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There is a lot of climate science research going on at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst.
Researchers at the Climate System Research Center (CSC) at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst are studying the changes in global climate and how best to deal with these challenges. The facility recently received a $7.5 million dollar grant from the federal government to continue and expand this work. At CSC, graduate students, post-docs, university faculty and scientists collaborate on studies that involve glaciological and meteorological observations, recovery and analysis of paleoclimatic archives, and climate scenario modeling. These are worth looking up in the dictionary!
The earth’s climate is undergoing rapid changes due to a period of natural climatic shift that is amplified exponentially by our own pollution. At a Boston unveiling of another climate center housed at UMass-Amherst, the Northeast Climate Science Center(NECSC), Richard Palmer, Department Head Civil and Environmental Engineering, noted that just this year the Commonwealth has suffered from weather troubles including disastrous flooding, an early snowfall on fully-leafed trees, a tornado, and an earthquake. The NECSC accepts the inevitability of increased variability and severity in weather, a shift in the seasons, and a rise in sea level, and will use its information, tools and techniques to best forecast and manage these events.
Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan, who attended the NECSC launch, noted the extent to which this facility of innovation and research can impact the Commonwealth. The Climate Science Center will be one of eight in the country, but serves the largest region with the most people. What is learned at and shared by the Center will inform Massachusetts as it works toward its commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2020.
Interested in climate change and the work being done at the Northeast Climate Science Center? Check out this video below.
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Running a fish farm is an intense operation, one that requires a lot of labor and a large amount of energy. Currently, the McLaughlin Hatchery uses a significant amount of oil to heat its facility. The facility is going to replace its oil furnace with a renewable energy heating system, a new high efficiency wood pellet boiler and pellet storage silo that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by almost 92 percent, save an estimated $11,432 annually, and reduce annual oil use by more than 5,000 gallons.
Wood Pellets are the New Oil for Regional Schools Reducing Fuel Costs posted on Feb 12
Did you know that it is possible to heat buildings in the northeast using wood biomass, a renewable energy fuel? With nearly one-third of total energy costs going toward heating our buildings, it is no wonder that Massachusetts school districts are searching for cheaper and …Continue Reading Wood Pellets are the New Oil for Regional Schools Reducing Fuel Costs
Natural Wildlife Setting Enhanced by New Zero Net Energy Building posted on Feb 6
Constructing a commercial zero net energy building (ZNEB) is no easy task, especially one that is 45,000 square feet and sits in Massachusetts where the winters are cold and summers often hot and humid. This is why over 100 people gathered enthusiastically in December in …Continue Reading Natural Wildlife Setting Enhanced by New Zero Net Energy Building