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Connecticut to hire consultant for Bridgeport station development

Jul 23rd, 2014 | By

On Friday, the Connecticut State Bond Commission is scheduled to approve $2.75 million for the Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT) to hire a consultant to complete engineering, design and environmental permitting for the new Barnum Train Station in Bridgeport, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy announced late last week. The funds will enable the consultant to develop

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NOAA grant to help clear storm debris from Connecticut’s shoreline

Jul 23rd, 2014 | By

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Marine Debris Program has awarded $752,822 in federal funds to the state to help remove marine debris from Connecticut’s shoreline, including a tidal marsh area in Old Saybrook, according to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. The Marine Debris Program funds were made available to states impacted

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General Electric Opens Fuel Cell Pilot Plant in New York

Jul 23rd, 2014 | By

GE has developed a solid-oxide fuel cell that converts about 65 percent of the energy in natural gas to electricity through a chemical reaction, the Fairfield, Connecticut-based company said today on its website. GE’s 17-member fuel-cell team is planning a pilot factory in Saratoga Springs, New York, and expects to begin commercial production in 2017,

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South Korean Company Buys ClearEdge Power; Fuel Cell Maker Abruptly Laid Off South Windsor Workers In April

Jul 23rd, 2014 | By

Doosan Co. Ltd., based in South Korea, said it will acquire the assets and operating debt of U.S.-based ClearEdge Power, a fuel cell manufacturer for buildings, for $32.4 million, the Reuters news service reports. ClearEdge Power, based in Sunnyvale, Calif., filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy in May to reduce debt and operating costs. It had major

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Gardens manager position open in New Haven

Jul 23rd, 2014 | By

We are seeking an individual with strong interpersonal skills, organizational skills, knowledge of gardening and a passion for community and environment, who can both handle the logistical challenges of managing the fifty community gardens operated by the Land Trust and maintain positive relationships with community members from all around New Haven.



Return To The Rivers: Connecticut’s Waterways Reflect State History

Jul 21st, 2014 | By

The widely held assumption that Connecticut was complete wilderness when the first European settlers arrived in the early 17th Century is belied by what archaeologists have found along the state’s rivers. “It was not wilderness,” said Nicholas Bellantoni, a professor of archaeology at the University of Connecticut and the designated state archaeologist. To be sure,

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I will be away for about a week

Jul 18th, 2014 | By
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I will be away for about a week enjoying some of this region’s beautiful shoreline. I will do some occasional blogging, but don’t be surprised if it’s a bit sporadic. Thank you for your understanding.



Residents have say on tree trimming

Jul 18th, 2014 | By

The Public Utility Regulatory Authority (PURA) recently reached a decision that allows residents and local organizations more opportunity to question the removal of trees and plants that lie near power lines. PURA, a branch of the Connecticut Department of Energy, released a final decision on June 25 regarding regulations on tree trimming that it says

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People’s Climate March Sept. 21 NYC

Jul 18th, 2014 | By

This is an invitation to change everything. In September, world leaders are coming to New York City for a UN summit on the climate crisis. UN Secretary­ General Ban Ki-­moon is urging governments to support an ambitious global agreement to dramatically reduce global warming pollution. With our future on the line and the whole world

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 Your contributions keep us going. Please give what you can. Thank you!

Jul 17th, 2014 | By

Please contribute and help keep us going … thank you! To support our efforts and keep us going, please visit our Support Us page. ——————————————————— Environmental Headlines is, still, a free service. Our mission is to deliver Connecticut environmental news that creates real change. That means blogging all of today’s environmental headlines for everyone to read—for free.

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Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park receives upgrades

Jul 17th, 2014 | By

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Wednesday broke ground to renovate and modernize the pavilion at Sherwood Island State Park. “With important investments here at Sherwood Island and throughout our park system, we are helping make certain to provide first-rate outdoor recreation opportunities for our residents and visitors for many years to come,” Malloy said. For

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Connecticut Looks To Add Another Train Station In Bridgeport

Jul 17th, 2014 | By

Commuters should have more options — and more places to park — when Metro-North adds a new Fairfield County train station in Bridgeport on its New Haven Line by 2018, Gov. Dannel Malloy announced Wednesday. Malloy made the announcement at the former Remington Arms factory, a brownfield property, which will be the location of the

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Sea Level Rise: Mitigation and Adaptation in the Risky Business Model

Jul 16th, 2014 | By
A projection of Bluff Point in Connecticut under a scenario of 36 inches of sea level rise.A projection of Bluff Point in Connecticut under a scenario of 36 inches of sea level rise.

Summary.  Sea level rise is caused by expansion of ocean water as the world’s temperature rises, and by net melting of glaciers, ice sheets and ice shelves.  Ice will continue melting as long as the temperature remains above the freezing point. Sea level rise is already impacting coastal cities in the U. S. and elsewhere. 

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Groton Considers Developing Airport Area

Jul 16th, 2014 | By

Groton Town Manager Mark Oefinger knows airports are generally viewed as a positive thing when it comes to economic standing, which is why the town is looking to enhance the space around theirs. “We look at this as another tool in our tool belt,” said Oefinger. The town is pursuing the possibility of an airport

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Nitrogen Pollution in Long Island Sound Continues to Decline

Jul 16th, 2014 | By
Muddy sediment empties into Long Island Sound from the Connecticut River after Hurricane Irene in 2011. (NASA Earth Observatory)

A new report says nitrogen pollution discharged into Long Island Sound continues an overall decline. That’s good news for marine life because too much nitrogen can fuel the growth of algae, which dies, settles on the ocean floor, and decays, using up oxygen in the process.



Transportation helps our region compete

Jul 15th, 2014 | By

by Lyle Wray and Oz Griebel Imagine for a moment what life in our region would be like if we couldn’t rely on key transportation networks such as the Interstate system, bridges over the Connecticut River and the network of streets that serve autos, freight and transit. Would we have anything like the economic success

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New Push to Clean Up Nassau County Beach

Jul 15th, 2014 | By

Growing up on Long Island’s North Shore, Delia DeRiggi-Whitton used to teach swimming lessons at Glen Cove’s three public beaches, and she still calls one her favorite: Crescent Beach, a small, secluded wedge between private coastal property and the Webb Institute of Naval Architecture. But for the past five years, the beach has been so

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Blue Crab Industry May Be Connecticut’s Future

Jul 15th, 2014 | By

The New Haven Sound School is keeping a close watch on the blue crab population. If it grows large enough it has the potential to sustain an entire fishing industry in Connecticut. For more on this story, visit: Blue Crab Industry May Be Connecticut’s Future | WTIC FOX CT.



Federal grants totaling $1 million available for Long Island Sound pumpout stations

Jul 15th, 2014 | By

The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection announced Monday that more than $1 million in federal funds are available for boat sewage disposal facilities – pumpout stations – on Long Island Sound for the 2015 boating season. For more on this story, visit: The Day – Federal grants totaling $1 million available for Long

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Working to protect children’s health! Legislative Session Wrap-Up. Clean Water Action wrap-up…

Jul 14th, 2014 | By

Clean Water Action was disappointed that Senate Bill 126 did not get called for a vote during this short legislative session; however, they are proud of all the accomplishments they achieved with you! Click on this Environmental Headline for a run-down.