Posts Tagged ‘ Hurricane Sandy ’

Salt Water Contamination of Soils by Hurricane Sandy

Nov 6th, 2012 | By

Many coastal Connecticut residents have contacted the University of Connecticut Soil Nutrient Analysis Laboratory because of their concerns of salt contamination from either flooding or storm surges.



Sandy and climate change: All in this together | Oxfam America The Politics of Poverty Blog

Nov 6th, 2012 | By

by Heather Coleman In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, we are experiencing a potential shift in the political tides on climate change. Mayor Bloomberg’s endorsement of President Obama Thursday, citing climate change, thrust climate issues into the political debate. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy have also made strong statements calling

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Help others in the aftermath of one of the most expansive storms in history — Hurricane Sandy

Nov 3rd, 2012 | By

I would like to echo the sentiments in an email I received today from ConnPIRG Director Abe Scarr: I hope that you and your friends and family escaped this week’s events unscathed. The images and stories coming from those hit hardest by the storm are heartbreaking. My concern and best wishes go out to everyone

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Shoreline Officials Monitoring Sewage Concerns

Oct 31st, 2012 | By

Hurricane Sandy’s high winds and storm surge knocked out power to several sewage treatment plants or pump stations around the state, and in some cases raw or partially treated sewage is flowing into state waterways. Raw sewage was being discharged at pump stations in Branford, Bridgeport, Greenwich, New Haven, Fairfield and East Lyme. For more

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Climate Change & Historic Superstorm Sandy: 70+ Dead, Streets Submerged, Millions Without Power

Oct 31st, 2012 | By

Superstorm Sandy has pounded the East Coast, bringing massive flooding and damage that’s left at least 16 people dead in the United States, killed more than 60 in the Carribean, and left more than seven million without power from North Carolina to Massachusetts. Parts of New York City were submerged under water as high as

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Climate Change and the NYC Metro Area Transit System

Oct 31st, 2012 | By

  In the New York City metro area, the worst of Hurricane Sandy seems to have passed, and the long work of recovery has begun. At a press conference today, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg spoke at length about the two biggest challenges facing the city, and they are also the main challenges of

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What to do if the ‘100-year flood’ comes every year?

Oct 31st, 2012 | By

Just as Tropical Storm Irene exposed vulnerabilities in Connecticut’s electric system last year, Hurricane Sandy is renewing questions about flood standards that have guided construction for decades on a wide range of coastal infrastructure. For more on this story, visit: What to do if the ‘100-year flood’ comes every year? | The Connecticut Mirror.



Bill McKibben on Hurricane Sandy and Climate Change: “If There Was Ever a Wake-up Call, This Is It”

Oct 31st, 2012 | By

Much of the East Coast is shut down today as residents prepare for Hurricane Sandy, a massive storm that could impact up to 50 million people from the Carolinas to Boston. The storm has already killed 66 people in the Caribbean, where it battered Haiti and Cuba. “This thing is stitched together from elements natural

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Sandy Shuts Down Connecticut Rail

Oct 31st, 2012 | By

You should be able to catch a bus or ride a ferry Wednesday morning, but don’t bother trying to get a train. After Sandy brought mass transit to a complete standstill Monday night, that’s at least some cheerful news for thousands of commuters. CT Transit restored service in central and northern Connecticut at midday Tuesday,

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Connecticut plants discharging raw sewage

Oct 31st, 2012 | By

HARTFORD, Conn. — Millions of gallons of untreated or partially treated sewage spilled into Long Island Sound and other Connecticut waterways during flooding and power outages caused by superstorm Sandy, officials said Tuesday. The state Department of Public Health urged people to stay away from floodwaters because they may be contaminated by sewer system discharges

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Considering Climate Change After Sandy

Oct 31st, 2012 | By

Last year’s one-two storm punch already had officials wondering if climate change was to blame for what has been described as a 100-year event. Now, as pictures of damage from Hurricane Sandy begin to pour in, the question of climate change is being raised again. It’s something to which the Department of Energy and Environmental

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Millstone takes precautions

Oct 29th, 2012 | By

The Millstone Power Station in Waterford, located on Long Island Sound, is closely monitoring the storm and has been installing flood barriers around the plant in case the storm surge is higher than anticipated, Ken Holt, spokesman for Millstone owner Dominion, said Sunday. The Unit 2 nuclear reactor at the plant is shut down for

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The Science Behind Hurricane Sandy: Climate Change or Freak Storm?

Oct 29th, 2012 | By

As Hurricane Sandy approaches the East Coast, many are wondering about the science behind this ‘Frankenstorm’ and whether it has any clear connection to global climate change. In a piece titled ‘Frankenstorm: Has Climate Change Created a Monster?’, NPR’s Adam Frank notes that 2012 has been a banner year for weather anomalies: droughts, fires, floods, and

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Hurricane Sandy: Climate Change Activists Offer Stark Reminder Before Storm Hits

Oct 29th, 2012 | By

A group of climate change activists braved the calm before the storm on Sunday afternoon to rally in New York City’s Times Square. Leading environmental activist organization 350.org organized the event, “Connect the Dots between Extreme Weather and Climate Change,” in less than 48 hours, according to Phil Aroneanu, the group’s co-founder and U.S. campaign

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NY preps for storm, considers transit shutdown

Oct 29th, 2012 | By

As Hurricane Sandy spun up the East Coast, New York residents of some flood-prone areas were told Saturday to evacuate and transit officials prepared for the unusual step of shutting down service. Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an order telling the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to prepare for possibly shutting down all service on subways, buses and

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Conn. towns on L.I. Sound evacuate ahead of storm

Oct 29th, 2012 | By

Residents of shoreline towns on Long Island Sound in Connecticut heeded official warnings and evacuated as a massive storm approached southern New England. With storm surges threatening flooding along beachfront communities and inland, towns from Stamford in the west to Groton in the east issued at least partial mandatory evacuations. For more on this story,

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Millstone Nuclear Plant Closely Watching Hurricane Sandy, Laying Plans For Severe Weather

Oct 28th, 2012 | By

Operations managers at Millstone Power Station, the state’s nuclear power plant, were monitoring Hurricane Sandy on Friday, aiming to determine what emergency procedures need to take place in coming days and whether they need to shut down the plant’s one active reactor.



Long Island Sound could be in trouble during storm

Oct 28th, 2012 | By

As Connecticut braces for the possibility of Hurricane Sandy’s landfall here early next week, environmental officials worry that the state’s already overtaxed sewage treatment systems could find themselves in deep trouble. Neena Satija reports for The CT Mirror.