In 2045, the Massachusetts coastline could look different. Researchers say in less than 30 years, sought-after waterfront properties could be in peril from "chronic inundation," or flooding on average 26 times per year. Experts warn that unless governments enforce serious change needed to cap the earth's warming average temperatures, ice melt will bring rising sea levels. The results, researchers say, will create routine coastal flooding and emergency social, financial and environmental problems in Massachusetts and beyond. A new study by the Union of Concerned Scientists found that by the end of the century, Massachusetts regular flooding could impact 89,000 coastal homes. The situation would put 178,000 residents and $63 billion in property at risk by the year 2100. In the short-term, projections are still alarming: despite some existing defense measures along the state's shorelines, the UCS estimates 7,000 residential properties home to … [Read more...] about 89,000 Massachusetts homes will be at risk of ‘chronic’ flooding due to sea level rise, study finds
Massachusetts' highest court has struck down a proposed "millionaire tax" ballot question, blocking it from going before state voters in November. The Supreme Judicial Court, in a split decision, ruled that the initiative petition should not have been certified by the attorney general. The constitutional amendment would have imposed a surtax of 4 percent on any portion of an individual's annual income that exceeds $1 million. The measure called for revenues from the tax to be used for transportation and education. According to State House News Service, the court found that voters who favored a graduated income tax but not earmarking funds for a specific purpose and voters who wanted to designate funds for transportation and education but not to adopt a graduate tax structure would be in an "untenable position." "A voter who commuted to work on an unreliable subway line, but who did not have school-aged children and was unconcerned about public education, might want to prioritize … [Read more...] about Massachusetts’ Highest Court Knocks Down ‘Millionaire Tax’ Ballot Question
Elected officials from Massachusetts are calling out President Donald Trump’s top Homeland Security official for her defense of the administration’s decision to separate immigrant children from their families at the border. The policy has come under intense criticism from across the ideological spectrum, from Sen. Bernie Sanders to former First Lady Laura Bush to House Speaker Paul Ryan. However, Kirstjen Nielsen, Trump’s Department of Homeland Security secretary, says the administration has no such policy. “We do not have a policy of separating families at the border. Period,” Nielsen tweeted Sunday night. We do not have a policy of separating families at the border. Period. — Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen (@SecNielsen) June 17, 2018 Rep. Joe Kennedy, who traveled to the United States-Mexico border in Texas on Sunday and participated in a protest at a facility where families were being forcibly separated, said Nielsen’s statement didn’t … [Read more...] about Massachusetts politicians say a Trump official lied about forced family separations. Are they right?
A man fishing in Southeastern Massachusetts made a potentially explosive catch. The man hooked an unexploded device while fishing in Hanover's Factory pond this month. The find prompted emergency responders to close access to the pond amid concern about more potentially explosive devices. "It's become more clear now that there are munitions in the water and we definitely want to make sure that the public is safe," Town Manager Joe Colangelo told the Patriot Ledger. The pond is located nearby a former factory that closed in the 1970s, leaving behind explosives on and around the property. The Patriot Ledger reports crews are working to search for further munitions around the property, a search expected to continue into the winter. … [Read more...] about Unexploded Vietnam War-era device found by fisherman in Massachusetts pond
The National Weather Service has extended a heat advisory to include more Massachusetts communities ahead of extreme heat expected Monday. A heat advisory was initially issued for Essex, Hampden and Middlesex counties. It has been extended to also include Franklin, Hampshire, Norfolk and Suffolk counties. It will go into effect at 1 p.m. and remain so until 7 p.m. Monday. "A Heat Advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is expected," the advisory states. "The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sunshine, and check up on relatives and neighbors." Heat index values at and above 100 degrees are expected. "Extreme heat can cause illness and death among at- risk population who cannot stay cool," the National Weather Service states. "The heat and humidity may cause heat stress during outdoor exertion or … [Read more...] about Temperatures to feel at or above 100 degrees, severe storms possible Monday in Massachusetts