The city of Hartford loses a few hundred trees each year. But now, in a partnership with a local non-profit, the city is poised to plant 1,000 new trees this fall. The goal is to plant 20,000 trees over the next ten years. It's an ambitious program that began last year with the first 1,000 trees planted. Now, the city wants to spend $425,000 to keep things going.
If you've ever gotten stuck in traffic in downtown Hartford, you'll like this story. The city is applying for a grant that will allow it to upgrade traffic signals in the central business district. The plan is to reduce congestion.
Connecticut College's new Office of Sustainability allows students and staff to think about sustainability in an original way. The office looks at sustainability in three connected parts: environmental, economic, and social.
Scientists have known for years that dolphins recognize each other by the sound of each animal's signature whistle. But it wasn't known for just how long dolphins could remember these whistle calls.
The individually specific whistle that each dolphin generates before its first birthday "for them functions like a name," says Jason Bruck, who studies animal behavior at the Institute for Mind and Biology at the University of Chicago.
A trend of warming waters may be to blame for an outbreak of the Vibrio parahaemolyticus bacteria, related to cholera, in 22 shellfish beds that were recently closed by the state agriculture department.
In the wake of five reported illnesses, the state agriculture department has shut 22 shellfish beds in Norwalk and Westport and instituted a so far voluntary recall of oysters and clams harvested since July 3. The culprit is Vibrio parahaemolyticus, naturally occurring bacteria that is generally seen more on the west coast.
The weather is one of those topics that is fairly easy for people to agree on. Climate, however, is something else.
Most of the scientists who study the Earth say our climate is changing and humans are part of what's making that happen. But to a lot of nonscientists it's still murky. This week, two of the nation's most venerable scientific institutions tried to explain it better.
Congress designated the New England Trail as a national scenic trial in 2009. The 215-mile trail winds through 39 communities in Connecticut and Massachusetts. The trail's website has launched a new interactive map.
"Folks really like to start their hike at home," said Clare Cain, trail stewardship director for the Connecticut Forest & Park Association.
Morning Edition Host Ray Hardman talks to Cain about the ways the trail has improved since 2009, dramatic views, and its artist-in-residence.
You might’ve noticed a slideshow at the Hartford Courant website comparing what used to be on various downtown street corners, and what’s there now. It shows some pretty stark contrasts. Multiple, narrow stone structures were demolished to make way for, in some cases, enormous buildings that take up half a city block... and in others, maybe no buildings at all.
A recent report suggests that New England's largest nuclear power plant could be in trouble because of taxes in the future. Millstone in Waterford is in the clear for now, but it could still be economically vulnerable.
The recent early retirements of four US nuclear reactors, because they’re too expensive to keep up, has some wondering how much longer the two working Millstone reactors in Waterford, Connecticut might last.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - When Lisa P. Jackson announced at the end of last year that she was stepping down as the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, President Obama faced a choice. He could play it safe by appointing her deputy or he could confront Congress head-on and signal a strong commitment to tackling climate change by appointing the agency's head of air quality, Gina McCarthy.
The state's first microgrid projects have been announced. Nine projects in eight communities have been approved as part of a microgrid pilot project - the first in the nation - conceived after Tropical Storm Irene and the October snowstorm in 2011 left large swaths of the state without power for more than a week.
Superstorm Sandy and Tropical Storm Irene has promoted state officials and utility companies to come up with ways to minimize massive power outages.
This week, United Illuminating announced upgrades and retrofits to its elictric substations. Yesterday, Gov. Dannel Malloy and Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Daniel Esty announced funding for nine microgrid projects.
The projects will allow cities and towns to keep critical services going in the event of another super storm.
It's been more than a half century since the state built two big public housing developments in Hartford -- nestled in neighborhoods that now include middle-class housing, the University of Hartford, and expensive single family homes. The housing developments are called Westbrook Village and Bowles Park. Over time, the units have grown too old and expensive to repair.
For the past few months, a group of people has been gathering each night along an industrial stretch of Route 5 in Hamden. There, next to a nondescript building, they lift their binoculars, focus their telescopes and gaze across the street--past the traffic, over the railroad tracks, and up about 70 feet high.
Nestled in a crook of two branches in a tree sits a large nest. Inside is a bald eagle chick, with a watchful adult hidden nearby.
For the past few months a group of people has been gathering each night along an industrial stretch of Route 5 in Hamden.
There, next to a nondescript building they lift their binoculars, focus their telescopes and gaze across the street, past the traffic, over the railroad tracks, and up, up about 70 feet high. Nestled in a crook of two branches in a tree sits a large nest. Inside is a bald eagle chick, with a watchful adult hidden nearby.
The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, which runs the state’s mosquito trapping and testing program, is reporting record numbers of mosquitoes this year. Chief Entomologist Dr. Theodore Andreadis says it’s a direct result of the heavy rains.
According to Wyoming's Game and Fish Department, there has been a 70 percent decline in migratory elk calf production in Yellowstone since 1992. For years, researchers suspected predatory wolves were to blame. Now, a new study details a more complex set of circumstances that account for the low calf numbers.
Connecticut is offering $5 million in emergency assistance for farmers who have been hurt by severe weather.
Governor Dannel Malloy announced yesterday that the assistance may be used to repair damaged property, replant lost crops, purchase feed, apply fertilizer and perform activities needed for recovery.
Agriculture Commissioner Steven Reviczky says the rough winter in early 2011, Hurricane Irene, the October snow storm, Superstorm Sandy, this year's blizzard, and recent rain have taken a toll on farmers.