Flooding caused by extreme weather events and rising sea levels has brought the impacts of climate change into stark relief, especially for low-lying neighborhoods along the Charles River and Boston Harbor. In the past year, Harvard researchers have also shown that record warmth is leading to earlier flowering in springtime and that we can expect natural variations in sea level rise across the world as ice sheets melt. Governments, businesses, and higher education institutions are increasingly working together to address these challenges, finding that a collective response is more powerful than an individual one. With this cooperative spirit in mind, the city of Cambridge, Harvard University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) today signed the “Community Compact for a Sustainable Future,” aimed at leveraging the intellectual and entrepreneurial capacity of the public-private sectors in Cambridge to build a healthy, livable, and sustainable future. “Climate change is a crisis that requires a comprehensive...
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