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Bay State leaders tackle the problem of climate change

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Mar 06, 2013 By Cole Chapman, The MetroWest Daily News

BOSTON — Warning that the Massachusetts coastline could face water levels at least two feet higher within 30 years, a group of leaders in government and science met Tuesday to discuss plans to change building codes, slow greenhouse gases and develop disaster plans for future calamities similar to Super Storm Sandy.

Brian Swett, Boston’s chief of Environment and Energy department, described the city’s plans to implement new regulations on new construction, install solar powered street lights, lay out new emergency routes out of Boston and away from flood zones, and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino’s plan to increase trees by 35 percent, or an estimated 100,000 new trees, by 2020.

The new building regulations would place mechanical, electrical, and emergency infrastructures on the roof and create designs to keep key floors above the anticipated water levels of a “100-year storm” (a storm with a one percent probability of happening each year) in 2085.

Sen. William Brownsberger, D–Belmont, highlighted his legislation to form a committee to study the risk factors of rising sea levels and flood scenarios in 2030, 2050, and 2100.

Report urges more education, reporting and testing for Lyme disease

Friday, March 1st, 2013

Mar 1st, 2013 By Cole Chapman, The Metro West Daily News

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BOSTON — The commission on Lyme disease released its report on the tick-borne illness Thursday, recommending greater efforts to educate the public, improve disease reporting and testing along with mandated insurance coverage for treatment.

“We need to educate members of the medical profession… in recognizing the prevalence of Lyme disease and knowing that there are treatment options out there,” said commission chairman Rep. David Linsky, D-Natick. “You would be amazed at the lack of understanding of a lot of physicians and people in the medical community.”

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection transmitted by the bite of an infected deer tick. Common symptoms are similar to the flu, with fever, aches and pains. But the disease can cause long-term problems, including a form of arthritis and even heart disease.

Linksy said the report was made “to ensure that the Lyme disease epidemic, and it is an epidemic, is controlled so future infections can be prevented.”

Cowan’s appointment gets warm reception

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

Jan 31, 2013 By Cole Chapman, The MetroWest Daily NewsThe State House Program

Although some area lawmakers were surprised by Gov. Deval Patrick’s pick of William “Mo” Cowan as Massachusetts’ interim U.S. senator, the general consensus is he could aid the state as a knowledgeable advocate in Washington.

“I think [Cowan’s] very well prepared from the point of view of knowing what we need and will hopefully be able to translate that knowledge for advocacy for the state on a federal level,” said state Rep. Alice Peisch, D-Wellesley, Wednesday after Patrick appointed his former chief of staff to fill the vacancy left by the appointment of U.S. Sen. John Kerry to secretary of state. Kerry held the Ssenate seat for 29 years.

Cowan’s name had not been mentioned prominently in the run up to Patrick’s announcement. Former congressman Barney Frank had openly sought the interim appointment and former Gov. William Weld had been mentioned as a possible appointee.

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