Salem State Professor to Lecture on Snow Cover and Climate Change

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NASA satellite image of snow cover, which helps moderate temperatures by reflecting sunlight back into space. Satellite measurements from the 1960s to the present show a 10 percent decline in annual snow cover.

March 15, 2017

Prof. Stephen Young, a geographer from Salem State University, will return to Quincy on March 15, 2017 to deliver a lecture on his original research into climate change. Cosponsored by Quincy Climate Action Network and the Thomas Crane Public Library, the lecture will take place at 7 p.m. at the library in Quincy Center

Two years ago, Young gave a well-received lecture in Quincy on evidence of climate change in New England. This year, he will lecture on how our warming climate is affecting snow cover in the northeast US and eastern Canada. Continue reading

Quincy Climate Action Group Sends Delegation to Women’s March

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David Reich (left), Martha Plotkin, and Peter Fifield hold up the QCAN banner before the Boston Women’s March. QCAN members marched alongside their parent organization, the Massachusetts Climate Action Network.

January 26, 2017

West Quincy resident Tom McGuinness, who attended the Boston Women’s March on Saturday January 21 with a delegation from Quincy Climate Action Network, said he “was awestruck by the sheer number of people” at the event—175,000, according to official estimates. The QCAN delegation marched alongside members of their parent organization, the Massachusetts Climate Action Network. “Going forward,” said McGuinness, “we will see more of these actions, and I hope they’ll convince the Trump Administration to acknowledge the threat of climate change and reassess their stance on clean energy.” Continue reading

Offshore Wind Prospects To Be Laid Out at Nov. 15 Lecture

Nov. 15, 2016

The Commonwealth’s omnibus energy law, enacted last summer, will likely pave the way for three big offshore wind projects that promise to supply a total of 1,600 megawatts of electricity, or about 15 percent of the total Massachusetts load, according to Amber Hewett, regional campaign coordinator for the National Wildlife Fund, who will lecture on the topic at the Thomas Crane Public Library, 40 Washington Street, Quincy at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 15.  Quincy Climate Action Network is cosponsoring the lecture with the library. Continue reading

Award-Winning Film “Merchants of Doubt” to Screen at Library

October 18, 2016

“U.S. Concern about Global Warming at Eight-Year High,” blared a March 16 headline on the Gallup polling organization’s website. With the biblical scale of rainstorms, droughts, wildfires, and hurricanes in recent years, the headline doesn’t come as a huge surprise. What’s more surprising is that more than one-third of Americans still worry “only a little or not at all” about man-made climate change. According to a recent documentary film, much of the credit, or blame, for such complacency goes to a richly funded campaign by lobbyists, public relations people, talk show hosts, fake experts, and public officeholders to shed doubt on the existence of climate change or—a fallback position—admit the climate is changing but deny that human activities have anything to do with it. The 2014 film, “Merchants of Doubt,” will screen on October 18 at 7 p.m. at the main branch of the Thomas Crane Public Library, 40 Washington Street, Quincy. Admission is free. Continue reading

BU Prof and Environmental Lawyer to Lecture on Gas Pipelines and Alternatives

June 20, 2016

Does Massachusetts need more natural gas capacity, including controversial projects like the Access Northeast Pipeline and the Fore River compressor station? Or are there safer, cleaner ways to fill our energy needs? At 7 pm on Monday June 20, Nathan Phillips, a Boston University environmental scientist, and Tyler Soleau, energy and climate outreach director of the Acadia Center, which does energy research and advocacy, will tackle these questions in a lecture at the main branch of the Thomas Crane Public Library, 40 Washington Street in Quincy Center. Continue reading

Lecture by Physician to Forecast Health Effects of Compressor Station

January 15, 2016

[Links to videos of the lecture: Video 1 | Video 2 | Video 3]

Opposition by residents and officeholders to the proposed Fore River compressor station stems largely from the idea that emissions from the facility would harm the health of Quincy and Weymouth residents. In a lecture to be held at 7 p.m. at the Thomas Crane Public Library, Quincy Center, on Tuesday January 26, Curtis Nordgaard, M.D., a pediatrician who practices in Dorchester, will back up that idea with some hard numbers.

Spectra Energy, the company proposing the compressor station, has downplayed any health effects that the facility might cause. “Spectra claims that pollution from the compressor station will be insignificant,” said Susan Harden, a board member of Fore River Residents Against Compressor Station, a cosponsor of the lecture. “The lecture will give people a chance to hear that claim debunked by an unbiased researcher with great credentials.” Continue reading