Environment

Connecticut
9:21 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Inside A Green Building

Yale University

In the middle of Yale's gothic campus is a discreet arched building, shaped like a barn. Kroon Hall is one of the world's greenest office buildings. On this Earth week, WNPR's Samaia Hernandez takes us on a tour: 

The 50 environmentally-conscious workers at Kroon Hall love this place.  How much?

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News
12:28 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Locally Grown Food And School Cafeterias

Jan Ellen Spiegel

A recent report by the Governor’s Council for Agricultural Development recommends wider distribution of products from Connecticut’s farms. That includes getting more Connecticut-grown food into school cafeterias.

But schools have been trying to do that for nearly a decade and haven’t gotten too far.

Lunchroom server: "Did you want meat sauce or plain sauce?" "Meat sauce please."

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:07 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

'Destination Mars' - Frontier Journeys To The Red Planet

Flickr Creative Commons, USDAgov

The good news about Mars? It has sunlight, carbon, water, and nitrogen. On a good day, it's only 35.8 million miles away. True that good day is July 27, 2018, but still, it beats trying to reach the closest other Earth-like planet which is 70 trillion miles away.

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The Faith Middleton Show
3:36 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

White Flower Farm

John/flickr creative commons

Discover which beautiful plants are as easy as they are gorgeous. One of the country's top experts from White Flower Farm will help snazz up your yard, and offer a gift certificate to you, our listener.

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News
9:45 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Report: 77 Percent Of Connecticut Rivers and Streams In Fair Condition

More than half of the nation's rivers and streams are in poor condition, according to a report by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Things aren't as bad in Connecticut. 

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Cleaning Connecticut
9:45 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Report: 77 Percent Of Connecticut Rivers and Streams In Fair Condition

More than half of the nation's rivers and streams are in poor condition, according to a report by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Things aren't as bad in Connecticut. 

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Where We Live
12:46 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Roz Savage: The Environmentalist Who Rows Across Oceans

Chion Wolf

Have you ever wanted to make a big change in your life and go on a big adventure? You know, try something where you could push yourself?

Well Roz Savage did that - but the challenge she took on was bigger than most of us could even imagine. She became the first woman to row - solo - across the world’s major oceans.

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The Faith Middleton Show
8:06 am
Sat April 13, 2013

Connecticut’s First State Barn Trail, Author Of Take A Deep Breath And

Connecticut launches it's first barn trail complete with an iPhone app. Helen Higgins, from the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, walks us through the process of how the barns are chosen and what the trail has to offer.

Take a Deep Breath: Clear the Air for the Health of Your Childby Nina L. Shapiro

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News
10:54 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Most Connecticut Snakes Aren't Venomous

DEEP

State environmental officials have joined a national campaign to raise awareness about local snakes. 

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Wildlife
10:54 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Most Connecticut Snakes Aren't Venomous

DEEP

State environmental officials have joined a national campaign to raise awareness about local snakes. 

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Environment
9:30 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Connecticut's Request for Sandy Funding Pale By Comparison

It’s been five months since Superstorm Sandy devastated the tri-state area. And now, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are working on preparing for the next storm. Congress has allocated some money for that purpose, but very little of that will go to Connecticut.

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News
9:23 am
Tue April 9, 2013

State advises well water testing for arsenic and uranium

Connecticut health officials are suggesting that homeowners with private wells test their water for arsenic and uranium. Wells across the state have been found to contain dangerously high levels of those chemicals.

 Arsenic and uranium are both naturally-occurring chemicals that are common in bedrock. So in rocky New England, they’re pretty common. At acceptable levels, they’re not a problem: that’s 10 parts per billion for arsenic and 30 parts per billion for uranium.

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Safe Water
9:23 am
Tue April 9, 2013

State advises well water testing for arsenic and uranium

Connecticut health officials are suggesting that homeowners with private wells test their water for arsenic and uranium. Wells across the state have been found to contain dangerously high levels of those chemicals.

 Arsenic and uranium are both naturally-occurring chemicals that are common in bedrock. So in rocky New England, they’re pretty common. At acceptable levels, they’re not a problem: that’s 10 parts per billion for arsenic and 30 parts per billion for uranium.

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Transportation
12:12 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Town Officials Learn About Transit Oriented Development

Sean Marshall Creative Commons

Officials from towns in Fairfield and New Haven counties got a crash course on transit oriented development.

Roger Reynolds is the senior staff attorney for the Connecticut Fund for the Environment. He helped create the toolkit and he gave us a crash course on TOD.

Reynolds says taking a TOD will create more of a community and use the resources that we already have.

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News
9:30 am
Tue April 2, 2013

From Blueberries To Ladyslippers, The Benefits Of A Native Garden

So, most of the snow has melted. The day are longer and warmer. And you may be starting to think about your garden.

Anne Rowlands, co-publisher of Connecticut Gardener magazine talks with WNPR's Ray Hardman about early season gardening tips and the benefits of of a native garden.

"The little bugs that feed on the native plants are the ones that feed your birds; that feed their babies," Rowlands said.

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News
3:45 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

'It's Time To Start Talking About Climate Change'

Alfred T. Palmer

Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication addressed a crowd that included U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal in a town hall-style meeting on climate change. The event was held on March 27 at Yale.

Leiserowitz spoke with WNPR's Ray Hardman.  

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News
3:22 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

First 'Passive House' Built In Harwinton

UI/Energize Connecticut

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Mystic Aquarium
12:16 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

No Flipper? No Problem!

Mystic Aquarium

An 8-month-old harbor seal pup has successfully recovered from a flipper amputation and is now on view at Mystic Aquarium.

She's called Pup 49, and when she came to Mystic Aquarium last summer she was in pretty bad shape.

"Pup 49 was very thin, she came in with a respiratory infection and she had lots of wounds all over her body, but very severe wounds on her rear flippers," said Mystic Aquarium veterinarian Dr. Allison Tuttle. She added that the wounds got very infected over time.

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Where We Live
12:00 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Retiring Research Chimps, And Our Unique Human Evolution

Tambako the Jaguar, Creative Commons

We all know the story. Monkeys in a science lab, top secret research, something goes terribly wrong. It’s no surprise that most cinematic attempts to depict research like this ends up focusing on what happens to the humans.

But what about the ethics of this research, and what it means for the test subjects? In many cases, chimpanzees have been seen as viable in research because of their close relationship to humans.

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Going Green
3:13 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

State Plans To Grow Recycling Industry

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Post Sandy
8:43 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Critics say Bridgewater deal side-steps state and local policies

Governor Dannel Malloy says the state's $115 million investment in the hedge fund Bridgewater was made to save jobs in the state.  But the incentive plan to move the company from Westport to Stamford has drawn criticism from groups that say the Connecticut is sidestepping state and local policies.  

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Post Sandy
9:39 am
Mon March 11, 2013

In Norwalk, Public Housing Residents Nervously Await Next Storm

As Connecticut’s coastal cities struggle to rebuild after Superstorm Sandy, it’s not clear how much money they’ll have to fortify themselves against future storms. For properties in flood plains that’s a particular concern. Residents of a public housing complex on Norwalk’s waterfront have been waiting for action for decades.

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Cutbacks
9:34 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Sequester has consequences for the environment, too

As the United States Congress nears its deadline for cutting spending, the country faces a sequester, or 85 billion dollars in across-the-board spending cuts that would take effect this year. The public debate over the impacts of the sequester have focused on defense and education cuts, but funding for environmental programs is also at risk. WNPR’s Neena Satija reports.

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Where We Live
12:16 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

From Your Freezer To Antarctica: All About Ice

Timothy Englert

Today, we’re talking about ice --- and no, not because of today’s weather.

But the icy regions of our planet are telling us important information about our climate. Ice locks in historical data that researchers are just starting to unlock. They’re finding greenhouse gases trapped during the industrial revolution and even the results of nuclear arms testing.

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Renewable Energy
9:47 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Hundreds Drawn To Solar Energy In Connecticut

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Where We Live
10:06 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Insuring Interplanetary Acts of God

navicore, creative commons

When a meteor exploded in the sky above Russia’s Ural mountains, damaging cities and injuring thousands, at first it seemed like an event out of a movie, about alien invasion or a nuclear attack - or the end of the world.

Ultimately - we learned that it was simply a natural phenomenon that occurs from time to time - if very rarely. But just how rare is this type of celestial visitor? And are we prepared for the risk?

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:12 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Living Undocumented In Connecticut

r.f.m II on Flickr Creative Commons

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Connecticut
8:35 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Bridgewater Plan Faces Another Potential Setback: Climate Change

DEEP

There’s already a lot of skepticism about the state’s $115-million deal with Bridgewater to move the world’s largest hedge fund’s headquarters from Westport to Stamford. But there’s a second aspect to the controversy – the location of their new headquarters, right on Stamford’s waterfront and right in the middle of a high-risk flood zone. 

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Where We Live
10:29 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Backyard Wildlife

Ken Thomas Creative Commons

Wildlife of all kinds thrives in our verdant, wooded state. Most of us are used to seeing squirrels and possums, raccoons and turkeys, some of us even bears and many, many deer.

But what happens when those furry critters rummage through your garbage, scare your kids or even burrow across your neatly trimmed lawn?

Today, where we live - what happens when we get too close to wildlife, and it gets close to us. Do you encourage nature to visit your doorstep? Or do you have unwanted animal visitors where you live? What do you do about it?

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Waste
12:23 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Connecticut's Top Polluters

A recent report by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finds that in the year 2011, companies in Connecticut released more than two million pounds of toxic chemicals into the air, water and land. Although high, the numbers are within legal limits.

There are 310 facilities in Connecticut listed on the Toxic Release Inventory. Ninety-one reported no emissions for 2011, but the state's top polluter, Cytec Industries, a chemical manufacturer, emitted some two-hundred thousand pounds of toxic waste in Wallingford.

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