Posts Tagged ‘ Climate Change ’

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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Scenic Hudson launches interactive Hudson River map

May 30th, 2013 | By

Scenic Hudson’s adaptation tool box offers an interactive map for visualizing where future high tides and flood zones could reach. The website also features links to resources for shoreline adaptation and scientific data. Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story.



Sea level takes on new importance in Connecticut

May 30th, 2013 | By

State regulators for the first time will have the authority to consider sea level rise as one of the factors in applications for money under the state’s Clean Water Fund as a result of legislation that Gov. Dannel P. Malloy recently signed into law, officials said. “I think people realize that these are factors that we should be taking into account,” said state Rep. James Albis, D-East Haven, chairman of the state’s Shorefront Preservation Task Force. The bill was one of four that emerged from the task force’s work.



Demonstrators Drop Banner Against Governor’s Energy Plan, Call Instead for 100% Renewable Energy

May 24th, 2013 | By

On Wednesday, members of Capitalism vs. the Climate unfurled a banner from the bridge connecting the State Capitol and Legislative Office Building. The banner said: “We Will Not Let You Dam Our Rivers, Frack our Land, Sell Our Air.”

The banner referred to Gov. Malloy’s Comprehensive Energy Strategy, which demonstrators say expands Connecticut’s reliance on “false solutions.” Click on this Headline for more from CapitalismvsClimate.



Modern CO2 Levels Are Far Higher Than Any in the Geological Record | Henry Auer

May 24th, 2013 | By

The atmospheric CO2 concentration has just exceeded 400 ppm, and is continuing to grow. More importantly, contemporary CO2 levels since the industrial revolution have always exceeded the highest levels found in the geological record for 800,000 years. Furthermore, the rate of growth of atmospheric CO2 levels is itself accelerating. The excess CO2 originates from burning

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EPA Commemorates Earth Day, Continues Conversation on Climate Change

Apr 22nd, 2013 | By

  WASHINGTON – This Earth Day, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expanding the conversation on climate change through public engagement and education on the importance of continuing to protect the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the land we live on. As we continue to make strides in protecting the climate

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Yale Forum on Climate Change – Question on the Future of Fracking | Between The Lines

Apr 11th, 2013 | By

Excerpts of Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies’ panel discussion on climate change: U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., assistant professor of atmospheric chemistry at Yale, and Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale School of Forestry’s Project on Climate Change, recorded and produced by Melinda Tuhus



Opinion: Carbon pricing helps boost economy, clean environment

Mar 30th, 2013 | By

Though we should be combating climate change for environmental reasons, it will take a strong economic appeal to move forward. Carbon pricing is being used regionally and internationally and although it is not a cure-all for our economic woes, it offers both environmental stability and economic prosperity. For our environmental and economic health, Connecticut’s representatives

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Judges won’t order DNR to require emissions cuts

Mar 29th, 2013 | By

An appeals court declined Wednesday to order the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to adopt rules limiting greenhouse gas emissions, saying the agency does not have a legal duty to protect the atmosphere for future generations. The Iowa Court of Appeals declined to extend Iowa’s public trust doctrine, which requires the state to protect lakes,

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