environment http://wnpr.org en As Emerald Ash Borer Infestation Spreads, Scientists Turn To Wasps http://wnpr.org/post/emerald-ash-borer-infestation-spreads-scientists-turn-wasps <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive insect first detected in the state in 2012, has now spread to 39 Connecticut towns. That's up from just five towns two years ago. The most recent addition? Bridgeport.</span></p><p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:30:19 +0000 Patrick Skahill 26077 at http://wnpr.org As Emerald Ash Borer Infestation Spreads, Scientists Turn To Wasps Shifts In Habitat May Threaten Ruddy Shorebird's Survival http://wnpr.org/post/shifts-habitat-may-threaten-ruddy-shorebirds-survival An intrepid bird called the <a href="http://www.fws.gov/northeast/redknot/">red knot</a> migrates from the southern tip of South America to the Arctic and back every year. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 editor 25998 at http://wnpr.org Shifts In Habitat May Threaten Ruddy Shorebird's Survival Capping Carbon Emissions Could Provide Economic Benefits, Study Finds http://wnpr.org/post/capping-carbon-emissions-could-provide-economic-benefits-study-finds <p>Federal proposals to cap carbon emissions could actually benefit some states economically, according to a new study released on Thursday in Washington, D.C.</p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:45:24 +0000 Patrick Skahill 25860 at http://wnpr.org Capping Carbon Emissions Could Provide Economic Benefits, Study Finds Staging a War Against West Nile and Eastern Equine Encephalitis http://wnpr.org/post/staging-war-against-west-nile-and-eastern-equine-encephalitis <p>Mosquitoes trapped in East Haven are the first this year to test positive for West Nile Virus.</p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:49:01 +0000 Patrick Skahill 25782 at http://wnpr.org Staging a War Against West Nile and Eastern Equine Encephalitis Gov. Malloy Announces Free State Parks Weekend in Connecticut http://wnpr.org/post/gov-malloy-announces-free-state-parks-weekend-connecticut <p>Have you been to a state park lately? O<span style="line-height: 1.5;">n July 26 and 27, you'll be able to visit any state park in Connecticut&nbsp;for free.</span></p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:29:50 +0000 Heather Brandon 25779 at http://wnpr.org Gov. Malloy Announces Free State Parks Weekend in Connecticut Debris From Sandy Targeted in Northeast Marshes http://wnpr.org/post/debris-sandy-targeted-northeast-marshes <p>Nearly two years after Superstorm Sandy pounded the northeast, communities in Connecticut, New York, and Rhode Island are preparing to track down and remove debris from marshland.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:33:37 +0000 Associated Press 25728 at http://wnpr.org Debris From Sandy Targeted in Northeast Marshes Monitoring Marine Life in the Atlantic, From Water and From Orbit http://wnpr.org/post/monitoring-marine-life-atlantic-water-and-orbit <p>NASA has begun a new experiment to monitor plankton off the Atlantic coast using boats, airplanes, and satellites.</p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:16:00 +0000 Patrick Skahill 25642 at http://wnpr.org Monitoring Marine Life in the Atlantic, From Water and From Orbit World Breaks Monthly Heat Record Two Times in a Row http://wnpr.org/post/world-breaks-monthly-heat-record-two-times-row <p>The globe is on a hot streak, setting a heat record in June.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">That's after the world broke a record in May.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:25:57 +0000 Associated Press 25635 at http://wnpr.org World Breaks Monthly Heat Record Two Times in a Row Pipeline Opponents Say Project Is No Longer Economically Justifiable http://wnpr.org/post/pipeline-opponents-say-project-no-longer-economically-justifiable <span style="line-height: 1.5;">A group of opponents of the Vermont Gas Systems pipeline say the cost of Vermont Gas Systems’ pipeline from Colchester to Addison County is no longer justifiable in light of a recently announced cost increase.</span><p>The increase, <a href="http://digital.vpr.net/post/vermont-gas-cost-overruns-raise-questions-about-project-management">announced earlier in July</a>, brings the estimated project cost from $86.6 million up to $121.7 million. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:27:58 +0000 Taylor Dobbs 25623 at http://wnpr.org Astronaut Who Walked On The Moon: 'It Was Science Fiction To Us' http://wnpr.org/post/astronaut-who-walked-moon-it-was-science-fiction-us In November of 1969, astronaut Alan Bean became the fourth man to walk on the moon. His mission, Apollo 12, arrived at the moon a few months after Apollo 11 made the first moon landing. That historic event celebrates its 45th anniversary Sunday.<p>Apollo 12 got off to a dramatic start: A storm rolled in as the rocket was scheduled to launch. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 15:13:00 +0000 NPR Staff 25591 at http://wnpr.org Astronaut Who Walked On The Moon: 'It Was Science Fiction To Us' Everything You Want to Know About Turtles http://wnpr.org/post/everything-you-want-know-about-turtles-0 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There are currently some 57 turtle species living in the United States and Canada, 12 of which can be found right here in Connecticut -- including some sea turtles!</span></p><p>Chances are, you’ve probably seen a few of them poking around a nearby pond or basking on some sunlit rocks. Perhaps you’ve even rescued a few from the peril of oncoming traffic.</p><p>But there’s a lot more to these terrestrial critters than meets the eye.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 25439 at http://wnpr.org Everything You Want to Know About Turtles A Huge New Crater Is Found In Siberia, And The Theories Fly http://wnpr.org/post/huge-new-crater-found-siberia-and-theories-fly <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kMs05VaOfE</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:58:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 25394 at http://wnpr.org A Huge New Crater Is Found In Siberia, And The Theories Fly Nitrogen Pollution in Long Island Sound Continues to Decline http://wnpr.org/post/nitrogen-pollution-long-island-sound-continues-decline <p>A new report says nitrogen pollution discharged into Long Island Sound continues an overall decline. That's good news for marine life because too much nitrogen can fuel the growth of algae, which dies, settles on the ocean floor, and decays, using up oxygen in the process.</p><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:23:07 +0000 Patrick Skahill 25320 at http://wnpr.org Nitrogen Pollution in Long Island Sound Continues to Decline Eastern Canadian Premiers And New England Governors Meet Amid Energy Protests http://wnpr.org/post/eastern-canadian-premiers-and-new-england-governors-meet-amid-energy-protests <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper wide" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/nhpr/files/styles/placed_wide/public/201407/IMG_3274.JPG" alt="" /><p>New Hampshire is hosting the latest summit between the governors of the New England states and the Premiers of Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador.&#160;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The conference takes place Monday at the Mount Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods, and follows a similar meeting held in Mon, 14 Jul 2014 17:20:43 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 25262 at http://wnpr.org Eastern Canadian Premiers And New England Governors Meet Amid Energy Protests This Ancient Bird Had the Largest Wingspan Ever http://wnpr.org/post/ancient-bird-had-largest-wingspan-ever <p>An extinct species of bird just discovered may have had the largest wingspan ever. The animal lived 25 million years ago and was found buried at an airport.</p><p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:06:20 +0000 Patrick Skahill 25216 at http://wnpr.org This Ancient Bird Had the Largest Wingspan Ever Connecticut Still Waiting for Action on Federal Clean Air Plans http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-still-waiting-action-federal-clean-air-plans <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Connecticut has to wait for more federal action on cross-border pollution, according to a top environmental official who visited Hartford.</span></p><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:49:25 +0000 Patrick Skahill 25084 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut Still Waiting for Action on Federal Clean Air Plans Listen Closely: There's Something Hidden in This Hummingbird's Chirp http://wnpr.org/post/listen-closely-theres-something-hidden-hummingbirds-chirp <p>Here's the thing about hummingbirds: Almost nothing they do is like a regular bird. A hummingbird's heart beats about 1,200 times a minute while exercising.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 17:59:12 +0000 Patrick Skahill 24920 at http://wnpr.org Listen Closely: There's Something Hidden in This Hummingbird's Chirp Mysterious Donor Leaves Behind an $8 Million Gift http://wnpr.org/post/mysterious-donor-leaves-behind-8-million-gift <p>A reclusive North Stonington resident who died in September has left an approximately $8 million donation to the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut. According to the group, it's the largest gift it's ever received.</p><p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 18:54:46 +0000 Patrick Skahill 24709 at http://wnpr.org Mysterious Donor Leaves Behind an $8 Million Gift In Connecticut, a Crew to Respond to Wildfires Thousands of Miles Away http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-crew-respond-wildfires-thousands-miles-away <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">One year ago, 19 firefighters from the Granite Mountain Hotshots died battling a wildfire. While Connecticut isn't known for its forest fires, it is known for a surprisingly elite group of firefighters: the Connecticut Wildfire Crew.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 17:08:51 +0000 Patrick Skahill 24574 at http://wnpr.org In Connecticut, a Crew to Respond to Wildfires Thousands of Miles Away Feds Delay Listing a Connecticut Bat as Endangered http://wnpr.org/post/feds-delay-listing-connecticut-bat-endangered <p>The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced a six-month delay on whether or not to list the Northern Long-eared Bat as endangered. The delay is so scientists can examine the impact of White-Nose Syndrome.</p><p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 14:25:13 +0000 Patrick Skahill 24566 at http://wnpr.org Feds Delay Listing a Connecticut Bat as Endangered New Laws Take Effect in Connecticut http://wnpr.org/post/new-laws-take-effect-connecticut <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Connecticut's revised state budget and a host of new laws take effect Tuesday </span><a href="http://wnpr.org/post/legislative-wrap-fracking-waste-moratorium-passes-hospital-conversions-possible" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">after being passed by the legislature</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and signed by Governor </span>Dannel<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Malloy.</span></p><p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 14:20:39 +0000 Tucker Ives 24559 at http://wnpr.org New Laws Take Effect in Connecticut White House Task Force To Save Bees Stirs Hornet's Nest http://wnpr.org/post/white-house-task-force-save-bees-stirs-hornets-nest When President Obama announced last week that he was creating a <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/06/20/presidential-memorandum-creating-federal-strategy-promote-health-honey-b">federal task force</a> to investigate the nation's vanishing bee colonies, the moment provided newly minted Press Secretary Josh Earnest an opportunity to crack one of his first jokes on the job.<p>"When I walked out here today, I knew I was going to be handling a range of sensitive issues," he told reporters. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 16:37:00 +0000 Gregory Barber 24400 at http://wnpr.org White House Task Force To Save Bees Stirs Hornet's Nest PURA Issues Final Decision on Tree Trimming http://wnpr.org/post/pura-issues-final-decision-tree-trimming <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Connecticut has a lot of trees. Our state leads the nation on this piece of technical jargon from the state forester, "woodland urban interface tree density." That means two things -- one: Connecticut has a lot of old, towering, trees -- and two, when major storms, like the ones in 2011 and 2012, hit those trees can be really vulnerable.</span></p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 13:05:30 +0000 Patrick Skahill 24285 at http://wnpr.org PURA Issues Final Decision on Tree Trimming Have You Wondered How Arsenic Enters a Well? You're Not Alone http://wnpr.org/post/have-you-wondered-how-arsenic-enters-well-youre-not-alone <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A new project at Eastern Connecticut State University is looking at arsenic contamination in privately-owned wells. The question of where that arsenic is coming from has attracted surprisingly little&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">attention, until now.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 18:18:26 +0000 Patrick Skahill 24187 at http://wnpr.org Have You Wondered How Arsenic Enters a Well? You're Not Alone As Sea Levels Rise, Norfolk Is Sinking And Planning http://wnpr.org/post/sea-levels-rise-norfolk-sinking-and-planning From the water's edge in Norfolk, Va., the U.S. naval base spans the whole horizon. Aircraft carriers, supply centers, barracks and admirals' homes fill a vast expanse.<p>But Ray Toll, a retired naval oceanographer, says the "majority of [the naval base], if not all of it" is at risk of flooding "because it's so low and it's flat."<p>The Norfolk-Hampton Roads area in Virginia is home to the largest naval operation in the world. This area is particularly vulnerable because the land is sinking as sea levels are rising. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 07:27:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 24156 at http://wnpr.org As Sea Levels Rise, Norfolk Is Sinking And Planning Why Osprey Nest Sightings in Connecticut Matter http://wnpr.org/post/why-osprey-nest-sightings-connecticut-matter <p>The Connecticut Audubon Society wants to get a better handle on osprey populations in the state. To do so, the group is launching <a href="http://www.ctaudubon.org/2014/06/osprey-nation/#sthash.Kac4KHyL.dpbs" target="_blank">a new citizen science program called "Osprey Nation."</a></p><p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 11:02:00 +0000 Patrick Skahill 24003 at http://wnpr.org Why Osprey Nest Sightings in Connecticut Matter City of Bridgeport Pilots New "Crosswalk Flag" Program http://wnpr.org/post/city-bridgeport-pilots-new-crosswalk-flag-program <p>Let your pedestrian flag fly. That's the message coming from the City of Bridgeport, which is piloting a new <span style="line-height: 1.5;">program in front of the City Hall Annex aimed at increasing pedestrian safety through crosswalk flags.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 20:38:26 +0000 Patrick Skahill 23871 at http://wnpr.org City of Bridgeport Pilots New "Crosswalk Flag" Program Mating Season in Long Island Sound Is Prime Time for Horseshoe Crab Researchers http://wnpr.org/post/mating-season-long-island-sound-prime-time-horseshoe-crab-researchers <p>It’s mating season for Long Island Sound’s horseshoe crabs. Every year, a group of biologists from Sacred Heart University scour Connecticut’s beaches to track and tag these ancient creatures. I met up with one group in Milford, under a full moon at midnight, to learn more.</p><p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 15:04:29 +0000 Patrick Skahill 23776 at http://wnpr.org Mating Season in Long Island Sound Is Prime Time for Horseshoe Crab Researchers Obama Proposes Creation Of World's Largest Ocean Sanctuary http://wnpr.org/post/reports-obama-propose-creation-worlds-largest-ocean-sanctuary President Obama unveiled a proposal on Tuesday that would create the world's largest ocean sanctuary south and west of Hawaii,<em><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/obama-will-propose-vast-expansion-of-pacific-ocean-marine-sanctuary/2014/06/16/f8689972-f0c6-11e3-bf76-447a5df6411f_story.html?tid=sm_fb"> The Washington Post</a></em> and <a href="http://mtstandard.com/business/obama-to-create-world-s-largest-ocean-preserve/article_6b07fbae-1417-5026-be04-2972ff85e8ff.html">The Associated Press</a> are reporting.<p>According to the outlets, Obama intends to expand a sanctuary created Tue, 17 Jun 2014 14:58:19 +0000 editor 23777 at http://wnpr.org Obama Proposes Creation Of World's Largest Ocean Sanctuary Fracking Waste Moratorium Signed Into Law http://wnpr.org/post/fracking-waste-moratorium-signed-law <p>Governor Dannel Malloy has signed a bill imposing a moratorium on bringing fracking waste into Connecticut. The moratorium will extend to at least to July 2017. In the meantime, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection will draft regulations about what, if any, fracking waste can come to Connecticut.</p><p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 11:15:00 +0000 Patrick Skahill 23599 at http://wnpr.org Fracking Waste Moratorium Signed Into Law