Environment

Pipe Lines
5:31 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

State Energy Plan A Threat For Some Businesses

State officials held the first of several public hearings on Connecticut’s new comprehensive energy strategy last night, and many of those who attended voiced their concerns about the plan’s focus on natural gas.

Connecticut’s new energy plan calls for as many as 300,000 homes to be heated with natural gas instead of oil. That doesn’t sit well with the 600 or so home heating oil businesses in the state. Dozens of them said so in Bridgeport yesterday, including David Cohen, who works for Standard Oil of Connecticut. He said his industry could lose thousands of jobs.

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Transportation
5:27 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

When the Trains Stopped: Getting From New Haven to New York

Dru Nadler

I don’t normally think of commuting as an adventure. But it did seem a little like one yesterday morning as people got word that they could finally take the train from Stamford into Manhattan once again. Trumbull resident Brian Keane usually commutes from Westport into the city. Today, he drove to Stamford’s train station – and was ready for a little adventure when it came to parking.

“I actually have a bike in my car, because I figured if there wasn’t any parking, I’d park up on Bedford Street and bike down," he told me.

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Super Storm
5:16 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

As shoreline recovers from Sandy, another threat looms

INTRO: A Nor’easter hit Connecticut today with snow, sleet, rain, and strong wind gusts. The state is still recovering from damage caused by hurricane Sandy. And as WNPR’s Neena Satija reports, some shoreline towns are concerned it will hamper their recovery efforts.

About 1200 people in the town of Greenwich still don’t have power after last week’s storm. This storm is expected to cause more problems for the region.

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Where We Live
10:31 am
Mon November 5, 2012

One Week After Sandy

Jan Ellen Spiegel

It’s been one week since Sandy hit, and the state and region are still clearing up. While Connecticut has not suffered anything like the damage inflicted on New Jersey or Queens, thousands are still in the dark - and it’s unclear how this might all affect tomorrow’s election.

We get an update on power outages from Connecticut Light & Power's Frank Poirot. We'll also hear from Greenwich's First Selectman Peter Tesei. That town was rocked by Sandy and many are still without power.

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Oysters
3:09 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Sandy's Damage Under The Sea, Through The Eyes Of Oyster Farmers

What they pull up is discouraging. Normally, 30 seconds under water would bring up a cage full of mostly healthy oysters. This time, Jimmy Bloom pulls up a cage that is barely one-third full. And it's haul is a mix of broken, chipped, meatless oysters.
Jeff Cohen for NPR

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy wrapped up a post Hurricane Sandy news briefing earlier this week by talking about sewage discharges into Long Island Sound. "Suffice to say in the immediate time being, no one should eat the clams or oysters," he said.

That's right. Because of water quality issues, the state put a temporary stop to oyster farming, but that's usually a short-term thing and it happens fairly regularly after a big storm.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:10 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Was Hurricane Sandy A Result Of Climate Change?

NOAA Environmental Visualization Lab

It's really possible that ten years from now, the main thing anybody will remember about this presidential election is that the two candidates had three debates and never mentioned climate change. Ten years from now, this will seem to everyone as astonishing as it seems to me right now.  If the last few days are any indication, climate change is going to re-map our physical world and introduce a new level of uncertainty into our lives. Climate change is, I believe, the most pressing human issue of this century and nobody talked about it.
Astonishing.

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Where We Live
10:35 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Resilient Cities

Metropolitan Transportation Authority of the State of New York

The phrase is: “The new normal.” The world we used to know...one where Connecticut seemed neatly tucked away from hurricanes and tornadoes, destructive storm surges and catastrophic snowstorms.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:16 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Hurricane Sandy: Connecticut After The Storm

James Baldwin's book "Fire Next Time" takes its title from a gospel song about Noah, whose warnings were not heeded by others. "God gave Noah the rainbow sign. Said it won't be water, but fire next time."

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Where We Live
11:54 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Sandy's Aftermath

Diane Orson

For days, meterologists and state officials have been saying that “Superstorm Sandy” would be one of the worst weather events in history - and as we woke up this morning, it seems those predictions were true.

More than 625 thousand customers are without power today because of high winds that uprooted trees and knocked down power lines.

And as Governor Dannell Malloy told the state in a briefing this morning, an unknown number of shoreline residents may be stranded by flooding.

Today, we’ll go around the state and get the latest on storm recovery.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:48 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Is Here

Jan Ellen Spiegel

This is going to be a bad storm, but it doesn't have to be personally catastrophic. There will be considerable loss of property, but loss of life and limb doesn't have to be terrible if people will get out of the way of the water.

Easy to talk about. The persuading can be hard.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:35 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Hurricane Sandy: A Monday Afternoon Update

Mary Cesar

You could say we really have two storms today. There's the one on the coast and the one the rest of us have. The one the rest of us have will be pretty severe. The one on the coast is the one whose dangers are so intense and so complex that it's kind of a head scratcher. 

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Where We Live
10:57 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Hurricane Sandy: Monday Morning

Harriet Jones

As Hurricane Sandy moves in, we check in with Governor Dannel Malloy, the mayors of Stamford and Bridgeport, meteorologists and reporters.

Governor Malloy has ordered all state highways to be shut down to non-emergency vehicles starting at 1pm. A truck ban starts at 11am.

For the latest updates on the storm, follow us on Twitter @wnpr.

We will be carrying all of Governor Malloy's press briefings on-air. The Colin McEnroe Show will also be live today at 1pm with more updates on the storm.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:38 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

The Nose: Preparation, Fear In Advance Of Hurricane Sandy

Flickr Creative Commons, NASA Earth Observatory

I think is going to be a pretty bad storm.

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Maintenance
10:49 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Severe, Erratic Weather Affecting Connecticut's Infrastructure

Metro-North

Erratic weather patterns, and an increasing number of extreme weather events, are worrying public transit agencies like Metro-North. WNPR’s Neena Satija reports on what climate change could mean for commuters.

Metro-North’s tracks on the New Haven line are already some of the oldest in the region. They cost $90 million a year just to maintain. So when extreme weather events like the near-tornadoes two weeks ago happen, it’s hard to avoid serious delays.

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Stamford Parking
10:26 am
Mon October 15, 2012

The DOT's $35 Million Secret...Shhh, It's a Parking Garage

Commuters will have a chance to weigh in on state plans to rebuild a parking garage at the Stamford train station tonight. But since the names of potential developers and their plans will be kept a secret, no one’s sure what they’ll be able to weigh in on. WNPR’s Neena Satija reports.

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Hartford
6:43 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

A New Public Housing Development On an Old Site

Jeff Cohen/WNPR

The last of Hartford's post-war, barracks style federal public housing has come down.  And now, the city's housing authority is building something new in its place. 

A few years back, the Hartford Housing Authority started relocating the people who lived at Nelton Court. Then, last year, the authority started knocking the place down.  The housing authority says Nelton Court was beyond its useful life.  And it housed too many people in too small a place.  

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Where We Live
10:33 am
Mon September 24, 2012

Plugging In: Electric Vehicles in Connecticut

evgonetwork, creative commons

Yesterday was “National Plug In Day,” a celebration of the environmental and economic benefits of electric cars.

At CCSU, 100 people gathered with only 15 electric vehicles. You might think that by now, there should be hundreds - or thousands - of electric cars in Connecticut.  But there are only 98 registered in the whole state. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:50 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

For The Love Of Fountains

Pink Sherbet Photography, Flickr Creative Commons

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Where We Live
12:41 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Recycling Routines: A Refresher

Heather Brandon

It wasn’t too long ago that everything you threw out went in the trash, then to a landfill. Now, due to changes in public attitude and government incentives, recycling has become a part of our daily lives.

Back in 1980, for instance, only about 10 percent of trash got recycled. That number is up to 34 percent. Much better, but still “lackluster” according to proponents of “sustainable” business. Some European countries are up around 50 percent. So, what can we do to recycle more? What’s the incentive? 

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Population Control
9:27 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Bear Problems on the Rise in Connecticut; Could a Bear-Hunting Season Be Far Off?

Mike Bender, US Fish and Wildlife Service (Wikimedia Commons)

Encounters between humans and bears are on the rise in Connecticut, and some of them could be dangerous. That’s prompting environmental officials to consider allowing a regular bear-hunting season for the first time ever in the state. WNPR’s Neena Satija reports.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:38 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

'Adventures Among Ants' - A Journey To The Surface Of The Earth

The Colin McEnroe Show
3:36 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Hooking-Up To Power

Flickr Creative Commons, couscouschocolat

I did not participate in "hookup culture" when I attended Yale University. There were many reasons for that. World War I. The Russian Revolution.

Also, nobody wanted to have sex with me.

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Where We Live
11:00 am
Fri September 7, 2012

The Renaissance of the Connecticut Farm

NatalieMaynor

After years of decline, Connecticut farms are on the rise, and they’re smaller, more diverse, and more self-sufficient than ever before.

It seemed for a long while that Connecticut farms were going out with the 20th century as more and more farms were being plowed under to make way for new suburban housing and commercial development.

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Where We Live
10:31 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Warming Ocean Waters

NOAA (Wikimedia Commons)

Ice in the Arctic Ocean is at a record-setting low this summer - covering less of the sea, and melting at a more rapid rate than ever. Although climate change skeptics rail about Al Gore’s stranded polar bears, the melting of Arctic ice is - scientifically - really real...

Over 30 years, the area it covers has dropped by about half. It’s also not as thick as it used to be, which means it melts more rapidly. 

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Where We Live
10:30 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Taking a Ride Down the Connecticut River

Bongaboo, Creative Commons

It flows from the upper reaches of New Hampshire through the heart of New England...and winds its way through our state - twisting, turning, sometimes flooding, and eventually emptying into Long Island Sound.

The 410-mile-long Connecticut River was recently designated America’s first National Blueway.

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Where We Live
11:00 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Connecticut's Space Case

Royalty-free image collection

Two stories this summer have had us thinking about the stars... and a bit about our own backyard.  

The death of Neil Armstrong - the first man to walk on the moon - has made many nostalgic for a time when the American space program captured the world’s imagination.  The local connection?  

The iconic Apollo spacesuit was designed by Connecticut’s own Hamilton Standard.  That company - now Hamilton Sunstrand - just announced job cuts at its aerospace division.

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Transportation
6:08 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Will the Future of Rail Travel Include Metro-North?

WalkingGeek (Flickr Creative Commons)

There’s talk of Hartford to New York in half an hour. New York to Boston in 90 minutes. Tunnels under the Long Island Sound zipping trains across the region. It’s exciting stuff. But here in Connecticut, many are saying, ‘wait a minute. First thing’s first.’

“We don’t have money today to run the railroad that we operate – or try to operate – today," says Jim Cameron.

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Recycling
6:01 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Bridgeport Recycling Facility Hungry For More Mattresses

Neena Satija

A mattress recycling factory in Bridgeport is bringing jobs to those who need them – while disposing mattresses in an environmentally-friendly way. WNPR’s Neena Satija reports on Park City Green.

44-year-old Angel Morales is surrounded by piles and piles of old mattresses. His job is to deconstruct them using his hands and a utility blade.

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Trees
8:38 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Connecticut State Task Force: Municipalities Should Do More Tree Maintenance and Care

Courtesy State Vegetation Management Task Force

A report on how to manage the trees alongside Connecticut's roads is expected to be released this week.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
5:49 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Live From A Forest: Discussing Hiking, Archaeology, Invasives & Connecticut's Trails

Chion Wolf

There are more than 800 miles of Blue-Blazed Hiking Trails in Connecticut. Today we're doing our show from one of them. 

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