Posts Tagged ‘ Climate Change ’

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.

For Connecticut Coastal Planners, ‘New Normal’ Means More Flooding

Jan 15th, 2014 | By
Denise Savageau hears locals saying, ‘I can’t do this anymore.’ (photo courtesy Denise Savageau)

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.

Have you signed up for the Healthy Climate Challenge? What are you waiting for? Sign up today!!

Dec 17th, 2013 | By

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.

Launch of the New Haven Healthy City/Healthy Climate Challenge, 5:30-7 p.m. Nov. 13, New Haven

Nov 7th, 2013 | By

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.

Forum: Climate change is the greatest moral crisis of our time

Oct 29th, 2013 | By

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.

Iowa senator urges action on climate change at CCSU

Aug 30th, 2013 | By

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

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Enact a Carbon Tax, Not a Cap-and-Trade System | by Henry Auer:

Aug 27th, 2013 | By

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.

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.