Environment

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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Sandy
1:21 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Connecticut River Towns Prepare for High Water

Jeff Cohen/WNPR

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High water is also threatening the lower Connecticut River, which rises and falls with the tides.  WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports on preparations there. 

Steve Leonti and a coworker are on top of a tractor. They've just moved a boat away from the docks at Chester's Chrisholm Marina.  And as they look at the river, they're hoping the water coming in from Long Island Sound doesn't get so high that the docks start to float away.

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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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Be Prepared
7:56 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Following Hurricane Sandy's Path

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Local officials are urging residents to prepare for Hurricane Sandy, which is expected to affect Connecticut early next week. 

This hurricane will meet up with a storm system from the west and cold air from the north to produce what is being called a "Frankenstorm." It has drawn comparisons to "The Perfect Storm" of 1991 and could actually be worse. 

Although nor'easters are not uncommon, it is unusual for a hurricane to be part of the mix.

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Skedaddle!
11:19 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Squirrel Population Boom Driving You Nuts?

Sage Ross (Wikimedia Commons)

Many parts of the country this year have seen an eruption in squirrel populations. I couldn't help but notice many, many more of the critters in my yard this fall. Is Connecticut being overrun by squirrels? Every year, we put pumpkins out on our porch and stoop, and most years we get a few nibbles and scratches on our pumpkins. But this year, they have devoured the pumpkins, just leaving the base. What's going on this year?

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To Be Sold
10:45 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Future of Plum Island in Long Island Sound Yet to Be Determined

Kyselak (Wikimedia Commons)

Plum Island in New York, off the coast of Connecticut, is currently home to the nation’s only research facility for highly contagious animal diseases. In 2008, the US Department of Homeland Security was directed to examine the need for a research facility. The federal General Services Administration was later directed to sell the island.

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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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Rapid Growth
11:30 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Mile-a-Minute Vine Spreads its Way to More Connecticut Towns

Courtesy the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station

An invasive plant has been reported in five more eastern Connecticut towns. The mile-a-minute vine spreads quickly, and chokes out native vegetation.

Joining us to talk about the mile-a-minute vine is Donna Ellis. She is a Senior Extension Educator at the University of Connecticut, and she is Co-Chair of the Connecticut Invasive Plant Working Group.

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Workers See Wage Decrease
2:58 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Connecticut's Slow Recovery From the Recession

Chion Wolf

A new UConn/Hartford Courant poll suggests Nutmeggers may have been hit harder by the economic downturn than the rest of the nation.

Friday's poll of 517 Connecticut voters paints a bleak economic picture for Connecticut citizens. Seventeen percent of those polled say they have lost a job in the last three years, and 25 percent say they have seen their wages actually decrease. Both of these numbers are higher than the national average.

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Food Banks
11:12 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Drought May Impact Local Food Pantries' Ability to Help Connecticut's Neediest

Jamie Lantzy (Wikimedia Commons)

Since the beginning of the recession, more families are in need of the services provided by food banks. Now this year, add in the effects of the drought that has hit much of the country. A recent report from the United States Department of Agriculture found that nearly 12 percent of Connecticut residents are what is known as "food insecure."

Joining us to talk about the state of food banks in Connecticut is Gloria McAdam. She's the President and CEO of Foodshare, which serves the Greater Hartford region. 

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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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Butterflies to Cooler Climates
11:17 am
Thu August 23, 2012

The Climate Change Effect On Butterflies?

Tlindenbaum (Flickr Creative Commons)

The makeup of butterfly populations in the Northeast has changed dramatically in the last two decades, according to a new study. That's because global warming is driving butterflies to cooler climates farther north.

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Bugs Bite
12:30 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Itchy, Annoying and Sometimes Deadly Mosquitoes

Trindade.Joao

Mosquitoes are one of those things that we learn to deal with. We put the bug spray on, light the citronella candle, and try to keep the itching to a minimum. But for some people, those skeeters are deadly.

Yesterday, the Dallas, Texas region saw its 11th death of the year from the West Nile Virus. More than 200 people have been infected by the disease. And here in Connecticut, officials announced the first case of West Nile last week. The Agricultural Experiment Station has found mosquitoes carrying the virus in dozens of towns across Connecticut.

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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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Take a Hike!
9:15 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Appalachian Trail in Connecticut Gets Renewed Agreement for Maintenance

Scott Lawler (Flickr Creative Commons)

Hikers visiting the Appalachian Trail this summer may not realize how much coordination goes into maintaining the 2,180-mile trail that winds through 14 states.

A memorandum of understanding was signed in Connecticut earlier this summer to outline just how coordination on the Appalachian Trail will occur over the next ten years. It was signed by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, the Department of Community and Economic Development, the State Police, and the Department of Transportation.

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Too Warm of Water
9:07 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Millstone Power Station Shuts Down a Reactor Due to Warm Water in Long Island Sound

kestrana (Flickr Creative Commons)

Connecticut's Millstone nuclear power plant shut down one of two units on Sunday, not because of any problems at the plant, but because the sea water used to cool the plant is too warm. Unit 2 may not take in water warmer than 75 degrees Fahrenheit, and the water has been averaging closer to 77.

"All summer long, Long Island Sound temperatures have been higher than historical," Ken Holt, Dominion spokesperson, said today. "This morning, the 24-hour average temperature for service water at Unit 2 is 75.7 degrees."

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