Posts Tagged ‘ global warming ’

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.



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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An Earth System Model Envisions High Future Global Temperatures | Henry Auer

Mar 18th, 2013 | By

Prinn, Sokolov and a Massachusetts Institute of Technology research group have developed an Integrated Global System Model for future climate development. The model constructs computational modules that describe interactions between the physical world, and human economic and social activity, in order to project future climate conditions using probabilistic methods. Five scenarios are devised, ranging from

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Support grows for bills addressing rising sea level, storm surges

Mar 15th, 2013 | By

Sea level in Long Island Sound is expected to rise 1½ feet by 2050, according to testimony from Leah Schmalz, Save the Sound’s director of legislative and legal affairs.



New Haven Register editorial: Avoid politics in confronting reality of climate change

Feb 22nd, 2013 | By

The science is clear: Climate change is occurring in conjunction with man-made increases in carbon emissions. Rising oceans, vicious storms, heat waves, droughts, wildfires and flooding are all affected.



Northeast Faces Stark Choice on Climate Pollution | NYTimes.com

Jan 25th, 2013 | By

Cap-and-trade programs are designed to lower emissions gradually by reducing the cap and the allowances that are available. Polluters get flexibility in cutting emissions by being able to trade allowances among themselves. The idea is to achieve the reductions at the lowest cost through market forces rather than through direct regulation. But of the four

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President Obama Proposes Expanded Growth of Sustainable Energy

Jan 23rd, 2013 | By

In his second inaugural address U. S. President Barack Obama highlighted the need for developing sustainable energy sources. He noted the damages inflicted by recent extreme weather and climate events. He then set forth the objective of expanding the role of sustainable energy in the American economy, expressing the intent to make the U. S.

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