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Animal rights have come a long way over the last century, providing, of course, we're not talking about fish. While other vertebrates have slowly been recognized as social, feeling, even sentient beings, fish remain good for three things: owning, catching and eating.

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Compact fluorescent light bulbs were once all the rage, promoted as an energy-efficient way to light homes and businesses. But those spiral-shaped CFLs may be fading into history.

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There are many ways to experience the American landscape -- you can bike it, drive it, fly over it... even take trains across it. But there’s nothing quite as intimate or liberating as the experience you get while walking it.

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Connecticut's chief insect expert said he's hopeful rain will help control gypsy moth populations in the state this year. The non-native insect feeds on leaves, which can cause health issues in trees.

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There's a late spring blooming perennial flower that's been looking beautiful this year. It goes by a number of common names, such as mountain bluet , perennial bachelor's buttons, and corn flower. I know it mostly by its botanical name, Centaurea montana .

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State officials have confirmed the emerald ash borer -- a small green beetle that feeds almost exclusively on ash trees -- has now been detected in all eight Connecticut counties.

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PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls, are known as one of the 12 most harmful organic chemicals in the world . But the material has been used in building construction for decades, and has become a complex problem affecting cities, schools, and individuals in many states.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Monday announced $5.5 million in projects to construct visitor centers at each entrance of the longest elevated pedestrian bridge in the world — Walkway Over the Hudson. Cuomo made the announcement mid-bridge before a number of local elected officials and others.

Opponents of a proposed wood-burning power plant in Springfield, Massachusetts have won support for a last-ditch bid to block the project.

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Connecticut is seeing an increase in the number of new farmers. The number of start-ups has grown by 15 percent from 2007.

Connecticut Fund for the Environment , the state’s largest environmental group, says runoff from a sewage treatment plant in Springfield, Massachusetts, could hurt Connecticut rivers and Long Island Sound. This week the organization asked the EPA to hold the plant to higher scrutiny.

Threats of 3-5 inches of rain — and the possibility of 8 inches in some places — have people in northwest Florida bracing for flooding from Tropical Storm Colin. The storm is forecast to hit the area Monday afternoon and then move north along the East Coast. After forming in the Gulf of Mexico last week, Colin now packs sustained winds close to 50 mph and could strengthen, the National Hurricane Center said in an update this morning . Tropical storm-force winds extend for some 185 miles from...

In the previous installment, we reported on recent reductions in the cost of electricity supply in New England. But there’s another charge in your electricity bill that’s been rising steadily over the last decade.

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This weekend, nearly 200 scientists joined up with members of the public in a 24-hour race to identify as many plant and animal species as possible. It's called a " BioBlitz ."

Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) announced that construction will begin this week on LaGuardia Airport’s $4 billion redevelopment plan.

The federal government is moving to ban virtually all sales of items containing African elephant ivory within the U.S. For a long time it's been illegal to import elephant ivory. This new rule extends the ban to cover ivory that's already here. The new regulations come out of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service , which says the move will further limit the market for traffickers of illegal ivory. They say the problem is that smugglers currently can evade detection and bring illegal ivory into...

According to the American Lung Association’s State of the Air 2016 report, Suffolk County, Long Island, and Fairfield County, Connecticut, have the highest levels of ozone pollution in their respective states.

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The National Weather Service predicted it's going to be a hotter than normal summer. While the heat might be hard on some people, if you're a melon grower, you'll love it.

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Five years ago, on June 1, 2011, an F3 tornado, with wind speeds between 150 and 200 miles per hour, swept through eight communities across western and central Massachusetts, from Westfield east to Southbridge. One of the hardest hit was Monson, where the tornado cut nearly a half-mile swath of devastation through the center of town of about 8,500 residents.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4NU0Tok1T4 Swiss engineer Carl Eduard Gruner first imagined it in 1947 : a massive tunnel, unprecedented in length, buried a mile and a half under Switzerland's symbolic Gotthard mountain range. Nearly seven decades later, after redesigns, political disagreements and the long, slow work of drilling beneath the Gotthard massif, as it's called, Gruner's dream is complete. The Gotthard Base Tunnel — a record-setting 35.4 miles long, and farther below ground than...

This Wednesday, June 1 st , marks the fifth anniversary of a devastating tornado striking western Massachusetts. As he has done in years past, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno has called for a city-wide moment of reflection on the tornado anniversary. " We want to commemorate it, not celebrate it. I've asked the houses of worship to ring the bells at 4:38 p.m.," said Sarno. The tornado, the most powerful storm to strike Massachusetts in 50 years, left a 6 mile scar through the city and tore...

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Every year, monarch butterflies make an amazing journey from Canada and New England all the way down to Mexico.

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There's a shell of an old Pontiac car dealership at a corner of West Hartford’s industrial district that to the public eye -- and perhaps the public’s ire -- is littered with trash and weeds, with four lanes of fast traffic rushing by.

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If you're allergic to it, you might be cursing pollen in between sneezes right now. But the process of pollination is essential to plant, animal, and human life. All sorts of insects and animals can be pollinators including bats, bees, moths, butterflies, birds, and even lemurs!

She sails by the memory of the stars. Her bones are lashed together with 6 miles of rope. Her twin wooden masts are lowered and outstretched only by the power of muscled arms. And once fully extended, the red, V-shaped sails announce who she is. She is the Hokule'a, Hawaii's famous voyaging canoe, built in the double-hulled style used by Polynesian navigators thousands of years ago to cross the Pacific. Now, she's on a journey to make history, traversing the globe by wayfinding — an ancient...

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