election Could Mean Billions of Tons of Additional Greenhouse Gases Policies leading to more destruction of the Amazon and Cerrado would have a huge impact on climate change. Environmentalists and scientists fear that Brazil’s newly elected president, the far-right politician Jair Bolsonaro, will accelerate the destruction of the nation’s Amazon rainforest and Cerrado savanna, which rank among the world’s largest storehouses of carbon. Both absorb massive amounts of greenhouse gas from the air, stocking it away in trees, grasses, roots, and soil.  Bolsonaro’s campaign rhetoric and ties to agribusiness have led observers to fear he’ll push to loosen environmental rules and monitoring, says Tica Minami, coordinator of Greenpeace Brazil’s Amazon campaign.  That could embolden farmers to burn down or otherwise clear more land for soybeans, sugarcane, and cattle, releasing vast quantities of carbon dioxide back into the atmosphere. Already, as much as 15% of global climate emissions come from “deforestation and degradation of tropical forests,” studies have found. Read more at Brazil’s Presidential Election Could Mean Billions of Tons of Additional Greenhouse Gases

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  • Thursday 15

    Climate Change News Nov 16, 2018 | 06:09 am

    Thursday 15

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  • Natural Climate Solutions Could Cancel Out a Fifth of U.S. Emissions, Study Finds

    Climate Change News Nov 15, 2018 | 06:45 am

    Natural Climate Solutions Could Cancel Out a Fifth of U.S. Emissions, Study Finds Low-tech, time-tested forest, farm and land management techniques are effective, cheap and carry benefits well beyond tackling climate change. Conserving and restoring American forest, farm and natural lands could cut a substantial chunk of the country's emissions, helping meet greenhouse gas reduction goals without relying on undeveloped technologies, a new report finds. A team of 38 researchers spent more than two years looking at "natural climate solutions"—a range of strategies that includes planting trees in cities, preventing the conversion of natural grassland to farmland and shifting to fertilizers that produce less greenhouse gas emissions.   In a study published Wednesday in Science Advances, they report that these solutions, if deployed across agricultural lands, forests, grasslands and wetlands, could mitigate 21 percent of the country's net annual greenhouse gas emissions, getting the U.S. closer to meetings its goals under the Paris climate agreement. "It's the same as if every car and truck in the country stopped polluting the climate," said Joseph Fargione, the study's lead author and, the science director for  The Nature Conservancy North America region.  "There's much bigger potential than most people realize." Read more at Natural Climate Solutions Could Cancel Out a Fifth of U.S. Emissions, Study Finds

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  • US Could Meet Paris Emissions Pledge With ‘Natural Climate Solutions’, Study Says

    Climate Change News Nov 15, 2018 | 06:00 am

    US Could Meet Paris Emissions Pledge With ‘Natural Climate Solutions’, Study Says The US could meet its pledge to cut emissions under the Paris Agreement through “natural climate solutions” (NCS), a new study suggests. NCS comprise a group of techniques – such as reforestation, seagrass restoration and fire management – that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, or boost carbon uptake from land and wetlands through changes to the way they are managed. While the US has already made progress towards its Paris pledge, NCS has the potential to provide the remaining emissions reductions needed by 2025, the researchers say. However, this would require a carbon price of around $100 per tonne to incentivise the use of NCS, the researchers estimate.  And the measures would only be enough to meet the US’s pledge whereas global commitments need to be “roughly tripled” in order to meet the terms of the Paris Agreement, the lead author tells Carbon Brief. The research, which involves 38 researchers from 22 institutions, was led by scientists at the Nature Conservancy, an environmental NGO. Natural climate solutionsAs the special report on 1.5C from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) acknowledges, meeting the 1.5C limit without overshooting will require “negative emissions” – techniques that remove CO2 from the atmosphere and store it on land, underground or in the oceans. To achieve this, the integrated assessment models (IAMs) that generate emission pathways for 1.5C generally rely on large amounts of bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS).  This technique involves burning biomass – such as trees and crops – to generate[…]

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  • Electricity Is the ‘New Fuel of Choice’ Says IEA

    Climate Change News Nov 15, 2018 | 05:10 am

    Electricity Is the ‘New Fuel of Choice’ Says IEA According to the International Energy Agency, “2018 is the year of electricity” and global electricity supply “is being transformed by the rise of renewables”. “Electricity has been the fastest growing element of final demand and is set to grow much faster than energy consumption as a whole over the next 25 years,” said Dr Fatih Birol, the IEA’s Executive Director. Speaking yesterday at the launch in London of the IEA’s annual World Energy Outlook (WEO), Birol noted that the power sector now attracts more investment than oil and gas combined – a major shift for the energy market.  And it also marks a similar shift for the IEA itself – for the first time, it devotes several chapters in the weighty WEO to electric power.IEA launches WEO and says “2018 is the year of electricity”  The WEO states that global electricity supply “is being transformed by the rise of renewables, putting electricity at the centre of the response to a range of environmental challenges”. It stresses that “increasing digitalization of the global economy is going hand-in-hand with electrification, making the need for electricity for daily living more essential than ever.  Electricity is increasingly the ‘fuel’ of choice for meeting the energy needs of households and companies.” In what it calls its New Policies Scenario, the IEA forecasts that between now and 2040, nearly 90 per cent of electricity demand growth will be in developing countries, while demand in advanced economies will come on the back of policies promoting the electrification[…]

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  • Wednesday 13

    Climate Change News Nov 15, 2018 | 04:50 am

    Wednesday 13

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  • Tuesday 12

    Climate Change News Nov 14, 2018 | 04:59 am

    Tuesday 12

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  • Fast-Rising Demand for Air Conditioning Is Adding to Global Warming.  The Numbers Are Striking.

    Climate Change News Nov 13, 2018 | 06:00 am

    Fast-Rising Demand for Air Conditioning Is Adding to Global Warming.  The Numbers Are Striking. With window units set to more than triple by 2050, home air conditioning is on pace to add half a degree Celsius to global warming this century, a new report says. Increasing demand for home air conditioning driven by global warming, population growth and rising incomes in developing countries could increase the planet's temperatures an additional half a degree Celsius by the end of the century, according to a new report by the Rocky Mountain Institute. The demand is growing so fast that a "radical change" in home-cooling technology will be necessary to neutralize its impact, writes RMI, an energy innovation and sustainability organization. Fast-Rising Demand for Air Conditioning Is Adding to Global Warming.  The Numbers Are Striking.

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  • VW Could Build Up to 50 Million Electric Cars:  Automotive News

    Climate Change News Nov 13, 2018 | 05:10 am

    VW Could Build Up to 50 Million Electric Cars:  Automotive News Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) could build up to 50 million electric cars on its new electric vehicle platform and is looking at expanding its manufacturing footprint in the United States, Chief Executive Herbert Diess told Automotive News. “We set up the plant in Chattanooga always with the idea to be able to grow it, to mirror it,” Diess was quoted as saying. “The plant is still too small, and we are considering different options - it might be electric cars, it might be a different derivative of the Atlas (SUV) - it’s still open.” Volkswagen (VW) and Ford are looking at expanding cooperation, mainly in commercial vehicles, Diess added.Read more at VW Could Build Up to 50 Million Electric Cars:  Automotive News

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