Archive for January 2014

With lobsters in mind, Maine legislator proposes ban on some pesticides

Jan 31st, 2014 | By

Pesticides have long been considered a menace by Maine’s lobster industry, and now a Deer Isle lawmaker is proposing legislative help in keeping some of the chemicals away from the state’s top commercial fishery. According to a press release from the House Democrats, the two pesticides were found in the tissue of dead lobsters that

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Healthy CT Alliance forum addresses redevelopment of coal plant site

Jan 31st, 2014 | By

“Coal fired power plants are no longer economically viable and the days are numbered for the last few that remain,” said N. Jonathan Peress, vice president and director of clean energy and climate change at the Conservation Law Foundation.



Local farmers keen on farm bill; state’s congressmen, not so much

Jan 30th, 2014 | By

Eastern Connecticut farmers and hunger advocates said Wednesday they’ll be monitoring the status of a nearly trillion-dollar farm bill closely in the coming days — and for very different reasons.



Connecticut utility regulators reopen review of tree-cutting plan

Jan 30th, 2014 | By
An area along I-91 that has seen the effects of tree-cutting and chipping. (photo: cjzurcher)

State regulators said Wednesday they are reopening their review of tree plans for Connecticut’s two largest electric utilities and telecommunications companies.



OUR VIEW: Institute looks at climate change: Bristol Press

Jan 30th, 2014 | By

This new institute will focus on improving scientific understanding of climate change and will encourage strategies to reduce the loss of life, property, natural resources, and limit social disruption from future high-impact weather events as well as from sea level rise, flooding, erosion and other hazards, the Register said.This is an ambitious agenda but one

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New Haven may see new transportation app

Jan 30th, 2014 | By

New Haven’s new transit chief, Doug Hausladen ’04, backed the idea of real-time tracking devices at a press conference last week — when he was tapped by Mayor Toni Harp to head the city’s Department of Transportation, Traffic and Parking. He will start in that role Feb. 1. Hausladen said he would support the development

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More than 1,500 schools mark third annual K-12 Recycle-Bowl competition; 6.4 million pounds of recyclables recovered

Jan 30th, 2014 | By

Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s leading nonprofit that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities, today announced the winners of “Recycle-Bowl,” the first nationwide recycling competition for elementary-, middle- and high-school students. The Recycle-Bowl® competition, sponsored by Nestlé® Pure Life® Purified Water, reached nearly 700,000 students across America with schools in all 50

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Change Direction On Climate: Courant Letter

Jan 30th, 2014 | By

Thanks to The Courant for Matthew Sturdevant’s excellent article summarizing some of the climate change risks that threaten the Northeast and how Connecticut is planning for them [Jan. 27, Page 1, “Extreme Times”]. However, it should be noted in this type of article that the costs of adaptation, cleanup and recovery far exceed the costs

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State Parks and Forests Aren’t as Protected as You Think

Jan 30th, 2014 | By

If you think Connecticut’s roughly 270,000 acres of forests and parks are protected forever, you’re wrong. That’s according to a new report from Connecticut’s Council on Environmental Quality claiming state conservation lands aren’t always preserved forever.



18th Century Middletown Landmark Rescued From Demolition, Restored

Jan 30th, 2014 | By

John Fletcher Bolles III has been called a “white knight” for rescuing the endangered Wetmore house in 2007. He paid $336,000 for the property once known as “Oak Hill,” for the towering white oak that stood in the front yard. For more on this story, visit: 18th Century Middletown Landmark Rescued From Demolition, Restored –

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Tier 3: What It Means and Why It Matters

Jan 29th, 2014 | By

By now, you’ve probably seen lots of news headlines talking about the proposed updated Tier 3 standards. Tier 3 is the shorthand term for national vehicle emissions and fuel standards that will help us make big strides towards cleaner, healthier air. They are designed to reduce the soot, smog and other types of dangerous pollution

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Aquarion seeking nominations for Environmental Champion awards

Jan 29th, 2014 | By

The Aquarion Water Company is again seeking adults, students, small and large businesses, and non-profits whose volunteer efforts have protected or improved Connecticut’s natural resources – its air, water, soils or plant and wildlife communities.



Malloy Announces Progress in New England Governors Regional Energy Infrastructure Initiative

Jan 29th, 2014 | By

  Governor Dannel P. Malloy said today that the New England Governors are taking action to advance a recent regional energy initiative designed to expand energy infrastructure and lower the price of electricity for residents and businesses in the region. “We urgently need new investments in electric transmission and natural gas capacity in New England

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Davos report highlights worsening global air quality

Jan 29th, 2014 | By

Air quality around the world is plummeting, according to the latest version of an annual report, issued at the Davos Summit over the weekend.

Produced by researchers at Yale and Columbia universities, the Environmental Performance Index ranks performance in key environmental areas on a per-country basis.

It breaks down these issues into two broad policy areas: detection of human health from environmental harm and protection of ecosystems. It then ranks each nation based on their overall performance.



Can you make a contribution to Environmental Headlines today? Thanks!

Jan 28th, 2014 | By

Visit the How to Support Us page to find out more on how to make a tax-deductible contribution to the Headlines today. A big ‘Thank You’ to all those to have chosen to support this local effort to bring you Connecticut’s environmental news. Please visit the website and click on some of our advertisers. It

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Media Campaign Exposes Public Health Concerns from Toxic, Radioactive Waste

Jan 28th, 2014 | By

A coalition of public health groups, environmental organizations and concerned citizens is coordinating a radio and internet campaign this week designed to alert Connecticut citizens to the dangers posed by the importation, processing and/or sale of waste materials produced by fracking.



State denies Sandy aid to coastal homes

Jan 28th, 2014 | By
Aerial view of flooding after Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

The state says the money would be better spent hardening infrastructure such as seawalls, bridges, levees and wastewater treatment plants, a decision that has baffled the leaders of a number of coastal towns and owners of the most vulnerable homes.



More Extreme Weather Ahead

Jan 27th, 2014 | By
Storm damage (photo: cjzurcher)

The changing climate is expected to make Connecticut a different place with more extreme weather, hotter summers and more precipitation, disrupting the natural world around us and testing our ability to respond and adapt.



Climate change will force all to ‘wake up!’

Jan 27th, 2014 | By

by Jay Lustgarten Stonington Jan. 17 featured “U.N.: Climate woes could be costly” implying we got off cheap with Hurricane Sandy. Phew, I feel a lot better now. Seriously, one has to wonder what it will take for Americans to prioritize minimizing their carbon footprint. Is it the marketing? Global warming, too warm and fuzzy?

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Bristol Press Editorial: State park fees should fund the state parks

Jan 27th, 2014 | By

A legislative report released Thursday recommends between a quarter and a half of the revenue generated by state parks in Connecticut be appropriated to the state’s parks and forests, the Associated Press reported. Currently, the vast majority of revenue generated by the parks goes to the state’s General Fund, the main spending account. For more

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