Climate Change

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The railroad line that runs through Connecticut is 115 miles long, hugging the shoreline from New York to Rhode Island. Trains have traveled this corridor since the 1800's but now climate change could be threatening their future. The coast has been battered by several recent storms, including Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy, effecting low lying sections of the rail system. Some say rising sea levels will cause repeated flooding of those and other areas.

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Delivering the commencement address at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, Wednesday, President Barack Obama said cadets will have to deal with the effects of climate change in their careers.

"You know the beauty of the sea, but you also know its unforgiving power," Obama said. "Here at the Academy, climate change- understanding the science and the consequences- is part of the curriculum, and rightly so, because it will affect everything that you do in your careers."

And some graduates say they'll be dealing with climate change as soon as this summer.

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Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, ushered in  the year 5775, which also  marks the beginning of Shmitah.  Shmitah  occurs every seven years.   According to biblical laws no planting or harvesting is allowed.  It is a sabbatical for the land and a practice that would fit in well with the Climate Change Summit at the United Nations, this week. 

Rabbi Joshua Ratner is the director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater New Haven and the Associate Rabbi and Director of Engagement at the Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale. 

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A national assessment of climate change released today by the White House includes a range of warnings about changes we can expect to see in the Northeast.  It also details a number of impacts the region has already seen.

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In the year since Superstorm Sandy and the more than two since Tropical Storm Irene, the focus of many Connecticut shoreline communities has been rebuilding. But one town - Guilford – has a second focus.  The Connecticut Mirror's Jan Ellen Spiegel reports it peers far, far into the future.