The 350 Mass Science Working Group was formed in November 2020. Its mission is to collect and share current and emerging scientific information about climate change and its impacts on the Commonwealth; and about technical and social initiatives and policies to mitigate its effects. The Working Group collects reports and data (see Reference Materials below). It also organizes webinars and other outreach materials; and supports 350 Mass Nodes and other working groups with their needs and requests for scientific information. It keeps contact with other organizations with similar missions such as the Elders Climate Action Mass. Research Group, the Union of Concerned Scientists, and local universities. A scientific background is not necessary; we welcome members with a wide range of experience including communications, social studies of science, economics, and policy. 

Contact person and chair: Philip Vergragt [email protected]

 

Reference Materials

The Science Working Group has prepared lists of references and resources on key topics, including explaining and monitoring the climate crisis, scientific and technological developments to address the crisis, and planning reports proposing strategies at the global, national, and local levels. The collected bibliographies relate to the climate crisis generally, and to the foci of 350 Mass’ campaigns: housing, transportation, and energy. We are pleased to offer these materials to 350 Mass members and allies. The volume of climate-related information is huge and growing; these lists are not meant to be comprehensive. We will update them regularly, and we welcome recommendations for additional references from readers, who can post recommendations in Slack, Channel #wg_science.

Contact person: Ralph Halpern [email protected]

REFERENCE MATERIALS: CLIMATE OVERVIEWIn this document we highlight selected reports, articles, and organizations concerned with the status of the climate crisis, overall strategies for change, and plans of action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and carbon in the atmosphere.

RECOMMENDED RESOURCES ON THE ISSUES AND SOLUTIONSThis document draws from the file, References: Climate Overview, to provide some introductory materials to orient readers to the crisis, recommendations and reports for change, and ongoing developments.   

REFERENCE MATERIALS: HOUSING & BUILDINGS. In this document we highlight selected reports, articles, and organizations concerned with transforming the housing and buildings sector to green energy.

Related document:  Health Risks: Gas in the Home.

REFERENCE MATERIALS: TRANSPORTATIONIn this document we highlight selected reports, articles, and organizations concerned with transforming the transportation sector to green energy.

Related Document: Health Risks: Transportation & Internal Combustion Engines

REFERENCE MATERIALS: ENERGY. In this document we highlight selected reports, articles, and organizations concerned with transforming the energy sector to renewable sources and away from fossil fuels.

 

Blog Post, 350 Mass' Power Lines

Posted September 13, 2021: "IPCC Speaks Truth to the World."  written by Philip Vergragt and Ralph Halpern, for the Science Working Group. Summary: The recent IPCC Science Report is a valuable wake-up call; it is the first of three reports comprising the IPCC's Sixth Assessment Report; the subsequent reports in 2022 will consider human repercussions and responses.

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