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Above the waves, Connecticut fishermen struggle to hang on

The town dock In Stonington is quieter than ever as climate change has made it harder to catch fish.

Shifting fish species have Connecticut fishermen in an emotional dispute over how the U.S. fishing system operates. They’re calling, if not downright begging, for immediate changes to fish allocations to save the state’s fishing industry from what many believe is its inevitable ruin. But others in the scientific and environmental communities are saying – maybe not so fast. Continue Reading →

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Connecticut’s traditional fishing catch is heading north

A bin of lobsters

Climate change-induced shifts of marine species in the Northeast are forcing changes in fishing patterns for Connecticut fishermen, threatening to upend fishing management systems and generating political controversy and finger-pointing as policies struggle to keep up with the pace of fish movement, and the Connecticut fishing community struggles to hang on. Continue Reading →

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Bridgeport election sparks anxiety over big environmental plans

Incoming Mayor Joseph P. Ganim on election night.

BRIDGEPORT — With Mayor Bill Finch leaving office soon, there is concern for the incomplete environmental projects in his BGreeen 2020 initiative. Some worry that Mayor-elect Joseph P. Ganim, who campaigned on cutting taxes, could choose to pull the plug on some of the projects – especially those that involve city money. Continue Reading →

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Invasive species keep coming. Will climate change bring more?

Scientist Claire Rutledge of the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station places parasitic wasps in Sleeping Giant State Park in Hamden in an effort to slow the spread of the emerald ash borer. The tracks of the borer can be seen on the tree trunk.

It’s an unexpectedly busy summer for invasive species in Connecticut. A new beetle is attacking pines and an old one is attacking ash trees. There’s another dangerous mosquito. The big question — will climate change bring even more problems? Continue Reading →

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Flood insurance hikes arriving at a waterfront near you

The Dmochowskis' house after storm Sandy.

Just over a year after shoreline politicians along with a panicked real estate industry and homeowners fought successfully to roll back scheduled dramatic increases in National Flood Insurance Program rates, most of them are back in only slightly modified form. As policies renew, shoreline homeowners are likely to face a new round of sticker shock, their penalty for living in flood zones. Continue Reading →

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CT creeps toward electric grid 2.0

Fleet Solar Panels side view

Connecticut is starting a process to modernize the state’s electric grid to make it cleaner, leaner and more adaptable to new methods of power generation and distribution. Exploring how to do that will be a major focus for the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, beginning early next year. Continue Reading →

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Electric vehicle use creeps along; proponents urge a bigger push

A Tesla at a charging station in Greenwich.

With only 1,300 plug-in electric vehicles in the state, there’s growing sentiment that Connecticut hasn’t done enough to encourage their purchase, and that added incentives are needed to get more of them on the road. Continue Reading →

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Stamford joins pioneering energy-saving program

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Stamford has become the sixth city in the nation and the first in New England to join a national program called the 2030 Districts. It’s designed to reduce urban greenhouse gas emissions without relying on government. It’s entirely voluntary and there are no penalties if goals aren’t met. Continue Reading →

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More extreme rain for Connecticut, and no way to drain it

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Due to the ongoing use of badly outdated data, much of the drainage installed in Connecticut in the last several decades may be too small to handle the volume of water brought by an increase in the number and severity of storms being experienced in the Northeast. Continue Reading →

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A good Connecticut winter for eagles, trees and stink bugs, not necessarily bats

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The cold, snowy winter followed by a wet, chilly spring have had consequences for Connecticut’s wildlife, plants and insects. Some consequences are predictable, but more often those consequences are unexpected, counter-intuitive — and even good. Continue Reading →

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Success NOT guaranteed for unique Stratford reef project

These giant concrete balls, called Reef Balls, will help manage the erosion in Stratford. In the foreground, damage dune is apparent.

An artificial reef project that uses huge concrete objects called Reef Balls is an attempt to stop erosion on the shoreline in Stratford. The problem is, no one is sure whether the experiment — a first for Connecticut — will work. Continue Reading →

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