Environment

Break It Down!
8:30 am
Thu August 4, 2011

A New Way to Degrade Plastic?

Chion Wolf

A Group of Yale Undergraduates who participated in Yale's Rainforest expedition and Laboratory course have found an organism that can break down plastic, holding the promise of significantly reducing waste in the world's landfills. Their paper was published in the journal Applied and  Environmental Microbiology.

Joining us by phone is one of those students, and one of the lead authors of the paper, Jon Russell.

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Take A Bite
10:50 am
Wed August 3, 2011

Where We Live: Shark Day

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The number of shark attacks reported worldwide increased 25% in 2010.

That sounds scary!  Until you realize that the worldwide total is 79.  And despite an increase in shark sightings, the shark population is actually declining.

Today, where we live, while the Discovery Channel has their beloved Shark Week, we’re taking a small bite out of the action with our own shark day.

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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

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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"

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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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Water Safety
3:20 pm
Wed June 22, 2011

Police, Coast Guard Focus On Dangers Of Drinking & Boating

Nancy Eve Cohen

This weekend police are ramping up efforts to make the public aware of the dangers of drinking and boating. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports.

The project is called “Operation Dry Water”. It’s a nation wide effort by the U.S. Coast Guard and environmental, state and local police. The project is coordinated by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators.

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Pollution
1:59 pm
Tue June 21, 2011

Supreme Court Rejects Global Warming Case, Affirms E.P.A.'s Responsibility

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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled this week against Connecticut and other states who wanted the court to compel power companies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports, the Supreme Court says it’s the E.P.A.’s job to regulate global warming pollution.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:43 pm
Mon June 20, 2011

Are Wild Mountain Lions Back In Connecticut?

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Most people want to believe there's a breeding population of mountain lions spreading through parts of Connecticut and into New York's Hudson Valley.

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Conservation
2:51 pm
Fri June 17, 2011

Environmentalists To Governor: Veto Land Swap

Nancy Eve Cohen

Several environmental groups are urging Governor Dannel Malloy to veto a bill that would swap state conservation land with a developer. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports.

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Wildlife
12:12 pm
Wed June 15, 2011

D.E.P. Says Only One Mountain Lion

Connecticut State Police

There have been two reported sightings of a mountain lion in Greenwich, made after a mountain lion was struck by a car and killed on Saturday. But state environmental officials say they don't believe there is a second big cat. WNPR's Nancy Cohen reports.

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Agriculture
11:49 am
Wed June 15, 2011

Griswold Farm To Showcase Research

The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station is hosting an open house on Thursday at its research farm in Griswold. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports scientists will showcase their work on forestry, farming and invasive species.

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Insects
11:36 am
Wed June 15, 2011

Army of Weevils Attack Invasives

Donna Ellis

The state is releasing thousands of weevils this week that feed on one of the most highly-invasive plants. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports.                 

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Where We Live
11:22 am
Tue June 14, 2011

Putting Connecticut Back On The Map

Not too long ago, Connecticut had a $1 tourism budget, and we’d been taken off New England’s official tourism map. 

Well, we’re back, baby!  In a capitol press conference yesterday, Dannel Malloy - already the “jobs” governor - is now the “tourism governor,” too...launching a summer ad campaign to get people back to the state.

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Where We Live
1:44 pm
Fri June 10, 2011

The Future Of Our Forests

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Energy
5:59 pm
Thu June 9, 2011

Colebrook Wind Farm Approved Amidst Protests

Nancy Eve Cohen

The Connecticut Siting Council has voted to approve the second of two wind projects in Colebrook. The Council approved turbines that are shorter than the ones the company originally proposed. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports a number of protesters were there for the vote.

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Energy
3:01 pm
Wed June 8, 2011

House And Senate Approve Huge Energy Bill

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The House and Senate have passed a large energy bill designed to create a new Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.  WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports the Governor is expected to sign it.

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