Category: Richard Murray

New Shark Sighting Off Massachusetts Coast Likely Same Great White In Kayak Attack

September 7th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Richard Murray 0 comments

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Just one day after a shark attack by a great white on two women kayaking off the coast of Plymouth, Massachusetts, a new shark sighting was reported about 400 yards off of Peggotty beach in Scituate, Masachusetts — a town approximately 20 miles from Plymouth…

Expert quote:

“There are seals here, and there are sharks here. The waters are warming, and they need massive amounts of calories a day. We are starting to see more and more seals.”

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More shark sightings bring new warnings on South Shore

September 6th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Patriot Ledger, Richard Murray 0 comments

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Richard Murray, College of Arts & Sciences

Ocean swimmers and bathers south of Boston are being warned to take extra precautions as a recent shark sighting in Scituate and a shark encounter with kayakers in Plymouth drive home a simple lesson in marine biology: Seals mean sharks…

Expert quote:

“It doesn’t surprise me. There are seals here, and there are sharks here. The waters are warming, and (sharks) need massive amounts of calories a day. We are starting to see more and more seals.”

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Officials, experts see no easy answers for aging sea walls

May 30th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Patriot Ledger, Richard Murray 0 comments

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Richard Murray, College of Arts & Sciences

From Quincy to Plymouth, sea walls are the last, and sometimes the only line of defense for coastal neighborhoods. But sea wall maintenance has often been low on the priority list, leaving communities with millions of dollars in catching up to do…

Expert quote:

“Sea walls protect the homes, and that’s good, but what they also do is prevent erosion of sand from the cliffs that used to end up on beaches.”

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POV: Is Philippines Typhoon the New Normal?

December 3rd, 2013 in 2013, BU Today, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, Richard Murray 0 comments

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By Richard Murray, College of Arts & Sciences

Typhoon Haiyan, which slammed into the Philippines in early November, killed nearly 5,000 and left a wide swath of ruin, homelessness, and human despair…

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Why Was Typhoon Haiyan So Destructive?

November 13th, 2013 in 2013, Blogs, Boston Magazine, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Richard Murray 0 comments

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Richard Murray, College of Arts & Sciences

The Philippines  is a nation that’s no stranger to typhoons—known on the Atlantic as hurricanes—but none have rivaled the damage wreaked by Haiyan this past week…

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How You Can Help Typhoon Survivors, and Why This Shows We’ve Got to Fight Climate Change

November 11th, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Richard Murray 0 comments

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Richard Murray, College of Arts & Sciences

“A state of national calamity:” Philippine President Benigno Aquino used this phrase to describe the devastation suffered in the central part of his country in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan…

Expert quote:

“Haiyan was tight, nearly perfectly circular, with incredibly high wind speeds. It is right out of the textbooks.”

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Vast Challenges for Philippines After Typhoon

November 11th, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, New York Times, Newsmakers, Richard Murray 0 comments

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Richard Murray, College of Arts & Sciences

Three days after one of the most powerful storms ever to buffet the Philippines, the scale of the devastation and the desperation of the survivors were slowly coming into view…

Expert quote:

“Just by looking at the satellite images, the eye is perfectly formed. The storm is tight, nearly perfectly circular, with incredibly high wind speeds. It is right out of the textbooks.”

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Surf fans win fight to stop Newport wall

April 13th, 2013 in 2013, Boston Globe, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Richard Murray 0 comments

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In the litany of devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy’s terrible force, the collapse of an approximately 25-foot stretch of sidewalk along the rocky shore of Rhode Island would, at first glance, seem to be a speck unworthy of attention…

Expert quote:

“It would be awfully hard to remove the blocks at the bottom which are going to be buried in sediment. Then you’ve got permanent change.”

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The coming storm

February 15th, 2013 in 2013, Boston Globe, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, Richard Murray 0 comments

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A few miles off the shore of Wellfleet are the remnants of the community of Billingsgate Island…

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Despite powerful storms, home is where the sea is

February 14th, 2013 in 2013, Boston Globe, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Richard Murray 0 comments

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Stephen Berlo and his family have lived in a house on Scituate’s Lighthouse Road for 22 years…

Expert quote:

“This is consistent with everything climate scientists are talking about. And it’s also been predicted that we’re going to have larger storms and more frequent storms. It’s hard to say this storm is due to whatever, but this seems to be the trend, and it’s not scientifically surprising.”

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