Archive for October 2012

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Oct 31st, 2012 | By

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Shoreline Officials Monitoring Sewage Concerns

Oct 31st, 2012 | By

Hurricane Sandy’s high winds and storm surge knocked out power to several sewage treatment plants or pump stations around the state, and in some cases raw or partially treated sewage is flowing into state waterways. Raw sewage was being discharged at pump stations in Branford, Bridgeport, Greenwich, New Haven, Fairfield and East Lyme. For more

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Climate Change & Historic Superstorm Sandy: 70+ Dead, Streets Submerged, Millions Without Power

Oct 31st, 2012 | By

Superstorm Sandy has pounded the East Coast, bringing massive flooding and damage that’s left at least 16 people dead in the United States, killed more than 60 in the Carribean, and left more than seven million without power from North Carolina to Massachusetts. Parts of New York City were submerged under water as high as

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Climate Change and the NYC Metro Area Transit System

Oct 31st, 2012 | By

  In the New York City metro area, the worst of Hurricane Sandy seems to have passed, and the long work of recovery has begun. At a press conference today, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg spoke at length about the two biggest challenges facing the city, and they are also the main challenges of

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What to do if the ‘100-year flood’ comes every year?

Oct 31st, 2012 | By

Just as Tropical Storm Irene exposed vulnerabilities in Connecticut’s electric system last year, Hurricane Sandy is renewing questions about flood standards that have guided construction for decades on a wide range of coastal infrastructure. For more on this story, visit: What to do if the ‘100-year flood’ comes every year? | The Connecticut Mirror.



Bill McKibben on Hurricane Sandy and Climate Change: “If There Was Ever a Wake-up Call, This Is It”

Oct 31st, 2012 | By

Much of the East Coast is shut down today as residents prepare for Hurricane Sandy, a massive storm that could impact up to 50 million people from the Carolinas to Boston. The storm has already killed 66 people in the Caribbean, where it battered Haiti and Cuba. “This thing is stitched together from elements natural

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Sandy Shuts Down Connecticut Rail

Oct 31st, 2012 | By

You should be able to catch a bus or ride a ferry Wednesday morning, but don’t bother trying to get a train. After Sandy brought mass transit to a complete standstill Monday night, that’s at least some cheerful news for thousands of commuters. CT Transit restored service in central and northern Connecticut at midday Tuesday,

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Connecticut plants discharging raw sewage

Oct 31st, 2012 | By

HARTFORD, Conn. — Millions of gallons of untreated or partially treated sewage spilled into Long Island Sound and other Connecticut waterways during flooding and power outages caused by superstorm Sandy, officials said Tuesday. The state Department of Public Health urged people to stay away from floodwaters because they may be contaminated by sewer system discharges

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Considering Climate Change After Sandy

Oct 31st, 2012 | By

Last year’s one-two storm punch already had officials wondering if climate change was to blame for what has been described as a 100-year event. Now, as pictures of damage from Hurricane Sandy begin to pour in, the question of climate change is being raised again. It’s something to which the Department of Energy and Environmental

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Ferry Runs on 100% Renewables

Oct 29th, 2012 | By

An emission-free passenger ferry that holds 1,500 people and about 1.3 miles of parking spaces will be operating between Denmark, Germany and Sweden within the next five years. The ferry was designed by FutureShip, a subsidiary of GL Group, for shipping company Scandlines. It will run on a combination of solar PV power, fuel cells,

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Millstone takes precautions

Oct 29th, 2012 | By

The Millstone Power Station in Waterford, located on Long Island Sound, is closely monitoring the storm and has been installing flood barriers around the plant in case the storm surge is higher than anticipated, Ken Holt, spokesman for Millstone owner Dominion, said Sunday. The Unit 2 nuclear reactor at the plant is shut down for

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The Science Behind Hurricane Sandy: Climate Change or Freak Storm?

Oct 29th, 2012 | By

As Hurricane Sandy approaches the East Coast, many are wondering about the science behind this ‘Frankenstorm’ and whether it has any clear connection to global climate change. In a piece titled ‘Frankenstorm: Has Climate Change Created a Monster?’, NPR’s Adam Frank notes that 2012 has been a banner year for weather anomalies: droughts, fires, floods, and

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Hurricane Sandy: Climate Change Activists Offer Stark Reminder Before Storm Hits

Oct 29th, 2012 | By

A group of climate change activists braved the calm before the storm on Sunday afternoon to rally in New York City’s Times Square. Leading environmental activist organization 350.org organized the event, “Connect the Dots between Extreme Weather and Climate Change,” in less than 48 hours, according to Phil Aroneanu, the group’s co-founder and U.S. campaign

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NY preps for storm, considers transit shutdown

Oct 29th, 2012 | By

As Hurricane Sandy spun up the East Coast, New York residents of some flood-prone areas were told Saturday to evacuate and transit officials prepared for the unusual step of shutting down service. Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an order telling the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to prepare for possibly shutting down all service on subways, buses and

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Conn. towns on L.I. Sound evacuate ahead of storm

Oct 29th, 2012 | By

Residents of shoreline towns on Long Island Sound in Connecticut heeded official warnings and evacuated as a massive storm approached southern New England. With storm surges threatening flooding along beachfront communities and inland, towns from Stamford in the west to Groton in the east issued at least partial mandatory evacuations. For more on this story,

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State ‘innovation hubs’ target growth

Oct 29th, 2012 | By

In hopes of spurring economic development, Gov. Dannel Malloy visited New Haven last week to announce a series of policies designed to foster new business growth and create “innovation hubs” throughout Connecticut. Malloy’s policies are part of the state’s Innovation Ecosystem program, which aims to grow the Connecticut economy through an array of financial, technical

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New UN ‘atlas’ links climate change, health

Oct 29th, 2012 | By

The two U.N. agencies for health and weather services have created a new “atlas” of scientific data that they say offers fresh evidence of the links between climate change to outbreaks of meningitis, malaria and other diseases. The World Health Organization director-general says the manual, which includes maps, tables and graphs, provides a practical guide

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Chris Hedges: Why I’m Voting Green

Oct 29th, 2012 | By

The November election is not a battle between Republicans and Democrats. It is not a battle between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. It is a battle between the corporate state and us. And if we do not immediately engage in this battle we are finished, as climate scientists have made clear. I will defy corporate

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The New Green: Coping against climate change

Oct 28th, 2012 | By

The Northeast Climate Impacts Assessment (2007) discovered that New England has been warming by 0.5°F every decade since 1970, with winter temperatures increasing at an even faster rate of 1.3°F per decade. Potential effects of this steady rise in temperature include: less winter precipitation as snow and more as rain, more days above 90°F, reduced

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Millstone Nuclear Plant Closely Watching Hurricane Sandy, Laying Plans For Severe Weather

Oct 28th, 2012 | By

Operations managers at Millstone Power Station, the state’s nuclear power plant, were monitoring Hurricane Sandy on Friday, aiming to determine what emergency procedures need to take place in coming days and whether they need to shut down the plant’s one active reactor.