Posts Tagged ‘ global warming ’

Davos report highlights worsening global air quality

Jan 29th, 2014 | By

Air quality around the world is plummeting, according to the latest version of an annual report, issued at the Davos Summit over the weekend.

Produced by researchers at Yale and Columbia universities, the Environmental Performance Index ranks performance in key environmental areas on a per-country basis.

It breaks down these issues into two broad policy areas: detection of human health from environmental harm and protection of ecosystems. It then ranks each nation based on their overall performance.



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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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.



The Faithful Oppose Global Warming: Stewardship of God’s Creation

Jan 5th, 2014 | By

The sacred writings of Judaism, Christianity and Islam include fundamental revelations that God (Allah) placed humanity on earth as part of creation. God’s (Allah’s) creation is for the benefit of humanity, leading to our prospering and growth. In turn, it is incumbent on humanity to be stewards of God’s (Allah’s) creation so that it can

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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.



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.



Protecting the Electric Grid From Increasingly Severe Weather Due to Climate Change

Aug 14th, 2013 | By

This week marks the tenth anniversary of one of the worst power outages in the United States, during which tens of millions of Americans were affected across parts of Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Jersey. A new report from the White House Council of Economic Advisers and the Energy Department evaluates the economic cost of power outages and calls for increased cross-sector investment to make the electric grid more resilient in the face of increasingly severe weather events due to climate change. Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story from The White House.



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.



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.



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.