Archive for June 2013

CO2 and Temperature Changes Are Correlated for 800,000 Years

Jun 29th, 2013 | By

Global warming and cooling cycles over geological time scales are correlated with increasing and decreasing concentrations of atmospheric carbon dioxide, respectively. This post documents correlated changes occurring a) during the recent post-industrial period of global warming, b) over the last one thousand years, and c) over the past 800,000 years. Except for the industrial period,

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NRC seeks data on running Connecticut reactors in warmer water

Jun 29th, 2013 | By

U.S. nuclear regulators asked Dominion Resources for more information about the company’s plan to continue running the Millstone nuclear plant in Connecticut when water in the Long Island Sound is warmer than the plant’s current permit allows. Dominion in May submitted an application to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) seeking a change in the

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Nearly 300 beach days lost last year to water quality

Jun 29th, 2013 | By

“When it comes to clean water, being ‘middle-of-the-pack’ is not good enough,” said Leah Schmalz, director of legislative and legal affairs for Save the Sound. “One out of every ten American citizens lives within an hour’s drive of Long Island Sound, and they deserve clean, safe beaches—even one closing because of bacteria and pollution is too many.” Click on this Environmental Headline for more of this story from Save the Sound.



Four Arrested Protesting UBS Funding of Mountaintop Removal Coal Extraction

Jun 28th, 2013 | By

Activists associated with Capitalism vs. the Climate and Hands Off Appalachia participated in a solidarity action at UBS wealth management services in Stamford, Connecticut. The non-violent protest was in opposition to UBS’ funding of the harmful extractive process known as mountaintop removal.

Four of the activists, April Scheller of Middletown, Carmen Cordero of Hartford, Nick Katkevich of Voluntown, and Vittorio (Vic) Lancia of Portland, were arrested by the Stamford Police Department for Criminal Trespass and Breach of Peace when UBS executives would not meet with them to discuss the request. Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story.



Moniz sees coal’s ‘significant role’: AP Interview

Jun 28th, 2013 | By

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said Thursday that coal will continue to play a major role in meeting America’s energy needs even as the Obama administration seeks to reduce carbon emissions and combat global warming. In an interview with The Associated Press, Moniz dismissed claims from Republicans and some coal-state Democrats that President Barack Obama’s climate

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Jun 28th, 2013 | By

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Connecticut Organizations and Residents Receive Prestigious EPA Environmental Award

Jun 28th, 2013 | By

Seven organizations and individuals in Connecticut were honored today at the 2013 Environmental Merit Awards ceremony of the US Environmental Protection Agency. They were among 28 recipients across New England recognized for their significant contributions to environmental awareness and problem-solving. Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story about award winners, many of whom are staunch Environmental Headlines readers and supporters. Join them today!



CT ahead of the game on Obama climate plan

Jun 28th, 2013 | By
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According to ENE, the environmental group that has been the chief watchdog of RGGI, since the program was first announced in 2005 emissions among member states have declined 44 percent -– though much of that is due to power plants switching from dirtier fuels to cheaper natural gas. Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story from The CT Mirror.



State’s Recycling Efforts Praised

Jun 27th, 2013 | By

State officials at a press conference Wednesday touted the state’s progress in recycling efforts and waste reduction. “Connecticut has a lot to be proud of,” said Abe Scarr, director of the Connecticut Public Interest Research Group. “We have made some good progress; that said, we still have a long way to go.” For more on

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Old Saybrook’s 127-year-old Breakwater Light for sale – you can’t beat the view

Jun 27th, 2013 | By

Looking for a really unique summer home with an unequalled view of Long Island Sound? Consider the iconic Saybrook Breakwater Lighthouse. You know the one, its image graces the town’s police cars, Preserve The Sound license plates, and countless souvenirs purchased to remember sunny days at the beach here. For more on this story, visit:

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Bipartisan Effort Made to Keep Pesticides Out of Long Island Sound

Jun 27th, 2013 | By

House Bill 6441 includes limitations on the use of the larvicide methoprene and adulticide resmethrin in coastal areas. The law exempts New Haven from the restriction, but will apply to all other municipalities within 1,000 feet of the Long Island Sound, according to a press release from the American Mosquito Control Association.



Fairfield Students Win Awards For Energy Knowledge

Jun 27th, 2013 | By

Four Fairfield students earned “eesmarts” awards for their knowledge about energy conservation this week. For more on this story, visit: Fairfield Students Win Awards For Energy Knowledge | The Fairfield Daily Voice.



Bloomfield Receives $10,000 Energy Grant

Jun 27th, 2013 | By

Energize Connecticut, the statewide consortium promoting energy efficiency, has awarded the town a $10,000 “Bright Ideas” grant through its Clean Energy Communities program. The town, one of 60 in the state participating in the program, is the first to receive the grant. For more on this story, visit: Bloomfield Receives $10,000 Energy Grant – Courant.com.



NEEP awards three CT businesses

Jun 27th, 2013 | By

North Haven Surgical-tool maker Covidien, Ridgefield pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim, and Bristol sports programmer ESPN were among 12 companies in New England to be honored by NEEP. Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story from HartfordBusiness.com.



Naugatuck Economic Development CEO to Retire

Jun 27th, 2013 | By

Dave Prendergast, the CEO of the Naugatuck Economic Development Corp., has announced his intention to retire when a replacement is found for his position. For more on this story, visit: Naugatuck Economic Development CEO to Retire – Government – Naugatuck, CT Patch.



Obama’s Climate Change Plan Sounds Familiar To Northeast

Jun 27th, 2013 | By

The steps detailed Tuesday by President Obama to slow the progress of climate change while lessening its disastrous effects already underway mirror, in part, existing state and regional efforts to limit greenhouse gases and support renewable energy. The White House said the president’s plan will set up carbon emission standards for existing and new power

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NRCS Honors Connecticut Women in Conservation

Jun 27th, 2013 | By

June 13, 2013, was a special day in Connecticut as six women were honored for their efforts toward conservation and agriculture in the state. Motivated by the theme of this year’s National Women’s History Month – “Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics –NRCS established the Women Inspiring Conservation

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Wheeling and dealing with Connecticut’s water resources

Jun 27th, 2013 | By

Curt Johnson, program director and senior staff attorney at the Connecticut Fund for the Environment and Margaret Miner, executive director of Connecticut River Alliance, say water is an essential commodity in our lives and for that reason, existing water supplies should be protected whenever possible. Do you agree? Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story.



CT Officials Head North to Learn More About Successful TOD

Jun 27th, 2013 | By

Interest in transit-oriented development continues to grow in Connecticut as municipalities in the state plan to take full advantage of new transit lines like the CTfastrak bus rapid transit system and New Haven-Hartford-Springfield Rail Line. Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story from Mobilizing the Region.



Feds’ Plum Island EIS ‘misses the boat’: CFE

Jun 27th, 2013 | By

Save the Sound and fellow advocates in the Preserve Plum Island Coalition have had strong criticisms for the U.S. General Services Administration and Department of Homeland Security after the agencies released their Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed sale of Plum Island, NY. The EIS recommends a public auction of the 843-acre island, which is located at the eastern end of Long Island Sound and has become a de facto wildlife refuge thanks to restrictions on a human presence. Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story.