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50+ Farmington Canal Bicycle Club Being Formed

Apr 5th, 2014 | By

The Hamden/North Haven Advisor reports an opportunity to join mature cyclists with similar interests to ride and explore this beautiful resource that runs from New Haven to Cheshire and beyond. The objective of this club is to provide members recreational rides with 10-20 mile goals to start. Members depart from the Sherman Avenue car / bike lot in Hamden

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IPCC Fifth Assessment Report, Part 2: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability

Apr 4th, 2014 | By
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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued Part 2 of its Fifth Assessment Report, “Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability,” in March 2014. Part 2 discusses the need for and implementation of adaptation strategies for coping with the adverse effects of global warming.



Moving closer to a Coltsville Park, Hartford

Apr 4th, 2014 | By

Ed Note: I’m not sure if this is a decade-long effort, or a decade-old effort. I don’t know that much effort has been expended to make this a national park since the effort was announced more than a decade ago.  The decade-long effort to build a national park on the site of Coltsville – gunmaker and

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Berlin awarded $500,000 grant for Train Station Blvd project

Apr 4th, 2014 | By

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today announced that the Town of Berlin has been awarded a $500,000 Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP) grant for the Train Station Boulevard project as part of the town’s downtown revitalization efforts. “We are investing in the Train Station Boulevard project to create a more accessible, more walkable hub for

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Exposure from natural gas drilling tests air standards

Apr 4th, 2014 | By

by David Brown, Beth Weinberger, Celia Lewis, Heather Bonaparte Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project, McMurray, PA, USA Corresponding author: David Brown, Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project, 4198 Washington Road, Suite 5, McMurray, PA 15317, USA Recent and projected growth in the oil and gas production sector has underscored the need for EPA to gain a

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USDA staff in CT receive national award for conservation efforts

Apr 4th, 2014 | By

The NRCS in Connecticut, Forest Service, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and University of Connecticut Cooperative Extension System entered into a partnership in 2009 to assist private landowners in enhancing healthy forests. Recently, this group was honored with the prestigious Two Chiefs’ Partnership Award on behalf of the chiefs of the Forest Service

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Progress Made in Expanding I-91 Corridor Rail Service

Apr 4th, 2014 | By
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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has announced what was described as “a significant milestone in progress to provide more robust commuter service on the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield rail line: the state will be seeking proposals from railroad companies to begin operating the service in 2016.”



New analysis pinpoints change on Connecticut’s Long Island shoreline

Apr 4th, 2014 | By
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Researchers don’t know here or anywhere along the Connecticut coast exactly what factors are causing the water to encroach into or recede from land areas, except for the well-documented areas that have been filled for development. They are equally adamant that their data can’t be used to predict future change.



LNG official says no need to build pipeline

Apr 4th, 2014 | By
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Pipeline capacity is really only a problem during the 15 to 40 coldest days of the year, and could be addressed by deliveries of LNG to power plants fueled by natural gas, says Francis J. Katulak, CEO of GDF Suez, which operates the Distrigas terminal in Everett, Mass.



New Report: Biomass More Polluting Than Coal

Apr 3rd, 2014 | By
PHOTO: Biomass pellets are used worldwide for energy generation, and they're growing in popularity in Europe. (photo: Wikimedia Commons)

“Trees, Trash, and Toxics: How Biomass Energy Has Become the New Coal,” which has been delivered to the EPA by the Partnership for Policy Integrity, says that biomass power plants across the country are permitted to emit more pollution than comparable coal plants or commercial waste incinerators, even as they are subsidized by state and federal renewable energy dollars. There are currently two biomass proposals in Connecticut — one in Plainfield and one in Watertown.

It contains detailed emissions and fuel specifications for a number of facilities, including plants in Connecticut, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and Washington.



Report: New England Should Develop Locally-Grown Food System

Apr 3rd, 2014 | By
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A new report on sustainable agriculture policy recommends that New England build its own regional food system with locally-grown products.



Study: Hartford, New Haven Hurt By Abundance of Parking

Apr 3rd, 2014 | By

Regardless of how hard it can seem to find a parking spot sometimes, Hartford and New Haven have built a lot more parking over the past few decades. But that can be a bad thing. A team of researchers at the University of Connecticut recently investigated the impact of parking policies in six cities across

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Soundkeeper sues state in Stamford boatyard battle

Apr 3rd, 2014 | By

In another twist to the seemingly never-ending saga regarding land that until recently housed Stamford’s only working boatyard, a local environmental nonprofit filed suit this week against the state Department of Economic and Community Development over its dealings with the property’s developer. For more on this story, visit: Soundkeeper sues state in Stamford boatyard battle –

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Route 34 West Plan Gets 6-0 Thumbs Up

Apr 3rd, 2014 | By

Last week, Dolores Colon wasn’t ready to vote. She worried about more pollution coming to an asthma-choked neighborhood. Six nights later, she had waded through reports—and voted for a plan to start rebuilding a bulldozed former neighborhood, a plan that she concluded won’t further dirty the air. Five of her fellow Board of Alders members

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2014 Electronics Recycling Drive in Bristol April 20

Apr 2nd, 2014 | By

Don’t miss the NBC Connecticut Earth Week 2014 Electronics Recycling Event on Saturday, April 20,  from 9 a.m. to noon at  United Bank, 4 Riverside Drive in Bristol. United Bank  and Energize CT are the proud sponsors of the recycling event. For more on this story, visit: NBC Connecticut 2014 Electronics Recycling Drive | NBC Connecticut.



Dominion expands solar footprint

Apr 2nd, 2014 | By
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Dominion Virginia Power, which currently has 41 MW of solar energy at sites in Georgia, Connecticut and Indiana, will acquire six solar development projects located in California’s Fresno, Kern and Kings counties from developer Recurrent Energy.



Deadline Extended For Women Inspiring Conservation In Connecticut Award

Apr 2nd, 2014 | By

Do you know a woman who works in the field of natural resources, agriculture, and/or conservation that you believe is an inspiration to others? If so, here’s your chance to give them the recognition they deserve!. Connecticut’s leadership of the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA-Farm Service Agency, and Connecticut Association of Conservation Districts would like

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Busway Contractors Preparing For Last Big Construction Season

Apr 2nd, 2014 | By
The proposed busway route.

By mid-fall, though, the $567 million bus-only highway from the center of New Britain to downtown Hartford should be essentially complete.



Salisbury Farm Gets $10,000 Grant

Apr 2nd, 2014 | By
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Shady Maple Farm in Salisbury will share in a statewide $880,327 grant program that seeks to support farmers and expand Connecticut’s agricultural economy.



New Haven Land Trust looking for operations manager

Apr 2nd, 2014 | By

The New Haven Land Trust seeks an Operations Manager with strong organizational skills and a passion for community and environment, who can both manage the administrative tasks of the organization and play a supporting role to the many ongoing projects and strategic initiatives that the Land Trust is implementing. Click here for more info.