Climate Change

Indian Neck residents in Branford fear berm removal could lead to flooding

Sep 3rd, 2014 | By

The berm, which helps prevent Summer Island Road from flooding during exceptionally high tides and fierce storms, now features a significant gap that was all-too noticeable when a midsummer cloudburst swept through the region earlier this month.

Long, Bitter Seawall Dispute Highlights Global Warming Concerns

Sep 2nd, 2014 | By

A decade ago, David and Betsy Sams built a retaining wall to stop erosion they feared was threatening the backyard and patio of their lovely and very expensive Old Saybrook summer home overlooking the Connecticut River. They assumed they were simply protecting a property they had come to cherish. Experts they hired said no permits were needed. In fact, the wall turned out to be below the high tide line, and building it violated state and local regulations.

Environmental, peace groups join together for People’s Climate March Sept. 21

Aug 22nd, 2014 | By

More than 500,000 people are expected to attend the People’s Climate March on Sunday, September 21 in New York City. Sierra Club and initiated the statewide organizing effort this summer. Click here for more information.

Fellowship to help CT Audubon Society bring climate change educate to schools

Aug 14th, 2014 | By
Eckman being honored with the Tamar Chotzen Audubon Educator of the Year award during a meeting of the National Audubon Society Board of Directors at Audubon's Corkscrew Sanctuary in Naples, Florida, Jan. 29, 2011. The prestigious award, named for a pioneering Audubon education leader, has been bestowed annually since 2006. It recognizes outstanding commitment, professionalism and accomplishment in Audubon conservation education.

Connecticut Audubon Society’s education director, Michelle Eckman, has been selected as one of 26 recipients of a prestigious international fellowship to develop a climate change curriculum for high school freshmen in New Haven, with a goal of expanding the curriculum to high schools throughout the state.

Real Action On Climate Change, Melissa Everett, Enfield

Aug 6th, 2014 | By

Connecticut has been a national leader in clean energy programs and policies. Let’s show that Connecticut is a leader in bringing out smart, creative people to New York City, and then engaging them in the exciting work of transforming our state’s energy system town by town. For more on this story, visit: Real Action On

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Climate Change Law in New York Bridges Partisan Divide

Aug 5th, 2014 | By

Republicans and Democrats, environmentalists and the business community, get behind the groundbreaking New York climate change bill.

Courant Editorial: State should help move houses out of storm surge’s way rather than shore them up

Jul 31st, 2014 | By

The program will do little to address the larger issue of how coastal communities deal with the effects of climate change.

White House Issues Bold Climate Change Warning

Jul 30th, 2014 | By

Putting off expensive measures to curb climate change will only cost the United States more in the long run, the White House said Tuesday.

Sea Level Rise: Mitigation and Adaptation in the Risky Business Model

Jul 16th, 2014 | By

Summary.  Sea level rise is caused by expansion of ocean water as the world’s temperature rises, and by net melting of glaciers, ice sheets and ice shelves.  Ice will continue melting as long as the temperature remains above the freezing point. Sea level rise is already impacting coastal cities in the U. S. and elsewhere. 

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Dartmouth Climate Institute hosts tribal sustainability panel

Jul 12th, 2014 | By
(photo: Natalie Cantave, The Dartmouth)

Aiming to spread awareness of the tribal sustainability partnerships that emerged following the November Indigenous Peoples Working Group meeting at Dartmouth, students and research fellows presented findings at a Thursday panel on tribal sustainability and Arctic protection initiatives.

Connecticut Still Waiting for Action on Federal Clean Air Plans

Jul 11th, 2014 | By

Connecticut has to wait for more federal action on cross-border pollution, according to a top environmental official who visited Hartford. Janet McCabe, Acting Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation, is working on the agency’s “Clean Power Plan.” That’s a proposal to cut pollution from existing power plants. It’s long, at 645 pages, and adopts

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Solar has won. Even if coal were free to burn, power stations couldn’t compete

Jul 8th, 2014 | By

Last week, for the first time in memory, the wholesale price of electricity in Queensland fell into negative territory – in the middle of the day. That’s not supposed to happen at lunchtime.

The Risky Business Project Report: a Business Perspective on Global Warming

Jul 4th, 2014 | By

The Risky Business Project, describes historical patterns of changes brought about by global warming in the U. S., and projects future changes up to the year 2100 based on risk analysis as used in the business world. Click on this Environmental Headline for more from global warming expert and Headlines contributor Henry Auer.

The U. S. National Climate Assessment: Effects of Warming and Measures to Counteract Them, by Henry Auer

Jun 24th, 2014 | By

Important procedures involved in combating further warming include risk assessment and evaluation, and iterative (cyclical) sequences of planning, decision-making and implementation of projects, coupled with critical analysis of steps in these processes along the way. Applying the results of such analysis back to optimize the steps should be done repetitively in order to achieve desired goals.

Finch speaks to U.S. mayors on climate change

Jun 23rd, 2014 | By

Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch, who serves as co-chair of the climate protection task force of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, addressed the conference Sunday on the Park City’s efforts to tackle climate change.

Carbon emissions down in Connecticut; More work to be done

Jun 8th, 2014 | By

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said that Connecticut is making significant progress in reducing statewide emissions of harmful greenhouse gases to meet requirements set in state law, citing a report issued by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection that details the state’s progress toward meeting the statutory mandate to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 10% below 1990 levels by 2020, and 80% below 2001 levels by 2050.

The report demonstrates that Connecticut is clearly on a trajectory to meet the 2020 mandate much sooner than that date and is putting programs in place to meet the 2050 mandate.

U.S. warming fastest in Northeast, Southwest

Jun 6th, 2014 | By
A snowman at the beach (cjzurcher)

Ten states — Maine, Vermont, New Jersey, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Delaware, New Mexico, Connecticut and New York — have gotten at least 2 degrees warmer in the past 30 years.

Connecticut officials hail carbon regulations as ‘overdue’

Jun 4th, 2014 | By

Connecticut and other states in the Northeast are leading the nation in reducing carbon emissions, but a national strategy is needed, he added. Initiatives include funding for energy savings programs, increases in renewable power and support for electric vehicles, among others.

The Supreme Court Has Been Clear – EPA Has Authority to Address Carbon Pollution from Power Plants

Jun 1st, 2014 | By

EPA has clear authority to address this harmful pollution, authority that is manifest in our nation’s clean air laws, that has been confirmed time and again by the United States Supreme Court, and that has been recognized even by those who continue to obstruct climate progress in the courts. And the agency has a responsibility to exercise that authority through science-based actions to address climate pollution in a way that protects public health and welfare.

Insurance industry sees risk, adapting to guard against climate change

May 29th, 2014 | By

Last month, Farmers Insurance Co., one of the nation’s largest insurers, filed nine class action suits alleging that about 200 Chicago area localities knew that climate change would lead to greater rainfall but haven’t taken action to guard against future flooding.