For months Patrick Comins of Audubon Connecticut has been looking forward to early December to get views of a rare, long-tailed visitor from afar.
While he was expecting Comet ISON to put on a spectacular show, he got a different kind of long-tailed visitor instead — one that he was not expecting at all.
Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story from Patrick’s article in WXEdge.
- Greens Farms Academy students work with Conn. Audubon Society in forest health study
- Middletown officials are seeking a development plan for the Metro Square area
- Groups deliver thousands of comments critical of planned natural gas regulations
- Snowy Owl Irruption of 2013: A Great Year for These Arctic Visitors, and Milford Point is a Great Place to View One
- About Audubon Greenwich’s Nature Programs & Events
- 4 ‘Hands Off Appalachia’ protesters facing charges in Stamford
- Purple Sandpipers on Long Island Sound off the coast of Darien | Birds of New England
- CT’s second food recycling power plant to open
- State Agencies Celebrate New Wastewater System at Southbury Training School
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They say protesters from the group Hands Off Appalachia were 200 feet above Summer Street for hours that morning, holding a banner supporting an environmental cause. The banner demanded that UBS stop funding mountaintop-removal strip mining.
The environmental sustainability movement is growing stronger on college campuses across the U.S. Central Connecticut State University is no different. The momentum for going green began soon after President Jack Miller was one of the first to sign the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment back in 2007.
REVIEW: The Genius of Earth Day: How a 1970 Teach-In Unexpectedly Made the First Green Generation, by Aaron Goode
Robert Stone’s 2010 “American Experience” documentary film Earth Days, which aired on PBS to mark the 40th anniversary of Earth Day’s founding, profiled the young organizers led by Denis Hayes who toiled behind the scenes to midwife U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson’s dream of a nationwide environmental teach-in into existence, making April 22, 1970 “probably” the largest demonstration of the demonstration-saturated 1960s, according to Kirkpatrick Sale.
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About the picture: That’s me smiling as I receive a Certificate of Appreciation from The Rockfall Foundation in Middletown (a private foundation supporting environmental education, conservation and planning initiatives in Middlesex County since 1935). It reads, To: “CHRISTOPHER ZURCHER, Founder and Publisher of CT Environmental Headlines, For your statewide leadership and creativity in growing a strong culture and advocacy for environmental issues, including climate change, energy, land use, recycling, transportation, clean water, wildlife, green buildings and health impacts.” Thanks everyone for your continued support!
Introducing ‘Connecticut Audubon Bird Finder,’ A Weekly Guide to the State’s Birds and its Great Outdoor Places
Connecticut Audubon Society has launched a new weekly guide, called Connecticut Audubon Bird Finder, to help birders of all levels plan weekend trips to see interesting birds in great outdoor settings throughout the state. Connecticut Audubon Bird Finder is designed to be a carefully curated guide to an unusual or interesting bird that has been sighted that week in a publicly-accessible location.
Environment and Human Health, Inc.’s new research report closely examines the health risks that flame-retardants pose to the general population and recommends sweeping policy changes to protect the public. Recent toxicological studies demonstrate that flame-retardants pose the greatest risk to the normal growth and development of fetuses, infants and children.
Connecticut burns more trash per person than any other state in the country, a huge threat to public health. Incinerators release toxic chemicals like mercury and dioxin into the air we breathe, and produce more than half a million tons of toxic ash every year. Big incinerator companies are working to secure new subsidies at our expense and they all have seats on the task force created to consider these subsidies! Click on this Environmental Headline to help protect the air we breathe! Thanks!
Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection says the best way to celebrate Connecticut Recycles Day – part of the national America Recycles Day – on Nov. 15 is to take advantage of free programs that allow you to conveniently recycle obsolete or unusable electronic devices and unwanted paint. Click on this Environmental Headline to read more of this story from the DEEP and to watch a great PSA about recycling in Connecticut.
By sharing how each member of the Legislature voted on 20 of the most critical conservation bills this year, CTLCV helps Connecticut voters better understand where their legislators stand when it comes to protecting the environment.
Stratford Mayor John Harkins says developers have signed an agreement to buy a 77-acre former Army engine plant at the mouth of the Housatonic River with plans for homes, shops and industrial businesses.
There is a big mess Wednesday in the pretty little town of Chester. Nearly 400 gallons of oil leaked into a stream near a restaurant and the battle is on to clean up the mess. DEEP investigators say the room hanging over the waterfall contains the furnace and oil tank for the restaurant. They believe a filter at the furnace let loose sending 400 gallons of heating oil into the brook.
Whether you’re a devout hiker of the Blue Trails or a walker looking for a local escape, our new interactive trail map will help you plan your outing before your boots hit the trail.
Audubon Connecticut’s Urban Oases program in the New Haven Harbor Watershed has been recognized as a national model for community-based conservation – one of eight pilot projects across the nation to be designated a USFWS Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership.
Michael Carroll, author of the best-selling book, “Lab 257: The Disturbing Story of the Government’s Secret Plum Island Germ Laboratory,” was back on the East Coast, vacationing with his family, and amazed over recent developments concerning Plum Island. Carroll, an attorney from Long Island who worked seven years on “Lab 257” which became a best-seller after its 2004 publication, has since moved to California where he and his wife, a California native, established a law practice.
Christopher Zurcher, founder, editor and publisher of the CT Environmental Headlines, will receive a 2013 Certificate of Appreciation award from The Rockfall Foundation of Middlesex County. The award will presented at the foundation’s 2013 Awards and Grants Celebration, to be held on Nov. 14 at the deKoven House Community in Middletown. “Rockfall and many of us in the environmental community have come to rely on the Headlines as a valuable source of information, as well as a key medium for sharing news about our own programs, grants and events,” explains Claire Rusowicz, Executive Director of Rockfall.
Every once in awhile I stumble across something interesting that attracts my attention. This lovely map is one of those things.
The West River watershed receives more than half of the raw sewage in the city and is the last on the list to be addressed. The raw sewage in the rivers is not as bad as initially reported. After almost a year of collecting data from new flow meters on the sewer outfalls it appears that the sewer plant overestimated the problem by about 50%. Click on this Environmental Headline for more of this story from Lynne.
The University of Connecticut issued a water conservation alert recently due to dry conditions around the Storrs campus, according to university officials. Thomas Callahan, associate vice president for infrastructure planning and strategic project management, said a notice was sent to students as a part of a Stage IA water conservation alert. The alert will request
Schoolyard Habitat Program restores habitat, riparian buffers, improves water quality and connect students to environment
Through the concept of Restore*Connect*Explore, the Schoolyard Habitat Program helps to restore habitat and riparian buffers, improve water quality and connect urban students to their local, natural environment. The program fosters a sense of exploration and curiosity in students, encouraging them to unplug and connect with the natural world. It aspires to engender a lasting environmental ethic for the Long Island Sound Area.
This is a short online survey for farmers and growers in Connecticut. The DEEP wants to learn who has a relationship with gleaning groups on their farm.
Mayor-elect David Martin attended the annual meeting of the Stamford Land Conservation Trust and shared his vision to create a greater connection between Long Island Sound and the City.
What began as a twice-a-day, handmilking operation is now a bit more complicated with about 80 cows on the farm including dry cows, replacement heifers and other young stock. More than 20 cheeses, many of them award winning, are made on site. Cato Corner cheeses are well-known at local farmers markets in Connecticut, but can also be found at top-notch restaurants in New York City and Boston.
Connecticut Water Company has presented a check in the amount of $25,000 to the Killingworth Land Conservation Trust (KLCT) to help fund the purchase of 52 acres of land off Roast Meat Hill Road. The land, known as the Welter Property, includes a major tributary stream in the watershed of Connecticut Water’s Kelseytown Reservoir that is the primary source of drinking water for the company’s customers in the towns of Clinton, Madison, Old Saybrook and Westbrook.
This article is an opinion piece from Environment Northeast on sustainable transmission issues – basically how to make a better, more modern electric grid – just published in the Hartford Business Journal.
Environmental Protection is launching a second round of incentives in order to expand the network of publicly accessible electric vehicle charging stations across Connecticut.
Two important energy rules are coming before the state legislature next Tuesday, and we need your help to make sure the committee makes the right decisions. Together the two regulations will work together to move us towards using less energy-and making sure that the energy we do use is as clean as possible.
Connecticut is “perfect” for geothermal drilling. Dig down six feet, and you’ll find the soil remains a near-constant 50 degrees year-round. Geothermal capitalizes on that, using a loop of underground piping to tap into that stable temperature zone, and send that energy to a heat pump.
A technology developed by a UConn professor is being installed at the Torrington water pollution control facility to turn fats, oils and greases into biodiesel. The professor and two colleagues founded RPM Sustainable Technologies to market the process that might be replicated elsewhere.
Clairvest Group has announced that it has made a US$28.5 million investment in Winters Bros. Waste Systems of Danbury, CT.
The Connecticut Clean Energy Finance Authority has joined a New England effort to reduce the cost of installing solar electric systems.
As Connecticut places an increasing emphasis on the clean energy industry, more local banks are moving into the business of green financing. First Niagara, which is headquartered in Buffalo but has a significant Connecticut presence, has invested more than $100 million over the past four years into areas like energy efficiency upgrades, solar panel installations, and fuel cells.
Immobility is no joke. Because our communities are sprawled out, transportation is an absolute necessity in order to participate in the work force, go to school, seek medical care and to interact socially. People who do not own a car or are unable to drive are essentially ostracized physically, socially and emotionally. The primary response
Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments seeks funding to study area transit ridership, services
The “Comprehensive Operational Analysis” would cost roughly $250,000, said council Executive Director James Butler.
The City of New Haven has converted one car parking spot into a “corral” of 16 parking spots for bicycles, in the latest effort to rethink on-street parking downtown.
Under state law, Malloy is responsible for appointing four of the new council’s 15 members, one of whom must be the chief elected official of a municipality located on an operating or proposed rail line. Click on this Environmental Headline for more from the CT Mirror.
Connecticut Fund for the Environment issued the following statement in response to a meeting of the state legislature’s Regulation Review Committee. The committee voted to approve updates to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative but refused to consider the Connecticut Siting Council’s proposed regulations for wind power siting.
Arts and Artisans Night for Change — arts, awarenes and action on climate change — 5:30-9 p.m. Dec. 12, New Haven
Join Artspace and Tidewater Institute for a festive evening of art, awareness and action to fight climate change and to protect our coasts. A Pop-Up Market of local, sustainable gift-giving options will be surrounded by Artspace’s new climate change exhibit Futurecast.
Thanks to one of our readers for making us aware of this story in today’s Yale Daily News!
After months of campus controversy around the issue, Yale students voted to divest Yale’s endowment from the fossil fuel industry.
Henry Auer copied us in on his response to the above article:
There must be a role for renewable energy in the world’s future energy mix. Humanity must migrate away from fossil fuels as fast as possible.
There is no technology currently available to remove CO2 from the atmosphere once emitted.