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Climate change threatens Connecticut’s vital shoreline rail


As the state invests in a multi-billion-dollar plan to upgrade the rail line, there are those who say the impact of climate change isn’t being considered carefully enough. They worry the plan will entrench the line in locations vulnerable to storms and flooding. But others say it’s too expensive to move the line, and there are other ways to mitigate the impact. First of two stories. 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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Connecticut shoreline Sandy grants raise questions

Morris Cove in New Haven has been approved for nearly $2 million in federal Sandy funding to build a seawall where temporary Jersey barriers protect three houses now and for another seven houses beyond that. But not only is the project controversial, it will also be a race against the clock to meet the time limit on those funds.

NEW HAVEN – Nearly two years after storm Sandy sacked the Connecticut coast, federal funds for recovery are still being parceled out. But issues surrounding a couple of Connecticut shoreline grants raise questions about how the money is being allocated and whether it ever will be used. Continue Reading →

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Food waste recycling remains a tough task in Connecticut

All American Waste picks up food waste at curbside as part of a pilot project in Bridgewater.

A food waste recycling pilot program in Bridgewater is the latest effort to help Connecticut wrench itself off the 25 percent recycling rate it has been stuck on for years. But it’s been slow going for such efforts, with many factors working against the initiative. 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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Connecticut panel does about-face on hazard mitigation funds

Chalk Beach neighborhood in Old Saybrook after Storm Sandy in 2012

Connecticut shoreline homeowners who were victims of storm Sandy and had applied for federal funding to elevate their homes or have them purchased by the government will now have a shot at getting some money. Continue Reading →

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No fracking in Connecticut, but what about its waste?

A facility for storing fracking waste in Pennsylvania.

Despite having no gas or oil deposits, Connecticut has the potential to set the national standard in dealing with fracking waste. But doing so may put the state on a collision course with federal law, ultimately also making Connecticut the national legal test case. Continue Reading →

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DEEP’s new boss has a Ph.D. in trash

Robert Klee accepts the applause of his mentor and boss, Daniel C. Esty. At right, are his wife, Anne, and sons, Alex and Jacob.

Robert Klee, 39, is the mild-mannered protégé of the hard-charging mentor he will succeed, Daniel C. Esty. He is set to take over one of state government’s highest-profile agencies and brings to the commissioner’s office a varied background in environment law, science and public policy. Klee is a man who can wax rhapsodic about “transformative efforts on waste.” Continue Reading →

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