Posts Tagged ‘ Climate Change ’

Connecticut farmers adapt to climate change

Jul 24th, 2012 | By

By Mercy Quaye, Special to the Register April showers usually bring May flowers, but this year, the flowers came early. Strange weather across the state and country has many farmers adapting to a severely changing climate. In Madison, a family of farmers pulls out a vegetable stand to the side of the road daily. Though

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State of the Climate: June 2012 | National Climatic Data Center

Jul 19th, 2012 | By

Based on the Palmer Drought Index, severe to extreme drought affected about 33 percent of the contiguous United States as of the end of June 2012, an increase of about 10 percent from last month. About 4 percent of the contiguous U.S. fell in the severely to extremely wet categories.

The June 2012 Palmer value of 55 percent is the largest percentage since December 1956 when 58 percent of the contiguous U.S. was in moderate to extreme drought.

Draft CT Climate Preparedness Plan open for Comment

Jul 18th, 2012 | By

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection provides this draft plan for initial public review and comment.  View draft plan.  The public may submit comments on the draft electronically to  The Department will continue to seek public comment through Fall of 2012. via CT Climate Change | Draft CT Climate Preparedness Plan.

Heat, lack of rain affecting local farming

Jul 16th, 2012 | By

This summer’s heat thus far has local farmers struggling to keep their crop’s quality up to par, which could cause food prices to increase. They say the heat combined with the lack of rain is an awful combination for their business. via  Heat, lack of rain affecting local farming | The New Britain Herald.

Sound wisdom: Darien seas rising faster than global average

Jul 7th, 2012 | By

Brian Thompson, director of the office of Long Island Sound Programs for the DEEP, says shoreline communities and marshland ecosystems are most affected by rising sea levels.

“As sea level rises, there in a natural setting, there would be opportunity for wetlands to migrate inland and establish new areas,” Thompson said.

David DesRoches of the Darien Times reports.

Study: Long Island in Sea Level ‘Hotspot’

Jun 27th, 2012 | By

A new study finds that a broad coastal zone is prone to higher rates of rising sea levels: Is Long Island sinking? A new scientific study places Long Island in the middle of a 600-mile coastal “hotspot” that researchers say is experiencing higher rates of sea level increases. The bottom line implication is that, over

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Historical Aerial Photos of Connecticut’s Coastline Now Available Online

Jun 27th, 2012 | By

The consequences of major weather events on Connecticut’s coast, major waterways, and natural resources are easier to understand, now that historical aerial photographs of the state’s coast covering the past 40 years are available online.

WWF Welcomes Quebec’s Climate Plan

Jun 4th, 2012 | By

WWF welcomes the 2013-2020 Action Plan on Climate Change (PACC 2020) and accompanying Government Strategy for adapting to Climate Change from the government of Quebec. The PACC 2020 sets an ambitious target of 20 per cent emissions reduction by 2020, based on 1990 levels, and the province is already making progress: 2009 emissions are 2.5

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Shoreline Democrats settle on Meyer, Widlitz; GOP putting up Cartier, Trotta

Jun 4th, 2012 | By

Widlitz is running for a 10th term and says her priorities include school reform to close the achievement gap, the Long Island Sound caucus, climate change and small business incentives. For more on this story, visit: Shoreline Democrats settle on Meyer, Widlitz; GOP putting up Cartier, Trotta- The New Haven Register – Serving New Haven,

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Private Sector Investment in Renewable Energy and the Need for Federal Subsidies | Global warming blog by Henry Auer

Jun 3rd, 2012 | By

Institutions in the private sector are actively implementing renewable energy projects that optimize energy efficiency, install local renewable energy facilities, and/or purchase energy that has been generated by renewable technologies. Motivations for undertaking these projects include economizing on costs, reducing overall energy usage, and reducing fossil fuel use and emission of greenhouse gases. In order

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Greenhouse gas levels pass symbolic 400ppm CO2 milestone

Jun 2nd, 2012 | By

The world’s air has reached what scientists call a troubling new milestone for carbon dioxide, the main global warming pollutant. Monitoring stations across the Arctic this spring are measuring more than 400 parts per million of the heat-trapping gas in the atmosphere. The number isn’t quite a surprise, because it’s been rising at an accelerating

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Culture, not understanding, influences views on climate change

May 31st, 2012 | By

SYDNEY: Public apathy about climate change is often put down to a lack of scientific understanding – but the opposite could be true, according to new research. In a paper published in Nature Climate Change this week, researchers from Yale University found that those with the highest degree of scientific literacy were also the most

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One way to fight global warming locally

May 25th, 2012 | By

Just as hybrid cars are using advanced engineering to cut gasoline bills, technology can cut the cost of cooling, heating, and lighting America’s buildings. A hybrid car’s better mileage helps drivers pay for its gas-saving technology. Similarly, a money-saving financing device can pay for energy improvements in schools and offices, and slash their costs. Florida

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Effects of Climate Change on Wildlife and Habitat Concern Visitors to National Wildlife Refuges

May 16th, 2012 | By

Visitors to national wildlife refuges are concerned about the impact of climate change on America’s fish, wildlife and plants ? as well as the habitat that supports them, a new survey just released by the U…S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows. The survey also shows strong support for efforts to help native species adapt to changing climate conditions, such as those now being implemented by the Service and its partners.

Clouds Probably Amplify the Effects of Global Warming

May 15th, 2012 | By

by Henry Auer Summary.  The New York Times published a report on the effects that clouds exert on long-term average warming of the globe.  Most climate scientists agree that clouds will have a neutral or a positive effect, i.e., one that acts to amplify the warming effect of the greenhouse effect and make it stronger. 

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Insurers Pull Support For Heartland Institute After Campaign Likens Climate Change Supporters To Terrorists, Murderers

May 9th, 2012 | By

Insurers and a Connecticut alcohol conglomerate halted their financial support of The Heartland Institute after it paid for billboard advertisements likening supporters of climate change science to murderers, terrorists and a dictator. The Hartford Courant reports.

Climate change is a human rights issue – and that’s how we can solve it | Olivier De Schutter,

Apr 25th, 2012 | By

We can overcome the problems of delivering collective action on climate change by treating mining, deforestation, ocean degradation and more as violations of human rights Global climate-change talks often resemble the scene of a traffic accident. Multiple voices shout each other down in a bid to tell their own version of events. What is the

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Public Attitudes about Extreme Weather and Increased Global Average Temperatures Changing

Apr 22nd, 2012 | By

Yale University and George Mason University released their latest survey, Extreme Weather, Climate & Preparedness in the American Mind, concerning attitudes of the American public over long-term world-wide average temperature and extreme weather events, in April, 2012.  A clear majority of the American public finds that unusual weather events have occurred in the preceding year. 

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Study: Historic Rise to Sea Levels in Pacific Ocean Linked to Climate Change

Apr 14th, 2012 | By

A rapid rise in sea levels in Southwest Pacific Ocean has ocurred, according to a new study, and researchers say human-made climate change is likely the cause for significant rises in the 20th century. Scientists from the University of Queensland in Australia, partnered with other British universities, measured sea levels going back 6,000 years and

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As Emissions in Northeast States Decline, Economic Growth Outpaces Nation: Report

Apr 11th, 2012 | By

A new report by Environment Connecticut Research & Policy Center released today in front of the solar array atop Middletown-based Center Point Office Park, highlights the role that clean energy and environmental policies have played in moving states toward meeting targets for reducing global warming emissions, while challenging claims that actions that reduce emissions undermine economic growth.