environment

Sustainability
12:56 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

UConn Named Greenest College

Lynn Gardner Creative Commons

From slashing its water use by 15 percent to hundreds of classes that feature sustainability, UConn climbed from fifth-place to the top of this year's list of green colleges. "This year, our editorial focus was a little bit more on academic stuff that it usually is and UConn really, really was a standout in that realm," said Avital Andrews, lifestyle editor for Sierra Magazine, which has been ranking schools for seven years. 

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Oysters
2:36 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Trying Times for Connecticut's Shellfish Industry

U.S. Army photo/Pamela Spaugy

It's been a rough summer for Connecticut's shellfish industry.

A recent Connecticut law states that Connecticut oysters must be at least three inches long when harvested. The state's shellfish industry supported the bill, despite neighboring states allowing smaller sized oysters to be harvested in their waters.

Now a recent inspection by the State Department of Agriculture revealed that 20 of 24 randomly chosen samples by 11 harvesters had oysters smaller than three inches. Steven Reviczky is the commissioner of the Department of Agriculture.

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Nickel and Diming
1:23 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Anyone Remember the Bottle Bill?

The state Supreme Court has overturned a $6 million award to beer and soda distributors who sued the state.

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Urban Forest
12:36 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Hartford to Plant 1,000 Trees

The city of Hartford loses a few hundred trees each year. But now, in a partnership with a local non-profit, the city is poised to plant 1,000 new trees this fall. The goal is to plant 20,000 trees over the next ten years.  It's an ambitious program that began last year with the first 1,000 trees planted.  Now, the city wants to spend $425,000 to keep things going.

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Jobs
12:38 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Connecticut Will Pioneer Alternative Jet Fuel Center

Courtesy: Rep. Larson's office

Connecticut is known for its aerospace industry, and it also has some pretty nice farming country. The two might not seem to have a lot in common, but new study hopes to use waste from one to power the other. 

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The Salt
3:18 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Massachusetts Revives The Lost Art Of Making Sea Salt

The Martha's Vineyard beach where Heidi Feldman collects saltwater to make sea salt.
Courtesy of Heidi Feldman

Originally published on Fri August 2, 2013 11:08 am

"Look for a house, barn, paddock, barking dogs and screeching peacocks."

Those were Heidi Feldman's instructions to me to find Down Island Farm in Vineyard Haven on Martha's Vineyard, Mass.

She forgot to mention the ram, free roaming chickens and miniature horse. But I managed to find it anyway.

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Where We Live
11:03 am
Mon July 29, 2013

The Economics of Nuclear Power

Panther (Wikimedia Commons)

The recent early retirements of four US nuclear reactors, because they’re too expensive to keep up, has some wondering how much longer the two working Millstone reactors in Waterford, Connecticut might last.

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10:58 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Gina McCarthy Takes the EPA Helm

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After a delayed confirmation vote, Gina McCarthy is now the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. President Obama has tasked her with reining in carbon emissions.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - When Lisa P. Jackson announced at the end of last year that she was stepping down as the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, President Obama faced a choice. He could play it safe by appointing her deputy or he could confront Congress head-on and signal a strong commitment to tackling climate change by appointing the agency's head of air quality, Gina McCarthy.
The Two-Way
8:18 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Gas Well On Fire After Blowout In Gulf Of Mexico

Before a blaze broke out, a cloud of gas could be seen rising Tuesday from the Hercules 265 drilling rig off the coast of Louisiana.
Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 12:57 pm

A natural gas well off the coast of Louisiana was on fire Wednesday, one day after a blowout forced 44 workers to evacuate. There were no injuries reported.

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement says the mishap at Well A-3 below a "Hercules 265 jack-up rig," about 55 miles off the Louisiana coast, was first reported around 9:45 a.m. ET Tuesday.

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National Parks
12:19 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Wolves Not Linked to Elk Decline at Yellowstone Park, Yale Researcher Says

lanbullock68 Flickr Creative Commons

According to Wyoming's Game and Fish Department, there has been a 70 percent decline in migratory elk calf production in Yellowstone since 1992. For years, researchers suspected predatory wolves were to blame. Now, a new study details a more complex set of circumstances that account for the low calf numbers. 

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Beach Water Quality
8:48 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Connecticut Beaches No. 17 in Water Quality

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Connecticut's beach water quality ranks 17 out of 30 states, according to a new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council. 

State environmental officials say those findings, like many states, are heavily dependent on weather conditions. 

"The issue in Connecticut is more of a storm runoff issue," said Dennis Schain, spokesman for the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

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Shoreline
8:48 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Connecticut Beaches No. 17 In Water Quality

Hakaider - Flickr Creative Commons

Connecticut's beach water quality ranks 17 out of 30 states, according to a new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council. 

State environmental officials say those findings, like many states, are heavily dependent on weather conditions. 

"The issue in Connecticut is more of a storm runoff issue," said Dennis Schain, spokesman for the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:30 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

How Parking Can Be Greener, Better Designed, & More Available

Flickr Creative Commons, taberandrew

Some of you may actually be in moving cars right now, listening to this show, but the average automobile spends 95 percent of its life parked somewhere. 

Your car might be parked at work for a while, and that big employee parking lot uses up a lot of valuable space and throws off a lot of heat on summer days.

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Sandy Recovery
1:43 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Seeking the Calm After the Storm

Paul Pfeffer

It has been a long time since Michael Gordon had fished at Silver Sands State Park in Milford.

“See that building right there,” he said looking back to what was his house until “I got kicked out …fire department.”

Back then he sought snappers, bluefish and stripers

Today he came to “Kind of decompress a little bit, I should be down here more often”

The people and the shoreline…still reconnecting eight months after the devastation of Superstorm Sandy.

For the CPBN Media Lab, reporting from Milford, I’m Paul Pfeffer

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Plum Island
3:36 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Plum Island Sale Moves Forward; Environmental Imact Questioned

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:55 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Artist Vebjørn Sand, Fincancial Expert Jody King, and Wannabees

Todd Huffman Creative Commons

The backyard beekeepers now include a group of kids in Connecticut. An artist paints gorgeous, impressionistic scenes of World War II, including secret Nazi meetings that took place. There's lots of buzz about his work at the Sand Gallery in New York. And there's lots of buzz about the Connecticut Wannabess—kids into beekeeping and honey. And, if you're wondering about creating a trust and estate planning, we have a CPA who explains how it works and how you can avoid a probate mess.

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News
8:42 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Connecticut Farmers To Receive State Assistance

Melanie McCue (Flickr Creative Commons)

Connecticut is offering $5 million in emergency assistance for farmers who have been hurt by severe weather.

Governor Dannel Malloy announced yesterday that the assistance may be used to repair damaged property, replant lost crops, purchase feed, apply fertilizer and perform activities needed for recovery.

Agriculture Commissioner Steven Reviczky says the rough winter in early 2011, Hurricane Irene, the October snow storm, Superstorm Sandy, this year's blizzard, and recent rain have taken a toll on farmers.

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Stamford
4:32 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Stamford Residents Protest Bridgewater Project

Dru Nadler

Governor Dannel Malloy is going forward with plans to move Bridgewater Associates to Stamford. But some local residents have been working hard to delay that project. They expressed their opposition in a public hearing in Stamford this week.

Governor Malloy’s plan is to give the hedge fund Bridgewater more than $100 million in tax breaks to move from its current location in Westport to Stamford.

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Legislative Session
11:56 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Officials Pleased With Energy, Environmental Bills

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The Faith Middleton Show
8:16 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Lawn Gone!

Ian T. McFarland/flickr creative commons

We'll look at the basics of replacing a traditional lawn with a wide variety of easy-care, no-mow, drought-tolerant, money-saving options that will appeal to today's busy, eco-conscious homeowner. Whether you’re a beginner or expert gardener, green thumb or black, Pam Penick's Lawn Gone! provides realistic choices, achievable plans, and simple instructions for renovating your yard from start to finish.

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Shoreline
12:10 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Coastal Communities Adapt to Change By Razing and Raising

Mike Gambina

Click here to read more in the Connecticut Mirror and view a photo gallery of damage in Milford after Sandy. 

As the region prepares for a new hurricane season, Connecticut’s shoreline is still suffering from the devastation of previous storms. Irene and Sandy have changed the nature of coastal neighborhoods in Fairfield County.

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Buggin' Out
3:40 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Ever Wondered What It Sounds Like When a Cicada Gets Busy?

Chion Wolf

Every 17 years, the east coast plays host to one of nature's biggest -- and loudest -- parties. The guests are millions of periodical cicadas, red-eyed bugs who burrow their way out of the ground to mate, and sometimes, they do it with a light switch.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:12 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Animals Make A Lot Of Noise, But Do They Make Music?

The Colin McEnroe Show
3:12 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Animals Make a Lot of Noise, But Do They Make Music?

News
11:20 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Lawmakers Tap Energy Funds To Balance Budget

Energy Tomorrow, Flickr Creative Commons

Environmentalists are giving state legislators a mixed report card for the session that's just ended. They're happy with parts of the state's new energy policy. But a raid on clean energy funds is causing major concern.

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Conservation Fund
11:20 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Lawmakers Tap Energy Funds to Balance Budget

Energy Tomorrow, Flickr Creative Commons

Environmentalists are giving state legislators a mixed report card for the session that's just ended. They're happy with parts of the state's new energy policy. But a raid on clean energy funds is causing major concern.

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Labeling Modified Food
5:29 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

In Connecticut, GMO Labeling Bill Passes, But Don't Look for Labels Right Away

Advocates for labeling genetically engineered food gather at Capitol. (May 21, 2013)
CT Senate Democrats

Connecticut lawmakers have passed a “first-in-the-nation” law, mandating the labeling of Genetically Modified Organisms or GMOs in food products. It’s headed to the Governor for his signature, but that doesn’t mean it goes into effect anytime soon.

Passage by the state house was the final step in a convoluted series of maneuvers that included a bipartisan agreement reached over the weekend. It requires any food meant for human consumption to have a label that says “Produced with Genetic Engineering.”

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Where We Live
11:28 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Water: The Essential but Scarce Resource

Tom Raftery (Flickr Creative Commons)

Today, nearly a third of the US. is in severe drought. In places like Kansas and Texas, reservoirs and wells are actually running dry. Even here in the Northeast, where we get plenty of rain, water is still a scarce resource. The University of Connecticut already doesn’t have enough water to meet its needs, and the plans to quench its thirst have been controversial. Paul Formica is First Selectman in East Lyme, which faces water shortages every summer.

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Fisheries
4:54 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Seaweed and the Sound

Jan Ellen Spiegel

For the last decade or so, Connecticut’s fishermen and shell fishermen have weathered a nearly non-stop storm of difficulties;  some related to climate change; some from pollution.

One fisherman who has had enough is embarking on a new enterprise that many hope will help to save or create jobs on Long Island Sound, and clean it up.

Brendan Smith: Isn’t it beautiful?  Look at that. 

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