Archive for May 2011

In a Blow to Big Polluters, Judge Halts California’s Cap and Trade Program

May 31st, 2011 | By

San Francisco’s Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment CRPE announced today that it received the judge’s writ in its lawsuit against the California Air Resources Board CARB. The writ gives the green light to most of the policies advanced under AB32, California’s Global Warming Solutions Act, but puts a permanent hold on cap and

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Help the energy bill by taking action today, or now

May 31st, 2011 | By

SB 1, An Act Concerning Connecticut’s Energy Future, will soon be voted on in the Senate–maybe as early as this afternoon. This bill establishes the joint Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and makes important changes to our state’s energy policies that will put us on the path to cleaner air, green small business growth and a better quality of life for Connecticut residents. Please take a moment now to call your state senator.



Save the Sound, Sen. Meyer Celebrate Long Island Sound Day

May 27th, 2011 | By

Save the Sound and Environment Committee Co-Chair State Senator Ed Meyer (D-Guilford) released the following statement today in observance of Long Island Sound Day. Earlier in the day, Save the Sound held a coastal cleanup of Long Wharf Nature Preserve in New Haven as part of their Long Island Sound Day celebration.



Slash and Burn: Brazil Shreds Laws Protecting Its Rainforests

May 27th, 2011 | By

Brazil has taken a big step towards passing new laws that will loosen restrictions on the amount of Amazon rainforest that farmers can destroy, after its lower house of parliament voted in favour of updating the country’s 46-year-old forest code. In a move described as “disastrous” by conservationists, the nation’s congress backed a bill relaxing

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Audubon Greenwich Nature Programs & Special Events: Saturday, May 27 – Saturday, August 21

May 26th, 2011 | By

The HawkWatch Festival & Green Bazaar Oct. 1 & 2, 2011, will feature kids activities, great food vendors, eco-friendly businesses, and of course, the famous live birds of prey shows. Get involved as a festival volunteer, corporate sponsor, or as an eco-friendly vendor. Also, click on this environmental headline to take a gander at all the Summer events at Audubon Greenwich.



Environmental legislation of concern during the final days of legislative session

May 26th, 2011 | By

The following pro- and anti-environment bills are still in play. You may be asked to vote on these bills before the end of session and CTLCV would like to be sure you are considering the future protection of our state’s natural resources when deciding your position.



Share the road … with farm vehicles!

May 26th, 2011 | By

Spring is one of the busiest times of year for area farmers. Fragmentation and loss of available farmland find area farmers having to travel on public roads to fields owned and leased throughout their communities. What can area farmers, and the general public, do to assure farm vehicle safety on our pubic roads?



If You Care, Leave It There’ — DEP advice on spring wildlife

May 26th, 2011 | By

Spring and summer are busy times, for people and animals.  Many animals are setting up territories, building nests, or finding den sites to give birth and raise their young.  At the same time, people are spending more time outdoors and the chances are greater that someone may come across a young bird or mammal that

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Forum on the sale of Riverside Park 1 p.m. Saturday, New London

May 26th, 2011 | By

The country’s oldest intercollegiate sports rivalry and a forum on the future of a municipal park are two events scheduled to take place on the Thames River this weekend. The Coast Guard Academy is offering to purchase about half of the park for $2.9 million, taking 9.14 acres to develop a cultural center and shipboard

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A Link Between Climate Change and Joplin Tornadoes? Never! | Bill McKibben

May 25th, 2011 | By

It is far better to think of the tornado activity in Joplin, Mo., the tornado outbreak three weeks ago in Tuscaloosa, Ala., or the enormous outbreak a couple of weeks before that as isolated, unpredictable, discrete events. It is not advisable, global warming guru Bill McKibben writes, to try to connect them in your mind with, say, the fires burning across Texas — fires that have burned more of America at this point this year than any wildfires have in previous years.



DEP Announces Measures to Protect Shorebirds and Wading Birds: Charles Island and Duck Island Closed for Nesting Season

May 23rd, 2011 | By

The DEP announced that Charles Island in Milford and Duck Island in Westbrook will be closed to the public from now through Sept. 9, 2011, to prevent disturbances to nesting birds. Both islands have been designated by DEP as Natural Area Preserves, primarily because of their importance as nesting habitats for several state-listed birds.



SunHydro founder awards $400,000 in sci-tech scholarships

May 22nd, 2011 | By

Tom Sullivan, founder of Lumber Liquidators and SunHydro, and owner of Proton OnSite, has awarded four winners the Proton Energy Scholarship to pursue degrees in the fields of science or technology. Each recipient has earned the $100,000 scholarship to go toward a four-year undergraduate degree.

These students represent the future of innovation in the fields of science and technology. I’m continually impressed by the level of work ethic and commitment our scholarship winners show,” Sullivan said.



Henry E. Auer: America’s Climate Choices: The U.S. National Academies Report

May 22nd, 2011 | By

The U.S. National Academies has issued a report, America’s Climate Choices, assessing climate change and strongly recommending that steps be taken to address it. The U. S. and the rest of the world are currently installing new energy facilities, many of which will continue to emit greenhouse gases, which risks making global warming worse. All these considerations point to the need to begin reducing greenhouse gas emissions right away.



Andrew Fisk named executive director of CRWC

May 22nd, 2011 | By

The Connecticut River Watershed Council has announced that Andrew Fisk has been named executive director. Fisk, who served as Director of the Land and Water Bureau at the Maine Department of Environmental Protection for seven years, begins Monday May 23.



House passes recreation liability reform

May 22nd, 2011 | By

The House Chamber of the CT General Assembly took a historic vote that the Connecticut Forest and Parks Association considers a huge step forward in the 15-year struggle to provide protection against liability that would encourage municipalities (including municipal entities like the MDC, municipal water companies, etc.) to keep access to recreational lands open and free. Click this environmental headline to read more.



Emerald Ash Borer Traps Unveiled

May 22nd, 2011 | By

DEP Commissioner Dan Esty and Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station Director Louis A. Magnarelli displayed new traps that are being distributed in the state to detect the presence of the Emerald Ash-borer (EAB), a highly destructive invasive insect recently discovered 25 miles from the Connecticut border in western New York.



The job search begins for green jobs

May 22nd, 2011 | By

BRIDGEPORT — Ronald Patton and Jennifer Carter sat next to each other in their green jobs training class every day. Theirs is a friendship defined by competition. Patton was reservedly happy for Carter when she scored higher than he did on their assessment tests, and didn’t hold back on his gloating when he did better.

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Environmental Groups Call For Open, Fair, Honest, Gulf Restoration Process

May 21st, 2011 | By

Twenty environmental and community-based groups urged the government agencies in charge of restoration efforts in the Gulf of Mexico after the BP oil spill to include public input and base research and monitoring on science. More than a year after the Macondo well blowout spewed unprecedented volumes of crude oil, hydrocarbon gases, and chemical dispersants

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Ready For Vote On Wind Power In Colebrook

May 21st, 2011 | By

The opponents of a wind power project in town are feeling optimistic that the Connecticut Siting Council will not approve its construction, after a similar project proposed by the same company in the New Haven County town of Prospect was rejected. The council reviewed a 35-page summary of findings about the first Colebrook application. BNE

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In Mansfield, Let the sun shine

May 21st, 2011 | By

There was a celebration Thursday (May 19) of Mansfield’s acquisition of new solar panels and their installation at Edwin O. Smith High School. Read more here: In Mansfield, Let the sun shine :: Mansfield Today.