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After discovering the shipwrecked Titanic in 1985, Dr. Robert Ballard could have retired and still gone down as one of the greatest explorers ever. More than 25 years later though, he’s still at it.

His latest expedition is underway and he’s monitoring its every move from his control room in Mystic Aquarium, his computer at home, and on his iPhone everywhere else.

Connecticut Agencies Plan Ahead For Tree-Eating Insects

Aug 4, 2011
Kyle Ramirez via WikiMedia Commons

Two invasive insects that attack and kill trees have infested areas of Massachusetts and New York in recent years. Connecticut is putting a plan in place that specifies the role of different state agencies --- if these insects were to be found in Connecticut. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports.

Chion Wolf

A Group of Yale Undergraduates who participated in Yale's Rainforest expedition and Laboratory course have found an organism that can break down plastic, holding the promise of significantly reducing waste in the world's landfills. Their paper was published in the journal Applied and  Environmental Microbiology.

Joining us by phone is one of those students, and one of the lead authors of the paper, Jon Russell.

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The number of shark attacks reported worldwide increased 25% in 2010.

That sounds scary!  Until you realize that the worldwide total is 79.  And despite an increase in shark sightings, the shark population is actually declining.

Today, where we live, while the Discovery Channel has their beloved Shark Week, we’re taking a small bite out of the action with our own shark day.

Weaving New Life Into The Long Island Sound

Aug 1, 2011
Nancy Eve Cohen

Save the Sound, part of Connecticut Fund for the Environment, released a two-year plan today to protect Long island Sound. Recently the group helped organize a hands-on effort to restore habitat outside of Clinton Harbor. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports.

About two dozen scientists and volunteers are weaving strands of a seagrass, known as Eelgrass, in and out of circles of burlap. It looks like green linguini with a rounded tip. Gwen Macdonald of Save the Sound is part of the sewing circle .

Christine Woodside

The state’s environmental agency wants to increase the overall recycling rate and has initiated a program to make state parks more sustainable. But as WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports there aren’t a lot of visible recycling bins at one of the most popular state parks.

If you visit Hammonassett Beach State park it’s easier to find a trash can than a recycling bin. Diane Joy, Assistant Director of State Parks, says the state has a new contract with trash haulers to place special green dumpsters that take only recyclables in the parking lots, They'll be right next to the trash dumpsters.

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Yesterday, The Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection announced its preliminary findings on the origin of the now-famous Mountain Lion that was struck and killed by a Hyundai SUV in Milford last month. 

We spoke with Deputy Commissioner Susan Frechette today to hear the details.

Listen to our previous show that aired shortly after the news of the Mountain Lion's death here.

It WAS A Wild Cat

Jul 26, 2011
Courtesy Conn. Dept. of Energy & Environmental Protection

Connecticut’s environmental officials announced today that the Mountain Lion that was killed on the Wilbur Cross Parkway in June was a wild animal that traveled hundreds of miles from South Dakota to Connecticut. It is the first confirmation of a wild Mountain Lion in the state in more than 100 years. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports.

Nancy Eve Cohen

A  board of toxic waste clean-up experts is meeting this week to review the New England EPA’s Housatonic River clean up plan. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports.

Malloy Visits Solar Company As Part of "Jobs Tour"

Jul 25, 2011
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Governor Dannel Malloy continued his “jobs tour” today. He visited a company in Somers, with 121 employees, which designs and manufactures a key component of solar panels. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports.

Residents Appeal Wind Project In Colebrook

Jul 21, 2011
Chion Wolf

A group of Connecticut residents is appealing a decision by the state’s Siting Council to approve the construction of three large wind turbines in the town of Colebrook. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports

Nancy Eve Cohen

President Obama’s key environmental policy advisor visited Connecticut today. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports her tour began at UTC Power in South Windsor.

Nancy Sutley chairs the White House Council on Environmental Quality. She and Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman and Environmental Commissioner Dan Esty took a ride on a fuel-cell powered bus, got a look at UTC Power’s manufacturing facility and saw fuel cells up close.

“Over here we have the PEM fuel cell that powers the bus.”

Nancy Eve Cohen

Chion Wolf

The Connecticut Commissioner of Environment and Energy has recused himself from doing work related to General Electric and to more than two dozen other companies. As WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports this means Dan Esty will not weigh in on the clean up of the Housatonic River.

Morris Cove Neighbors Say "No Dumping Here"

Jul 12, 2011
Allan Appel, New Haven Independent

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has a plan to move silt and sediment from Bridgeport’s Harbor to the New Haven Harbor. But some city residents are doing their best to keep that from happening.


New Haven Mayor John DeStefano and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro joined about fifty protestors who gathered recently on the shoreline in Morris Cove -- a neighborhood of New Haven that looks out onto New Haven Harbor and Long Island Sound.  In the water are kayakers, and a line of boats 40 deep, all with anti-dumping signs…

"Thank you boaters! Thank you for coming out!

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