BOSTON – In a recent story by Maria Lovato in The Boston Globe, it was reported that the severity of winters in New England are on the decline because of the residual effects of climate change. According to researchers, winters in New England are warming up and also vastly decreasing the amount of snowfall that is to be expected.
This past winter saw plenty of snow and temperatures that occasionally dipped into the negative twenties, but even these days were anomalies at times and the overall trends point to climate change making Boston a lot warmer in the months of December, January, and February.
There are some New Englanders who are undoubtedly happy to hear this. After all, the majority of people would probably count winter as their least favorite season. (Personally, it is my favorite, but I get why people hate it.) However, that does not mean that we should embrace this warming of Boston winters just because it means our driveways will be a bit clearer. The implications are quite dire for the rest of the planet as ecosystems everywhere have been turned topsy turvy. Boston’s climate is no different.
Fortunately, even though there are still some prominent figures who are actively resisting the notion of putting in the effort to curb climate change, there are still plenty who are working hard to fight the good fight! I am proud to count Boston’s mayor, Marty Walsh, among these people as he just made some new additions to the “Climate Action Plan.” This plan aims to have Boston completely carbon neutral in the next thirty years.
Thanks to Boston.com, the three biggest takeaways from the plan have been distilled in a manner that is digestible to us non-scientific folk. For one, the plan calls for all new buildings of business and overall municipal buildings to be carbon neutral. Most of the carbon emissions, according to researchers, come from municipal buildings and this cessation of new buildings emitting carbon is slated to be instilled in Boston via an executive order from Walsh.
As for the existing buildings, anything that is government building is going to be retrofitted to become “carbon neutral” by the city and its officials by 2050. Requirements will also be levied to private business owners to do the same with their buildings. Additionally, city vehicles will aim to be zero-emission in the near future.