Science

Researchers study alternative trees
10:37 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Christmas tree farmers look to Turkish fir to avoid plant disease

In this file photo, a tree farmer strokes the needles of a Turkish fir
Credit AP Photo/Allen G. Breed

The Christmas trees still decorating many living rooms around the region are some of the lucky ones not stricken by phytophthora. 

It’s a disease Christmas tree farmers in upstate New York have been battling for years.

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Thousands face higher flood insurance bills
11:15 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Conn. shoreline property owners facing new financial reality

Rosemarie Sibilio's house after storm Sandy hit
Rosemarie Sibilio

Since January, shoreline property owners in Connecticut have been facing a new financial reality. In addition to the repair bills many are still paying after the storms of 2011 and 2012, including Irene and Sandy, thousands are now facing considerably higher flood insurance bills. The Connecticut Mirror’s Jan Ellen Spiegel reports this  increased cost of living on the coast has some worried it will become even more exclusive than it already is.

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Liquified Natural Gas
8:55 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Public hearing on LNG storage in NY turns into shouting match

Opponents of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas rally before a public hearing at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, in Albany, N.Y. A coalition of groups dedicated to keeping New York state’s 5-year-old ban on fracking in place is demanding that the DEC withdraw its proposed regulations for new liquefied natural gas facilities, citing safety concerns and other issues.
Credit AP/Mike Groll

A public hearing on Wednesday over proposed regulations for the storage of Liquefied Natural Gas in New York State turned into a three-hour shouting match between supporters and opponents of the legislation. Click here to see New York's proposed Liquefied Natural Gas Facilities regulations.

  

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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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health study should be open and transparent
5:52 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

NY Assemblywoman asks for fracking health review re-take

Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo
Credit http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Donna-A-Lupardo/bio/

  A Binghamton, New York Assemblywoman who is on Governor Andrew Cuomo administration's hydro fracking advisory panel is asking for a do-over of an ongoing health review. She says the secretive process has compromised public confidence. 

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