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The South Coast Climate Change Coalition seeks to help local communities in the South Coast identify resources to address the real-time effects of climate change and enhance the environmental and economic resiliency of these communities.


Climate Change News

  • ./images/news/beaconhillroundup.jpgGood News for Water Protection

    Mar 12, 2018 The Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture has voted to send a bill to study that would have jeopardized the health of our rivers, effectively tabling the bill for the rest of this legislative session. This is good news since the bill, H.2777, would have transferred responsibilities for regulating water pollution from the federal level to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, which does not have the resources to do so effectively. Thanks to the Committee for vo

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  • ./images/news/bostonglobe.jpgNewly found documents show that recent storms were historically strong

    Mar 8, 2018 A trove of centuries-old documents, recently found archived in dusty boxes at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard, shows that the pair of massive nor’easters that pummeled the region’s coast this winter were among the most powerful tidal storms since the 1800s, scientists say.

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  • Climate Change & Energy News

    Feb 20, 2018 Two recent studies show that we still need to ramp up our efforts on climate change mitigation. In the annual Worldwide Threat Assessment, US intelligence agencies warn that global instability could result if climate change continues unabated. This messaging is in contrast to recent policy papers from the Department of Defense, which did not mention climate change.

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  • ./images/news/washpost.jpgThe next five years will shape sea level rise for the next 300, study says

    Feb 20, 2018 The world is far off course from its goals in cutting greenhouse gas emissions - and research published Tuesday illustrates one of the most striking implications of this. Namely, it finds that for every five years in the present that we continue to put off strong action on climate change, the ocean could rise an additional eight inches by the year 2300 - a dramatic illustration of just how much decisions in the present will affect distant future generations.

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  • Change & Energy News

    Feb 12, 2018 Did you catch former vice president Al Gore’s interview with Boston Globe reporter David Abel? In town for a speaking event at Tufts University, Gore spoke with the Globe about the challenges of addressing climate change in the Trump era.

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  • confirms Methane Spike

    Feb 1, 2018 NASA confirms spike in global methane gas.

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  • Hill Weekly Roundup

    Jan 22, 2018 Action You Can Take This Week

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  • ./images/news/washpost.jpgThe planet just had its hottest 4 years in recorded history. Trump is dismantling efforts to fight climate change.

    Jan 18, 2018 2017 was among the hottest years ever recorded, government scientists reported Thursday. The year was the second-hottest in recorded history, NASA said, while scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported 2017 was the third-warmest they have ever recorded. The two government agencies use different methodologies to calculate global temperatures, but by either standard, the 2017 results make the past four years the hottest period in their 138-year archive.

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  • warming trend continued in 2017: NASA, NOAA

    Jan 18, 2018 Earth’s global surface temperatures in 2017 ranked as the second warmest since 1880, according to an analysis by NASA. Continuing the planet's long-term warming trend, globally averaged temperatures in 2017 were 1.62 degrees Fahrenheit (0.90 degrees Celsius) warmer than the 1951 to 1980 mean, according to scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York. That is second only to global temperatures in 2016.

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  •, NOAA to announce 2017 global temperatures, climate conditions

    Jan 12, 2018 Climate experts from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will provide the annual release of data on global temperatures and discuss the most important climate trends of 2017 during a media teleconference at 11 a.m. EST Thursday, Jan. 18.

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  • Highlights Climate Change Preparedness Needs

    Jan 8, 2018 The “bomb cyclone” of a blizzard we experienced last week wasn’t just an excuse to hunker down with hot cocoa; it was also a reminder of how imperative it is that Massachusetts start adapting today to climate change impacts.

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  • /images/news/bostonglobe.jpgFloods seen as warning of Boston’s future

    Jan 6, 2018 With its gradually sinking, low-lying lands, and development right up to the water’s edge, Boston has long been considered uncommonly vulnerable to rising sea levels. But that long-term climate forecast became bracingly immediate on Thursday when a powerful winter storm, of a type known to meteorologists as the bomb cyclone, whipped up a record tide that sent waves surging through the streets of downtown Boston.

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  • ./images/news/bostonglobe.jpgConcern for future rises with waters

    Jan 6, 2018 Everyone knew the snow was coming. But the flooding that swamped Boston’s coastal neighborhoods Thursday came as an icy shock and raised fresh questions about how to best build along the city’s waterfronts in a time of rising seas. An unusually high tide, whipped by winds that gusted as high as 76 miles an hour, washed pools of frigid water into the streets of the Seaport, Fort Point, and the downtown waterfront Thursday afternoon. A stretch of the Blue Line in East Boston was briefly shut do

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  • ./images/news/washpost.jpgHow climate change could counterintuitively feed winter storms

    Jan 4, 2018 Last week, President Trump forced us to address the easy question about climate change and winter cold. No — experts loudly responded to a Trump tweet — unusual cold in one region of the globe during winter does not mean the globe as a whole is not warming. The far harder question is how climate change will alter the experience of winter itself. It will — it already has.

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  • /images/news/theguardian.jpgDevastating climate change could lead to 1m migrants a year entering EU by 2100

    Dec 21, 2017 Researchers plotted temperature rises against the number of asylum applications and are predicting that as the southern hemisphere heats up the number of people migrating to the EU each year will triple. Climate change will drive a huge increase in the number of migrants seeking asylum in Europe if current trends continue, according to a new study.

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  • /images/news/bostonglobe.jpgSand in the Gears of Climate Change

    Dec 15, 2017 For decades it's been well understood that soft-sand beaches move - and that hard structures like concrete sea walls and stone jetties can in fact accelerate erosion. With climate change - rising sea levels and more frequent violent storms - the inevitable beach erosion and migration has only increased.

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  • /images/news/nytimes.jpgHow Global Warming Fueled Five Extreme Weather Events

    Dec 14, 2017 Extreme weather left its mark across the planet in 2016, the hottest year in recorded history. Record heat baked Asia and the Arctic. Droughts gripped Brazil and southern Africa. The Great Barrier Reef suffered its worst bleaching event in memory, killing large swaths of coral.

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Featured Event

Climate Adaptation Forum

Mass Audubon is a co-sponsor of this Climate Adaptation Forum series that provides cutting-edge thought leadership for environmental and energy professionals, policy makers, municipal officials, and others. The third installment in the quarterly forum, organized by the Environmental Business Council and the Sustainable Solutions Lab at UMass Boston, will focus on the challenge of financing climate change adaptation projects. Learn more and register

April 13, 2018 8:00AM
UMass Club, One Beacon Street, Boston, MA

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Where is South Coast?

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The South Coast region stretches from the eastern shore of Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island to Buzzards Bay in Massachusetts and includes the cities of Fall River and New Bedford.