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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.
“Mass. Military Division” and “Energy Efficiency” Go Together posted on Jul 25
Energy measures implemented at a Mass. Military Divison site include improved lighting, high efficiency motors, HVAC controls and energy management system upgrades. Under the Accelerate Efficiency Plan, the Commonwealth is investing over $12 million at 29 state facilities throughout the Berkshires.
Solar a “No-Go” on Your Roof? Share Through Community Solar posted on Jul 16
Harvard residents who wanted solar on their homes and were unable to get it due to shading, sloping, or structural barriers, found a solution by sharing the Harvard Solar Garden, an approximately 250 kW project, provides 41 residents and six small businesses with sustainable, clean energy. .
Summer’s Here: Shed Layers and Shed Loads posted on Jul 11
Electricity usage throughout New England reaches its peak during summer heat waves, causing our electricity bills to spike. During periods of high demand, electric utilities typically call on more expensive “peaking” plants to provide extra power. These costs are passed onto larger, non-residential consumers through demand charges on their monthly electricity bill. Municipal buildings can save a significant sum of money if they shut off portions of their electricity during these peak periods.