Archive for October 2011

DEEP Commish Esty Applauds 1000 Friends of Connecticut

Oct 29th, 2011 | By

Several new faces joined 1000 Friends of Connecticut last night in the City Trust Building Complex, a mixed-use development located centrally in downtown Bridgeport, for an intimate meet-and-greet with Mayor Finch of Bridgeport and Commissioner Dan Esty of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. 1000 Friends of Connecticut provided members of the community and

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SoundVision Action Plan highlighted at Long Island Sound Citizens Summit

Oct 28th, 2011 | By

BRIDGEPORT, CT — Save the Sound, the Long Island Sound Study (LISS), and the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) hosted their 21st annual Long Island Sound Citizens Summit at Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) gave the keynote address at the Citizens Summit. This year’s summit focused on the

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City Trees Given New Life: City Bench Exhibit Opens at Connecticut Historical Society, continues through March 17, 2012

Oct 28th, 2011 | By

New Life for Connecticut Trees: Furniture by City Bench, a new exhibit opening on Nov. 1, 2011 at the Connecticut Historical Society in Hartford, explores the environmental benefits, beauty, and history of urban trees in Connecticut , through a unique and artistic storytelling display of hand-crafted furniture, photographs of urban tree projects, and thought-provoking facts about Connecticut ’s urban tree canopy.



The Incredible Disappearing Bat: The world would be a far scarier place without bats

Oct 28th, 2011 | By

Since a mysterious disease was first found in upstate New York in 2006, more than a million bats have died. In some caves, more than 90 percent of bats have been lost. Bats are a favorite scary symbol of Halloween, but really, we should be frightened for the bats that are so important to our environment.



CT DEEP Participates in Rollout of ‘Project WET’ to Address 21st Century Water Challenges

Oct 28th, 2011 | By

Both formal and informal educators will receive practical training that will allow them to teach their students about water through interactive, science-based activities that are fully correlated with state and national standards, according to Connecticut Project WET Coordinator Susan Quincy.



Environmental crisis caused by the 1%, not the 7 billion

Oct 28th, 2011 | By

Most of the 7 billion are not endangering the earth. The majority of the world’s people don’t destroy forests, don’t wipe out endangered species, don’t pollute rivers and oceans, and emit essentially no greenhouse gases, Ian Angus writes in Grist.

While populationist groups focus attention on the 7 billion, the Occupy movement has identified the real source of environmental destruction: the 1%, the handful of millionaires and billionaires who own more, consume more, control more, and destroy more than all the rest of us put together. Click on this environmental headline for more on this story.



Climate change making country’s water problems worse: expert

Oct 28th, 2011 | By

(Reuters) – Climate change and population growth in the United States will make having enough fresh water more challenging in the coming years, an expert on water shortages said on Wednesday. “In 1985-1986 there were historical (water level) highs and now in less than 25 years we are at historical lows. Those sorts of swings

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Friends of Edgewood Park Annual Meeting, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011

Oct 28th, 2011 | By

The Friends of Edgewood Park will be having its annual meeting, at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011, 630 at the Ranger Station, (near Edgewood Ave. and Hobart St.). We will be welcoming new board members and electing officers.  Slate of officers: Semi Semi-Dikoko, President (C), Greg Dildine, Treasurer (C), Stephanie FitzGerald, Secretary (C). Slate

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Lucie Arnaz Benefit for Norwalk Land Trust, 7:30 p.m. Saturday Oct. 29

Oct 27th, 2011 | By

The Norwalk Land Trust is very pleased to invite environmental community and open space supporters to a special benefit concert “An Evening with Lucie Arnaz” on Saturday October 29th at 7:30 pm at the Norwalk Concert Hall, City Hall, 125 East Ave. She is the daughter of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz and was the Executive Producer of the I Love Lucy 50th Anniversary TV Special.



Long Island Sound Citizens Summit 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. today, Bridgeport

Oct 27th, 2011 | By

Friday, Oct. 28, Sound meeting — Save the Sound and the Long Island Sound Study will hold the Long Island Sound Citizens Summit at Housatonic Community College, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. The summit will focus on the SoundVision Action Plan for restoring and preserving the Sound. Information/registration: lisoundvision.org. For more on this story, visit: Spotlight: Check

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Millstone operator touts plant reliability

Oct 27th, 2011 | By

Skip Jordan, the site vice president for Virginia-based owner Dominion, discussed the mechanics of Unit 3, a reactor shut down temporarily for refueling, and pointed out $600 million in major investments the company has made in the entire station since its purchase from Northeast Utilities for $1.3 billion in 2001. For more on this story,

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Public to Look at Farmington River Plan

Oct 27th, 2011 | By

The town will host a meeting on a preliminary master plan for the Farmington River in Collinsville on Thursday night. The plan includes recommendations for the town to pursue in the future, including fishing areas, artificial habitat, traffic calming measures, public boating and swimming access and additional trail opportunities. Canton Patch reports.



Behold: New Haven’s ‘Low Line’

Oct 26th, 2011 | By

Cheshire from downtown New Haven, they’ll stop in a tunnel under Whitney Avenue—and connect with history. The New Haven Independent reports on New Haven’s stretch of the Farmington Canal Greenway.



Duck Unlimited testifies before Congress in support of a more efficient federal duck stamp

Oct 26th, 2011 | By

Ducks Unlimited has voiced its support of legislation that would make the federal duck stamp more readily available to the general public during testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee, Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs.



Lumber Available for Groups to Build Bluebird Boxes

Oct 26th, 2011 | By

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Wildlife Division is once again offering 50 bundles of rough-cut lumber to groups, free-of-charge, for building bluebird nest boxes. Although lumber is only available for groups, individuals interested in aiding Connecticut’s bluebird population may obtain an eastern bluebird fact sheet by visiting the Wildlife Publications section of the DEEP Web site (www.ct.gov/deep/wildlife).



WTNH Viewers Ask the Governor More Questions

Oct 26th, 2011 | By

Governor Dannel Malloy sits down with News 8 for the fourth installment of Ask the Governor and answers questions from viewers.



Advice For Connecticut: Start Planning Now To Make Economic Advantage Of New Commuter Rail Line

Oct 26th, 2011 | By

ROCKY HILL — As Connecticut draws closer to building a commuter rail system between New Haven and Springfield,businesses and municipalities must start planning now for how they will use the new transportation link to generate jobs and revive struggling cities, planner David Kooris said Tuesday. Dallas, Denver and similar cities with new mass transit systems

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Can Connecticut lead the way in energy conservation?

Oct 26th, 2011 | By

Connecticut has the opportunity to become the leader in energy conservation in the United States, but there is still much to do. For those in the northwest corner of the state, the opportunity has made itself quite relevant. The Litchfield News reports.



Stacie Nevadomski Berdan: Going Global at UCONN: A Super CIBER Experience

Oct 26th, 2011 | By

Sixty students from 15 universities – 12 from across the U.S. and 3 international – participated in the 8th Annual CIBER Case Challenge this past Saturday at the University of Connecticut in Storrs. I had the privilege of being selected as a judge and, as such, spent the third and final day on campus interacting

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‘Stage Two’ of the BP Gulf of Mexico Environmental Disaster

Oct 26th, 2011 | By

Since BP’s catastrophic Macondo Blowout in the Gulf of Mexico last year, the Obama Administration has granted nearly 300 new drilling permits and shirked plans to plug 3,600 of more than 28,000 abandoned wells, which pose significant threats to the severely damaged sea.

Among those granted new permits for drilling in the Gulf, on Friday Obama granted BP permission to explore for oil in the Gulf, allowing it to bid on new leases that will be sold at auction in December. GlobalResearch.ca reports.