Climate Change

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U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) asked Congress for $860 million on Monday for projects to support Long Island Sound.

Murphy wants more than $150 million for Milford Labs, which is one of two federally run research labs in the country that studies how to raise and harvest fish sustainably.

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Efforts to restore Atlantic salmon to the Connecticut River watershed have been largely unsuccessful. The once abundant fish are now rare. But recently Steve Gephard, supervising fisheries biologist with Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Projection, found evidence of wild salmon spawning in a Connecticut river.

The news is a reminder of the hardiness of the species, but also of what we’ve lost.

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U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) says Russia is expanding its military presence in the Arctic, and the United States needs to step up its submarine building plans if it wants to keep pace.

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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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