Climate Change

Climate change will force all to ‘wake up!’

Jan 27th, 2014 | By

by Jay Lustgarten Stonington Jan. 17 featured “U.N.: Climate woes could be costly” implying we got off cheap with Hurricane Sandy. Phew, I feel a lot better now. Seriously, one has to wonder what it will take for Americans to prioritize minimizing their carbon footprint. Is it the marketing? Global warming, too warm and fuzzy?

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New state agency on climate change preparation to be at Avery Point

Jan 21st, 2014 | By

The state is using a $2.5 million settlement of a water pollution lawsuit to create a new agency at the University of Connecticut’s Avery Point campus that will help municipalities, businesses and homeowners determine the best methods to protect their properties against what the state says are rising seas and more frequent severe storms caused by climate change.

Wiki-leaked documents confirm the worst

Jan 20th, 2014 | By
Leaders of TPP member states and prospective member states at a TPP summit in 2010.

This week, Wikileaks released newly leaked documents that confirm the worst: the United States’ Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiating team is walking away from supporting strong environmental safeguards. Without protections for land use, logging, and climate pollution, the TPP has gone from a bad deal to a disastrous one. You can take action now.

UN warns against delayed action on global warming

Jan 18th, 2014 | By

The two main drivers for the increasing emissions are economic growth, which has risen sharply, and population growth, which has remained roughly steady, the report said.

For Connecticut Coastal Planners, ‘New Normal’ Means More Flooding

Jan 15th, 2014 | By
Denise Savageau hears locals saying, ‘I can’t do this anymore.’ (photo courtesy Denise Savageau)

Denise M. Savageau has added a new duty to her job: during major storms, she works at the town’s emergency operations center, monitoring flood gauges and helping firefighters and ambulance drivers avoid the roads she knows are most likely to flood.

Murphy is in new Senate climate group

Jan 14th, 2014 | By

Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy is among a group of Democratic senators unveiling a climate change task force on Tuesday. Its goal, he said, is to combat what he called “Republican intransigence” on issues related to climate change.

State to approve funding for program to help shoreline residents prepare for future storms

Jan 2nd, 2014 | By

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has announced initial funding of $2 million for the Connecticut Shoreline Resiliency Fund, a low-interest loan program to help residents elevate their homes and flood-proof their businesses in areas prone to coastal flooding. The funding, which is expected to be approved by the State Bond Commission at its Jan. 9 meeting, will go toward providing administrative support for the program.

Have you signed up for the Healthy Climate Challenge? What are you waiting for? Sign up today!!

Dec 17th, 2013 | By

The pledge requires a commitment to take five steps: 1) Two days of walking, biking, or public transit a month; 2) Choosing the 100% renewable option on electricity; 3) Two meat-free days a week. Click on this Environmental Headline for more about the Healthy Climate Challenge.

Coastal Oceans Shift from Carbon Source to Carbon Sink

Dec 9th, 2013 | By

Humans have changed the rate of these coastal fluxes, but we’re still trying to figure out the extent.” — Peter A. Raymond The coastal areas of the world’s oceans, once thought to be a source of atmospheric carbon dioxide, now absorb carbon, according to a new paper published in the journal Nature. In a comprehensive

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To Boost Concern for the Environment, Emphasize a Long Future, Not Impending Doom

Dec 6th, 2013 | By

The research, conducted by NYU Stern researcher Hal Hershfield and colleagues H. Min Bang and Elke U. Weber of Columbia University, suggests that one strong way to encourage environmentally-friendly behavior is to emphasize the long life expectancy of a nation, and not necessarily its imminent downfall.

NYTimes Opinion Headline reads: ‘The Poor Need Cheap Fossil Fuels.’ Really?

Dec 6th, 2013 | By

Environmental Headlines reader and contributor Henry Auer writes in response: “Mr. Lomborg’s solution for the world’s impoverished people, building new coal-fired power plants, is a recipe for climate disaster. Each new plant represents a commitment for its useful service lifetime, 40 years or more, of new CO2 emissions that the world did not have before the plant’s construction; coal produces far more CO2 than other fossil fuels.” Click on the Headline for more of this story.

CFE statement on greenhouse gas and wind power regulation votes

Nov 26th, 2013 | By

Connecticut Fund for the Environment issued the following statement in response to a meeting of the state legislature’s Regulation Review Committee. The committee voted to approve updates to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative but refused to consider the Connecticut Siting Council’s proposed regulations for wind power siting.

Arts and Artisans Night for Change — arts, awarenes and action on climate change — 5:30-9 p.m. Dec. 12, New Haven

Nov 22nd, 2013 | By

Join Artspace and Tidewater Institute for a festive evening of art, awareness and action to fight climate change and to protect our coasts. A Pop-Up Market of local, sustainable gift-giving options will be surrounded by Artspace’s new climate change exhibit Futurecast.

Yale students vote in favor of divestment

Nov 22nd, 2013 | By

Thanks to one of our readers for making us aware of this story in today’s Yale Daily News!

After months of campus controversy around the issue, Yale students voted to divest Yale’s endowment from the fossil fuel industry.

Unavoidable Answer for the Problem of Climate Change

Nov 22nd, 2013 | By

Henry Auer copied us in on his response to the above article:
There must be a role for renewable energy in the world’s future energy mix. Humanity must migrate away from fossil fuels as fast as possible.
There is no technology currently available to remove CO2 from the atmosphere once emitted.

CT gets climate change — not the $ to fix it

Nov 15th, 2013 | By
More frequent extreme precipitation events coupled with coastal storm surge, like this one that hit Groton in Spring of 2010, was one of the climate change impacts that were considered during the Groton Coastal Climate Change Adaptation Project workshops held in 2010. (photo: John DeCastro, CT DOT)

Do folks in Connecticut think climate change is occurring? Yes they do – and big time, according to the first comprehensive state-by-state polling on climate change. Click on this Environmental Headline for more of this story and more stats from Jan Ellen Spiegel of The CT Mirror.

The Plan: How the U.S. Can Help Stabilize the Climate and Create A Clean Energy Future

Nov 15th, 2013 | By

In their continuing effort to highlight diverse voices from across the climate movement, Sierra Club periodically runs guest columns from representatives of other organizations. The following is a submission by Matthew Lichtash, a recent graduate of Wesleyan University and a representative of the Wesleyan Climate project. … After decades of presidential promises to wean ourselves

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100% Renewable Energy Worldwide by 2030? Webinar Nov. 14, Middletown

Nov 11th, 2013 | By

– Peter McKnight, Power Without Pollution Can we achieve 100% renewable energy in 17 years? It sounds incredible, but scientists say it can be done. Fossil fuel use is rapidly altering earth’s climate, producing ever more extreme weather. Even the simple extraction of fossil fuels is polluting, and the ongoing disaster at Fukushima is a

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Artificial reef planned for Stratford Point for ‘protection’

Nov 10th, 2013 | By

By late April, a reef of 40 concrete dome-like structures in four rows of 10 will be built on 3.5 acres of intertidal zone at the point by a team of Sacred Heart University and Connecticut Audubon Society staffers and volunteers.

Guilford takes the long view on climate change

Nov 8th, 2013 | By

In response to flooding during super storm Sandy, the town has drawn up a long-range plan that prepares for what climate change and rising sea levels might bring.