Climate Change

New analysis pinpoints change on Connecticut’s Long Island shoreline

Apr 4th, 2014 | By

Researchers don’t know here or anywhere along the Connecticut coast exactly what factors are causing the water to encroach into or recede from land areas, except for the well-documented areas that have been filled for development. They are equally adamant that their data can’t be used to predict future change.

The U. S. Needs a Unified Global Warming Agency, As Other Nations Have

Mar 31st, 2014 | By

The previous post detailed the distributed administrative structures dealing with global warming in the U. S. government. It identified several problems and difficulties arising from this situation. Here, ministries and departments dealing with global warming in the European Union and selected countries around the world are examined. Among the countries examined, those in the developed

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Panel’s Warning on Climate Risk: Worst Is Yet to Come

Mar 31st, 2014 | By

The panel has concluded that the impact of climate change is already underway — as seen by rainfall patterns, the retreat of glaciers and shrinking permafrost — and that it might lead to the rising risk of ill health, poverty and conflict.

Climate Justice Conference of Solutions 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 12, Middletown

Mar 28th, 2014 | By

Much of the conversation around climate change is dominated by the narrative of “doom-and-gloom.” In order to move towards climate justice, we must begin to shift the focus towards solutions. The focus on the right kinds of solutions from a myriad of perspectives can help put us on the path towards a better future. Rather than continuing to talk about the forms of energy, societies, or policies we don’t want, this will be an opportunity to foster dialogues about the better future we envision.

Empty Theatrics on Climate Change

Mar 19th, 2014 | By

Last week, during the climate-change talkathon held by Senate Democrats, Al Franken of Minnesota said, “I rise to suggest that we in this body talk more about climate change so that we can agree on taking action to address it.”

Massachusetts Emerges As Hub Of Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement | WBUR

Mar 14th, 2014 | By

Environmentalists, borrowing some tactics from the anti-Apartheid divestment movement of the 1980s, are pressing universities, foundations and public pension funds across the country to pull their money out of oil, gas and coal.

Conn., Mass., RI senators highlight climate change

Mar 11th, 2014 | By

U.S. senators from Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island are among 28 lawmakers who are preparing to hold the Senate floor all night long to urge congressional action on climate change.

New ozone-destroying chemicals found in atmosphere

Mar 10th, 2014 | By
The ozone hole reached its biggest extent for the year on 26 September, 2013. (photo: NOAA)

Mysterious compounds undermining recovery of giant ozone hole over Antarctica, scientists warn

President Obama’s New Budget Is Peppered With Efforts To Tackle Climate Change

Mar 5th, 2014 | By

Yesterday, President Obama unveiled his proposed national budget for fiscal year 2015, and it includes a smorgasbord of efforts on climate issues. “We know that future generations will continue to deal with the effects of a warming planet,” the President said yesterday in a speech introducing the budget. The $3.9 trillion document allocates about $1

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Secretary Kerry’s Global Warming Initiative: by Henry Auer

Feb 28th, 2014 | By

In Indonesia Kerry spoke recently on the critical nature of the problem of worsening global warming, and on the importance of reaching international accord to limit further emissions. He is personally committed to making global warming be a central theme in U. S. diplomatic efforts. Click on this Environmental Headline for more from global warming expert Henry Auer.

A letter to James Hansen regarding his draft paper

Feb 26th, 2014 | By

A letter from New Haven-based Promoting Enduring Peace board member Stanley Heller to James Hansen regarding his draft paper “Renewable Energy, Nuclear Power and Galileo: Do Scientists Have a Duty to Expose Popular Misconceptions?”

The End of Nature: Climate Change, Organic Agriculture and Local Food, by Bill Duesing

Feb 6th, 2014 | By

Bill says he was hoping to write about the happy connections between a healthy soil ecosystem and a healthy human micro-biome, and about the research which shows the many ways that growing food is good for the grower’s health. But the news about climate change is so frightening, the likely disruption in our food supply so large, and the potential of organic agriculture and rethinking our food system to both mitigate and help us adapt to climate change is so strong, that he changed directions.

State Dept Moves Keystone XL Closer to Approval, But Does Conflict of Interest Taint Report?

Feb 5th, 2014 | By

A long-awaited report from the State Department has dealt a potential major blow to efforts to stop the Keystone XL oil pipeline. An impact assessment released Friday says the pipeline’s northern leg would not have a major impact on climate change.

Reality check: Society pays for carbon pollution and that’s no benefit

Feb 5th, 2014 | By

This open letter, co-authored by Jeremy Proville and first published on EDF Voices, was written in response to a New York Times article citing Dr. Roger Bezdek’s report on “The Social Costs of Carbon? No, The Social Benefits of Carbon.”

Climate-change skeptics have free-speech rights

Feb 5th, 2014 | By

I find myself tugged in two directions by the latest ruling in the defamation suit filed by climatologist Michael Mann. A professor of meteorology at Pennsylvania State University, Mann has long been an object of ire among climate-change skeptics. Now it seems they have let their ire get out of hand.

Energy reforms in New England can reduce air pollution in region: ENE

Feb 4th, 2014 | By

Environment Northeast is urging Connecticut officials and those in other New England states to take a series of steps to reduce air pollution.

Breaking update on Keystone XL Pipeline

Feb 1st, 2014 | By

The State Department has released its Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) on Keystone XL, starting the official countdown to a final decision by President Obama on the pipeline. Big oil hand-picked the reviewers of the pipeline, which means the report avoids taking a stand on the pipeline’s climate impacts — leaving the ball entirely in President Obama’s court.

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.

State denies Sandy aid to coastal homes

Jan 28th, 2014 | By
Aerial view of flooding after Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

The state says the money would be better spent hardening infrastructure such as seawalls, bridges, levees and wastewater treatment plants, a decision that has baffled the leaders of a number of coastal towns and owners of the most vulnerable homes.

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.