Archive for July 2010

100 Years Later, A Vision of a City Lives On | New Haven Independent

Jul 31st, 2010 | By

Imagine stepping out of the New Haven train station after a long journey by rail. A large open plaza greets you outside the doors. As you look north, a wide boulevard beckons you to the heart of the city, where another public square awaits. This unfulfilled vision of New Haven s spelled out in a

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StamfordPlus.com News – Malloy calls CT transportation infrastructure ‘unnacceptable’

Jul 31st, 2010 | By

Dan Malloy, the Democratic Party’s endorsed candidate for Governor,  responded to a new report by the by The Road Information Program that says 45 percent of Connecticut’s major roadways are either in “poor or mediocre condition” and that 34 percent of the state’s bridges are “deficient or obsolete.” “The fact is, Connecticut’s transportation infrastructure is

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EPA Rejects Petitions to Reverse Climate Change Endangerment Finding

Jul 31st, 2010 | By

EPA determined in December 2009 that climate change caused by emissions of greenhouse gases threatens the public’s health and the environment. Since then, EPA received ten petitions challenging this determination. On July 29, 2010, EPA denied these petitions. The petitions to reconsider EPA’s “Endangerment Finding” claimed that climate science can’t be trusted, and asserted a

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How Prospects Cooled for U.S. Global Warming Bill

Jul 30th, 2010 | By

This story is part of a special series that explores energy issues. For more, visit The Great Energy Challenge. For advocates of action on climate change, it seems like a long time since the hopeful first days of the Obama administration. Then, the political landscape appeared to have shifted into place to build a comprehensive

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Solar panels still strong on town building roof | Canton News

Jul 30th, 2010 | By

CANTON — Members of the Town of Canton have become conscientious enough to officially become a Clean Energy Community. They were rewarded for their efforts in December of last year in the form of a free 3 kW clean energy system, which was installed as solar panels on the roof of the Water Pollution Control

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The real environmental disaster

Jul 30th, 2010 | By

The last three months have been the warmest on record and we need to bring the same urgency to climate change that we did to stopping the Gulf oil spill, says Bill McKibben. Over the same period as the BP spill was taking place, if you add up all the carbon being burned in all

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Scientists: Yes, the world is warming | NOAA

Jul 30th, 2010 | By

The 2009 State of the Climate report released today draws on data for 10 key climate indicators that all point to the same finding: the scientific evidence that our world is warming is unmistakable. More than 300 scientists from 160 research groups in 48 countries contributed to the report, which confirms that the past decade

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New legislation requires biodiesel in home heating fuel

Jul 30th, 2010 | By

Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s signature of Senate Bill 382 on May 26 enacted several regulations, while setting the table for more sweeping reform over biodiesel and home heating fuel. Those reforms open the door for more biodiesel to be used in traditional oil heaters – seamlessly. Bantam Fuel president Peter Aziz attested to the impact

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Discovered! Audubon’s First Engraving of a Bird

Jul 30th, 2010 | By

In 1824, John James Audubon (1785-1851), the eminent American artist, created a drawing of a running grouse for use in the design for a New Jersey bank note. Although the artist mentions the drawing and the resulting engraved paper money in two separate diary entries, no one has ever been able to locate or identify

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Attend America’s Great Outdoors Listening Sessions

Jul 30th, 2010 | By

Shape the future of conservation and recreation in the United States. On August 6 in Poughkeepsie, NY, the Federal Government will host a listening session to gather your thoughts and ideas on reconnecting Americans with the great outdoors. Join senior representatives from the Department of the Interior, EPA, and the USDA at this public listening

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‘Worse Than Rainforest Loss’: New Data on Our Dying Oceans

Jul 29th, 2010 | By

Microscopic marine algae which form the basis of the ocean food chain are dying at a terrifying rate, scientists said today. Phytoplankton, described as the ‘fuel’ on which marine ecosystems run, are experiencing declines of about 1 per cent of the average total a year. According to the researchers from Dalhousie University in Canada the

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Blumenthal, 11 states, urge uniform food labeling

Jul 29th, 2010 | By

Attorney General Richard Blumenthal urged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) — as it considers adopting a uniform food labeling program — to ensure that it provides unbiased nutritional information and encourages food manufacturers to offer healthier products. The FDA has proposed developing a national voluntary front-of-package food labeling program.



Farmland Trust President Says: Senate’s Failure to Act Misses Opportunity to Help Environment and Farmers

Jul 29th, 2010 | By

Washington, D.C.—“In dropping the negotiations on clean energy and climate change, the Senate has missed an opportunity to take proactive steps to benefit the environment and U.S. farmers,” President of American Farmland Trust (AFT) Jon Scholl said in a news release. “The House worked hard to negotiate a viable approach to clean energy and climate legislation that

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Rutgers site largest college solar project

Jul 29th, 2010 | By

At Rutgers University, 7,600 panels convert sunlight into electricity, saving some $200,000 in energy costs this year in the biggest solar-power experiment at a U.S. college. Yingli Green Energy Holding Co., China’s second-largest solar-panel maker, supplied the $10 million project. Yingli is one of several Chinese manufacturers that have slashed costs to reduce global prices

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Tour Des Farms: 25-mile Bicycle, Concert Tour Stops At Local Farms, Greenhouses, Orchards

Jul 29th, 2010 | By

CT Folk is holding its second annual Tour des Farms, a day-long bicycle and concert tour, on Sunday. The 25-mile route begins and ends in Hamden, with stops at farms, greenhouses, orchards and historic sites. Bikes can purchase fresh produce that will be delivered at the end of the ride. At each stop, Connecticut musicians

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No movement on New Hartford draft zoning regulations

Jul 29th, 2010 | By

NEW HARTFORD – The Planning and Zoning Commission may not have taken any immediate action on their draft regulations during their Wednesday meeting, but their focus was on the future. The Commission moved to table discussion of the draft zoning regulations until their next meeting, which was scheduled for September. However, Commission members discussed calling

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Wind turbine not pricing out at Bishop’s Orchards

Jul 29th, 2010 | By

GUILFORD — Now that its wind power study has been concluded, the owners of Bishop’s Orchards are blowing off pricey plans to build a wind turbine on their property. “At the moment, it’s not proving out, or otherwise we would be jumping at it,” said Keith Bishop, co-owner and co-CEO of the business. via Pricey

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Recycling in New Canaan: Is the program antiquated?

Jul 29th, 2010 | By

The town adopted a recycling ordinance in 1991 after the state passed a law requiring towns to establish a program under the guidelines that no less than 25 percent of solid waste generated be recycled.  The ordinance changes proposed and approved last Wednesday night included taking out any mention of SWEROC, of which the town

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EPA grant to fund diesel filters for town fleet

Jul 29th, 2010 | By

The Environmental Protection Agency [EPA] awarded $831,030 for Fairfield to cover the costs of retrofitted 39 vehicles — from dump trucks to tractors — with devices that will drastically reduce harmful emissions. via EPA grant to fund diesel filters for town fleet – Connecticut Post.



Aspetuck Land Trust receives grant from Newman’s Own Foundation

Jul 29th, 2010 | By

The Aspetuck Land Trust announced that it received a grant of $25,000 from Newman’s Own Foundation in support of educational programming for families and children, specifically the new natural playground at the Leonard Schine preserve in Westport. The natural playground has been designed for children ages 3-7 and built with natural materials found on the

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