Posts Tagged ‘ Climate Change ’

As the planet warms, the sea rises. Coastlines flood … How will we face the danger of rising seas?

Aug 26th, 2013 | By

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.

Rally for climate control held at state capitol

Jul 20th, 2013 | By
Screenshot of the rally from WTNH Channel 8's report. Click on it for more from WTNH.

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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Conn.-Based Insurers Now Required to Participate in NAIC Climate Risk Surveys

Jul 18th, 2013 | By

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).

Easement Program To Help Connecticut Recover from Sandy

Jul 15th, 2013 | By

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.

Providence Approves Divestment From Fossil Fuels

Jul 14th, 2013 | By

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.

Univ. of Rhode Island to serve as climate change education hub

Jul 14th, 2013 | By

The University of Rhode Island’s oceanography school has been awarded a $1 million grant to lead a national climate change education initiative.

Bridgeport ahead of the curve against climate change

Jul 13th, 2013 | By

Bridgeport has implemented innovative strategies thanks to the leadership of Mayor Bill Finch and his BGreen 2020 initiative.

Extreme Weather: Our region’s extreme weather is the new normal

Jul 13th, 2013 | By

In a year that brought Connecticut the unlikely chaos of storm Sandy, severe flooding, a blizzard and — most recently — three tornadoes in one day and a fourth a week later, it turns out the weather’s unpredictability is now predictable.

State’s shoreline may not be ready for another hit

Jul 13th, 2013 | By

Communities up and down the coast have been weighing whether they should let Mother Nature dictate the shoreline’s physical state or helping it along in the name of public use. Either way, the question that remains is whether Connecticut’s natural coastline – after two years of battering by Irene and Sandy and a couple of blizzards – can take another hit right now.

CO2 and Temperature Changes Are Correlated for 800,000 Years

Jun 29th, 2013 | By

Global warming and cooling cycles over geological time scales are correlated with increasing and decreasing concentrations of atmospheric carbon dioxide, respectively. This post documents correlated changes occurring a) during the recent post-industrial period of global warming, b) over the last one thousand years, and c) over the past 800,000 years. Except for the industrial period,

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CT ahead of the game on Obama climate plan

Jun 28th, 2013 | By
(photo: cjzurcher)

According to ENE, the environmental group that has been the chief watchdog of RGGI, since the program was first announced in 2005 emissions among member states have declined 44 percent -– though much of that is due to power plants switching from dirtier fuels to cheaper natural gas. Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story from The CT Mirror.

Obama’s Climate Change Plan Sounds Familiar To Northeast

Jun 27th, 2013 | By

The steps detailed Tuesday by President Obama to slow the progress of climate change while lessening its disastrous effects already underway mirror, in part, existing state and regional efforts to limit greenhouse gases and support renewable energy. The White House said the president’s plan will set up carbon emission standards for existing and new power

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President Obama to Unveil Plan to Tackle Climate Change

Jun 25th, 2013 | By
Damage from Hurricane Irene as seen by the CT National Guard.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, record droughts and wildfires in many states, President Obama has announced he will unveil a climate action plan on Tuesday designed to cut the carbon pollution fueling global warming and advance clean energy solutions. Environment Connecticut applauded the announcement.

“Connecticut is already paying a price as global warming fuels more damaging storms and dangerous heat waves,” said Chris Phelps, with Environment Connecticut. Click on this Environmental Headline for more of this news story.

‘The science has spoken, and the debate is over …’: U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy

Jun 17th, 2013 | By

A note from U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy in response to a letter I wrote about climate change: Thank you for contacting me about the environment. I share your concerns about climate change, and assure you that I am committed to doing everything necessary to stop and reverse this devastating environmental threat. You will be happy

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Cuba girds for climate change by reclaiming coasts

Jun 13th, 2013 | By

After Cuban scientists studied the effects of climate change on this island’s 3,500 miles 5,630 kilometers of coastline, their discoveries were so alarming that officials didn’t share the results with the public to avoid causing panic. For more on this story, visit: Cuba girds for climate change by reclaiming coasts – Connecticut Post.

UN Climate Talks Collapse Leaving Island Nations Facing Sea Level Rise Indignant

Jun 12th, 2013 | By

A vital track of the United Nation (UN) climate talks in Bonn, Germany, has collapsed after nations failed to resolve a dispute over the meeting’s agenda. Eight days into the two week meeting, a proposed addition by Russia to the agenda of the session dealing with the UN’s decision making process was not accepted. Then,

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States Are Responding to Climate Change Threats

Jun 10th, 2013 | By

In recent years, record-breaking heat, massive flooding, widespread drought, and unprecedented storms have wreaked havoc on communities across the U.S. There were 11 extreme weather events that each caused over $1 billion in damage in 2012 and 14 such events in 2011.

Leaders must commit to new energy solutions

Jun 7th, 2013 | By

While all the signs of climate change are assaulting our state with a ferocity never seen before it seems the current administration is content to ignore them and dismantle any environmental progress that Connecticut has made with backdoor deals, late-night bargains and an energy strategy that puts more emphasis on supporting polluting industry interests than

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California Gov. Jerry Brown keeps pressing climate change crusade

Jun 2nd, 2013 | By

Gov. Jerry Brown warned scientists and policymakers Thursday that they are losing the war on climate change and urged them to become advocates for the planet. “We’ve got a big challenge. It’s daunting,” Brown said. “This is not just about science, this is about activism.” Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story.

IPS – Climate Change Is Happening… So What?

May 31st, 2013 | By

Seven in 10 U.S. citizens believe climate change is real and happening now. Yet most have never even contacted a government official about the issue, let alone volunteered with an environmental organisation or taken other action. These findings are part of an exploration of Climate Change in the American Mind issued  by the Yale Project

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