Thursday, July 18, 2024

Climate Change

Climate Solutions: Make the switch to heat pump water heating

We all use hot water. One of the easiest ways to decrease your fossil-fuel use is to switch to a hybrid electric water heater. It's an easy switch because you already have a water...

Climate Solution: Air-Source Heat Pumps Are THE Way!

You have seen them: metal boxes sitting outside houses with a grill on the front, and "mini-splits" inside houses that deliver heat or cool. Now that there are cold-climate units available, this is the...

Climate Solutions: Air-Source Heat Pumps Are THE Way!

You have seen them: metal boxes sitting outside houses with a grill on the front, and "mini-splits" inside houses that deliver heat or cool. Now that there are cold-climate units available, this is the...

Climate Solutions: Make it tight, build it right!

We have 17,500 houses on the Island now. Some that were seasonal are now being used year-round. We have 1,100 nonresidential buildings. Many of these buildings will still be around in 2050. If we are...

Climate Solutions: We need to switch to electricity for ALL our building energy needs

Currently, one-third of our buildings are heated with oil, and two-thirds with propane. All our buildings use electricity. How does that fuel and electricity get here? Our propane and oil come over on the boats or on...

Climate Solutions: The easiest switch to make … get your electricity from a renewable...

One of the simplest ways to help with the goal of a 100% Renewable MV by 2040 is to join the Cape Light Compact's Local Green. You may not be ready to install solar at...

Climate Solutions: Now is the time for us to address climate change!

“ The decade ahead will be one of the most crucial breakdown or breakthrough moments in the history of our species.” – Terry Tempest Williams, environmental thinker & advocate RIGHT NOW, HERE IS HOW WE USE...

Climate Solutions: Our moonshot moment

Thomas Friedman, NY Times columnist, says "… as bad as this pandemic is, it’s just training wheels for the big, irreversible atmospheric pandemic: climate change." We were not prepared for the pandemic but we can...

To adapt or retreat: Mitigating coastal erosion on M.V.

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It wasn’t a hurricane or a nor’easter that caused part of a 30-ton seawall on Martha’s Vineyard to collapse in 2008. Instead, it was a minor rain event. On a gloomy day in February,...

A half-century of Earth Days: The world is ours for the changing

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Fifty years ago today, 20 million Americans — 10 percent of the population — gathered in the streets of cities and towns large and small to mark the planet’s first Earth Day.  The event  —...

Island receives $54,000 in climate change funding

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Island towns have received $54,000 in state grants to use in developing an Island-wide adaptive strategy to combat climate change, according to a press release from the Baker-Polito administration.  Overall, $11.6 million in grants were...

How to lessen your home’s contribution to climate change

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The ICAN Climate Solutions library series continued Tuesday with a talk led by South Mountain engineer Marc Rosenbaum: “Beyond fossil-fuel homes.”  Rosenhaum, armed with more than 30 years of experience, is committed to making homes...

Aquinnah on track for MVP designation

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On Thursday night, about 30 Aquinnah residents put their heads together to continue a discussion about how to prioritize adaptation strategies in response to sea level rise, storm surge, flooding, and other principal hazards...

MVC adopts emergency climate resolutions

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Physicist Philip Duffy, president and executive director of the Woods Hole Research Center, gave a talk about climate change data and realities Thursday night at the Katharine Cornell Theater. Before a full house, Duffy,...

A fossil-fuel-free family

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Noli Taylor has always been invested in eco-friendly living, but now she wants to take it a step further. Taylor and her family, residents of Aquinnah, are working toward being a fossil-fuel-free family, meaning they...

Can M.V. go 100 percent renewable by 2040?

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In late October, the Vineyard Sustainable Energy Committee (VSEC) and the Martha’s Vineyard Commission’s Climate Crisis Task Force unveiled a commitment to make all six towns on Martha’s Vineyard 100 percent renewable by 2040.  On...

‘Are you ready for anything?’

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West Tisbury emergency management director Russell Hartenstine posed four questions to a group of about 30 people at the Oak Bluffs library Saturday afternoon:    Are you registered to receive emergency alerts from your town? ...

Making Martha’s Vineyard 100 percent renewable

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Each year, Martha’s Vineyard uses the equivalent of the entire output of an average-size nuclear power plant operating for a month and a half, according to a recent study done for the Martha’s Vineyard...

Chilmark names climate change working group

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Updated 2:40 pm Chilmark selectmen approved a six-member climate change working group Tuesday in an effort to address climate issues facing Chilmark. The group was formed by selectman Jim Malkin, and is comprised of himself, town...

Your Martha’s Vineyard climate change roadmap

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There’s no longer any question that climate change is real. Dukes County is ranked one of the fastest warming regions in the nation, and sea level rise continues to change the character of Martha’s...