Climate Change

CT Roundtable on Climate & Jobs – 7-9 p.m. June 4 Meriden

May 29th, 2014 | By

Join the Interreligious Eco-Justice Network for a gathering of the CT Roundtable on Climate and Jobs on Wednesday, June 4 at 7 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Meriden. Light supper will be served at 6:30 p.m. with the meeting from 7 to 9 p.m.

A Denier Clouds Reality by Misrepresentations and False Accusations

May 29th, 2014 | By

A denier resorted to unacceptable tactics during a presentation to a public audience. His accusations and misrepresentations cannot stand, and must be opposed.

New York A.G. to propose legislation to protect utilities from impacts of climate change

May 20th, 2014 | By
The effects of Hurricane Sandy in Connecticut. (cjzurcher, Environmental Headlines)

Attorney General Schneiderman has announced that his office will propose legislation that would require electric and gas utilities to ensure that the critical services they provide to millions of New Yorkers are properly protected from the impacts of climate change. The proposal, announced in a speech to the New York League of Conservation Voters’ Spring Gala, would require these utilities to assess their systems’ vulnerability to climate change and to document for public review and comment how they intend to address these climate risks.

Denying Global Warming Has No Scientific Basis, by Henry Auer

May 17th, 2014 | By

A denier of global warming asserts that the recent U. S. National Climate Assessment includes statements “that are (at best) misleading.” The denier inappropriately claims the Assessment’s use of a graphic image overlaying recent annual carbon dioxide emissions and annual values of global average temperature “shows correlation, and implies causation.”

Soot Pollution Limits Unanimously Upheld in Court, Continuing Clean Air Victory Streak

May 17th, 2014 | By

Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit unanimously upheld the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) particulate matter (soot) pollution standard, ruling that EPA’s decision to strengthen the standard in 2012 was firmly grounded in science and the law.

West Antarctic ice melt is now ‘unstoppable’: NASA

May 13th, 2014 | By

Glaciers in western Antarctica are melting at an “unstoppable” rate that could cause worldwide sea levels to rise far quicker than previously thought, two groups of scientists said Monday.

Teams of researchers from NASA and the University of California said the ice sheets will continue to retreat for decades or even centuries to come, regardless of any human effort to reduce carbon emissions a primary cause of climate change ’ though warming temperatures could accelerate the process.

Rising climate unease: Sea level predictions, stormy weather trends prompt new awareness in communities

May 12th, 2014 | By

A newly formed municipal panel met for the first time to contemplate how to help this low-lying coastal community cope with what one member likened to a natural disaster happening in slow motion.

Fed report: Warming disrupting Americans’ lives

May 10th, 2014 | By

“Climate change, once considered an issue for a distant future, has moved firmly into the present,” the report says. “Corn producers in Iowa, oyster growers in Washington state and maple syrup producers in Vermont are all observing climate-related changes that are outside of recent experience.”

How Sea Level Rises: A Tutorial, By Henry Auer

May 6th, 2014 | By

One of the consequences of global warming identified by climate scientists is sea level rise. Higher levels of the oceans’ waters potentially affect shorelines and low-lying islands all around the world. The United Nations-sponsored Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, in its Fifth Assessment Report, includes the following graphic showing the extent to which the global average sea level has risen in past decades up to the present.

New gasoline reserves to help CT prep for hurricanes 

May 5th, 2014 | By

The DOE said each reserve will  store 500,000 barrels of gasoline, “enough to provide some short-term relief in the event of significant disruptions.”

Best Defense Against Advancing Sea? Retreat!

Apr 30th, 2014 | By
Dock and dine getting hammered by the sea #StormSandyOS

“Dumb & Dumber” is the movie that comes to mind when I think about the government policy that declares war against the sea, rather than providing incentives to help residents move out of the way. Click on this Environmental Headline to read more from Robert Thorson in The Hartford Courant.

Sea level rise analysis by Climate Central

Apr 24th, 2014 | By

Sea levels are rising at an accelerating rate, and the scientific community is confident that global warming is the most important cause, according to the executive summary of a report due out May 2. Click on this Environmental Headline for more of this story.

Climate Change: Climate change Affects State, But Legislative Answers Stalled

Apr 23rd, 2014 | By

176 bills on climate change were introduced in the 113th Congress, including 108 that address global warming and other climate change factors. But 68 bills would “hinder climate action,” including 45 that would curb the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.

Forum: Climate change increasingly costly for Greater New Haven

Apr 22nd, 2014 | By
A rain storm in 2012 prevented many commuters from finding a dry route to their homes after work. (photo: cjzurcher)

The impacts of climate change are increasingly costly for the New Haven region and the world. In New Haven, we’ve recently seen Hurricane Irene and the 2011 Halloween nor’easter that dumped heavy snow; an August 2012 torrential rain that dumped 2.1 inches in less than an hour, then October “Super Storm” Sandy. And in 2013 Blizzard Nemo hit. Then, 2014 saw the arrival of arctic vortex that created a much harsher winter and drove up heating bills. UI just announced plans to spend $100 million to cut back trees in the area to prepare for future storms, both of which will cost residents more but are especially hard on those with fixed incomes.

While the challenge is daunting, there are many great very doable solutions available. We just need to move on them. Now.

Pay Now or Pay More Later

Apr 18th, 2014 | By

Economics is largely just organized common sense, and it doesn’t get much more common sense than benefit-cost analysis. Want to decide whether to buy that apple, make that investment or pass that clean air rule? Tally up the benefits. Tally up the costs. If benefits outweigh costs, do it.

Huge Methane Leaks Add Doubt on Gas as ‘Bridge’ Fuel

Apr 18th, 2014 | By

The IPCC in its Working Group III report says natural gas as a bridge fuel will only be effective if few gases escape into the atmosphere during natural gas production and distribution.

Disease On The Wings Of Climate Change

Apr 12th, 2014 | By

Whether the Fairfield County colony of Asian tiger mosquitoes survived our unusually cold winter is not yet known, but northward expansion of the mosquito’s territory and evolution of its wintering behavior are further evidence of regional climate change and things to come.

Watch Years of Living Dangerously Episode I on Environmental Headlines

Apr 11th, 2014 | By
This palm forest may look lush. But the palm trees will be burned down in 25 years, releasing all of the carbon they've stored.

While the show premiers on Sunday, April 13 at 10 pm, the first episode is already available for a sneak peek. Episode one focuses in on three main storylines: Don Cheadle visits Texas to talk about drought, climate science, and religion; Thomas L. Friedman explores the role of drought in the civil war in Syria; and Ford visits Indonesia, traveling by seaplane, motorboat, elephant, and helicopter to see firsthand the havoc being wreaked upon tropical forests and peatlands by encroaching oil palm plantations.

Living on Earth: UN Climate Change Reports As Haiku | Living on Earth

Apr 5th, 2014 | By

The reports of the UN’s Panel on Climate Change are critically important but notoriously dense. IPCC scientist Gregory Johnson tells Living On Earth host Steve Curwood about his personal project to write haiku poems to make the reports more understandable.

IPCC Fifth Assessment Report, Part 2: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability

Apr 4th, 2014 | By

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued Part 2 of its Fifth Assessment Report, “Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability,” in March 2014. Part 2 discusses the need for and implementation of adaptation strategies for coping with the adverse effects of global warming.