Environment

Weather
11:31 am
Mon August 29, 2011

Flooding More A Problem Than Wind In Western Massachusetts

Nancy Eve Cohen

Although some people may have found Irene’s punch to be weaker than they had expected, others say it was more than enough. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports on evacuations on the Westfield River in western Massachusetts.

About midday, officials in Chester heard of a possible breach at a dam upstream of town That was enough to evacuate about 50 people there who lived close to the Westfield River.  Further downstream, in Huntington and in Westfield more were evacuated.

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Irene Recovery
10:50 am
Mon August 29, 2011

Irene Breaks Records

Irene hit Connecticut as a strong tropical storm Sunday with torrential rains and gusty winds that destroyed coastal homes, toppled trees and left a record 800,000 customers without power, surpassing damage from Hurricane Gloria in 1985. More than eight inches of rain fell.

The storm reached New England weaker than expected as it failed to re-intensify after making initial landfall in North Carolina as a Category 1 hurricane, but it still destroyed or damaged dozens of beachfront homes in East Haven and nearby communities and undermined sections of seawall, walkways and streets.

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Where We Live
10:27 am
Mon August 29, 2011

After Irene

Chion Wolf

Depending on where you live, this storm was either all hype - or a major disaster.

If you had power yesterday, and no trees came down in your backyard, you might have thought - “what’s all the fuss?”  

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Emergency Preparedness
10:37 am
Sat August 27, 2011

Governor Urges Citizens To Prepare For Irene Now

Governor Dannel Malloy is urging residents to prepare now for Hurricane Irene, rather than wait until it arrives. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports

Governor Malloy is asking citizens who are at risk of flooding and who live along the shore or close to rivers and streams to leave their homes soon.

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Weather
5:27 pm
Thu August 25, 2011

Preparing For Irene

Nancy Eve Cohen

State emergency officials are actively preparing for Irene’s arrival. The hurricane is predicted to hit Connecticut late Sunday afternoon in Stamford. But the timing and location could change. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports.

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Northeast Earthquake
4:08 pm
Tue August 23, 2011

Earthquake In Virginia Rocks Connecticut... And North

Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

An earthquake that originated in Virginia this afternoon shook buildings in Connecticut forcing people to evacuate. The quake measured 5.9 on the Richter scale.

Just before 2:00 PM buildings rocked sending state workers out of the Capitol, the Department of Transportation and other state office buildings. The Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection staff went to the state’s Emergency Operations Center, as a precaution.

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Fuel
10:26 am
Mon August 22, 2011

Study Shows Switch To Low Carbon Fuels Could Benefit Economy

Chion Wolf

A new study reports on the economic impact of shifting from gasoline --- to fuels with lower carbon emissions. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports the study focused on 11 Northeast and mid-Atlantic states

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Pollution
10:37 am
Fri August 19, 2011

When Rain Shuts Beaches Down

Nancy Eve Cohen

Several days this week ,at least five beaches at state parks were closed because of high bacteria levels in the water. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports heavy rains can wash bacteria into lakes, streams and Long Island Sound 

When it rains water hits hard surfaces like roof tops and paved streets. It can carry animal waste, from pets or geese, that contains bacteria. It can pick up motor oil or fertilizer. Most of the time the water and waste goes right into storm drains or directly into rivers and lakes without being treated.

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Where We Live
10:49 am
Wed August 17, 2011

Rebranding The "Rising Star"

For a decade now, Hartford has been “New England’s Rising Star.” It never really caught on, did it?

That “branding” campaign was pretty widely ridiculed from the moment it was first unveiled. Why? Because people who know the city...who know its story...don’t really believe in what that slogan says.

It IS however, a city with an amazing history...linked with innovation and risk...and its a place just struggling enough that someone with imagination, creativity and daring might make it big.

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Conservation
4:38 pm
Tue August 16, 2011

Plan Ties Protecting LI Sound To Healthy Economy

Nancy Eve Cohen

The group, Save the Sound, joined public officials in Bridgeport yesterday to discuss a new ten-year plan for protecting Long Island Sound. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports.

When some people think of Long island Sound they picture summer days from childhood on the beach. Others feel the tug of a Striped Bass on the end of their line. For Curt Johnson it’s a cool dip, at night.

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Competition
8:39 pm
Tue August 9, 2011

Competing For The Barn

Chion Wolf

The Coventry Regional Farmer’s Market has been named one of three finalists in a national competition for the best farmer’s market in the country. It’s competing with markets in Michigan and New Jersey. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports the state’s Agricultural Commissioner is urging residents to cast a vote for Coventry.

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Invasive Species
1:01 pm
Fri August 5, 2011

Hunting For The Invasive Water Chestnut

Judy Preston

The Tidewater Institute and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are surveying the lower Connecticut River for an invasive aquatic plant, called “Water Chestnut”. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports.

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Invasive Species
1:35 pm
Thu August 4, 2011

Connecticut Agencies Plan Ahead For Tree-Eating Insects

Kyle Ramirez via WikiMedia Commons

Two invasive insects that attack and kill trees have infested areas of Massachusetts and New York in recent years. Connecticut is putting a plan in place that specifies the role of different state agencies --- if these insects were to be found in Connecticut. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports.

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Conservation
4:21 pm
Mon August 1, 2011

Weaving New Life Into The Long Island Sound

Nancy Eve Cohen

Save the Sound, part of Connecticut Fund for the Environment, released a two-year plan today to protect Long island Sound. Recently the group helped organize a hands-on effort to restore habitat outside of Clinton Harbor. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports.

About two dozen scientists and volunteers are weaving strands of a seagrass, known as Eelgrass, in and out of circles of burlap. It looks like green linguini with a rounded tip. Gwen Macdonald of Save the Sound is part of the sewing circle .

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Recycling
9:18 pm
Thu July 28, 2011

Recycling Dumpsters for 40 out of 139 State Parks and Forests

Christine Woodside

The state’s environmental agency wants to increase the overall recycling rate and has initiated a program to make state parks more sustainable. But as WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports there aren’t a lot of visible recycling bins at one of the most popular state parks.

If you visit Hammonassett Beach State park it’s easier to find a trash can than a recycling bin. Diane Joy, Assistant Director of State Parks, says the state has a new contract with trash haulers to place special green dumpsters that take only recyclables in the parking lots, They'll be right next to the trash dumpsters.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:41 pm
Wed July 27, 2011

A Mountain Lion's Unlikely Cross-Country Journey

Flickr Creative Commons, jitze

Yesterday, The Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection announced its preliminary findings on the origin of the now-famous Mountain Lion that was struck and killed by a Hyundai SUV in Milford last month. 

We spoke with Deputy Commissioner Susan Frechette today to hear the details.

Listen to our previous show that aired shortly after the news of the Mountain Lion's death here.

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Mountain Lions
6:00 pm
Tue July 26, 2011

It WAS A Wild Cat

Courtesy Conn. Dept. of Energy & Environmental Protection

Connecticut’s environmental officials announced today that the Mountain Lion that was killed on the Wilbur Cross Parkway in June was a wild animal that traveled hundreds of miles from South Dakota to Connecticut. It is the first confirmation of a wild Mountain Lion in the state in more than 100 years. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports.

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Pollution
4:14 pm
Tue July 26, 2011

Toxic Waste Experts Review EPA's Housatonic River Clean Up Plan

Nancy Eve Cohen

A  board of toxic waste clean-up experts is meeting this week to review the New England EPA’s Housatonic River clean up plan. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports.

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Renewable Technology
5:52 pm
Mon July 25, 2011

Malloy Visits Solar Company As Part of "Jobs Tour"

ricketyus, Flickr Creative Commons

Governor Dannel Malloy continued his “jobs tour” today. He visited a company in Somers, with 121 employees, which designs and manufactures a key component of solar panels. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports.

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Clean Energy
8:18 am
Thu July 21, 2011

Residents Appeal Wind Project In Colebrook

Chion Wolf

A group of Connecticut residents is appealing a decision by the state’s Siting Council to approve the construction of three large wind turbines in the town of Colebrook. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports

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Clean Energy
4:50 pm
Thu July 14, 2011

President's Environmental Advisor Touts Clean Energy Jobs In Connecticut

Nancy Eve Cohen

President Obama’s key environmental policy advisor visited Connecticut today. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports her tour began at UTC Power in South Windsor.

Nancy Sutley chairs the White House Council on Environmental Quality. She and Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman and Environmental Commissioner Dan Esty took a ride on a fuel-cell powered bus, got a look at UTC Power’s manufacturing facility and saw fuel cells up close.

“Over here we have the PEM fuel cell that powers the bus.”

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Conflict of Interest
5:45 pm
Wed July 13, 2011

Public Reacts To Environmental Commissioner's Long List of Recusals

Nancy Eve Cohen

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Recusals
5:34 pm
Tue July 12, 2011

Environmental Commissioner Recuses Himself From Working On Housatonic Clean Up

Chion Wolf

The Connecticut Commissioner of Environment and Energy has recused himself from doing work related to General Electric and to more than two dozen other companies. As WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports this means Dan Esty will not weigh in on the clean up of the Housatonic River.

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Pollution
5:42 pm
Mon July 11, 2011

Massachusetts And G.E. Request Delay In EPA's Housatonic River Clean Up Planning

Nancy Eve Cohen

The Housatonic River flows from Massachusetts down through Connecticut to Long Island Sound. It’s a popular destination for people who canoe and fish. But it’s also considered “impaired” by the state because it’s polluted. The fight to clean it up has played out for decades. Now in the latest round, the state of Massachusetts is squaring off with the E.P.A. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports

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Conservation
7:08 am
Sat July 2, 2011

Killing One Animal To Protect Another

Nancy Eve Cohen

Many birds are now in the midst of nesting. When it comes to rare birds state and federal wildlife managers take extra care to protect them and their young. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports at times  biologists take extreme measures,  such as killing certain animals to protect a rare species.

It’s foggy morning on Charles Island off of Milford Connecticut. Wildlife biologist Jenny Dickson, with the Department of Environmental Protection, points up at a big, white bird nesting in the canopy of a tall tree.

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Conservation
6:20 am
Sat July 2, 2011

When Biologists Protect One Bird From Another

Nancy Eve Cohen

Wildlife biologists often intervene to protect rare species. This could involve building nesting boxes for declining birds. Or even restoring an entire wetlands. But sometimes biologists insert themselves into an ecosystem to protect a rare species from predators. In the first of a two-part series WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports.

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Energy Efficiency
8:11 am
Fri July 1, 2011

Earn $500 To Stay Cool

Nancy Eve Cohen

As the summer heats up the electric utilities in Connecticut are offering incentives to consumers to improve the efficiency of their central air conditioning systems, as well as their furnaces. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports.

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Climate Change
3:32 pm
Tue June 28, 2011

Yale Study Finds Global Warming Perspectives Range From ‘Dismissive’ to ‘Alarmed’

Nancy Eve Cohen

Yale researchers released the final report on a national survey of American attitudes towards climate change . WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports.

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Environment
10:14 am
Mon June 27, 2011

Taking Careful Inventory Of A Rare Bird

Nancy Eve Cohen

A year ago this spring an oil rig, owned by B.P., exploded in the Gulf of Mexico. For nearly three months oil spewed into the sea killing birds and other aquatic life. Now funding from B.P. is paying for a survey of a bird species that winters in the Gulf and breeds in New England. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports.

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Food Movement
10:31 am
Thu June 23, 2011

First Chance To Buy A Share Of The Catch

Nancy Eve Cohen

The number of businesses supporting the local food movement is continuing to expand in Connecticut. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports on the state’s first community supported fishing venture

A growing number of consumers are getting fresh produce and other farm products by buying a share of the summer’s harvest directly from a farm. The idea is known as Community Supported Agriculture. Fisherman Brendan Smith, who grows 60 acres of shellfish among the Thimble Islands, wanted to test out the idea of a community supported fishery.

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