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UBS Backs Away From Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

UBS, the world’s third top funder of mountaintop removal in 2011, has taken steps demonstrating its commitment to significantly reduce financing of the mining practice.

In the summer of 2013, members of the campaign were arrested during a protest at UBS’s Knoxville, Tenn., office. Shortly afterwards, four members of the Connecticut-based group Capitalism vs. the Climate blocked the entrance to UBS’s North American headquarters in Stamford, Conn., and were arrested.

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Red Molly to headline 2014 Connecticut Folk Festival & Green Expo Sept. 6

Red Molly to headline 2014 Connecticut Folk Festival & Green Expo Sept. 6. Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story.

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Positive comments at Guilford Public Hearing!

Good News in Guilford! Public comments about our first proposed Shoreline Greenway Trail section in Guilford were very positive from many of c. 50 folks attending the Public Hearing last Wednesday, August 13. Thank you to everyone who answered the call!

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DEEP Grant Program Aims to Replace or Remove Inefficient Outdoor Wood Burning Furnaces

As part of an overall effort to address public health and environmental issues raised by the use of Outdoor Wood Burning Furnaces, Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has announced a grant program that offers a financial incentive for the removal or replacement of older, less efficient units. Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story.

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CTLCV Endorses 15 in Races for General Assembly Seats

Wednesday, the bipartisan Connecticut League of Conservation Voters (CTLCV) named its first slate of endorsed candidates for election to the Connecticut General Assembly in the November 4 elections.

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CTLCV releases 15th Annual Legislative Scorecard

The Connecticut League of Conservation Voters has released its 2014 Environmental Scorecard, the latest in a 15-year series of documents which rate Connecticut’s state legislators by the votes they have cast on key environmental bills.

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Questions are being raised over proposed tire-shredding plant in New Haven

Questions remain for some about how the waste management solution is regulated, and whether the end product is a health concern.

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REVIEW: Sun Power: How Energy from the Sun Is Changing Lives Around the World, Empowering America, and Saving the Planet | Aaron Goode

A review of the book Sun Power: How Energy from the Sun Is Changing Lives Around the World, Empowering America, and Saving the Planet is written by Aaron Goode who writes, “Williams passes along lessons learned from two decades of peddling solar home systems (SHSs) in India, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and other far-flung parts of the developing world….”

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CT Audubon citizen science initiative to monitor CT osprey health

If you live near an active Osprey nest and can volunteer about an hour a month to be part of our network of stewards, email CT Audubon at osprey@ctaudubon.org. The goal of Osprey Nation is to create a long-term record of data that will give the conservation community a better understanding of the health of Connecticut’s Osprey population. Click on this Environmental Headline for more information.

A red tail hawk surveys the Connecticut coastline. (photo: cjzurcher, Environmental Headlines)

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Ten CT interns participating in TNC’s LEAF program

The Nature Conservancy has announced that students from its Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future Program are heading out for a great summer adventure to nature preserves in 27 states, including Connecticut. The students, many of whom have never spent time out of their city, let alone one-on-one with worms and toads, will participate in a paid internship program from July 7 through Aug. 1.

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Emerald ash borer causing damage to town trees

A warning from entomologist Claire Rutledge to everyone who owns ash trees: “It’s time to take a look at the trees,” Rutledge said. “If you have ash trees and you want to save them you have to commit to treating it for the rest of its life.”

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CEQ updates annual environmental report

Two summertime updates, both positive: Connecticut is on track for reducing nitrogen pollution in Long Island Sound, and Connecticut businesses continue to use electricity more efficiently.

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How Bike- and Walk-Friendly Is Your Town? Bike Walk CT releases first ever town-by-town scorecard

As part of a new “complete streets” initiative, Bike Walk Connecticut released a first-of-its-kind ranking of the state’s cities and towns on how bike- and walk-friendly they are. Simsbury (1), New Haven (2), New Britain (3), Glastonbury (4), and Middletown (5) claim top honors as the five most bike- and walk-friendly communities. Click on this Environmental Headline for the full report.

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NY Communities Triumph Over Fracking Industry In Precedent-Setting Case

Local communities have triumphed over the fracking industry in precedent-setting case decided today by the New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court.

CFE: PURA trees decision passes the buck

While the decision moderates CL&P’s and UI’s plans it fails to go far enough to protect healthy trees that don’t threaten utility infrastructure and leaves this responsibility largely to citizens and towns.

Water

Esty Seeks Support For Farmington River ‘Wild And Scenic’ Bill

U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-5th District, appealed to officials and environmental groups Monday for help in building support for a bill that would give federal wild and scenic designation to part of the Farmington River. Esty said a federal wild and scenic designation opens up resources, including funding, for conservation projects. For more on this

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Muddy sediment empties into Long Island Sound from the Connecticut River after Hurricane Irene in 2011. (NASA Earth Observatory)

Nitrogen Pollution in Long Island Sound Continues to Decline

A new report says nitrogen pollution discharged into Long Island Sound continues an overall decline. That’s good news for marine life because too much nitrogen can fuel the growth of algae, which dies, settles on the ocean floor, and decays, using up oxygen in the process.

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Everyone can help watershed council keep Connecticut River clean

Everyone can help watershed council keep Connecticut River clean

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Cleanup At Higganum Cove In Haddam To Begin This Summer

The 12-acre Higganum Cove property, beside a scenic waterfall, has been included on a list of Connecticut Superfund sites awaiting cleanup since 1989 because of the presence of PCBs, lead, and arsenic “at levels of concern to human health and the environment.”

Land

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Conn. farmers, UConn fighting the good fight

In the spirit of spreading awareness for the importance of making good choices while purchasing food, a nutritional outreach program, one of many across Connecticut, is occurring through UConn’s College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources (CAHNR) and UConn Extension.

Letter: Building processing plant on Mt. Parnassus open space is inappropriate

The area around the Harris open space property on Mt. Parnassus has a long history of land preservation. As far back as 1933, Capt. George Comer did “give, grant, bargain, sell and confirm” the land bordering the Harris property to the state of Connecticut. This land was given to the state of Connecticut for the

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UConn Extension's Jiff Martin (seond from left) with representatives from NRCS and Lisa Coverdale at Connecticut State Capitol.

Extension Educator Jiff Martin among women honored for work in agriculture and conservation

The spotlight was on 12 remarkable women Thursday, June 19, at the State Capitol as Connecticut’s Conservation Partnership recognized them for their work in agriculture and natural resources conservation. This year’s theme was Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment: Stories of the Extraordinary Determination of Women, and the event honored the exceptional and often unrecognized determination and tenacity of women in a non-traditional field.

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Connecticut Agriculture Growth Gains National Attention

Connecticut may be the third smallest state in the nation, but it has a large agricultural presence – which led to the state being featured recently by the USDA on the federal agency’s website.

Energy

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From fission to fusion: the need for a quick transition

Why we should change from fission to fusion electricity generation swiftly, with minimal overlap, once fusion is available. By Yale physics student and, undergraduate scholar at the Yale Climate and Energy Institute, Jason Parisi.

Officials praise Canton hydropower project

U.S. Sen. Christopher Murphy, U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy gathered at the dam on the Farmington River in Collinsville to announce the passage of the Collinsville Renewable Energy Promotion Act.

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Why Geothermal Systems Are Heating Up

Geothermal is a niche market compared to oil and gas — less than 2 percent of residential and commercial buildings in the United States — but heat-pump sales have been rising since the 1980s, according to Geothermal Exchange Organization, a nonprofit education and advocacy group for the geothermal heat pump industry.

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Dam bill a first for Esty, Murphy

The House gave final passage Monday to a bill to enable the Connecticut town of Canton to refurbish two dams on the Farmington River.

Business

Milford scores a victory in fight with Recycling Inc.

Recycling Inc., formerly known as Milford Recycling Inc., proposed to expand its activities into other solid waste areas.

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Yankee Gas Breaks Ground on First Large-Scale Natural Gas Expansion Project in Connecticut

Residents and businesses in Wilton will soon be able to make the switch to clean-burning, affordable natural gas. Yankee Gas is installing a new natural gas pipeline, making Wilton the first community in the state to partner with a utility through Connecticut’s Comprehensive Energy Strategy.

UIL Purchases $20 Million LNG Facility in Milford

UIL Holdings Corporation announced the purchase of a 14.6 million gallon liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage facility and related assets in Milford, Connecticut from subsidiaries of Iberdrola USA, Inc. for approximately $20 million. UIL purchased the assets through its subsidiary on July 31, 2014. The Milford facility is operated by The Southern Connecticut Gas Company,

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CL&P proposes significant increase on utility bills

Are you a CL&P customer? Your bill could be increasing by as much as 60 percent by the end of this year! CL&P says it is proposing the increase to cover a gap related to past storm damage.

Transportation

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Malloy: ‘No problem’ prohibiting Connecticut transportation spending

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy declared that he had “no problem” with a constitutional amendment that would prohibit the legislature from raiding the special transportation fund.

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State Purchasing $33M In New CTfastrak Buses

Federal and state taxpayers are putting up nearly $33 million for 48 new buses that will have features not found on the CT Transit fleet.

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Transportation advocates lay out agenda for Connecticut candidates

The coalition is asking gubernatorial candidates for a debate focused on transportation issues.

Officials Promote Busway’s Economic Development Potential

A busload of state officials toured the route Monday, stopping at several stations in Newington and West Hartford where they hope to encourage creation of nearby retail shops, apartment complexes and commercial office buildings. For more on this story, visit: Officials Promote Busway’s Economic Development Potential – Hartford Courant.

Climate Change

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Environmental, peace groups join together for People’s Climate March Sept. 21

More than 500,000 people are expected to attend the People’s Climate March on Sunday, September 21 in New York City. Sierra Club and 350.org initiated the statewide organizing effort this summer. Click here for more information.

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Fellowship to help CT Audubon Society bring climate change educate to schools

Connecticut Audubon Society’s education director, Michelle Eckman, has been selected as one of 26 recipients of a prestigious international fellowship to develop a climate change curriculum for high school freshmen in New Haven, with a goal of expanding the curriculum to high schools throughout the state.

Real Action On Climate Change, Melissa Everett, Enfield

Connecticut has been a national leader in clean energy programs and policies. Let’s show that Connecticut is a leader in bringing out smart, creative people to New York City, and then engaging them in the exciting work of transforming our state’s energy system town by town. For more on this story, visit: Real Action On

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Climate Change Law in New York Bridges Partisan Divide

Republicans and Democrats, environmentalists and the business community, get behind the groundbreaking New York climate change bill.