A letter from New Haven-based Promoting Enduring Peace board member Stanley Heller to James Hansen regarding his draft paper “Renewable Energy, Nuclear Power and Galileo: Do Scientists Have a Duty to Expose Popular Misconceptions?”
Posts Tagged ‘ Climate Change ’
Bill says he was hoping to write about the happy connections between a healthy soil ecosystem and a healthy human micro-biome, and about the research which shows the many ways that growing food is good for the grower’s health. But the news about climate change is so frightening, the likely disruption in our food supply so large, and the potential of organic agriculture and rethinking our food system to both mitigate and help us adapt to climate change is so strong, that he changed directions.
A long-awaited report from the State Department has dealt a potential major blow to efforts to stop the Keystone XL oil pipeline. An impact assessment released Friday says the pipeline’s northern leg would not have a major impact on climate change.
I find myself tugged in two directions by the latest ruling in the defamation suit filed by climatologist Michael Mann. A professor of meteorology at Pennsylvania State University, Mann has long been an object of ire among climate-change skeptics. Now it seems they have let their ire get out of hand.
This new institute will focus on improving scientific understanding of climate change and will encourage strategies to reduce the loss of life, property, natural resources, and limit social disruption from future high-impact weather events as well as from sea level rise, flooding, erosion and other hazards, the Register said.This is an ambitious agenda but one
Thanks to The Courant for Matthew Sturdevant’s excellent article summarizing some of the climate change risks that threaten the Northeast and how Connecticut is planning for them [Jan. 27, Page 1, "Extreme Times"]. However, it should be noted in this type of article that the costs of adaptation, cleanup and recovery far exceed the costs
The changing climate is expected to make Connecticut a different place with more extreme weather, hotter summers and more precipitation, disrupting the natural world around us and testing our ability to respond and adapt.
by Jay Lustgarten Stonington Jan. 17 featured “U.N.: Climate woes could be costly” implying we got off cheap with Hurricane Sandy. Phew, I feel a lot better now. Seriously, one has to wonder what it will take for Americans to prioritize minimizing their carbon footprint. Is it the marketing? Global warming, too warm and fuzzy?
The state is using a $2.5 million settlement of a water pollution lawsuit to create a new agency at the University of Connecticut’s Avery Point campus that will help municipalities, businesses and homeowners determine the best methods to protect their properties against what the state says are rising seas and more frequent severe storms caused by climate change.
Denise M. Savageau has added a new duty to her job: during major storms, she works at the town’s emergency operations center, monitoring flood gauges and helping firefighters and ambulance drivers avoid the roads she knows are most likely to flood.
The pledge requires a commitment to take five steps: 1) Two days of walking, biking, or public transit a month; 2) Choosing the 100% renewable option on electricity; 3) Two meat-free days a week. Click on this Environmental Headline for more about the Healthy Climate Challenge.
The event will be held at Artspace (Orange & Crown) and will feature the exhibit “Futurecast,” put together by a diverse group of artists addressing the unprecedented weather patters that have become a new reality for Americans. Refreshments will also be provided.
Climate change is the greatest moral crisis of our time. Twenty-five years after James Hansen’s historic testimony before Congress warning the American people of the need to mitigate carbon pollution, our society has yet to take the appropriate action necessary to address this threat. By Richard Walser and Terri Eickel. Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story.
Touring New England in an attempt to call all Americans to take action and join the fight to help slow climate change, Iowa state Sen. Rob Hogg visited Central Connecticut State University Thursday. He was blunt when talking about the issue and the importance of combating it. “It is the defining moral challenge of this
The worldwide need to abate emissions of greenhouse gases is becoming more important with every passing year. Nevertheless, the U. S. has never enacted federal legislation that would limit its emissions.
This post describes a proposal for a cap-and-trade market mechanism to lower greenhouse gas emissions in the U. S., presented in a recent op-ed article. Then cap-and-trade is compared with a direct tax or fee on carbon fuels.
In May the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere reached 400 parts per million, the highest since three million years ago. Sea levels then may have been as much as 65 feet above today’s; the Northern Hemisphere was largely ice free year-round. It would take centuries for the oceans to reach such catastrophic heights again, and much depends on whether we manage to limit future greenhouse gas emissions. In the short term scientists are still uncertain about how fast and how high seas will rise. Estimates have repeatedly been too conservative.
Environmental activists from around the state joined with the state’s two U.S. Senators today to say action on controlling carbon emissions, as stated by President Obama three weeks ago, must be addressed.
“This is not in doubt,” said senator Chris Murphy. “These weather trends and these storms are caused by increased levels of carbon pollutants.”
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Connecticut Insurance Commissioner Thomas Leonardi today announced that Connecticut-based insurance companies will now be required to complete the annual Climate Risk Survey that was initially adopted in 2009 as a voluntary report by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC).
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is providing up to $124.8 million in Emergency Watershed Protection Program-Floodplain Easement funding to help prevent damages from significant storm events in Connecticut and other states affected by Hurricane Sandy. Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story.
Building on the local climate change divestment movement, the City Council of Providence, Rhode Island, voted 11-1 June 20 to pull its investments from fossil fuels.