Archive for October 2013

Calendar should be fixed tomorrow.

Oct 31st, 2013 | By

Sorry for the inconvenience folks, but the broken calendar is something way beyond my control. The folks who designed it are working on a solution and I’m assured it will be fixed sometime tomorrow. Thank you for your patience and continued support.



Naomi Klein: How science is telling us all to revolt

Oct 30th, 2013 | By

Some scientists need no convincing. The godfather of modern climate science, James Hansen, is a formidable activist, having been arrested some half-dozen times for resisting mountain-top removal coal mining and tar sands pipelines (he even left his job at NASA this year in part to have more time for campaigning).



Organic Agriculture and Thinking in three parts, By Bill Duesing, Organic Advocate

Oct 30th, 2013 | By

  How do we work with Nature? Left to her own devices, Nature moves in four directions. 1. Toward more organic matter. 2. Toward greater biodiversity 3. Toward greater structural complexity, and 4. Toward greater metabolic stability. All of these are important parts of organic thinking and methods. For more on this story, visit: Connecticut

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Food giants pour millions into defeating Washington GMO label measure

Oct 30th, 2013 | By

Major U.S. food and chemical companies are pouring millions of dollars into efforts to block approval of a ballot initiative in Washington state that would make it the first in the United States to require labeling of foods containing genetically modified crops. Despite early strong support for the measure, a recent poll suggests sentiment against

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Audubon teaches students field biology

Oct 30th, 2013 | By

On a crisp, but overcast morning where the brief appearance of the sun at least helped give an illusion of warmth, about 50 Curiale School eighth-graders combed through the leafy trails at the Connecticut Audubon Society’s Larsen Sanctuary to see what they could find in several bodies of water. Field journals in their back pockets,

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The Blue Trails are now online and interactive!

Oct 30th, 2013 | By

Whether you’re a devout hiker of the Blue Trails or a walker looking for a local escape, our new interactive trail map will help you plan your outing before your boots hit the trail.



Audubon’s Connecticut’s New Haven Urban Oases Project Named USFWS Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership

Oct 30th, 2013 | By

Audubon Connecticut’s Urban Oases program in the New Haven Harbor Watershed has been recognized as a national model for community-based conservation – one of eight pilot projects across the nation to be designated a USFWS Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership.



All-Star Transportation recognized for greening fleet

Oct 30th, 2013 | By
John Dufour, President and Leslie Sheldon, Operations Manager

All-Star Transportation is the largest privately-held school bus company operating solely in Connecticut, providing school bus transportation services to 30 communities in Litchfield, New Haven, Hartford and upper Fairfield Counties.



Yale seeks a program manager for the Yale Global Institute of Sustainable Forestry

Oct 29th, 2013 | By

Yale seeks a program manager for the Yale Global Institute of Sustainable Forestry: Program on Private Forests 18-month Term Position, potential for extension if funding is available Job Summary: Since its founding in 1900, the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies has been in the forefront of developing a science-based approach to forest management,

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Forum: Climate change is the greatest moral crisis of our time

Oct 29th, 2013 | By

Climate change is the greatest moral crisis of our time. Twenty-five years after James Hansen’s historic testimony before Congress warning the American people of the need to mitigate carbon pollution, our society has yet to take the appropriate action necessary to address this threat. By Richard Walser and Terri Eickel. Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story.



Connecticut to receive $65 million for Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts

Oct 29th, 2013 | By

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today announced the state will be receiving an additional $65 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to bolster Connecticut’s Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts. With this funding, Connecticut has now received over the last year an unprecedented $500 million in aid from the federal government to support

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UConn’s Mirror Lake cleaner than rumored

Oct 29th, 2013 | By

While there is no current danger to wildlife in the lake, the University has made concerted efforts to make Mirror Lake cleaner. The lake has gradually filled in with sediment due to the sanding of roads and erosion, making it significantly shallower than it had been at its conception. The University has recently installed devices

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A Trail Full Of Potential Along The Shoreline

Oct 28th, 2013 | By

The dream of the Shoreline Greenway Trail – a 25-mile continuous off-road path between Hammonasset State Park and New Haven’s Lighthouse Point Park – began a decade ago. And now with the recent completion of a one-mile stretch from the entrance of Hammonasset west to Route 1, the all-volunteer group installing the trail has something

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The Deadly Secrets of Plum Island, by Karl Grossman in Counterpunch

Oct 28th, 2013 | By

Michael Carroll, author of the best-selling book, “Lab 257: The Disturbing Story of the Government’s Secret Plum Island Germ Laboratory,” was back on the East Coast, vacationing with his family, and amazed over recent developments concerning Plum Island. Carroll, an attorney from Long Island who worked seven years on “Lab 257” which became a best-seller after its 2004 publication, has since moved to California where he and his wife, a California native, established a law practice.



Rockfall to Honor Marcy Klattenberg at Grants & Awards Celebration Nov. 14, Middletown

Oct 28th, 2013 | By

Environmental educator and conservationist, Marcy Klattenberg, has been selected to receive the 2013 Certificate of Honor award from The Rockfall Foundation. The life-achievement award will presented at the foundation’s 2013 Awards and Grants Celebration, to be held at 6:00 p.m. on November 14, at the deKoven House Community Center. Marcy is being recognized for her

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A Quinnipiac plan: go with the flow

Oct 28th, 2013 | By

… There are still a few companies — including Cytec Industries and Allegheny Ludlum in Wallingford — that are allowed to discharge waste water into the river, under state permits.



Duff Named Connecticut Water Works Legislator of the Year

Oct 27th, 2013 | By

State Sen. Bob Duff has been named Legislator of the Year by the Connecticut Water Works Association for winning passage of legislation this year promoting water conservation and investment in water infrastructure.



Climate change conference for Conn. students

Oct 27th, 2013 | By

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy is preparing to host a conference for Connecticut high school students in which they are expected to learn about climate change and the effects of global warming is having on the state. For more on this story, visit: Climate change conference for Conn. students | WTNH.com Connecticut.



$1.29 Million Awarded for Community-Based Projects on Long Island Sound

Oct 26th, 2013 | By
A harbor seal stops in West Haven summer of 2013 on its way to Maine. (photo: cjzurcher)

Top federal and state environmental officials announced 23 grants totaling $1,295,972 to local government and community groups in Connecticut and New York to improve the health of Long Island Sound. The projects, which are funded through the Long Island Sound Futures Fund, will open up 12.2 river miles for passage of native fish and restore 50 acres of critical fish and wildlife habitat including intertidal marsh, coastal forest, grasslands and freshwater wetlands.



Bridgeport, UI to partner in turning old landfill into Green Energy Park to generate solar power

Oct 26th, 2013 | By

This 50-acre renewable energy park, which has the potential to house solar, fuel cells and wind installations, will cut down the City’s dependence on fossil fuels and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.