Science

Water quality
6:41 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Long Island environmental groups form clean water coalition

From left to right: Researcher Christopher Gobler, Environmentalist Adrienne Esposito and Pine Barrens Society's RIchard Ampher
Credit Charles Lane

Based on what they describe as the "worst" summer ever, several Long Island environmental groups are coordinating resources to launch a multimillion dollar advocacy campaign aimed at creating a more unified water protection plan.


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Long Island Sound lobster die-off
6:37 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Even with closure, fishermen and environmental officials not optimistic about future of lobsters

Lobsters from Long Island Sound
Credit Craig LeMoult

The closure of the lobster fishery in Long Island Sound beginning this weekend is intended to protect a small and threatened population of the crustaceans. Lobstermen and state environmental officials don't agree on what killed off the lobsters, but neither seem too optimistic about this new step making much of a difference.

Seawalls
11:50 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Conn.'s trouble with seawalls

A new riprap wall (boulders that let water through) in East Haven with a sand dune that will eventually have beach grass
Jan Ellen Spiegel The Connecticut Mirror

As Connecticut's shoreline residents make their way through hurricane season 2013 with fingers crossed that there won't be a repeat of the last two years, many are looking for some protection for their property. Seawalls are often a first choice. But as The Connecticut Mirror's Jan Ellen Spiegel reports, even if homeowners can get them, it's not clear they'll actually help.

Climate science
6:37 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Study suggests storm directions like Superstorm Sandy may become more rare

Superstorm Sandy approaches the coast
Credit Flickr/Sharla Sava

A new study suggests climate change may make a hurricane landfall like last year's Superstorm Sandy less likely. But the researchers say that’s no reason to become complacent about storm preparation.

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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