Reports

Report | Environment America Research & Policy Center

First Things to Fix

After years of setbacks on the environment, in the Biden administration’s early days, it is critical that we take swift action to clean up our environment and address the climate crisis. There are several important environmental policies that can be set in motion on day one that will protect our natural landscapes and give Americans cleaner air, cleaner water and a more livable climate. This report lists the First Thigns to Fix.

Report | Environment Massachusetts Research & Policy Center

Renewable Communities 2020

Across Massachusetts, cities and towns are leading the way to a future powered entirely by clean, renewable energy. Municipal officials and staff — working together with citizen activists, volunteers, nonprofit organizations, and businesses — are taking ambitious steps to reduce fossil fuel consumption and increase the use of renewable energy.

Report | Environment Massachusetts Research & Policy Center

Destination: Zero Carbon

In the U.S., transportation is climate enemy number one. The good news: A clean, efficient, and sustainable low-carbon transportation system is possible.

Report | Environment Massachusetts Research & Policy Center

Offshore Drilling, Onshore Damage

The Trump administration has proposed opening much of the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic oceans off the U.S. coast to offshore oil and gas drilling. The environmental dangers posed by offshore oil spills, such as the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico, are well known. The damage to the environment, communities and public health from the onshore infrastructure needed to support offshore drilling is less well known, but no less real.

Report | Environment Massachusetts Research & Policy Center

Safe for Swimming?

An analysis of bacteria sampling data from beaches in 29 coastal and Great Lakes states and Puerto Rico reveals that 2,580 beach sites – more than half of all sites tested – were potentially unsafe for swimming on at least one day in 2018, and 546 sites were potentially unsafe at least 25 percent of the days that sampling took place.

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