Archive for August 2011

Turkey Point: Five Reasons Miami’s Nuclear Power Plant Is Apocalyptically Unsafe

Aug 17th, 2011 | By

It’s old. FPL employees are afraid to report safety concerns. Just like in Japan, Turkey Point is extremely susceptible to a meltdown caused by a natural disaster. And just like in Japan, Turkey Point’s spent fuel pools are a catastrophe waiting to occur. If Turkey Point melts down, Miami is doomed. Gus Garcia-Roberts reports for Miami New Times.



Closed Swimming Areas,105 | AP via Courant.com

Aug 17th, 2011 | By

The Associated Press has reported that all of Connecticut’s state beaches had to be closed because of high bacteria from runoff.



Fairfield U Beach Clean Up at The Great Salt Marsh Aug. 31

Aug 16th, 2011 | By

Students of Fairfield University will take aim at the flotsam and jetsam that litters the shores of the federally protected sanctuary nestled between Stratford and Bridgeport beginning at 10 a.m. this August 31 as part of a service learning project. The idea, students get out into the community to enhance their learning experience by working

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Geothermal system will heat and cool new Science Center | Connecticut College

Aug 16th, 2011 | By

The energy in the ground underneath the Green is going to heat – and cool – the new Science Center at New London Hall. It’s one of several energy-saving technologies being incorporated into the building.



Malloy tours $22 million Norwich regional transportation center | TheDay.com

Aug 16th, 2011 | By

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy got a first-hand look at the $22 million regional transportation center under construction near Norwich Harbor and called the project impressive with potential to attract boaters to the nearby marina, bus travelers from afar and possible future train traffic. “I’m a big supporter of rail,” Malloy said in response to city

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Film to Raise Awareness of Still River History

Aug 16th, 2011 | By

From a stinking cesspool to the home of ever increasing types of fish, the river may be still no more. The Still River has never seemed very still to longtime residents who know that the river has flooded it’s way throughout Danbury’s history. Dave Bonan, 1999 graduate of Western Connecticut State University, local activist, agitator,

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Heavy rain causes road closures, flooded basements

Aug 16th, 2011 | By

A number of local residents woke up Monday to find their basements flooded, thanks to the steady, heavy rain that fell all day Sunday into Monday morning. From 2 to 3 inches of rain fell across the region, with sections of Milford and the Valley area feeling the brunt of the storm. Read more here:

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Study blames human beings for half of Arctic ice melt

Aug 16th, 2011 | By

About half the recent record loss of Arctic sea ice can be blamed on global warming caused by human activity, according to a new study by scientists from the nation’s leading climate research center.

The peer-reviewed study, funded by the National Science Foundation is the first to attribute a specific proportion of the ice melt to greenhouse gases and particulates from pollution. The Anchorage Daily News reports.



Wind supplies 20% of Iowa electricity

Aug 16th, 2011 | By

The U.S. Department of Energy has set a goal that wind will generate 20 percent of the nation’s electricity by 2030.



Check out the Bioregional Calendar!: Tour des Farms, Fruit Tree Planting in Edgewood Park, Moving Planet/Moving CT, Urbanminers Update

Aug 16th, 2011 | By

New Haven Bioregional Group/Transition Greater New Haven have been connecting New Haveners to their life-place since 2005! It’s the place to be. Read more here: Bioregional Calendar: Tour des Farms, Fruit Tree Planting in Edgewood Park, Moving Planet/Moving CT, Urbanminers Update.



The removal of two major dams on Washington rivers begins this fall | American Rivers

Aug 16th, 2011 | By

This fall two major river restoration efforts will begin. The removal of outdated dams on Washington’s Elwha River and White Salmon River will bring the rivers back to life and deliver a wide variety of benefits to the environment and local communities. American Rivers has dubbed 2011 “the year of the river” because of these

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Gateway’s Center for a Sustainable Future offers classes ranging from grant writing to Solar Design and Installation

Aug 15th, 2011 | By

As the State of Connecticut organizes the many new programs and economic opportunities enabled by the passage this spring of sweeping energy legislation, CT Environmental Headlines is pleased to share with you the Center for a Sustainable Future course schedule for the Fall of 2011. Click on this environmental headline for the complete story.



Bringing new energy: NRG aims to build bio-mass plant

Aug 14th, 2011 | By

NRG Energy is wagering that the state’s desire to promote renewable energy will trump any other uncertainties that Connecticut officials have about guaranteeing a bio-mass generating plant the company wants to build there a 15-year contract to supply electricity.



EDITORIAL: A cleaner Sound is just the start

Aug 14th, 2011 | By

Long Island Sound covers 1,320 square miles. Its 18 trillion gallons of fresh and salt water are edged by 600 miles of Connecticut and New York coast. Twenty-one million people live within 50 miles of the Sound, which is a highway for commerce and a major recreational resource. A resting place for migratory birds, it

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Ride from CT to VT witih 350.org Moving Planet, Saturday, Sept. 24

Aug 14th, 2011 | By

The Williamstown COOL Committee and the First Congregational Church, Williamstown are planning an event as part of 350.org Moving Planet–a worldwide rally to demand solutions to the climate crisis.  The committee would like an individual or team of cyclists to ride from Sheffield to Williamstown on a route they determine and arrive in Williamstown by

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Danbury-based solar energy company poised for growth

Aug 14th, 2011 | By

Seaboard Solar officials essentially lease the roof from a building owner, construct a solar array and sell the power that is generated to the tenants at a rate 10 to 30 percent lower than the usual price.



Madison-based nonprofit hopes to change world via H2O sales

Aug 14th, 2011 | By

As president and founder of the Madison-based Hope Water Foundation, Ruthanna Terreri is hoping her newly launched H2ope bottled water — branded as ‘The World’s Kindest Water’ — will do for water what Paul Newman did for popcorn and salad dressing — use an existing consumer market to raise awareness and dollars for a cause. Hartford Business reports.



Labor and business join to support Hartford-New Britain busway

Aug 14th, 2011 | By

With unemployment in the construction trades topping 30 percent, it was easy to round up a crowd Thursday night to stand behind the controversial Hartford-to-New Britain Busway, a $567 million project that could mean 4,100 construction jobs, beginning this fall. The Connecticut Mirror reports.



The Shale Bubble

Aug 14th, 2011 | By

The wonderful predictions about potential high yields from these resources have been called into question amid environmental concerns about the way the resources are harvested.



House for rent at West Haven beach. This house is green!

Aug 14th, 2011 | By

Beautiful house at West Shore Beach in West Haven for rent. Ready to move in today. Terms: 9- or 12- month renewable lease Flexible move-in date – anytime between August 1 and September 15. Rent completely furnished OR unfurnished $2,000 monthly, security deposit and references required Features: Solar electricity 3 bedrooms + Office 2 full

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