Environment

Legislative Session
11:56 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Officials Pleased With Energy, Environmental Bills

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Where We Live
10:44 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Sunrise Of The Summer Solstice

Flickr Creative Commons

The first day of summer promises longer, hotter days. The summer solstice, or the day when the Northern Hemisphere is closest to the sun, is Friday, giving us more light than any day of the year.

But that’s only one of several big astronomical events happening this week, including a super supermoon.  We talk with UConn Astronomer Cynthia Paterson.

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The Faith Middleton Show
8:16 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Lawn Gone!

Ian T. McFarland/flickr creative commons

We'll look at the basics of replacing a traditional lawn with a wide variety of easy-care, no-mow, drought-tolerant, money-saving options that will appeal to today's busy, eco-conscious homeowner. Whether you’re a beginner or expert gardener, green thumb or black, Pam Penick's Lawn Gone! provides realistic choices, achievable plans, and simple instructions for renovating your yard from start to finish.

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The Faith Middleton Show
8:16 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Lawn Gone!

Ian T. McFarland/flickr creative commons

We'll look at the basics of replacing a traditional lawn with a wide variety of easy-care, no-mow, drought-tolerant, money-saving options that will appeal to today's busy, eco-conscious homeowner. Whether you’re a beginner or expert gardener, green thumb or black, Pam Penick's Lawn Gone! provides realistic choices, achievable plans, and simple instructions for renovating your yard from start to finish.

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Shoreline
12:10 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Coastal Communities Adapt to Change By Razing and Raising

Mike Gambina

Click here to read more in the Connecticut Mirror and view a photo gallery of damage in Milford after Sandy. 

As the region prepares for a new hurricane season, Connecticut’s shoreline is still suffering from the devastation of previous storms. Irene and Sandy have changed the nature of coastal neighborhoods in Fairfield County.

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Shoreline
12:10 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Coastal Communities Adapt to Change

Mike Gambina

As the region prepares for a new hurricane season, Connecticut’s shoreline is still suffering from the devastation of previous storms. Irene and Sandy have changed the nature of coastal neighborhoods in Fairfield County.

Fairfield Beach is a neighborhood in transition. Along entire stretches of this town’s coast you can see five, ten houses in a row that have been boarded up or marked for demolition with red paint. And then, right next door, life seems normal. With some small exceptions.

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Buggin' Out
3:40 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Ever Wondered What It Sounds Like When a Cicada Gets Busy?

Chion Wolf

Every 17 years, the east coast plays host to one of nature's biggest -- and loudest -- parties. The guests are millions of periodical cicadas, red-eyed bugs who burrow their way out of the ground to mate, and sometimes, they do it with a light switch.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:12 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Animals Make A Lot Of Noise, But Do They Make Music?

The Colin McEnroe Show
3:12 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Animals Make a Lot of Noise, But Do They Make Music?

Conservation Fund
11:20 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Lawmakers Tap Energy Funds to Balance Budget

Energy Tomorrow, Flickr Creative Commons

Environmentalists are giving state legislators a mixed report card for the session that's just ended. They're happy with parts of the state's new energy policy. But a raid on clean energy funds is causing major concern.

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Behind the Taxes
11:16 am
Fri June 7, 2013

The Truth Behind Connecticut's Gas Prices

This is a three-part series. 

Part 1

Ever wonder why gas prices are so high in Connecticut? A lot of it has to do with state gas taxes very few people know about – taxes that are about to undergo a steep increase. 

So, last week I paid $3.79 per gallon of gas at a North Haven gas station. This made me angry. And I asked my fellow gas-guzzlers – who’s to blame?

“I can’t determine what’s going on or what’s causing it," said one customer.

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Sandy Recovery
1:23 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Connecticut Lags in Use of Sandy Relief Dollars

More than six months have passed since Superstorm Sandy devastated the tri-state region and many people are still struggling. Money from the congressional Sandy relief bill is already helping those in New York and New Jersey. But Connecticut lags behind.

In Fairfield Beach, you can hear the constant whir of construction. Some recently raised homes look like they’re standing on long stilts 12 or 14 feet above ground. Many others are marked for demolition or are already empty lots.

On some streets, things look normal, until --

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News
3:49 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

State May Loosen Some Sunday Hunting Restrictions

In Connecticut, hunting on Sundays is prohibited.  But as WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, a law now being considered may change that. State law pretty much forbids Sunday hunting.  In fact, just possessing a hunting implement in the open on a Sunday is evidence that you've broken the law.  "It's an old blue law, it's been in effect I don't know how long, forever and ever, I guess." That's Robert Crook, the executive director of the Coalition of Connecticut Sportsmen.  But a new bill has just passed the state house that would allow Sunday deer hunting on private land with a bow and arrow.

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Where We Live
11:28 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Water: The Essential but Scarce Resource

Tom Raftery (Flickr Creative Commons)

Today, nearly a third of the US. is in severe drought. In places like Kansas and Texas, reservoirs and wells are actually running dry. Even here in the Northeast, where we get plenty of rain, water is still a scarce resource. The University of Connecticut already doesn’t have enough water to meet its needs, and the plans to quench its thirst have been controversial. Paul Formica is First Selectman in East Lyme, which faces water shortages every summer.

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News
3:37 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Americans' Driving Habits are Shifting

Last Friday’s train crash showed the need for more investment in mass transit in Connecticut. In addition, new data reveals that Americans’ driving habits are changing, especially among younger people. Transportation advocates say it’s time for planners and governments to change their priorities.

As bad as the traffic may be on your way to work, Abe Scarr has some news for you.

“The driving boom is over.”

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Transportation
3:31 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Monday's Commute: Carmageddon Avoided

Metro-North railroad has announced it will restore full service to the New Haven line on Wednesday. While many commuters heeded pleas to avoid rush hour travel on Monday, some didn’t have a choice or decided to brave it anyway -- including me. 

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News
4:54 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Seaweed And The Sound

Jan Ellen Spiegel

For the last decade or so, Connecticut’s fishermen and shellfishermen have weathered a nearly non-stop storm of difficulties;  some related to climate change; some from pollution.

One fisherman who has had enough is embarking on a new enterprise that many hope will help to save or create jobs on Long Island Sound, and clean it up.

Brendan Smith is looking at a long rope covered with slimy, green, wet seaweed. He’s hoisted it high against a deep blue sky above Long Island Sound in the Thimble Islands.

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Fisheries
4:54 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Seaweed and the Sound

Jan Ellen Spiegel

For the last decade or so, Connecticut’s fishermen and shell fishermen have weathered a nearly non-stop storm of difficulties;  some related to climate change; some from pollution.

One fisherman who has had enough is embarking on a new enterprise that many hope will help to save or create jobs on Long Island Sound, and clean it up.

Brendan Smith: Isn’t it beautiful?  Look at that. 

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News
5:24 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Waiting for the Next Storm, Part 3: A Rail Corridor Exposed

This is the third in a series of stories examining vulnerable areas on our shoreline. 

Connecticut's beaches are still struggling to recover after Superstorm Sandy. So in the next storm they may not be so effective at absorbing floodwaters before they reach houses and other critical infrastructure.

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Rebuild
5:24 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Waiting for the Next Storm, Part 3: A rail corridor exposed

This is the third in a series of stories examining vulnerable areas on our shoreline. For more pictures and information visit the Connecticut Mirror here.

Connecticut's beaches are still struggling to recover after Superstorm Sandy. So in the next storm they may not be so effective at absorbing floodwaters before they reach houses and other critical infrastructure.

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News
5:12 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Waiting for the Next Storm, Part 2: Elderly and Disabled on the Waterfront

Dru Nadler

Coastal towns in Connecticut are already gearing up for another hurricane season less than a month away. This is the second of a three-part series examining vulnerable areas on Connecticut's shore. 

Yesterday I visited Morris Cove, one of New Haven’s most desirable neighborhoods right on Long Island Sound. Now, we head to a very different residential area on Connecticut’s coastline.

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News
6:03 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Waiting for the Next Storm, Part I: From New Haven's Nicest Neighborhood

As the region struggles to recover from Superstorm Sandy, the next hurricane season is less than a month away. Here in Connecticut officials have their eyes on several areas along the coast that are particularly vulnerable to the next storm. This is the first in a three-part series examining areas on the state's coastline that could be in trouble.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:07 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Connecticut Farms Are Thriving

benketaro on Flickr Creative Common

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News
12:18 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Avery Point Exhibit Combines Nature and Art

Ana Flores

Sculptor and Ecological designer Ana Flores has been incorporating nature and art for years. The Rhode Island-based artist has a big presence right now at UConn's Avery Point. Besides an exhibit of her art at the Alexy von Schlippe Gallery, earlier this month, Flores installed her latest Poetry of the Wild Poetry Walk. 

Flores talks to WNPR's Ray Hardman about the new exhibit. The walk runs through August 30. 

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News
11:48 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Environmental Advocates: Let's Start Preparing For the Next Sandy

As the region continues to recover in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, environmental advocates are pushing for rebuilding in a smarter way to protect against future storms. As WNPR’s Neena Satija reports, they gathered last week in a summit to discuss the future of Long Island Sound.

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Being Prepared
11:48 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Environmental Advocates: Let's Start Preparing For the Next Sandy

As the region continues to recover in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, environmental advocates are pushing for rebuilding in a smarter way to protect against future storms. As WNPR’s Neena Satija reports, they gathered last week in a summit to discuss the future of Long Island Sound.

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Taxpayer Dime
11:41 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Opposition Grows to Bridgewater Project in Stamford

Controversy is heating up over a plan by the hedge fund Bridgewater Associates to move from Westport to Stamford - with the help of taxpayer dollars. But Stamford officials are under increasing pressure to get it done.

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The Faith Middleton Show
4:31 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Insiders' Guide to Connecticut

Padraic/flickr creative commons

We'll get you in the mood to explore our state with the author of Insiders' Guide to Connecticut, the best state guide on the market. It's pure pleasure cover to cover. And we'll send the book to your door.

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News
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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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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