Archive for September 2013

IPCC climate report: human impact is ‘unequivocal’

Sep 27th, 2013 | By

World leaders must now respond to an “unequivocal” message from climate scientists and act with policies to cut greenhouse gas emissions, the United Nations secretary-general urged on Friday. Introducing a major report from a high level UN panel of climate scientists, Ban Ki-moon said, “The heat is on. We must act.” The world’s leading climate

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Phragmites Eradication Planned in Ripley Swamp in Litchfield – News – The Litchfield County Times

Sep 26th, 2013 | By

The Ripley Land Trust and the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) will work in tandem to eliminate Phragmites in Ripley Swamp, an invasive species of plants that threatens to spread throughout the property. Each fall for the next three years, DEEP members will use a herbicide on the property to spray the

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State Rep. John Hampton to hold summit on water use issues in Hartford on Oct. 24

Sep 26th, 2013 | By

State Rep. John Hampton, who led opposition to the diversion of millions of gallons of water from the Farmington River Watershed, is convening a water summit at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford on October 24 starting at 10 a.m. This is an open summit and the public is invited to listen to expert panelists,

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Connecticut to support New Haven biotech to the tune of $4.25 million

Sep 26th, 2013 | By

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today announced $4.25 million in state support for Arvinas Inc., a New Haven-based biotechnology startup that is developing a new class of drugs to combat cancer and other diseases. Located in Science Park, Arvinas is founded on research licensed from Yale University and is in the process of hiring its first

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Most Metro-North rail service to N.Y. suspended for three to four weeks

Sep 26th, 2013 | By

Wednesday’s power failure on the Metro-North rail line means most Connecticut commuters will need to find alternate transportation to New York City for at least next three weeks, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced.



Lawmakers air concerns about Long Island Sound

Sep 26th, 2013 | By
Thimble Island (Headlines file photo: Christopher Zurcher)

Problems such as pesticide contamination, algae blooms and declining lobster populations imperil Long Island Sound, elected officials and environmentalists from New York and Connecticut said Wednesday.

long-island-sound-fishing-boat-cjzurcherOfficials, meeting in Port Jefferson at the second annual Bi-State Long Island Sound Roundtable, discussed strategies for protecting the estuary — a source of jobs and recreation for residents of both states.

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New Haven city planners to shape Hill-to-Downtown area

Sep 26th, 2013 | By

New Haven took the next step into a new era of urban planning Wednesday night. Nearly 70 community members gathered at Hill Central High School for a meeting concerning New Haven’s largest redevelopment project since the 1960s, which will encompass an area from New Haven’s Union Station to the Oak Street Connector. The so-called “Hill-to-Downtown

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Annual Migratory Bird Conservation Stamp Artistic Competition Begins

Sep 26th, 2013 | By
2002 Connecticut Duck Stamp Print Robert Reichert

Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is encouraging artists to enter their waterfowl artwork in the annual Migratory Bird Conservation (Duck) Stamp Art Contest. The winning entry will be featured on the 2015 Connecticut Migratory Bird Conservation Stamp. The contest is open to all artists (including Junior Duck Stamp artists), regardless of residence, age, or experience. Entries must be received in person or postmarked on or before March 15, 2014, to be eligible.



Amity AstroTurf Referendum Results

Sep 26th, 2013 | By

Today, 1,803 voters in Bethany, Orange and Woodbridge went to the polls and rejected a referendum to spend $945,000 installing astroturf at Amity High School. While the turnout was very low by normal election standards, for an off-season referendum, the numbers were higher than many expected.



Future of Historic Branford Farm In Jeopardy

Sep 25th, 2013 | By

The fifth generation of Medlyn farmers may need to choose another career path other than farming, as their family’s 133-year old farm may not be around to survive another season.



Yale expert: Public has 6 views on climate change

Sep 25th, 2013 | By

“There is no such thing as ‘the’ American public,” said Anthony Leiserowitz, Director of Yale Center for Climate Change Communication, a division of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, who spoke at the Connecticut Audubon Society’s Annual Meeting, held at the Pequot Library in Southport on Sept. 11.



Sen. Meyer Praises Madison Earth Care for Green Technology

Sep 25th, 2013 | By

Sen. Meyer praised Madison Earth Care for its innovative and environmentally conscious business model, and explained several ways in which the State of Connecticut is working to ensure small businesses thrive in Connecticut.



Cross Sound Ferry spills fuel in Thames River

Sep 25th, 2013 | By

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said McCarthy Fuel accidentally over-filled the fuel system on the SeaJet I, which is owned by Cross Sound Ferry. It is estimated that approximately 350 gallons were released. For more on this story, visit: WTNH – Oil spill in Thames River in New London | WTNH.com Connecticut.



Students, Connecticut Residents March on TD Bank

Sep 25th, 2013 | By

As part of a national day of action against the Keystone XL pipeline, a group of over 60 people, including 20 University students, marched to and protested outside of the Middletown branch of Toronto-Dominion (TD) Bank. The bank is a major investor in TransCanada, the oil company proposing the pipeline, and protestors hoped to encourage

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Understanding Connecticut’s Wildlife

Sep 25th, 2013 | By

Tracy Rittenhouse, assistant professor in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, knows a thing or two about black bears (Ursus americanus americanus). She also knows about species as diverse as Eastern and New England cottontails, spotted salamanders, woodcock, and white-tailed deer, among others. … The fact that there are black bears roaming around

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DEEP: be cautious of moose

Sep 25th, 2013 | By

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is reminding residents to stay a safe distance away if you encounter a moose. DEEP officials said there have been recent moose sightings in New Milford, Farmington, and East Haddam; and while moose are usually shy, they can feel threatened when encountering people or pets and become aggressive.

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Unilever, Levi’s to EPA: Finalize Power Plant Rules

Sep 25th, 2013 | By

Unilever, Levi Strauss, Symantec and Patagonia are among the 22 companies that have signed a letter supporting the new carbon pollution standards for power plants proposed last week by the EPA. The business group, along with some 50 investors — including the country’s largest public pension fund, CalPERS — with more than $900 billion of

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PURA Decision Calls for 8.6% Increase

Sep 25th, 2013 | By

Connecticut’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) today ruled on the Aquarion Water Company of Connecticut’s (Aquarion) rate increase proposal, trimming almost $13M off the requested $26.9M increase. In its March 28, 2013 rate filing, Aquarion proposed spreading the increase over a three-year period. Aquarion supported its 17% increase request by noting substantial recent investment in infrastructure improvements and utility plant, as well as depreciation expense increases related to those capital investments. According to Aquarion, declining end user consumption and cost increases outside its control also precipitated the rate filing.



CT legislature blocks wind power regulations for third time

Sep 25th, 2013 | By
Windmills on the horizon in Providence, Rhode Island. (photo: cjzurcher)

“This is really outright obstructionism at this point,” said Chris Phelps, the state director of Environment Connecticut. “Wind is growing by leaps and bounds in this country, and Connecticut is sitting on the sidelines.”



Alex Felson runs the Urban Ecology and Design Laboratory at Yale

Sep 25th, 2013 | By

You may not recognize his name—yet—but Alex Felson, just a touch over the age of 40, is making one for himself as a pioneer in the burgeoning field of “urban ecology.” Felson runs the Urban Ecology and Design Laboratory—or UEDLAB—at Yale, a bright, roomy space in a building off Prospect Street. It’s half-wet lab—a space

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