Archive for June 2014

CFPA July Events

Jun 30th, 2014 | By

CFPA July Events July 6 1 pm to 2:45 pm Guided Hike to Brown Hill Marsh and Governor’s Island Goodwin Conservation Center, Hampton July 10 9 am to 3 pm Project Learning Tree CT Workshop CFPA Headquarters, Rockfall July 15 9 am to 3:30 pm PLT GreenSchools! Energy Investigations Trash Museum, Hartford July 15 10

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NY Communities Triumph Over Fracking Industry In Precedent-Setting Case

Jun 30th, 2014 | By

Local communities have triumphed over the fracking industry in precedent-setting case decided today by the New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court.



CFE: PURA trees decision passes the buck

Jun 29th, 2014 | By

While the decision moderates CL&P’s and UI’s plans it fails to go far enough to protect healthy trees that don’t threaten utility infrastructure and leaves this responsibility largely to citizens and towns.



Harbor Watch, Westport, Nets $25,000 Lab Grant

Jun 28th, 2014 | By

The Fairfield County Community Foundation has awarded a $25,000 grant to Harbor Watch, the water quality monitoring program at Westport’s Earthplace, the Nature Discovery Center, to support its laboratory expansion project. For more on this story, visit: Harbor Watch Nets $25,000 Lab Grant – WestportNow.com – Westport, Connecticut.



NY clean water legislation fails to make it to Senate floor

Jun 28th, 2014 | By

Despite the op/ed pieces, press conferences, television appearances and lobbying by county and state officials and environmentalists from across the region, 2014 may not be the year for clean water on Long Island. The state Senate failed to act last week on sweeping legislation aimed at safeguarding Nassau and Suffolk county’s many bays and tributaries,

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EPA bans sewage discharge from vessels all along Mass. coast

Jun 28th, 2014 | By

On Friday, Massachusetts officials announced that the US Environmental Protection Agency had approved extending the no-discharge zone to areas off all the state’s coast — the last of New England’s waters to come under the ban.



Environmentalists at odds with PURA ruling

Jun 28th, 2014 | By

Wednesday’s final decision by state regulators on rules that cover tree trimming by Connecticut utilities around power lines is drawing criticism from a prominent environmental group.



Why Geothermal Systems Are Heating Up

Jun 28th, 2014 | By

Geothermal is a niche market compared to oil and gas — less than 2 percent of residential and commercial buildings in the United States — but heat-pump sales have been rising since the 1980s, according to Geothermal Exchange Organization, a nonprofit education and advocacy group for the geothermal heat pump industry.



Bear Population on Rise in Connecticut

Jun 27th, 2014 | By

Bear sightings are practically a daily occurrence in the northwest corner of Connecticut. In the past year, there have been 340 bear sightings in Avon alone, and speculation of bear dens near commercial areas, such as busy route 44. These bears are lured into neighborhoods by bird feeders and garbage cans, and seem to be

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Mystic Aquarium Scientists Tracking Unusual Whale Activity in Fall River and Nantucket

Jun 27th, 2014 | By
Beluga whale (photo: EarthJustice.org)

Researchers from Mystic Aquarium, the only aquarium in the Northeastern U.S. with Beluga whales on-site for study and exhibition, are in Fall River, Mass., at the Taunton River today to determine what has brought a young Beluga so far from its usual habitat.



Tire Recycler Eyes Fair Haven Waterfront

Jun 27th, 2014 | By

Tires—loads and loads and loads of tires—may arrive on the shores of Fair Haven if a growing recycling company gets its wish.



Nine New London County Towns Sign Clean Energy Communities Pledge

Jun 26th, 2014 | By

From EnergizeCT: The towns of East Lyme, Franklin, Ledyard, Lisbon, Lyme, Old Lyme, Preston, Sprague, and Waterford have all recently signed a pledge to commit to Clean Energy Communities, an Energize Connecticut program that incentivizes Connecticut municipalities to support energy efficiency and renewable energy. Under the Clean Energy Communities program, each town pledged to reduce

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Why Osprey Nest Sightings in Connecticut Matter

Jun 24th, 2014 | By
An osprey flying over a marsh in Branford, Conn. (photo: cjzurcher, Environmental Headlines)

The Connecticut Audubon Society wants to get a better handle on osprey populations in the state. To do so, the group is launching a new citizen science program called “Osprey Nation.”



Dam bill a first for Esty, Murphy

Jun 24th, 2014 | By
The Farmington River in Collinsville (photo: cjzurcher)

The House gave final passage Monday to a bill to enable the Connecticut town of Canton to refurbish two dams on the Farmington River.



CT lacks power in burgeoning wind industry

Jun 24th, 2014 | By

Wind power will play an increasing role in the U.S., likely supplying more than a third of the nation’s energy needs by 2050, according to a new analysis being readied by the federal Department of Energy, but Connecticut isn’t likely to be a major industry player. Click for more from the Hartford Business Journal.



It’s time for Trader Joe’s to do their part

Jun 24th, 2014 | By

from ConnPIRG: Antibiotic-resistant infections are on the rise, so we’re calling for a nationwide ban on the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms — but political change doesn’t always happen quickly. That’s why we’re urging industry leaders like Trader Joe’s to take action right away. Click for more from ConnPIRG.



The U. S. National Climate Assessment: Effects of Warming and Measures to Counteract Them, by Henry Auer

Jun 24th, 2014 | By

Important procedures involved in combating further warming include risk assessment and evaluation, and iterative (cyclical) sequences of planning, decision-making and implementation of projects, coupled with critical analysis of steps in these processes along the way. Applying the results of such analysis back to optimize the steps should be done repetitively in order to achieve desired goals.



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Jun 23rd, 2014 | By

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Connecticut River paddlers celebrate trail extension plan

Jun 23rd, 2014 | By

You can’t really cut a ribbon to open a river to canoeists, so a coalition of groups promoting paddling up and down the Connecticut River did the next best thing Saturday – they held a picnic and a celebratory paddle from Gillette Castle State Park to Selden Island State Park in Lyme. About 80 people

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Finch speaks to U.S. mayors on climate change

Jun 23rd, 2014 | By

Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch, who serves as co-chair of the climate protection task force of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, addressed the conference Sunday on the Park City’s efforts to tackle climate change.