Science

Land preservation
3:55 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Land trust terminates contract for bird sanctuary; property owner 'disappointed'

A view of the causeway property owned by Bruce Beinfield from across Farm Creek in Rowayton, Conn.
Credit Photo courtesy of the Farm Creek Preserve Facebook page.

In Connecticut, the Norwalk Land Trust is scrapping a plan to create a public bird sanctuary. The $1 million contract would have preserved an environmentally-sensitive coastal property. But the plan’s controversy proved too much for the land trust. 

The Norwalk Land Trust said in a statement that its decision to rescind the contract was made “after it became clear the contract was unenforceable.”

Supporters wanted to preserve the peninsular property to protect a surrounding tidal estuary in Rowayton.

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health
4:38 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

New medical demands from patients with congenital heart defects

Doctor John Fahey (left) and Doctor Robert Elder (right) reviewing a Congenital Heart Defect patient's ultrasound echo.
Credit Brian Scott-Smith

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly 2.5 million people around the country live with congenital heart defects or CHD's.

With advances in medical science, people with CHD's are living longer and this is creating new challenges for the medical establishment.

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Ash trees in region are vulnerable
12:29 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Scientists get ready to battle a tiny killer of trees: Emerald ash borer

Entomologist Claire Rutledge finds an emerald ash borer's tracks on a tree in Sleeping Giant State Park in Hamden, Connecticut.
Credit Davis Dunavin

Arborists in Connecticut are getting ready for another summer battling the emerald ash borer. They're beetles that kill trees, and they’ve been spreading across the state since 2012.

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Emissions at pre-1990 levels
12:00 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Conn. report says greenhouses gasses reduced

Connecticut has significantly reduced greenhouse gas emissions over the past two decades. That’s according to a new report from the state’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, which shows emissions levels were lower in 2010 than they’ve been since 1990.

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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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