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America’s Dirtiest Power Plants Report Released

Some conclusions include: The U.S. should cut overall emissions of global warming pollution by at least 80 percent below 2005 levels by 2050. This will require action at all levels of government.

The U.S. EPA should strengthen, finalize and implement the Clean Power Plan. Congress should also take action to drive down emissions and promote renewable energy, including by adopting a comprehensive national climate policy and passing a national renewable electricity standard.

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Rare Birds To Be Punted From Rentschler Field Area

It’s a prime habitat for nesting birds, including upland sandpipers, grasshopper sparrows and bobolinks. However, an $84 million, 350,000-square-foot outlet shopping center is planned for the site.

A red tail hawk surveys the Connecticut coastline. (photo: cjzurcher, Environmental Headlines)

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HawkWatch Festival & Green Bazaar 11-5 Sept. 27-28, Greenwich

Enjoy this exciting two-day nature festival at Audubon’s sanctuary in northern Greenwich – a celebration of the annual hawk migration passing overhead at Audubon Greenwich’s “Quaker Ridge Hawk Watch.” Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this great event from Headlines sponsor Audubon Connecticut!


Tweed Airport in New Haven receives $764,624 for noise mitigation

The federal government has awarded Tweed New Haven Regional Airport $764,624 to do further study on noise mitigation measures, including determining the first dozen homes to benefit out of 187 identified in a federally-funded noise mitigation study as affected by noise.


Chaskey’s ‘Seedtime’ a meditation on how seeds are interwoven with our own story | Aaron Goode

In the able hands of farmer-poet Scott Chaskey, seedtime serves as an ideal point of departure for a meditation on how the story of seeds is “interwoven with our own story.” For Chaskey it is interwoven at many levels: the parallel identity of the author and the farmer, of writing and seed-sowing, becomes one of the recurring threads in his richly textured, poetic and unflinchingly political Seedtime. Click on this Environmental Headline to read more from our regular contributor Aaron Goode.

Horizon Wings live raptor show will take place again this year.

Lighthouse Point Park Migration Festival, Sept. 21, Lighthouse Point Park, New Haven

Taking place at one of the best birding spots on the East Coast, the Audubon CT Migration Festival will include bird walks led by Chris Loscalzo, bird banding demonstrations, a hawk flight identification workshop (come see some hawks flying south for the winter), monarch butterfly tagging (they’re migrating too), a live raptor show with a falconer from Horizon Wings Raptor Rehabilitation and Education organization, and much more. If you want to see some birds, you won’t be sorry you came to this festival.

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DEEP Says Bobcat Involved in Attack Was Rabid

Connecticut’s DEEP says the bobcat apparently involved in the attack on a woman in Bozrah Saturday tested positive for rabies. The results were obtained this afternoon from the State Health Lab administered by the Department of Public Health.


Connecticut Folk Festival & Green Expo 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Saturday Sept. 6

3 Degrees/Northeast Clean Power is providing Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) for all of the electrical power that will be used at the Connecticut Folk Festival & Green Expo. This event is supported in part by Environmental Headlines and the City of New Haven Mayor’s Community Arts Grants Program.


Positive comments at Guilford Public Hearing!

Good News in Guilford! Public comments about our first proposed Shoreline Greenway Trail section in Guilford were very positive from many of c. 50 folks attending the Public Hearing last Wednesday, August 13. Thank you to everyone who answered the call!


DEEP Grant Program Aims to Replace or Remove Inefficient Outdoor Wood Burning Furnaces

As part of an overall effort to address public health and environmental issues raised by the use of Outdoor Wood Burning Furnaces, Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has announced a grant program that offers a financial incentive for the removal or replacement of older, less efficient units. Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story.


CTLCV Endorses 15 in Races for General Assembly Seats

Wednesday, the bipartisan Connecticut League of Conservation Voters (CTLCV) named its first slate of endorsed candidates for election to the Connecticut General Assembly in the November 4 elections.


CTLCV releases 15th Annual Legislative Scorecard

The Connecticut League of Conservation Voters has released its 2014 Environmental Scorecard, the latest in a 15-year series of documents which rate Connecticut’s state legislators by the votes they have cast on key environmental bills.


Questions are being raised over proposed tire-shredding plant in New Haven

Questions remain for some about how the waste management solution is regulated, and whether the end product is a health concern.

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REVIEW: Sun Power: How Energy from the Sun Is Changing Lives Around the World, Empowering America, and Saving the Planet | Aaron Goode

A review of the book Sun Power: How Energy from the Sun Is Changing Lives Around the World, Empowering America, and Saving the Planet is written by Aaron Goode who writes, “Williams passes along lessons learned from two decades of peddling solar home systems (SHSs) in India, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and other far-flung parts of the developing world….”



Input sought on Long Island Sound management plan

A new management and conservation plan for Long Island Sound identifies six problem areas that should be addressed by governmental agencies and environmental and university groups.

What can happen during heavy storms of sewer systems are not upgraded. This photo was taken one block from West Haven beach. (photo: cjzurcher)

Op-Ed: CT delegation should reject attack on Clean Water Act rule

Clean water is a wholesome family value if there ever was one. Right? Sadly, today, protecting clean water is just another battleground for ideological politics. Read more from the CT Mirror here.

Global Warming Key Issue In Update Plan for Protecting Long Island Sound

A new 20-year plan to protect Long Island Sound while addressing problems created by global warming and rising sea levels calls for protecting or relocating key coastal facilities like oil tanks and power stations, among other measures. The draft proposal was released Monday by the Long Island Sound Study, a coalition of local, state and

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Esty Seeks Support For Farmington River ‘Wild And Scenic’ Bill

U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-5th District, appealed to officials and environmental groups Monday for help in building support for a bill that would give federal wild and scenic designation to part of the Farmington River. Esty said a federal wild and scenic designation opens up resources, including funding, for conservation projects. For more on this

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50 acres added to Whalebone Cove Division of Conte Refuge, Lyme

Nearly 50 acres in Lyme, Conn., will become part of the Whalebone Cove Division of the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge, thanks to collaboration of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and The Nature Conservancy. The conserved parcel almost doubles the total acreage of the division, bringing it up to 116 acres.

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Conn. farmers, UConn fighting the good fight

In the spirit of spreading awareness for the importance of making good choices while purchasing food, a nutritional outreach program, one of many across Connecticut, is occurring through UConn’s College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources (CAHNR) and UConn Extension.

Letter: Building processing plant on Mt. Parnassus open space is inappropriate

The area around the Harris open space property on Mt. Parnassus has a long history of land preservation. As far back as 1933, Capt. George Comer did “give, grant, bargain, sell and confirm” the land bordering the Harris property to the state of Connecticut. This land was given to the state of Connecticut for the

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UConn Extension's Jiff Martin (seond from left) with representatives from NRCS and Lisa Coverdale at Connecticut State Capitol.

Extension Educator Jiff Martin among women honored for work in agriculture and conservation

The spotlight was on 12 remarkable women Thursday, June 19, at the State Capitol as Connecticut’s Conservation Partnership recognized them for their work in agriculture and natural resources conservation. This year’s theme was Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment: Stories of the Extraordinary Determination of Women, and the event honored the exceptional and often unrecognized determination and tenacity of women in a non-traditional field.



3 recent inspections worry Millstone safety committee

Lori Armstrong, director of nuclear safety and licensing at the plant, said 180 Millstone staff have participated in training to improve “rigorousness of troubleshooting.”


NRC Launches Special Inspection at Millstone 3 Nuclear Power Plant

In Response to Continuing Problems with Pump Problems affecting a pump that is part of a reactor safety system will be the focus of a Nuclear Regulatory Commission Special Inspection at the Millstone Unit 3 nuclear power plant.


New England and Natural Gas Utilization Problems

“If you’re in this industry long enough you see these cycles. The energy business has gone from boom to bust many times.”

Google invests $145 million in Calif. solar project

Google said its renewable energy projects are expected to generate more than 6 billion kilowatt-hours of energy annually, which the tech giant said is “far more electricity” than it consumes and is enough to power all public elementary schools in New York, Oregon and Wyoming for one year. For more on this story, visit: Google

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New Malloy Ad Focuses On UTC Deal

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s campaign sought to defend Malloy’s economic development policies in an ad released Friday that touts a $400 million deal with United Technologies Corp. approved earlier this year.


CT’s first commercial wind project wins legal battle

West Hartford renewable energy developer BNE Energy is cleared to build three wind turbines in Colebrook, after a Connecticut Supreme Court ruling on Monday ended a three-year legal battle.


Gov. Malloy Signs Historic Commitment from UTC to Invest Long-Term in CT

“The importance of this deal begins with the thousands of employees at United Technologies at United Technologies and extends to the tens of thousands of people employed by or impacted by the work of companies in the supply chain,” said Governor Malloy.

Milford scores a victory in fight with Recycling Inc.

Recycling Inc., formerly known as Milford Recycling Inc., proposed to expand its activities into other solid waste areas.



Public Invited to Review Transportation Improvement Plan :: Stamford

The South Western Regional Planning Agency SWRPA has prepared the Draft South Western Region 2015-2018 Transportation Improvement Program TIP. The TIP and associated Air Quality Conformity Documents will be available for public review and comment from September 22, 2014 through October 22, 2014.


Malloy, Foley Address Transportation at Candidate Forum

Malloy and Greenwich businessman Tom Foley appeared separately on Monday at a transportation forum hosted by regional transportation groups.

Connecticut Wins $22.6 Million For Freight Rail, Riverfront Work

Connecticut on Tuesday landed nearly $23 million in federal grants that advocates say will help transform Waterbury’s riverfront and dramatically improve a key freight rail line from New London to Massachusetts. About $14.4 million of the money will go toward Waterbury’s waterfront renaissance and transit center project, which Mayor Neil O’Leary has said could be

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Conn. faces transportation funding shortage

The state’s transportation development will likely hit a roadblock in obtaining federal money, as the pool of funds has fast evaporated.

Climate Change


People’s Climate March Saturday, Sunday Sept. 20-21, NYC

Environmental Headlines will see you at the Climate March and events preceding the march in New York City Saturday. Click on this Environmental Headline for a link to more information.

A coal train rolls through a town in West Virginia, where more coal is produced than any other state except Wyoming.

Get on board the CT Climate Train

When the People’s Climate March kicks off in New York City on Sunday, Sept. 21, it is sure to be a powerful and diverse assembly.


Live Twitter #UpChat on climatechange 11 a.m. Sept. 15

It’s happening — what you’ve all been waiting for … an #UpChat on Twitter! to talk about climate change, leading up to the United Nations 2014 Climate Summit.


Ocean warming imperils fishery in Maine

Imagine Cape Cod without cod. Maine without lobster. The region’s famous rocky beaches invisible, obscured by constant high waters. It’s already happening.