Posts Tagged ‘ Climate Change ’

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

“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

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

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

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.

The U. S. Needs a Unified Global Warming Agency, As Other Nations Have

Mar 31st, 2014 | By

The previous post detailed the distributed administrative structures dealing with global warming in the U. S. government. It identified several problems and difficulties arising from this situation. Here, ministries and departments dealing with global warming in the European Union and selected countries around the world are examined. Among the countries examined, those in the developed

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Panel’s Warning on Climate Risk: Worst Is Yet to Come

Mar 31st, 2014 | By

The panel has concluded that the impact of climate change is already underway — as seen by rainfall patterns, the retreat of glaciers and shrinking permafrost — and that it might lead to the rising risk of ill health, poverty and conflict.

CT pension plan reaches climate change deal

Mar 22nd, 2014 | By

A Missouri coal company that holds investments from Connecticut’s pension fund has agreed to produce a report on fossil fuels and their impact on climate change, State Treasurer Denise L. Nappier announced. For more on this story, visit: CT pension plan reaches climate change deal |

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

A letter to James Hansen regarding his draft paper

Feb 26th, 2014 | By

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?”

The End of Nature: Climate Change, Organic Agriculture and Local Food, by Bill Duesing

Feb 6th, 2014 | By

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.

State Dept Moves Keystone XL Closer to Approval, But Does Conflict of Interest Taint Report?

Feb 5th, 2014 | By

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.

Climate-change skeptics have free-speech rights

Feb 5th, 2014 | By

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.

OUR VIEW: Institute looks at climate change: Bristol Press

Jan 30th, 2014 | By

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

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Change Direction On Climate: Courant Letter

Jan 30th, 2014 | By

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

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More Extreme Weather Ahead

Jan 27th, 2014 | By
Storm damage (photo: cjzurcher)

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.

Climate change will force all to ‘wake up!’

Jan 27th, 2014 | By

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?

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New state agency on climate change preparation to be at Avery Point

Jan 21st, 2014 | By

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.