Posts Tagged ‘ 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.



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.”

Click on this Environmental Headline for more of this story.



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.