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.
Salt marshes throughout Connecticut are a battleground with native species facing foreign invaders. Right now, one of those invaders is winning the battle. State environmental officials are fighting off an invasive reed, called Phragmites that hurts the health and diversity of marshes.
The National Hurricane Center has predicted an active to extremely active Atlantic storm season that includes 3 to 6 major hurricanes. Not what Connecticut's shoreline communities wanted to hear as they continue to rebuild from the damage in tropical storm Irene and storm Sandy. For wrecked roads, pumping stations and other infrastructure the question is when they will be repaired. But for the battered shoreline itself, the question is often whether to repair it at all.
Habitat loss since 1996 made it difficult for some of Connecticut's seventeen year cicadas to come out of the ground this summer. Cicadas emerged closer to the central part of the state in wooded areas, where food was more available.