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An Effort To Save A Slice Of Coastal Forest

Mar 10th, 2014 | By
This view of the Preserve area is looking south east from Essex (Route 153 in the foreground), toward Saybrook Point and Long Island Sound in the distance. The mouth of the Connecticut River is at the top left, Connecticut Valley Railroad line visible center left, and the Pequot Swamp in The Preserve is at center right. (Photo: © R Lorenz)

The Trust For Public Land is trying to raise $12 million through a combination of state and town funding, along with private donations, to purchase and preserve the land. The effort has been supported by the Connecticut Fund for the Environment, Connecticut Audubon Society and The Nature Conservancy. For more on this story, visit: Old

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Millstone preparing for ‘hostile action’ emergency drill

Mar 10th, 2014 | By

Called a “Hostile Action-based Emergency Exercise,” its purpose is to test the ability of the plant and local and state officials to respond to actions involving violent force on the plant that might come from land, air or water, said Neil Sheehan, spokesman for the NRC. Do you like this post? Can you forward it

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Bike Racks To Be Installed On 50 New M8 Metro-North Rail Cars

Mar 10th, 2014 | By

A total of 50 bike racks will be installed on Connecticut’s new M8 rail cars serving the New Haven Line in Fairfield County, the state Department of Transportation announced.



Improving recycling in Conn. — ConnPIRG’s Abe Scarr on WTNH

Mar 10th, 2014 | By

Governor’s S.B. No. 27 addresses several goals including a new solid waste management plan, setting a timeline to “repurpose” the Hartford incinerator, and create what will be known as the Connecticut Recycling Foundation. Gov. Malloy wants to double the amount of recyling in the next decade. On Good Morning Connecticut Friday, News 8?s AJ Walker

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New ozone-destroying chemicals found in atmosphere

Mar 10th, 2014 | By
The ozone hole reached its biggest extent for the year on 26 September, 2013. (photo: NOAA)

Mysterious compounds undermining recovery of giant ozone hole over Antarctica, scientists warn



There are several major ‘asks’ in today’s Headlines to consider.

Mar 6th, 2014 | By

Please take a look at the headlines. Today is a day you can actually DO something to help the environment. A day when the Headlines can ACTUALLY HELP you to take action — to protect Long Island Sound, to protect nearly 600 acres of farmland, make the air we breathe better by supporting the re-purposing

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Please support legislation to protect 575 acres of state-owned farmland in Lebanon known as Savin Farm

Mar 6th, 2014 | By
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This Friday, March 7, the Legislature’s Environment Committee will be holding a public hearing on House Bill 5419 – a bill that would permanently protect 575 acres of prime state-owned farmland in Lebanon known as the Savin Farm.



Shoreline Greenway Trail: ‘Successful Town Meeting in Branford’

Mar 6th, 2014 | By

Branford’s first Town Meeting held on Sunday, March 2 was a great success. Our thanks go to the Blackstone Library for hosting the event and to the SOUND for its publicity. But most of all we thank those who attended. We hope that they were informed about the Shoreline Greenway Trail by our power point.

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Malloy to power up new microgrid in Middletown today

Mar 6th, 2014 | By

At noon, Gov. Malloy will join state and local officials for a ceremony at Wesleyan University in Middletown, where they will power up the first microgrid project to come online under the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s recently launched Microgrid Pilot Program. Microgrids provide electricity to critical facilities and town centers on a

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Daily Campus Editorial: Storrs Center successful so far, but construction needs to stay on schedule

Mar 6th, 2014 | By

What was once a hub solely for construction noises has now developed into a hub for social life. It’s home to multiple places like Moe’s and Mooyah, and has also gained traction in providing residence. All of the 300 apartments built so far in the first phase are leased, according to the Hartford Courant, and

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CTMirror Op-ed: CT bill could help keep our children safe from toxins

Mar 6th, 2014 | By

“America’s children are at risk of becoming the first generation in a century to live shorter, less healthy lives than their parents.” – Dr. Philip Landrigan, Mt. Sinai Children’s Hospital This statement should be a wake-up call for all of us. Today babies are born with, on average, more than 200 industrial chemicals in their

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BikeWalkConnecticut gives 10,793 Reasons for Connecticut to Pass a ‘Vulnerable User’ Bill in 2014

Mar 6th, 2014 | By
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For the fifth consecutive year, the Connecticut General Assembly is considering a bill to help hold accountable careless drivers who injure or kill pedestrians, cyclists and other non-motorized “vulnerable users” of the state’s roads. Click for more info from BikeWalkConnecticut.



Klee rejects wood smoke petition

Mar 6th, 2014 | By

A note from Nancy Alderman at Environment and Human Health Inc. Robert Klee, the new Commissioner of the CT DEEP has turned down the legal petition from The American Lung Association, Northeast, The Sierra Club, CT, and Environment and Human Health, Inc. that asked the DEEP to set wood smoke air standards for the state.

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Tree trimming plans bad for neighborhoods, may be illegal

Mar 6th, 2014 | By

Connecticut Fund for the Environment spoke at a technical meeting March 5 regarding Connecticut Light & Power’s (CL&P) tree-trimming plan, hosted by the Public Utility Regulatory Authority (PURA). The meeting, as well as a public information session this evening and a similar event March 6 in United Illuminating’s (UI) service territory, are part of an effort by PURA to gather public input and expert advice on the electrical utilities’ controversial proposals.



EcoFellowship Program @ the Center for EcoTechnology

Mar 6th, 2014 | By

The EcoFellowship Program is a one-year paid fellowship position to work with staff and other EcoFellows to carry out community outreach, school education and other activities related to climate action initiatives and educational programming in western Massachusetts. Activities support CET’s initiatives to assist residents, students, institutions and businesses across the region in ongoing programs in

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Support needed for re-purposing of Hartford’s trash incinerator before Friday!

Mar 6th, 2014 | By
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Connecticut Coalition for Environmental Justice asks for testimony in support of re-purposing CRRA’s trash incinerator in Hartford. It has a good chance of passing and it would make a significant improvement in Hartford’s air quality as well as help move the state toward zero waste. Please read the email below and testify in support. They are partnering with Toxics Action and CT PIRG. Please click on this Environmental Headline and contact Joe Wasserman (information at the bottom of the story) if you have any questions.



CFE seeks your support for Long Island Sound legislation

Mar 6th, 2014 | By
Rerouting shipping lanes into Boston to reduce collisions with Right Whales is a classic example of effective Marine Spatial Planning. (Map: NOAA)

You may also submit testimony and comments in support of the Blue Plan Advisory Committee via email to ENV.testimony@cga.ct.gov no later than 8 a.m. on Friday. You can use model testimony as a guide. (click for more information.) Sign-up for speaking at the hearing will begin at 11 a.m. in the LOB atrium. Click on this Environmental Headline for more of this story.



Conn. looks to constitution for tougher lockbox on transit money

Mar 6th, 2014 | By
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Given the $3.6 billion it would take to bring Metro-North’s New Haven Line into a state of good repair, Connecticut must change its Constitution to prevent transportation funds from being used for other purposes, state Rep. Gail Lavielle, R-Wilton, said Wednesday. Click on this Environmental Headline for more from Martin Cassidy at the Stamford Advocate.



Aerial deer survey results

Mar 6th, 2014 | By
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As a part of the ongoing CDC-funded Integrated Tick Management study in Redding, the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station conducted helicopter aerial deer surveys of four square miles in February 2013 and six square miles in January 2014. Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story from the Redding Pilot online.



President Obama’s New Budget Is Peppered With Efforts To Tackle Climate Change

Mar 5th, 2014 | By

Yesterday, President Obama unveiled his proposed national budget for fiscal year 2015, and it includes a smorgasbord of efforts on climate issues. “We know that future generations will continue to deal with the effects of a warming planet,” the President said yesterday in a speech introducing the budget. The $3.9 trillion document allocates about $1

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