Archive for March 2012

Feedback mixed on proposed recreational trail along Merritt Parkway

Mar 31st, 2012 | By

Area residents who recently participated in the state Department of Transportation’s first public workshop seeking feedback on a possible 37.5-mile recreational trail alongside the Merritt Parkway said they have mixed feelings about the idea. For more on this story, visit: Feedback mixed on proposed recreational trail along Merritt Parkway | The Hour. For more info

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NStar OK’s top dollar deal with Cape Wind

Mar 31st, 2012 | By

Boston utility NStar has agreed to pay a starting price for power from the Cape Wind project that is substantially above the cost of conventional energy and will slightly increase the average customer’s monthly bill beginning the first year the offshore wind farm generates electricity, according to a 15-year contract filed with state regulators Friday.

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Audubon Greenwich ~ Nature Programs & Special Events: Friday, March 30 – May 26, 2012

Mar 30th, 2012 | By

Friday & Saturday, March 30-31, 2012 The 30th National Pesticide Forum ~ Healthy Communities: Green solutions for safe environments Two days of talks and workshops, hosted by Beyond Pesticides and co-sponsored by Audubon Connecticut. Kroon Hall (on Prospect Street, near Sachem Street), Yale University, New Haven, CT. Friday (daytime): Farm Tours  / Friday (night) Keynote

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How Many People Can Manhattan Hold? NYC population doubles during the workday: Report

Mar 30th, 2012 | By

… If a whole city can be created and destroyed in a day, Manhattan comes close. During the workday, the population effectively doubles, to 3.9 million, as shown in a new report by the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management of New York University. Day-trippers, hospital patients, tourists, students and, most of all, commuters,

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Alewife running in record numbers in Connecticut

Mar 30th, 2012 | By

Due to warmer-than-normal water temperatures after the mild winter, this year’s alewife run at Latimer Brook and other coastal streams began about three weeks earlier than normal … While the runs have been strong at several other streams, at Latimer the run already has surpassed previous totals for the entire six weeks that it normally

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2012 is the Year of the Lizard: DEEP plans to increase awareness of lizard conservation

Mar 29th, 2012 | By

2012 has been proclaimed the Year of the Lizard by Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC) to raise awareness for lizard conservation. The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), a member of PARC since 1999, is participating in this outreach effort by shining a spotlight on Connecticut’s only native lizard, the five-lined skink. Also found in Vermont and historically in Massachusetts, the five-lined skink is at its northeastern range limit in southwestern New England.



Land Gift Strengthens Conservation and Public Access along Connecticut River

Mar 29th, 2012 | By

A generous gift of land in Old Lyme’s Lord Cove will assist conservation and provide public access in one of the largest and most important tidal marsh areas along the Lower Connecticut River, two Connecticut conservation groups announced. The donation from the John Lohmann Revocable Trust to the Old Lyme Land Trust and The Nature Conservancy protects 38 acres that includes shoreline, tidal marsh and uplands.



PURA Set To Approve NU-NSTAR Merger; Esty comments

Mar 26th, 2012 | By

State utility regulators backed the Northeast Utilities-NSTAR merger in a preliminary decision Monday as expected, making it more likely the companies will meet a mid-April goal of closing the merger. The Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority endorsed the merger in a draft decision, following the announcement earlier this month that the two utilities had agreed

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Project to help agencies reconnect aquatic habitats

Mar 26th, 2012 | By

The Northeast Aquatic Connectivity Project has resulted in a set of valuable outcomes that will assist resource agencies in the Northeastern U.S. to strategically reconnect fragmented aquatic habitats by targeting removal or bypass of key barriers to fish passage.

The project has worked to make future connectivity restoration projects more efficient by providing the regional information to allow strategic selection of projects most likely to produce ecological benefits. Click on this environmental headline for more on this story.



Yale Professor Receives Monaco Award

Mar 26th, 2012 | By

Michelle Bell, an expert on the environment and human health, has received the inaugural Prince Albert II de Monaco/Institut Pasteur Award for outstanding contributions to her field, Yale announced. Michelle Bell was honored by the Institut Pasteur and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation at a scientific symposium on environmental changes and their impact on human health on March 23 in Monaco. Click on this environmental headline for more on this story.



U.S. DOE awards $481G for solar panel installation in Connecticut

Mar 26th, 2012 | By

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded Connecticut $481,473 to reduce costs associated with the installation and use of rooftop solar panels. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy Thursday announced the award of the so-called “SunShot Initiative” funds. Luther Turmelle of the New Haven Register reports.



Glass straws are green straws draining fewer resources from the environment — ‘sip responsibly’

Mar 26th, 2012 | By

GlassDharma’s Glass Straws are helping sippers across the globe say “No Thanks!” to plastic straws. Known for their uniqueness, strength, and beauty, GlassDharma straws are about the best straws and promote healthy living while promoting a healthy world with a “touch of glass.”



Legislative committee approves bills to limit use of toxins in Connecticut

Mar 26th, 2012 | By

State Representative Phil Miller (D-Chester, Deep River, Essex, Haddam), Vice Chair of the legislature’s Environment Committee, announced that the Environment Committee passed two bills this week that would limit the use of known toxins in Connecticut. The Committee has approved a bill (HB 5218) that would ban any product containing Tris, a common flame retardant,

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$16M awarded to clean up brownfields in Connecticut: Gov. Dannel P. Malloy

Mar 26th, 2012 | By

GOV. MALLOY: $16M AWARDED TO CLEAN UP BROWNFIELDS Round 2 Complete; DECD Now Accepting Applications for Round 3 (HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) has awarded more than $16 million in loans and grants for several brownfield projects throughout the state. “Cleaning

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FORUM: New Haven’s English Station power plant holds promise

Mar 22nd, 2012 | By

A successful adaptive reuse of English Station could breathe life into the neighboring Mill River and River Street special economic development zones, revitalize a moribund stretch of Grand Avenue and reinvigorate New Haven’s waterfront economy.



Celebrate World Water Day Today — 22 March 2012

Mar 22nd, 2012 | By

There are 7 billion people to feed on the planet today and another 2 billion are expected to join by 2050. Statistics say that each of us drinks from 2 to 4 litres of water every day, however most of the water we ‘drink’ is embedded in the food we eat: producing 1 kilo of beef for example consumes 15,000 litres of water while 1 kilo of wheat ’drinks up’ 1,500 litres.

When a billion people in the world already live in chronic hunger and water resources are under pressure we cannot pretend the problem is ‘elsewhere’.



Big Victory For Strawberry Lovers | Earthjustice

Mar 22nd, 2012 | By

Do you like to eat strawberries grown without cancer-causing fumigants? You do! Well then, have we have some news for you!



Connecticut officials ask for public input on plan for hiking, biking trail along Merritt Parkway

Mar 21st, 2012 | By

Connecticut transportation officials are asking the public to comment on a proposed hiking and biking trail along the Merritt Parkway. The Connecticut Department of Transportation has scheduled a public workshop Thursday at the Stamford Government Center. Other meetings are scheduled for Monday in Greenwich Town Hall, Outback Teen Center in New Canaan on April 3

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Connecticut fuel tank bill angers service station owners

Mar 19th, 2012 | By

A bill that would phase out the state’s program to replace or clean up underground fuel tanks is drawing the wrath of service station owners, who turned out en masse for a legislative hearing Friday. So many people turned out for the General Assembly’s Environment Committee meeting at the Legislative Office Building that an overflow

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LETTER: Attitude on bike, pedestrian safety decried

Mar 19th, 2012 | By

… (Bike Walk CT does) not condone reckless behavior on the part of cyclists and pedestrians. But, would Nursick also say that no more road improvements will be made until all motor vehicle operators cooperate by obeying traffic laws? The state Department of Transportation knows how to design and build roads that are safe for

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