Environmental Reporting Initiative http://wnpr.org en Connecticut's Growing Role in Mushroom Cultivation http://wnpr.org/post/connecticuts-growing-role-mushroom-cultivation <p>Last month, Governor Dannel Malloy announced more than $880,327 in state grants for dozens of Connecticut farms. Among the recipients is a farmer in Higganum looking to fill 1,000 logs with many more mushrooms.</p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:43:44 +0000 Patrick Skahill 20216 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut's Growing Role in Mushroom Cultivation A T. Rex Treks To Washington For A Shot At Fame http://wnpr.org/post/t-rex-reveal-itself-smithsonian This week, scientists at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History will start unpacking some rare and precious cargo. It's something the Smithsonian has never had before — a nearly complete skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus rex.<p>Most people don't know it, but the T. rex that's standing tall in the Natural History Museum in Washington, D.C., is a fake — a cast, a copy of the bones. It's an accurate replica, but for decades the Smithsonian has coveted a real skeleton of a T. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:43:00 +0000 Christopher Joyce 20218 at http://wnpr.org A T. Rex Treks To Washington For A Shot At Fame Did You See It? If Not, Here's The 'Blood Moon' http://wnpr.org/post/did-you-see-it-if-not-heres-blood-moon There were "whistles, cheers and howls" early Tuesday on the grounds of the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles as the moon turned red during a total lunar eclipse.<p>As <a href="http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-total-lunar-eclipse-blood-moon-crowds-20140414,0,664365.story#axzz2yriYmIs4" target="_blank">the <em>Los Angeles Times</em> adds</a>, "Telescopes dotting the lawn pointed upward and southward, as the moon hovered above the observatory" and visitors who had packed the grassy lawn "scrambled toward the front of Griffith Observatory, pointing up at the reddening moon."<p>The vi Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:44:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 20165 at http://wnpr.org Did You See It? If Not, Here's The 'Blood Moon' There's A 'Blood Moon' Eclipse Tonight, But Will You Be Able To See It? http://wnpr.org/post/theres-blood-moon-eclipse-tonight-will-you-be-able-see-it It's looking like clouds will obscure Monday night's lunar eclipse for nearly all of the U.S. East Coast, but much of the West and Midwest should be able to see it.<p>As <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/11/301958755/total-eclipse-of-the-moon-next-week-throughout-north-america">we wrote last week</a>, the total eclipse of the moon — the first visible from North America since 2010 — will start a few minutes before 1 a.m. EDT and slowly continue over the next two hours until it peaks (reaches totality) about 3 a.m. Tuesday. On the West Coast, it starts about 10 p.m. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:20:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 20115 at http://wnpr.org There's A 'Blood Moon' Eclipse Tonight, But Will You Be Able To See It? How Does a Four-Inch Eel Hurdle a 40-Foot Greenwich Dam? http://wnpr.org/post/how-does-four-inch-eel-hurdle-40-foot-greenwich-dam <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Baby eels are making their annual migration from Long Island Sound to rivers across Connecticut, but along the way, they're encountering one persistent obstacle: river dams. Now, one man in Greenwich is working to make the eels' journey a little easier.</span></p><p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 16:07:49 +0000 Patrick Skahill 19771 at http://wnpr.org How Does a Four-Inch Eel Hurdle a 40-Foot Greenwich Dam? So You Think It's a Wolfdog: What Can DNA Tests Tell Us? http://wnpr.org/post/so-you-think-its-wolfdog-what-can-dna-tests-tell-us <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has ordered genetic testing for seven hybrid </span>“wolfdogs”<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> found in the state. But if all dogs come from wolves, can a DNA test actually tell us how much “wolf” and how much “dog” is in a hybrid?</span></p><p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 14:01:46 +0000 Patrick Skahill 19575 at http://wnpr.org So You Think It's a Wolfdog: What Can DNA Tests Tell Us? How Clean Is Our Air? http://wnpr.org/post/how-clean-our-air <p>A<a href="http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2014/air-pollution/en/"> report </a>released by the World Health Organization last week found that some 7 million people died from air pollution exposure in 2012. In other words, one in eight of all global deaths that year resulted from breathing bad air.&nbsp;</p><p>Today, t<span style="line-height: 1.5;">he WHO</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">considers air pollution to be the single greatest environmental health risk, linking it to cases of asthma, heart disease, stroke, and even cancer.</span></p><p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 12:25:55 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Catie Talarski & Tucker Ives 19519 at http://wnpr.org How Clean Is Our Air? Report: New England Should Develop Locally-Grown Food System http://wnpr.org/post/report-new-england-should-develop-locally-grown-food-system <p>A <a href="http://action.clf.org/site/Survey?ACTION_REQUIRED=URI_ACTION_USER_REQUESTS&amp;SURVEY_ID=4340" target="_blank">new report on sustainable agriculture policy recommends that New England build its own regional food system</a> with locally-grown products. Cris Coffin, New England director of the <a href="http://www.farmland.org/" target="_blank">American Farmland Trust</a>, a co-author of the study, said consumers in the region want to buy local.<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 17:16:24 +0000 Diane Orson 19381 at http://wnpr.org Report: New England Should Develop Locally-Grown Food System U.N. Report Raises Climate Change Warning, Points To Opportunities http://wnpr.org/post/un-report-raises-climate-change-warning-points-opportunities "The effects of climate change are already occurring on all continents and across the oceans," and the world is mostly "ill-prepared" for the risks that the sweeping changes present, <a href="http://ipcc.ch/pdf/ar5/pr_wg2/140330_pr_wgII_spm_en.pdf" target="_blank">a new report from the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concludes</a>.<p>The report also wastes no time in pointing a finger toward who is responsible: "Human interference with the climate system is occurring," reads the first sentence <a href="http://ipcc-wg2.gov/AR5/images/uploads/IPCC_WG2AR5_SPM_Approved.pdf" target Mon, 31 Mar 2014 11:15:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 19311 at http://wnpr.org U.N. Report Raises Climate Change Warning, Points To Opportunities By Any Other Name, Does Vermont's Maple Syrup Taste As Sweet? http://wnpr.org/post/any-other-name-does-vermonts-maple-syrup-taste-sweet At Green's Sugarhouse in Poultney, Vt., visitors are gathered around four squeeze bottles of maple syrup, sampling the each under brand-new labels.<p>Vermont recently replaced its syrup grading system and now uses new names that make different syrups sound more like wine or expensive coffee.<p>Gone is the former system, with names like "Fancy," "Grade A Dark Amber" and "Grade B." The new labels give both the color — "Golden," "Amber" or "Dark" — and a flavor description: "Delicate," "Rich," "Robust" or "Strong."<p>Green's is holding a tasting to help get customers familiar with the new system, Sun, 30 Mar 2014 16:32:00 +0000 editor 19290 at http://wnpr.org By Any Other Name, Does Vermont's Maple Syrup Taste As Sweet? Mysterious "Wolfdogs" Roaming Southeastern Connecticut Will Be Genetically Tested http://wnpr.org/post/mysterious-wolfdogs-roaming-southeastern-connecticut-will-be-genetically-tested <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State officials said DNA tests will be conducted on seven animals to determine if they are hybrid "</span>wolfdogs<span style="line-height: 1.5;">." The animals, which are illegal to own in Connecticut, have allegedly threatened several people in the southeastern part of the state.</span></p><p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 10:50:00 +0000 Patrick Skahill 19104 at http://wnpr.org Mysterious "Wolfdogs" Roaming Southeastern Connecticut Will Be Genetically Tested Horses Can Bite; Connecticut Justices Send "Scuppy" Case Back to Lower Court http://wnpr.org/post/horses-can-bite-connecticut-justices-send-scuppy-case-back-lower-court <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that owners of horses or other domestic animals must prevent the animal from causing injuries, siding with a family whose child was bitten by a horse. The court on Wednesday upheld an Appellate Court ruling that said a horse belongs to "a species naturally inclined to do mischief or be vicious."</span></p><p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 16:23:04 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 19078 at http://wnpr.org Horses Can Bite; Connecticut Justices Send "Scuppy" Case Back to Lower Court Secrets of the Sea http://wnpr.org/post/secrets-sea <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;I get way too much of my information from movies and &nbsp;this year large container ships played a role in two major films.</p><p>The first was <a href="http://www.captainphillipsmovie.com/site/#splash"><em>Captain Phillips</em></a>, an account of piracy in the Indian Ocean. The problem with that movie is that it didn't ask any fundamental questions about the method of moving stuff around.</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 14:00:43 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf 19055 at http://wnpr.org Secrets of the Sea Environmental Group Challenges New England's Energy Policy Coordination http://wnpr.org/post/environmental-group-challenges-new-englands-energy-policy-coordination <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">An environmental advocacy group is challenging how energy policy is coordinated by New England's six governors. The Conservation Law Foundation has submitted public records requests to the region's six states.</span></p><p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 14:59:47 +0000 Craig LeMoult 18990 at http://wnpr.org Environmental Group Challenges New England's Energy Policy Coordination Bridgeport Town Council Gives OK to Solar Project http://wnpr.org/post/bridgeport-town-council-gives-ok-solar-project <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With a 15-5 vote, Bridgeport's City Council approved a massive solar energy project this week that could bring thousands of solar panels to a former city landfill. Since dumps are no longer allowed in Connecticut, that's left a lot of city leaders wondering what to do with that old space.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 15:59:09 +0000 Patrick Skahill 18811 at http://wnpr.org Bridgeport Town Council Gives OK to Solar Project For Connecticut Deer, Sunday May No Longer Be a Day of Rest http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-deer-sunday-may-no-longer-be-day-rest <p>The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection hasn't done a statewide estimate for about five years, but at last count, there were around 120,000 deer in Connecticut, with the largest concentrations in Fairfield County.</p><p>DEEP officials said the numbers are getting out of control, and voiced their support for a legislative&nbsp;proposal that would&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">expand deer hunting in Connecticut.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 09:43:00 +0000 Patrick Skahill 18588 at http://wnpr.org For Connecticut Deer, Sunday May No Longer Be a Day of Rest Despite PURA Request, Utilities Want to Keep Trimming http://wnpr.org/post/despite-pura-request-utilities-want-keep-trimming <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last week, the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority called for a "voluntary suspension" of so-called "enhanced tree-trimming" around the state. United Illuminating and CL&amp;P quickly filed formal responses and -- surprise -- they both want to keep trimming.</span></p><p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 18:10:15 +0000 Patrick Skahill 18564 at http://wnpr.org Despite PURA Request, Utilities Want to Keep Trimming A Call for Pesticide-Free Town Greens http://wnpr.org/post/call-pesticide-free-town-greens <p>Connecticut lawmakers are once again eyeing restrictions on pesticides. A&nbsp;new proposal would ban their use at public parks and town greens.</p><p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 20:37:04 +0000 Patrick Skahill 18455 at http://wnpr.org A Call for Pesticide-Free Town Greens For Tree-Trimming Opponents, a Victory, at Least for Now http://wnpr.org/post/tree-trimming-opponents-victory-least-now <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;is calling for a suspension of "enhanced tree trimming" around the state. It's a decision following months of public outcry.</span></p><p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 20:30:43 +0000 Patrick Skahill 18321 at http://wnpr.org For Tree-Trimming Opponents, a Victory, at Least for Now Hate Daylight Saving Time? Blame the Man From Filene's Basement http://wnpr.org/post/hate-daylight-saving-time-blame-man-filenes-basement <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you think about&nbsp;why you fiddle with your clock twice a year, there are probably two things that spring to mind: farmers and energy savings. Neither are the reasons why we have Daylight Saving Time, so I called Michael Downing, the author of </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Spring Forward: The Annual Madness of Daylight Saving Time</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, and asked him why these myths persist.</span></p><p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 18:47:26 +0000 Patrick Skahill 18300 at http://wnpr.org Hate Daylight Saving Time? Blame the Man From Filene's Basement Trapping And Tracking The Mysterious Snowy Owl http://wnpr.org/post/trapping-and-tracking-mysterious-snowy-owl This is Hungerford, a large female snowy owl. Last summer she was just a hatchling — a gray ball of fuzz in the middle of the Arctic tundra. In the fall, newly equipped with adult plumage, she flew thousands of miles south until she reached the coast of Maryland. And this winter, she became an important part of an unprecedented research project.<p><h3>'Something Huge Is Going On'</h3><p>Snowy owls are among the largest birds in North America, but scientists know very little about their behavior. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 07:36:00 +0000 editor 18198 at http://wnpr.org Trapping And Tracking The Mysterious Snowy Owl Invasive Bugs in Connecticut May Be Adapting to Extreme Winters http://wnpr.org/post/invasive-bugs-connecticut-may-be-adapting-extreme-winters <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Scientists say this winter's extreme cold is having a limited impact on the state's invasive bugs, and it may even be making one insect stronger. It's called the hemlock </span>woolly<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">adelgid,</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;and it was first identified in Connecticut in 1985.</span></p><p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 19:23:02 +0000 Patrick Skahill 18156 at http://wnpr.org Invasive Bugs in Connecticut May Be Adapting to Extreme Winters To Clean Drinking Water, All You Need Is A Stick http://wnpr.org/post/clean-drinking-water-all-you-need-stick Removing all the dangerous bacteria from drinking water would have enormous health benefits for people around the world.<p>The technologies exist for doing that, but there's a problem: cost.<p>Now a scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology thinks he's on to a much less expensive way to clean up water.<p>MIT's <a href="http://meche.mit.edu/people/?id=279">Rohit Karnik</a> is a mechanical engineer who works on water technologies. He says it's relatively easy to make membranes that can filter the bacteria out of water. Wed, 05 Mar 2014 21:35:00 +0000 Joe Palca 17953 at http://wnpr.org To Clean Drinking Water, All You Need Is A Stick A Fracking Conundrum in Connecticut: What to Do With All That Waste http://wnpr.org/post/fracking-conundrum-connecticut-what-do-all-waste <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As America witnesses a record boom in gas production, Connecticut lawmakers are once again trying to figure out what to do with </span>fracking<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> waste.</span></p><p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 11:23:00 +0000 Patrick Skahill 17838 at http://wnpr.org A Fracking Conundrum in Connecticut: What to Do With All That Waste Is Connecticut's Pesticide Ban on School Grounds Too Restrictive? http://wnpr.org/post/connecticuts-pesticide-ban-school-grounds-too-restrictive <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Legislators are considering a change to a statewide ban of pesticide use on school grounds. It's the first of several proposed challenges to a law that's been in effect since 2010.</span></p><p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 13:45:50 +0000 Patrick Skahill 17495 at http://wnpr.org Is Connecticut's Pesticide Ban on School Grounds Too Restrictive? Industry Challenges EPA's Greenhouse Gas Rules In High Court http://wnpr.org/post/industry-challenges-epas-greenhouse-gas-rules-high-court The Supreme Court will hear arguments Monday about the Environmental Protection Agency's first-ever greenhouse gas regulations for the biggest polluting facilities.<p>The case focuses on a 3-year-old <a href="http://www.epa.gov/nsr/ghgpermitting.html">requirement</a> that companies get permits anytime they construct new plants or modify existing ones that will emit a lot of greenhouse gases.<p>EPA's supporters and most of its challengers agree this case is narrow in scope; the court's ruling is not expected to threaten EPA's broader strategy to fight global warming.<p>Some industries challengi Mon, 24 Feb 2014 08:28:00 +0000 Elizabeth Shogren 17436 at http://wnpr.org Industry Challenges EPA's Greenhouse Gas Rules In High Court Connecticut Farm Numbers Increase, Bucking National Trend http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-farm-numbers-increase-bucking-national-trend <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The number of farms in Connecticut is growing. That's according to a new census report issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In 2012, nearly </span><a href="http://www.agcensus.usda.gov/Publications/2012/Preliminary_Report/Full_Report.pdf" style="line-height: 1.5;">6,000 farms were operating in Connecticut</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> -- that's up from about 4,900 just five years ago.</span></p><p> Sun, 23 Feb 2014 12:25:00 +0000 Patrick Skahill 17352 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut Farm Numbers Increase, Bucking National Trend The Scramble "Likes" Douglas Rushkoff http://wnpr.org/post/scramble-likes-douglas-rushkoff <p></p><p>We're starting out today with a segment about "Generation-Like," the media term media theorist Douglas Rushkoff uses for the generation of Millennials&nbsp; who live huge chunks of their lives on social media where they subsist on a form of metered approval. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 17:02:34 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf 17143 at http://wnpr.org The Scramble "Likes" Douglas Rushkoff Can Science Develop Stronger Trees in Connecticut? http://wnpr.org/post/can-science-develop-stronger-trees-connecticut <p>As United Illuminating continues revisions on its ambitious tree-cutting plan, a group of scientists at UConn is studying why trees fail, and how they can be made stronger.</p><p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 16:42:26 +0000 Patrick Skahill 17136 at http://wnpr.org Can Science Develop Stronger Trees in Connecticut? Bill Proposes Radical Overhaul of CRRA http://wnpr.org/post/bill-proposes-radical-overhaul-crra <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A new bill is </span><a href="http://www.cga.ct.gov/2014/TOB/S/2014SB-00027-R00-SB.htm" style="line-height: 1.5;">proposing a major overhaul</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority, which handles waste for more than 50 towns.</span></p><p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 12:37:55 +0000 Patrick Skahill 16774 at http://wnpr.org Bill Proposes Radical Overhaul of CRRA