What we're reading this week | The #FridayFive

City sets out a ‘bold vision’ for Moakley Park
Dorchester Reporter, March 27, by Yukun Zhang
A conceptual plan unveiled by the City Of Boston for Moakley Park maintains recreational spaces while proposing resilience-building measures including a new berm to protect against flooding. [READ MORE]

East Coast Greenway: Hike or bike your way from Maine to Florida
USA Today, March 22, by Melanie D.G. Kaplan
The East Coast Greenway, a 3,000 mile route running from the Canadian border to the southernmost point of Florida, connects existing biking and walking paths and will eventually create a linear park. “We’ve been working at this since 1991, trying to think about how to piece together local trails,” said East Coast Greenway Alliance Executive Director Dennis Markatos-Soriano. [READ MORE]

How Cities Can Protect Themselves from Rising Waters
Scientific American, March 28, by Ziqian (Cecilia) Dong
Adaptation efforts are crucial, as 4 in 10 Americans live in coastal areas, with the population expected to surge in coming years. [READ MORE]

Climate change is making the seas rise faster than ever, UN warns
New Scientist, March 28, by Adam Vaughan
In a report released on Thursday, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), a UN agency, painted a dire picture of all the key indicators of global warming.  The last four years were the warmest on record, concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are at record levels and rising, and a global average sea level rise of 3.7 millimetres in 2018 outstripped the average annual increase over the past three decades. [READ MORE]

‘Selfie Culture’ Putting Seal Pups At Risk, New England Aquarium Says
CBS Boston, March 25
Wildlife experts say that as the weather gets warmer, “selfie culture” is becoming an issue for frightened young seals that move to shore to rest during rough seas along the Massachusetts coast. By federal law, beachgoers are required to stay more than 150 feet away from a resting seal. [READ MORE]