Archive for March 2014

New Greenway Along Farmington River Proposed For Canton

Mar 31st, 2014 | By

A new greenway has been proposed that would extend up the Farmington River to New Hartford. The proposed greenway would connect to an existing area with a bike path in Collinsville. For more on this story, visit: New Greenway Along Farmington River Proposed For Canton – Courant.com.



Long Island protesters to send anti-fracking message to Cuomo at McCarthy event

Mar 31st, 2014 | By

Over 100 Long Island residents plan to protest outside a political fundraiser tonight feting retiring Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy, where Governor Andrew Cuomo is scheduled to appear, to send a message of opposition to fracking in New York State. For more on this story, visit: Long Island protesters to send anti-fracking message to Cuomo at McCarthy

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The U. S. Needs a Unified Global Warming Agency, As Other Nations Have

Mar 31st, 2014 | By

The previous post detailed the distributed administrative structures dealing with global warming in the U. S. government. It identified several problems and difficulties arising from this situation. Here, ministries and departments dealing with global warming in the European Union and selected countries around the world are examined. Among the countries examined, those in the developed

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Panel’s Warning on Climate Risk: Worst Is Yet to Come

Mar 31st, 2014 | By

The panel has concluded that the impact of climate change is already underway — as seen by rainfall patterns, the retreat of glaciers and shrinking permafrost — and that it might lead to the rising risk of ill health, poverty and conflict.



Modern Farmer Earns Two National Magazine Award Nominations

Mar 30th, 2014 | By

Modern Farmer, a quarterly introduced last March to cover both farmers and the farm-to-table movement, has picked up two National Magazine Award nominations from the American Society of Magazine Editors, one for general excellence among special-interest magazines and one in the magazine section category for its “Modern Farmer Handbook.”



Connecticut moratorium stalls wind power proposal

Mar 30th, 2014 | By

As Connecticut moves on several fronts to diversify its supply of energy, proposals for wind power have stalled as state lawmakers struggle to reach agreement on rules for turbine locations, shadows created by spinning blades and other details.



Connecticut panel funds road improvements at state parks

Mar 30th, 2014 | By

The Kellogg Environmental Education Center in Derby is among the state parks in Connecticut that will receive funds to repair and resurface roads and parking lots, some of which were damaged by recent storms. For more on this story, visit: Connecticut panel funds road improvements at state parks | The New Haven Register.



Stamford’s Ferguson Library Makes Waves for Water Conservation

Mar 30th, 2014 | By

The project was created two years ago by artists Susan Hoffman Fishman and Elena Kalman in response to the Tsunami that struck Japan in 2011. It’s part of the National Interactive Art and Community-Building Project Celebrating Water. With the help of public participants, it has been installed in museums, galleries, schools and other venues across

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8:30 p.m. Today, Saturday March 29, 2014 is Earth Hour

Mar 29th, 2014 | By

On Saturday March 29th at 8:30pm, millions of people across the world are switching off lights for one hour – to celebrate their commitment to the planet. This year, you can do more.



Part of Windsor Locks Canal State Park Trail closed for nesting eagles

Mar 29th, 2014 | By

Connecticut’s Department of Energy Environmental Protection (DEEP) today announced that the southern end of the popular Windsor Locks Canal State Park Trail will be closed through June 2014 to protect a pair of nesting bald eagles. “Although bald eagle numbers are increasing in the state, the birds are still a state threatened species and need

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Vermont board OKs plans to close down Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant by end of year

Mar 29th, 2014 | By

The Vermont Public Service Board on Friday voted to authorize the operators of Vermont Yankee to close down the nuclear power plant by Dec. 31. According to the Associated Press, the Public Service Board granted Vermont Yankee a certificate of public good — essentially a state permit — covering its operation from March 21, 2012,

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‘Best ruling on clean water in a decade’: Chris Phelps

Mar 28th, 2014 | By

The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a rule to restore Clean Water Act protections to more than 3,000 miles of waterways across Connecticut. This is the biggest step taken for clean water in over a decade. We need your help to get this rule over the finish line. The proposed rule to restore Clean Water

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Downtown development sparks debate in New Haven

Mar 28th, 2014 | By

After three hours of heated public debate over the development of the Route 34 West Project, the Community Development Committee of the Board of Alders delayed a vote on the decision until a future date. For more on this story, visit: Downtown development sparks debate | Yale Daily News.



Climate Justice Conference of Solutions 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 12, Middletown

Mar 28th, 2014 | By

Much of the conversation around climate change is dominated by the narrative of “doom-and-gloom.” In order to move towards climate justice, we must begin to shift the focus towards solutions. The focus on the right kinds of solutions from a myriad of perspectives can help put us on the path towards a better future. Rather than continuing to talk about the forms of energy, societies, or policies we don’t want, this will be an opportunity to foster dialogues about the better future we envision.



April 1–7 is Asbestos Awareness Week

Mar 28th, 2014 | By

April 1–7 is Asbestos Awareness Week. Please join me in spreading hope and be a voice for the victims. For more on this story, visit: Dying to be Heard | Be a Voice for the Victims.



U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issuing a Sources Sought Announcement for a dredging project at the Mystic River in Groton and Stonington

Mar 27th, 2014 | By

The proposed project consists of maintenance dredging of up to 250,000 cubic yards (cy) of material from the Mystic River FNP (the 15′ channel, the 12′ channel and the 9′ anchorage area). The dredging would restore the channels and anchorage area to authorized depths. In addition to the FNP, the State of Connecticut has requested

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Residents Receive Letter About Tweed Airport Noise

Mar 27th, 2014 | By
Tweed Airport as seen from Google Maps

New Haven Mayor Toni Harp said that noise over 65 decibels creates some health problems. “We want to go through every house, make a determination how we can do remediation in those areas that we know the noise is louder than that,” she said.



Changes to community solar bill draw criticism

Mar 27th, 2014 | By

Efforts to bring renewable energy to a broader group of Connecticut residents have been dealt a setback by the General Assembly’s Energy and Technology committee. But the so-called community solar bill isn’t completely dead. The legislation, House Bill 5412, was folded into Senate Bill 353, which the Energy and Technology panel moved out of committee

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Vermont utility regulators to issue decision on closure of Vermont Yankee by March 31

Mar 27th, 2014 | By

The Vermont Public Service Board (PSB), the state’s utility regulator, is scheduled to issue its final ruling by the end of the month on the pending operating license for the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, owned by Entergy, a Louisiana-based energy conglomerate which operates facilities around the country.



DEEP Announces a Children’s Art Contest for 2014 Year of the Salamander

Mar 27th, 2014 | By

Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and the Friends of Sessions Woods, as part of the Year of the Salamander awareness campaign with Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC), are sponsoring a salamander art contest for children in kindergarten through fifth grade (open to Connecticut residents only).