Thursday, September 26, 2019

In the News: "We're all in big trouble"; Polar Park plans reveal a 'Worcester Wall'

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

‘We’re all in big trouble’: Climate panel sees a dire future

"Earth is in more hot water than ever before, and so are we, an expert United Nations climate panel warned in a grim new report Wednesday.

Sea levels are rising at an ever-faster rate as ice and snow shrink, and oceans are getting more acidic and losing oxygen, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said in a report issued as world leaders met at the United Nations.

It warned that if steps aren’t taken to reduce emissions and slow global warming, seas will rise 3 feet by the end of the century, with many fewer fish, less snow and ice, stronger and wetter hurricanes and other, nastier weather systems.

“The oceans and the icy parts of the world are in big trouble, and that means we’re all in big trouble, too,” said one of the report’s lead authors, Michael Oppenheimer, professor of geosciences and international affairs at Princeton University. “The changes are accelerating.”

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Plans for Polar Park call for seating atop a ‘Worcester Wall’

"Much-anticipated plans for the Polar Park project and associated private developmen proposed for the Canal District and Kelley Square area have been filed with the Planning Board.

Five applications seeking definitive site plan approval for various aspects of the overall project have been filed by the Worcester Redevelopment Authority, which is overseeing the construction of the ballpark and a municipal parking garage, and Madison WG Holdings, LLC, which is doing the private development.

In some instances, the applications were jointly filed by the WRA and Madison WG Holdings.

All the applications are scheduled to go before the Planning Board on Oct. 9."

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