Environment

Nuclear Power
11:51 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Powering Connecticut

Dave L. (Wikimedia Commons)

In the wake of the Fukushima nuclear crisis in Japan, Germany is undertaking a massive effort to eliminate its eight nuclear power plants. It will rely on more wind and solar power, and less on coal.

The Germans may spend as much as $250 billion over the next several years just to get this plan started. Japan, meanwhile, despite a worried public, is still considering how much nuclear power they want to have part of their future energy mix.

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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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Downpour
11:39 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Report Cites 73 Percent Increase in Extreme Downpours Over 65 Years

Pridatko Oleksandr (Wikimedia Commons)

Tropical Storm Irene, record snowfalls in 2011, and a freak snowstorm last October: even in a part of the country that has unpredictable weather, Connecticut has had its share of extreme weather in the last few years.

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Environment
3:57 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Stamford Ramps Up Efforts To Test Groundwater For Pesticides

YVSREDDY (Wikimedia Commons)

Stamford is ramping up efforts to test private wells for potentially cancer-causing pesticides that may be in the water. But getting the word out is a slow process, and so far, surrounding towns haven’t shown much concern.

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Fish Ladder Included!
2:14 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

One Dam Comes Down and Another Goes Up

jimflix! (Flickr Creative Commons)

The name Anguilla Brook is actually taken from the genus name for the American eel, Anguilla rostrata. But eels have been scare in the stream for decades, in part to an old dam that has blocked the eel and alewife from migrating upstream. Now, thanks to a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, that dam will be removed, and replaced with a new dam a half mile upstream that will include a fish ladder. 

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Lobster Harvest
2:21 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Depleted Long Island Sound Lobster Harvest Hurts Commercial Industry

Decumanus (Wikimedia Commons)

Environmental advocates and Connecticut lobstermen are calling on state and federal lawmakers to do more to restore the health of Long Island Sound. As WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports, the state's commercial lobster industry has been hit hard by a severely depleted lobster harvest.

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Suburban Life
10:34 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Suburbs 4.0

Toronto Map Company (Wikimedia Commons)

Our federally-funded highway system has been called the greatest public subsidy to private real estate in history. Where’s that real estate? The suburbs. 

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Less Is More
3:06 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Discussing "Pocket Neighborhoods" in New Haven

The economy and environmental concerns are slowly reversing the trend of suburban sprawl and embracing concepts such as pocket neighborhoods – or groups of smaller houses clustered around a shared space, like a park or community garden. An architect who has revived the concept in the past 20 years shared his views in New Haven last night.

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Latest Report
1:55 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Recent Report Reflects Latest Climate Change Views

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:25 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

In America, Corn is King

Perry McKenna

This is a strange time in the life of corn. The 2012 US corn crop is getting smaller by the hour because of the terrible heat and drought in the Midwest. It's difficult to know what that means, because from a certain perspective, this country produces way too much corn. 

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Fairfield County
10:46 am
Thu July 12, 2012

State, Bridgeport Wrestle With Hot Issue; Coal, Or No Coal?

Neena Satija

As the nation sheds the idea of “clean coal” for plentiful and even cleaner natural gas, environmental activists are hoping that they can push Connecticut to abandon coal as a power source. But that’s easier said than done.

The Bridgeport Harbor Station has been a fixture in this city for decades. Now primarily a coal-burning plant, it’s one of the city’s biggest taxpayers, and it's capable of powering about half a million customers. For Tamara Wood, who lives down the street from the plant, it’s this sound. 

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Coming Home Project
6:27 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

The Home That Jewett City Built

Lucy Nalpathanchil WNPR

Originally aired on NPR's "All Things Considered"

This month, more than a dozen homeless veterans will finally have a place to call their own thanks to the American Legion. A local Post in a small Connecticut town has been working for a decade on a unique project to create not transitional, but permanent supportive housing in their rural community. 

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Beetle Under Bark
12:31 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Emerald Ash Borer Creeps Towards Connecticut

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (Creative Commons)

Connecticut's Ash Trees have been spared infestation from an invasive insect so far this summer. But trees along the New York border with Connecticut haven't been as lucky.

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Environmental Protection
10:53 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Negotiations Toward A Global Mercury Treaty Continue In Uruguay

Seth Tisue (Wikimedia Commons)

Delegates from more than 120 governments around the world gathered in a small seaside town in Uruguay this past week.  A Fairfield University Associate Professor was there to observe the continuing negotiations toward a global treaty reducing mercury emissions to the environment.

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Contamination
11:16 am
Thu July 5, 2012

Pesticides Found In Stamford's Well Water

YVSREDDY (Wikimedia Commons)

State and local health officials are asking residents with private wells to get their water tested for possible contamination. This time the sources aren’t the usual chemicals. As WNPR’s Neena Satija reports, they’re pesticides that were used in the soil decades ago, and are now believed to be a risk to human health.

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Geography
9:44 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Sea Levels Rising Fastest in a "Northeast Hot Spot"

NASA (Wikimedia Commons)

Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey say that in the past 20 years, the sea level has risen more in an area they call the "Northeast hot spot" than anywhere else on the continent, a finding they say was unexpected.

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Strong Sense of Community
11:52 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Green Haven, a Cohousing Neighborhood, Planned in Bethany

Joe Mabel (Wikimedia Commons)

More and more cohousing neighborhoods are cropping up nationwide. These are intentionally planned neighborhoods committed to a strong sense of community. A group of Connecticut residents have gathered together, hoping to create Connecticut's first cohousing neighborhood, called Green Haven.

Green Haven is in the planning stages. Jack Nork, one of the participating residents, joined us to tell us about it.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:45 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Attack Of The Invasive Species

prilfish, Flickr Creative Commons

The problem with invasive species is, of course, that they compete for resources with local species, and sometime they're a lot better at it. and sometimes they just incidentally wipe something out. 

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Energy Efficiency
4:19 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

How Many "Miles-Per-Gallon" Does Your Building Get?

Невідомий (Wikimedia Commons)

Business leaders, policymakers, and advocates gathered in Stamford for a two-day summit on energy efficiency this week. High up on the agenda was finding a way to encourage businesses to track their own energy usage so they can reduce their emissions and save money. 

You probably know how many miles per gallon your car gets. But what about a similar kind of rating for the building you work in? Or the building you live in? Most of us have no idea, and it would be pretty hard to find out.

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Where We Live
10:25 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Paved Paradise

Picabu (Wikimedia Commons)

Picture a parking lot....what comes to mind? A sea of asphalt, white lines, birds pecking at discarded food. Don’t forget the stray shopping carts, bright lighting at night, and blinding glare by day. Not the most pleasant place.

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Great Outdoors Initiative
3:08 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Connecticut River First to Receive National Blueways Designation

Mike Cline (Wikimedia Commons)

The Connecticut River has been designated the country's first National Blueway. 

The National Blueways System is part of the Obama administration's America's Great Outdoors Initiative, which aims to conserve natural resources while encouraging recreational use of the land. The National Blueways system recognizes river systems that through various public and private advocates work together for the benefit of both the river and watershed.

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That Midnight Train
8:32 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Connecticut Department of Transportation Examines Rail Environmental Impact Report

Keene/Cheshire Cty (NH) Historical Photos (Creative Commons)

Connecticut's Department of Transportation has released an environmental impact report for the proposed high speed rail line between New Haven and Springfield Massachusetts. 

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RAWR!
11:25 am
Tue May 22, 2012

Bear Sightings On the Rise in Connecticut

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Bear sightings in Connecticut are on the rise this year, and their numbers are growing. Appearing to talk about black bears and what you should do if you come across a bear is Paul Rego, a wildlife biologist with the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

The core of the black bear population in the state is in the northwestern area, Rego says, in Litchfield County and western Hartford County. They're heading south in dramatic fashion, and somewhat to the east. Rego estimates their numbers at around 500.

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Renewable Energy
11:32 am
Tue May 15, 2012

A Call to Close Bridgeport Coal Plant

Environmentalists have been trying for years to shut down Connecticut’s last remaining coal-burning power plant. They could make more headway on that goal this year, since the power plant’s operating permit is up for renewal. WNPR’s Neena Satija reports on a public hearing held on the matter last night in Bridgeport, where the plant is located.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:56 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Just Talkin' About Shad

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It seems clicheed, but here in Connecticut, shad is more than a fish.

First of all, it's our official state fish. Second, it's linked to a peculiar fishing culture that barely exists any more. If you've driven down along the lower Connecticut River, you've probably seen those sad shacks and wondered about them. And the Windsor Shad Derby is still a giant event as is the selection of a Shad Derby Queen.

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Where We Live
10:03 am
Fri April 13, 2012

Robert Ballard on the Titanic

Inst. for Exploration & Inst. for Archaeological Oceanography

Dr. Robert Ballard is probably the world’s most famous explorer - in part because of his Titanic discovery - in part because of his tireless mission to uncover secrets of the deep.

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Hartford
3:54 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

New Residential Plans for Old Office Building

A vacant 26-story office tower in downtown Hartford may get a new life. A Fairfield developer has plans before the city to turn the old Bank of America building into nearly 300 apartments. The project is in the early stages, and the city says there's no public or private financing committed to it yet. But it's worth noting the ambition -- the building at 777 Main Street has nothing happening inside of it, and developer Bruce Becker has an idea: He wants to build 286 apartments and a bunch of retail space near Hartford's State House Square.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:33 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

Rats!

Chion Wolf

Rats are political. Yes, I know all the jokes. But what I really mean is that the decisions about where there will be rats and where there won't be are all snarled up in politics.

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Environmental Protection
4:13 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

Broadwater Withdraws LNG Project

A controversial plan to build a massive liquefied natural gas plant in the middle of Long Island Sound is over for good. Broadwater Pipeline LLC has asked to withdraw from its federal certificates.

Broadwater, a partnership of Royal Dutch Shell and TransCanda Corporation, wanted to construct a 20-story high floating LNG platform tethered to the bottom of Long Island Sound.

"It was four football fields long. It was going to have an accompanying 27-mile long pipeline."

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