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Gov. Malloy’s plan promotes a conversion to natural gas. What do you think?

Oct 6th, 2012 | By

Connecticut Fund for the Environment said they are concerned that Gov. Malloy’s new Comprehensive Energy Strategy, which promotes a major conversion to natural gas. They say it’s “short-sighted,” pointing out that “In the last decade the country has paid the price for our attachment to oil.”

Everyone should be concerned about the governor of this state’s infatuation with natural gas. Just because it’s “natural” doesn’t mean it’s good for us.

Officials announce $1.6M+ to Improve Health of Long Island Sound

Sep 25th, 2012 | By

35 grants totaling $1.6 million awarded to state and local government and community groups in New York and Connecticut under the Long Island Sound Futures Fund.

When leveraged by an additional $3 million contributed by the recipients themselves, a total of $4.6 million will support conservation projects in both states. The projects in both states will open up 50 river miles for fish passage, and restore 390 acres of critical fish and wildlife habitat.

Click on this Environmental Headline for more of this Long Island Sound watershed-size story.

CTLCV releases ‘Getting Where You Want To Go’ transportation guide

Sep 12th, 2012 | By

The Connecticut League of Conservation Voters Education Fund has released a comprehensive transportation guide for Connecticut.

In an easy-to-read format, the guide is a call to action that promotes a vision for an efficient 21st Century transportation system.

It serves as a roadmap for the public, legislators and policy makers to build a better statewide transportation system that helps Connecticut economically, while respecting natural resources and sense of place.

Obama Admin. Finalizes Historic Clean Car Standards: Standards Will Slash Pollution and Cut Oil Use in Connecticut

Aug 29th, 2012 | By

The Obama administration has finalized new clean car standards that will double the fuel efficiency of today’s vehicles by 2025, drastically reducing emissions of carbon pollution and cutting oil use in Connecticut and nationwide. The standards will cover new cars and light trucks in model years 2017-2025, and require those vehicles to meet the equivalent of a 54.5 miles-per-gallon standard by 2025.

CEQ commends CRRA and DEEP for reducing air pollution from South Meadow ‘jets’

Aug 21st, 2012 | By

The Chair of the state’s Council on Environmental Quality has issued a statement commending the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection for taking steps to reduce air pollution from the Hartford power plant known as the South Meadow “jets.”

The South Meadow plant has eight aging jet turbine engines that burn jet fuel to generate electricity on days of high electricity demand.

Protestors Call for End to Bridgeport Harbor Station Coal Plant (update)

Aug 17th, 2012 | By

“A Better Future for Bridgeport,” read the banner spread out in front of the march through downtown Bridgeport Saturday.

About 25 people gathered in the early afternoon to rally for an end to the Bridgeport Harbor Station Coal Plant. The residents and protestors met downtown for introductions and information about the hazards of the coal-fired power station. They then headed outside, despite the ambient air quality alert in effect, and marched through Bridgeport.

Young Climate Activists Bicycle around Connecticut to Work with Communities

Jul 24th, 2012 | By

Picture six young adults riding over 1,000 miles on bicycles in matching t-shirts, full of energy despite pulling all of their belongings for the summer in addition to two large trailers behind their bikes.

These riders are part of Climate Summer, a ten-week internship program designed to build on the movement against deadly energy and climate change. They started in New Hampshire and traveled through Massachusetts, Rhode Island and are now in Connecticut. Click on this environmental headline for more on this story.

State of the Climate: June 2012 | National Climatic Data Center

Jul 19th, 2012 | By

Based on the Palmer Drought Index, severe to extreme drought affected about 33 percent of the contiguous United States as of the end of June 2012, an increase of about 10 percent from last month. About 4 percent of the contiguous U.S. fell in the severely to extremely wet categories.

The June 2012 Palmer value of 55 percent is the largest percentage since December 1956 when 58 percent of the contiguous U.S. was in moderate to extreme drought.

Best and Worst Environmental Voting Scores in Four Years at the State Capitol

Jul 17th, 2012 | By

The Connecticut League of Conservation Voters has released its annual Environmental Scorecard — a report card ranking individual state legislators on their votes cast during the 2012 legislative session.

According to the League, environmental priorities, which had trended downward in 2010 and 2011, changed course upward in 2012. The average score for all legislators in 2011 was 76% versus the average score of 91% for 2012. Click on this environmental headline for more of this story!

Newly Protected Land along Five-Mile River in Connecticut Helps Link Protected Areas in Three States

Jul 12th, 2012 | By

The Wyndham Land Trust and The Nature Conservancy announced the protection of 124 acres of important habitat along the Five-Mile River in the Quinebaug River basin in Thompson, Conn.

This land, bisected by the Five-Mile River in northeastern Connecticut, links conservation lands in three states—Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island—and supports habitat for several state-listed species, they said. Click on this environmental headline for more of this story.

Sound wisdom: Darien seas rising faster than global average

Jul 7th, 2012 | By

Brian Thompson, director of the office of Long Island Sound Programs for the DEEP, says shoreline communities and marshland ecosystems are most affected by rising sea levels.

“As sea level rises, there in a natural setting, there would be opportunity for wetlands to migrate inland and establish new areas,” Thompson said.

David DesRoches of the Darien Times reports.

New Federal and Junior Duck Stamps Are Easy Way to Help Protect Wetland Habitat

Jul 2nd, 2012 | By

The 2012-2013 Federal Duck Stamp went on sale today across the United States, giving hunters, stamp collectors and anyone who cares about migratory birds and other wildlife an easy way to help conserve their habitat.

Ninety-eight percent of proceeds from sales of the stamp are used to acquire and protect vital wetlands supports hundreds of species of migratory birds, wildlife and plants.

Report ranks Connecticut low in beach quality

Jun 27th, 2012 | By

With temperatures expected to hit the 80s and 90s over the next few days, many people will likely head to the beach to cool off.

But an NRDC report showed that might be a risky proposition because the water quality at the state’s beaches is among the nation’s worst. Of Connecticut’s beaches, areas with the worst water quality included Short Beach in Stratford.

National pesticide company appealing to kids sense of ‘fun’

Jun 26th, 2012 | By

Hi. I’m Dread Skeeter. My life’s mission is to kill mosquitoes and ticks. I don’t kill because I hate. I kill because I love. I love kids.

I love pets. And I know that mosquitoes and ticks carry diseases that hurt kids and pets. (Adults, too, but I don’t get all mushy over adults – well, maybe moms and grandmas, but that’s where a manly man draws the line.

What?!?!?! Click on this environmental headline for more on this sickening story.

Governor signs open space law

Jun 18th, 2012 | By

Connecticut residents who are concerned about conservation have reason to be optimistic this week.

Governor Malloy signed a new law on Friday — Public Act No. 12-152, An Act Concerning the State’s Open Space Plan — that requires Connecticut to devise a formal strategy for protecting open space, and to update it every five years. That’s good news because Connecticut’s official goal is to protect 21 percent of the land in the state, and it’s obviously easier to reach a goal if you have a plan for getting there.

2011 storms ‘revealing’: Annual CEQ report. Who’s violating Connecticut’s Environmental Laws?

Jun 10th, 2012 | By

The October snowstorm resulted in “atrocious” air quality, apparently because of emissions from generators, wood stoves and fireplaces, according to the Council on Environmental Quality’s annual report delivered to the governor Thursday.

“Northern Connecticut probably saw particle levels over twice the standard that protects human health,” the report says. Click on this environmental headline for more on this story.

Governor’s Greenways Council Presents 13th Annual Greenways Awards

Jun 3rd, 2012 | By

The Governor’s Greenways Council has commended six individuals that have made significant contributions to the promotion, development and enhancement of Greenways – linear open space in Connecticut – and designated five new greenways at a ceremony at the Firehouse on the Steele Brook Greenway in Watertown.

“Connecticut’s countryside is made up of thousands of miles of recreational trails and river corridors,” said DEEP Deputy Commissioner Susan Frechette. Click on this environmental headline for more on this story.

Connecticut’s Eco-recreation Economy | College of the Environment think tank

May 29th, 2012 | By

Gov. Dannel Malloy’s new “Still Revolutionary” tourism campaign will no doubt bolster the state’s service industry, but we have yet to see how bringing more recreation dollars into our state will impact the environment.

The two-year, $27 million marketing initiative will promote tourism throughout Connecticut including ecologically fragile locations along the banks of the Connecticut River that support key recreation-based industries like fishing, boating, bird-watching, and hunting. Wesleyan’s College of the Environment think tank reports.

Conn. River watershed recognized as national model (update)

May 28th, 2012 | By

“The Connecticut River Blueway will have a priority for these funding streams which even in these tough fiscal times are there,” Salazar told reporters after the ceremony.

He added that he expects the designation will also boost funding from non-government groups by raising the profile of local conservation efforts. The Associated Press reports.

DEEP Announces Winner of 2013 Connecticut Duck Stamp Art Contest (update)

May 21st, 2012 | By

Of 19 paintings submitted by artists from Connecticut and across the country, wildlife artist Richard Clifton’s depiction of three wood ducks has been chosen to appear on the 2013 Connecticut Migratory Bird Conservation Stamp.

The paintings were judged by a panel of judges in five general categories: originality, artistic composition, anatomical correctness, general rendering, and suitability for reproduction. Click on this environmental headline for more on this story and the two beautiful images chosen as runners up.