Archive for March 2013

Yale GSA exploring new transportation lines

Mar 30th, 2013 | By

The Graduate Student Assembly is considering offering students new transit options for the Westville, Edgewood and Dwight neighborhoods amidst concerns that Yale’s campus is inaccessible for some of its off-campus graduate students. The GSA created the Westville Ad Hoc Committee last October to assess the need for more transportation options and to examine which transit

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Opinion: Carbon pricing helps boost economy, clean environment

Mar 30th, 2013 | By

Though we should be combating climate change for environmental reasons, it will take a strong economic appeal to move forward. Carbon pricing is being used regionally and internationally and although it is not a cure-all for our economic woes, it offers both environmental stability and economic prosperity. For our environmental and economic health, Connecticut’s representatives

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Gov. Malloy’s statement on new EPA standards

Mar 29th, 2013 | By

“EPA’s proposed Tier 3 vehicle standards and cleaner gasoline will give our state immediate air quality benefits, which will only grow over time as new cars enter the marketplace… In Connecticut, we are taking action to show that we can have a strong economy and a healthy environment, and the new standards for motor vehicles and fuels announced today by EPA are consistent with our approach…” Click on this Environmental Headline for more of Gov. Malloy’s statement.



Ospreys Return To Summer Home Near Neck River

Mar 29th, 2013 | By

Right on time, ospreys are returning to their nests in and around Madison. The magnificent hawks overwinter in Florida, northern coastal Mexico, and northern South America. They then return to Connecticut in late March. For more on this story, visit: Ospreys Return To Summer Home Near Neck River – Madison, CT Patch.



Judges won’t order DNR to require emissions cuts

Mar 29th, 2013 | By

An appeals court declined Wednesday to order the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to adopt rules limiting greenhouse gas emissions, saying the agency does not have a legal duty to protect the atmosphere for future generations. The Iowa Court of Appeals declined to extend Iowa’s public trust doctrine, which requires the state to protect lakes,

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Connecticut Group Argues Climate, Jobs Are Not Issues in Opposition

Mar 29th, 2013 | By

There is often the supposition that job creation and environmental responsibility are mutually exclusive, but a growing effort in Connecticut may expose the problems with that prejudicial thought. The Connecticut Roundtable on Climate and Jobs is drawing together disparate groups who agree on two things: Connecticut needs more jobs and it needs to address climate

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Organic farmer launches new farm in Canton, offering organic, non-GMO foods

Mar 29th, 2013 | By

Bristol’s Farm in Canton, continues to serve the community as a source of high-quality, local food by leasing its land to organic farmers. It supports the next generation of farmers, and is leasing two acres to Serafina Says Farm, a new farm created and farmed by Tara Tranguch. Click on this Environmental Headline for more from The Canton News.



Hundreds of These Were Left in the Farmington River Watershed

Mar 29th, 2013 | By
Farmington River (photo: cjzurcher)

There are 409 dams in the Farmington River Watershed, according to the Farmington River Watershed Association.

Make that 408 once you’ve subtracted the former Spoonville Dam in Tariffville and East Granby which was removed in July 2012. Click this Environmental Headline for more of this story from Simsbury Patch.



Wastewater Treatment Plants and Water Quality

Mar 29th, 2013 | By

At present, Connecticut and New York wastewater treatment facilities have done an excellent job in working to meet or beat their permitted nitrogen discharge targets, and we are on pace to meet, or at least get pretty close to the original goal of a 58 percent reduction in nitrogen loading from this source by 2014. However, sewage is not the only source of nitrogen into Long Island Sound, so this reduction represents a significantly smaller percentage of the overall amount of nitrogen entering the Sound from all sources.



Help us help you help the environment: Make a contribution today. Thanks!

Mar 28th, 2013 | By

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Plans for Thomaston Greenway continue, grants sought

Mar 28th, 2013 | By

THOMASTON — During a Board of Selectmen meeting on Tuesday, March 19, former selectman Maura Martin gave an update on the Thomaston Greenway progress. The Thomaston Greenway Committee has been meeting as part of the Council of Governments’ greater “green project,” the Naugatuck River Greenway. The plans for this Greenway will follow the Naugatuck River,

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Federal Transportation Provision Could Unlock Connecticut Transit

Mar 28th, 2013 | By

While it is well known that Connecticut does not fare particularly well under MAP-21, the federal transportation law adopted last year, the state appears well-positioned to take advantage of a new provision allowing the use of federal highway funds for transit systems like Metro-North and the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield line. Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story from Mobilizing the Region.



NHR Editorial: No consensus on whether GMOs are safe. Obama sign Monsanto protection act.

Mar 28th, 2013 | By

“Frankenfoods” or better living through biotechnology? State legislators, like most of us, generally aren’t rocket scientists, nor are they cutting-edge health researchers. So when it comes to genetically modified organisms, they just want what all of us want to know: Are GMOs safe? And should we know if they’re in our food? Therein lies the

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Three ‘Lead by Example’ Energy Efficiency Performance Contracting Participants Named

Mar 27th, 2013 | By

The City of Bristol, the Connecticut Department of Corrections, and the Connecticut Valley Hospital have begun energy efficiency projects designed to reduce energy costs for the state and municipalities, upgrade facilities, create jobs, and drive investment in Connecticut’s economy.



Pesticide-restriction bill aims to protect lobsters

Mar 27th, 2013 | By

A law restricting use of two common mosquito-control chemicals known to harm lobsters could be a step toward salvaging Connecticut’s beleaguered stocks of the crustaceans, which once supported a $100 million-a-year industry, state lobstermen said this week. Click on this environmental headline for more from the Stamford Advocate.



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Mar 27th, 2013 | By

  Please contribute and help keep us going … thank you! To support our efforts and keep us going, please visit our Support Us page. ——————————————————— Environmental Headlines is, still, a free service. Our mission is to deliver Connecticut environmental news that creates real change. That means blogging all of today’s environmental headlines for everyone

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TAKE ACTION! Time Is Running Out For New England Groundfish

Mar 27th, 2013 | By

A short-sighted plan threatens New England’s coastal ecosystem, and you can help prevent its adoption. Thousands of square miles of protected waters could soon be subject to some of the most damaging forms of large-scale fishing, putting the recovery of cod and other struggling marine life in peril. Take action with this alert from EarthJustice.



Stop Fast-Tracked Bill that Could Weaken Clean Energy Requirements

Mar 27th, 2013 | By

A dispatch from CFE Renewable Energy Connecticut’s energy future is too important to make decisions hastily. Please join us in asking the state legislature to slow down and let the public process work rather than rushing major changes that could weaken our renewable energy standards. Connecticut’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) sets targets for how much of the state’s electricity must come

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Shelton Gets Award For Conservation Excellence

Mar 27th, 2013 | By

Members of the Shelton Conservation Commission, Trails Committee, and Shelton Land Trust accepted the 2013 “Excellence in Conservation” Award from the Connecticut Land Conservation Trust Saturday at the organization’s annual meeting at Wesleyan.



New Haven school’s cafeteria is a ‘learning experience’

Mar 26th, 2013 | By

Television monitors will present health and wellness information and announcements, and table tents were on each table with nutritional facts.