Posts Tagged ‘ Climate Change ’

Fellowship to help CT Audubon Society bring climate change educate to schools

Aug 14th, 2014 | By
Eckman being honored with the Tamar Chotzen Audubon Educator of the Year award during a meeting of the National Audubon Society Board of Directors at Audubon's Corkscrew Sanctuary in Naples, Florida, Jan. 29, 2011. The prestigious award, named for a pioneering Audubon education leader, has been bestowed annually since 2006. It recognizes outstanding commitment, professionalism and accomplishment in Audubon conservation education.

Connecticut Audubon Society’s education director, Michelle Eckman, has been selected as one of 26 recipients of a prestigious international fellowship to develop a climate change curriculum for high school freshmen in New Haven, with a goal of expanding the curriculum to high schools throughout the state.



White House Issues Bold Climate Change Warning

Jul 30th, 2014 | By
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Putting off expensive measures to curb climate change will only cost the United States more in the long run, the White House said Tuesday.



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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Dartmouth Climate Institute hosts tribal sustainability panel

Jul 12th, 2014 | By
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Aiming to spread awareness of the tribal sustainability partnerships that emerged following the November Indigenous Peoples Working Group meeting at Dartmouth, students and research fellows presented findings at a Thursday panel on tribal sustainability and Arctic protection initiatives.



The Risky Business Project Report: a Business Perspective on Global Warming

Jul 4th, 2014 | By

The Risky Business Project, describes historical patterns of changes brought about by global warming in the U. S., and projects future changes up to the year 2100 based on risk analysis as used in the business world. Click on this Environmental Headline for more from global warming expert and Headlines contributor Henry Auer.



The U. S. National Climate Assessment: Effects of Warming and Measures to Counteract Them, by Henry Auer

Jun 24th, 2014 | By
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Important procedures involved in combating further warming include risk assessment and evaluation, and iterative (cyclical) sequences of planning, decision-making and implementation of projects, coupled with critical analysis of steps in these processes along the way. Applying the results of such analysis back to optimize the steps should be done repetitively in order to achieve desired goals.



Wind becoming a new Connecticut shoreline storm concern

Jun 23rd, 2014 | By

In Connecticut, all local building officials can do is grit their teeth and enforce the state building code. While they can encourage homeowners to build or renovate to higher standards including those for wind, communities cannot mandate requirements that exceed the state code. For more on this story, visit: Wind becoming a new Connecticut shoreline

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U.S. warming fastest in Northeast, Southwest

Jun 6th, 2014 | By
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Ten states — Maine, Vermont, New Jersey, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Delaware, New Mexico, Connecticut and New York — have gotten at least 2 degrees warmer in the past 30 years.



The Supreme Court Has Been Clear – EPA Has Authority to Address Carbon Pollution from Power Plants

Jun 1st, 2014 | By
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EPA has clear authority to address this harmful pollution, authority that is manifest in our nation’s clean air laws, that has been confirmed time and again by the United States Supreme Court, and that has been recognized even by those who continue to obstruct climate progress in the courts. And the agency has a responsibility to exercise that authority through science-based actions to address climate pollution in a way that protects public health and welfare.



Insurance industry sees risk, adapting to guard against climate change

May 29th, 2014 | By
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Last month, Farmers Insurance Co., one of the nation’s largest insurers, filed nine class action suits alleging that about 200 Chicago area localities knew that climate change would lead to greater rainfall but haven’t taken action to guard against future flooding.



A Denier Clouds Reality by Misrepresentations and False Accusations

May 29th, 2014 | By
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A denier resorted to unacceptable tactics during a presentation to a public audience. His accusations and misrepresentations cannot stand, and must be opposed.



ECSU Responds to Latest News on Climate Science

May 14th, 2014 | By

In response to the White House’s release of the Third National Climate Assessment, Eastern Connecticut State University signed a commitment this week to prepare for the impact of climate change and increase the University’s resilience. Eastern’s President Elsa Núñez became the first college president in Connecticut, and one of only 30 presidents nationwide, to become

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West Antarctic ice melt is now ‘unstoppable’: NASA

May 13th, 2014 | By
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Glaciers in western Antarctica are melting at an “unstoppable” rate that could cause worldwide sea levels to rise far quicker than previously thought, two groups of scientists said Monday.

Teams of researchers from NASA and the University of California said the ice sheets will continue to retreat for decades or even centuries to come, regardless of any human effort to reduce carbon emissions a primary cause of climate change ’ though warming temperatures could accelerate the process.



Rising climate unease: Sea level predictions, stormy weather trends prompt new awareness in communities

May 12th, 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.

A newly formed municipal panel met for the first time to contemplate how to help this low-lying coastal community cope with what one member likened to a natural disaster happening in slow motion.



Fed report: Warming disrupting Americans’ lives

May 10th, 2014 | By
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“Climate change, once considered an issue for a distant future, has moved firmly into the present,” the report says. “Corn producers in Iowa, oyster growers in Washington state and maple syrup producers in Vermont are all observing climate-related changes that are outside of recent experience.”



Sea level rise analysis by Climate Central

Apr 24th, 2014 | By
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Sea levels are rising at an accelerating rate, and the scientific community is confident that global warming is the most important cause, according to the executive summary of a report due out May 2. Click on this Environmental Headline for more of this story.



Climate Change: Climate change Affects State, But Legislative Answers Stalled

Apr 23rd, 2014 | By
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176 bills on climate change were introduced in the 113th Congress, including 108 that address global warming and other climate change factors. But 68 bills would “hinder climate action,” including 45 that would curb the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.



Forum: Climate change increasingly costly for Greater New Haven

Apr 22nd, 2014 | By
A rain storm in 2012 prevented many commuters from finding a dry route to their homes after work. (photo: cjzurcher)

The impacts of climate change are increasingly costly for the New Haven region and the world. In New Haven, we’ve recently seen Hurricane Irene and the 2011 Halloween nor’easter that dumped heavy snow; an August 2012 torrential rain that dumped 2.1 inches in less than an hour, then October “Super Storm” Sandy. And in 2013 Blizzard Nemo hit. Then, 2014 saw the arrival of arctic vortex that created a much harsher winter and drove up heating bills. UI just announced plans to spend $100 million to cut back trees in the area to prepare for future storms, both of which will cost residents more but are especially hard on those with fixed incomes.

While the challenge is daunting, there are many great very doable solutions available. We just need to move on them. Now.



Connecticut’s nuclear plant can use warmer water

Apr 21st, 2014 | By
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The Millstone 2 plant may use water as warm as 80 degrees Fahrenheit, up from 75 degrees, said the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which is considering a similar request for Millstone 3.



Watch Years of Living Dangerously Episode I on Environmental Headlines

Apr 11th, 2014 | By
This palm forest may look lush. But the palm trees will be burned down in 25 years, releasing all of the carbon they've stored.

While the show premiers on Sunday, April 13 at 10 pm, the first episode is already available for a sneak peek. Episode one focuses in on three main storylines: Don Cheadle visits Texas to talk about drought, climate science, and religion; Thomas L. Friedman explores the role of drought in the civil war in Syria; and Ford visits Indonesia, traveling by seaplane, motorboat, elephant, and helicopter to see firsthand the havoc being wreaked upon tropical forests and peatlands by encroaching oil palm plantations.