Climate Change

Increased rainfall, sea level rise and more
4:54 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

National Climate Assessment says Northeast already seeing climate change impact

Flooding in East Haven, Conn. following Superstorm Sandy. The National Climate Assessment says the Northeast saw a 70 percent increase in precipitation in major events between 1958 and 2010.
Credit AP Photo/Jessica Hill

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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Seaside community and Mother Nature
3:53 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Guilford, CT has unique plans for dealing with future sea level rise and flooding

Coastal Resilience Plan
The Nature Conservancy

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.

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Smart planting can save homes
10:39 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Coastal homeowners learning landscaping could help protect homes from storms

Sea walls fell and lawns collapsed in Madison after Hurricane Irene
Jan Ellen Spiegel

A year after Superstorm Sandy crashed into Connecticut's coastline, homeowners are still rebuilding and replanting. A new project is helping them make better choices about landscaping. A website, developed by Connecticut Sea Grant with the University of Connecticut can now help those owners figure out how best to protect their homes from storms and flooding.  It’s called the Coastal Riparian Landscaping Guide of Long Island Sound.

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Murphy wants stricter coastal zoning
7:37 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Sen. Murphy urges stricter zoning in coastal communities

Senator Chris Murphy
Credit AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

U.S. Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut says municipalities need to encourage stricter zoning in coastal communities. That's so they can avoid the extensive property damage associated with extreme weather events like the recent Hurricane Sandy. Murphy was speaking at a forum he organized on Friday at the Yale Climate and Energy Institute.  Murphy said it will be difficult to accomplish such zoning changes.

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Climate Change
9:45 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Conn., NY, looking at signs of climate change in Long Island Sound

With climate change, the saltmarsh sparrow could be an endangered species.
Credit Mark Szantyr

A new joint effort by Connecticut and New York is aimed at identifying the signals, or sentinels, of climate change in and around Long Island Sound. The goal is to help the coastal areas of both states prepare for the effects of a changing climate. But as the CT Mirror's Jan Ellen Spiegel reports, for one key sentinel, time may already be running out.

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