<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Green News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/green http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.comen-usThu, 30 Mar 2017 10:41:09 -0400Thu, 30 Mar 2017 10:41:09 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Badlands National Park's Climate Change Tweets Deleted]]> Tue, 24 Jan 2017 22:04:07 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Badlands+park.jpg

The Twitter account for the Badlands National Park in South Dakota published a series of tweets Tuesday on climate change. A few hours later, the tweets were deleted.

The first tweet, posted an hour after President Donald Trump signed executive orders advancing the construction of the controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines, said: “The pre-industrial concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere was 280 parts per million (ppm). As of December 2016, 404.93 ppm.”

Just moments later, the account posted another tweet: “Today, the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is higher than at any time in the last 650,000 years” — with the hashtag “#climate” added for good measure.

The next tweet said: “Flipside of the atmosphere; ocean acidity has increased 30% since the Industrial Revolution. ‘Ocean Acidification’ #climate #carboncycle” 

The last tweet said: "Burning one gallon of gasoline puts nearly 20lbs of carbon dioxide into our atmosphere." 

According to a National Park Service spokesman, the tweets were posted by a former employee who is not authorized to use the park's account. Tom Crosson, NPS's chief of public affairs, told NBC the park was not told to remove the tweets but "chose to do so when they realized that their account had been compromised."

"At this time, National Park Service social media managers are encouraged to continue the use of Twitter to post information relating to public safety and park information, with the exception of content related to national policy issues," Crosson added.

Tweeting about climate change isn't out of character for Badlands. The park's Twitter account feed addresses the national security implications of climate change, rising water temperatures and the decline of species driven by global warming. But it does contradict President Trump's stance on the issue. He has repeatedly claimed climate change is a hoax.

In response to the tweets being deleted, DNC national press secretary Adrienne Watson released the following statement: “Vladimir Putin would be proud.”

Tuesday's tweets followed a brief suspension Friday of the National Park Service’s Twitter account, as well as those of all its bureaus, over retweets the Department of the Interior deemed "inconsistent with the agency’s mission."

The prohibition came after the National Park Service’s official Twitter account, a bureau of the department, retweeted a pair of posts to its 315,000 followers. One of the tweets was a photo that compared the crowd gathered on the National Mall for Trump to the much-larger gathering that stood in the same spot eight years earlier for President Barack Obama's first swearing-in. The tweets were later removed from the feed, and the National Park Service apologized for sharing them.

A day later, Crosson said the agencies could resume tweeting “Now that social media guidance has been clarified.” It was not immediately clear what information was in the guidance. 



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<![CDATA[Greenhouse Gases Biggest Threat to Polar Bears: Study]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 16:55:39 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-77960094polarbears71151.jpg Greenhouse gas emissions remain the "primary threat" to polar bears, according to a study released Tuesday by the U.S. Geological Survey. Polar bear populations will decline even if emissions are stabilized by the end of the century, the study said. Polar bears have been categorized as a "globally threatened species" under the U.S. Endangered Species Act since 2008. The two main threats to polar bears are melting sea ice and disappearing prey. The study concluded that polar bears would suffer whether carbon emissions grew at their current pace or peaked in 2040 and then declined. The only optimistic scenario would involve "immediate and aggressive" cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, researchers said.
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<![CDATA[Want to Save Coral Reefs? First, Save the Fish: Study]]> Wed, 08 Apr 2015 20:04:11 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP080816183919.jpg A new study has found that more fish may be the answer to saving coral reefs, NBC News reported. Overfishing on reefs and other threats like pollution can lead to a collapse of underwater ecosystems, so keeping fish on the reefs is crucial to their health, according to the study of 832 reefs. "The methods used to estimate reef health in this study are simple enough that most fishers and managers can take the weight and pulse of their reef and keep it in the healthy range," Tim McClanahan, WCS senior conservationist and study co-author, said in a release. "Fishers and managers now have the ability to map out a plan for recovery of reef health that will give them the best chance to adapt to climate change."
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<![CDATA[Green Car Wash Sanitizes Without Soap]]> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 13:37:08 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/128401773.jpg A car wash in Arizona installed a water filtration tank allowing high levels of oxygen to sanitize the water they use to clean customers' cars — all without soap. An environmental engineer at Arizona State University is skeptical about the car wash's filtration system.]]> <![CDATA[Energy for Sale: Is It Worth It?]]> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 13:58:12 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000003170932_722x406_37270083593.jpg Door-to-door salesmen, telephone calls and direct mail, all trying to sell you electricity or natural gas. The pitches promise to save you money. They are called alternative energy suppliers. There have been more than 1,000 consumer complaints about them to Maryland and D.C. authorities so far this year, and we've been receiving emails asking whether these companies are real and are the deals worth it. CLICK HERE for a list of legitimate suppliers.]]> <![CDATA[State-of-the-Art Green Workplace Provides Lunch, Games and Slides]]> Wed, 01 May 2013 15:13:33 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Slide_aweber.jpg AWeber Communications headquarters in Chalfont, Bucks County, Pa. isn't your average workplace as it features video games, a pool table and even slides. NBC10's Jesse Gary reports ahead of the ribbon cutting.
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<![CDATA[Junkyard Trash Turns to Art]]> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 13:42:18 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/160*120/ben+in+trash.JPG With his castoff treasures rattling in the cart, Ben Cowden wheeled back toward his art studio in San Francisco's Recology Recycling Plant to continue work. Joe Rosato Jr. reports on a man who turns others trash into treasure. Read the full story here.

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<![CDATA[Cemetery for Green-Friendly Burials]]> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 11:17:32 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/meadow.jpg A cemetery in Lehigh Valley, Philadelphia, has become environmentally friendly for burials.

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UConn is reducing its carbon footprint with a new fuel cell.

The University joined United Technologies Power and the state's Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority to unveil the 400-kilowatt lean, green, carbon-fighting machine at the Mansfield Depot campus Thursday.

The fuel cell will reduce UConn's carbon dioxide output by 600,000 pounds.  That's the equivalent of planting 192 acres of trees, removing 110 cars off the road, and saving nearly 3.9 million gallons of water each year, according to the school.  It will also provide electricity, heat, and cooling to university research labs and offices.

“Basically we use natural gas without combustion and it produces electricity, heat, and water with very very low emissions,” said Richard Shaw of UTC Power.

But this cell is not just giving power.  For students, it's giving something else – the opportunity to study the fuel cell in the hopes of improving on the technology for the future. 
“We can use this model as we move forward with an initiative in the legislature on microgrids.  When the power goes down in the state, fuel cells provide that power,” said Sen. Don Williams, (D) President Pro-Tem.
The cost of the fuel cell is between $3 million and $4 million, according to the Dean of Engineering at UConn. A federal stimulus grant from the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority will cover $1 million of the costs.

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<![CDATA[How to Be Earth Friendly Without Nagging]]> Wed, 18 Apr 2012 19:20:39 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/143072279.jpg Just because you like to recycle doesn't mean others do. How can you talk to people about their green habits without sounding like a nag? Watch how to be environmentally friendly without offending your friends! For more exclusive videos go to iVillage.com

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<![CDATA[Henry Abbott Tech Wins Green Contest]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 02:38:26 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/greenschoolpic_722x406_2223331881.jpg Henry Abbott Tech in Danbury is the latest school that to be installing the panels after winning Connecticut Light and Power's Live Green-Win Green contest.]]> <![CDATA[Earth Week]]> Fri, 01 Apr 2016 16:55:58 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/dreamitgreenitlogo.gif ]]> <![CDATA[Teaching Kids to Recycle]]> Wed, 11 Apr 2012 16:30:34 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/recyclekidsgreen_722x406_2221795961.jpg You may think that teaching your kids how to recycle is difficult, but it may be easier than you think. Turning disposable trash into reusable items is a great way to help the environment. iVoices Beth Engelman, Sharon Rowley, Amanda Rodriguez and Brandi Jeter sit down with Kelly Wallace to discuss ways to encourage kids to recycle. Find out what tips and tricks work to help kids reuse and reduce waste. For more exclusive videos like these go to iVillage.com]]> <![CDATA[High-Tech Hiking]]> Tue, 03 Apr 2012 12:04:35 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/etrailhead+QR+codes.jpg

You probably have seen funny looking black and white blocks called QR codes popping up in stores and restaurants. Now, you can find them  in the middle of the forest.

Marty Gosselin, from the Connecticut Forest and Park Association, said the way to hikers receive information is changing.

"As we move through different forms of digital media, it's really important to stay with the times and do what people are using most. Smart phones seem to be the way to go because everyone's got one," Gosselin said.

QR codes work by downloading a QR reader application on your smart phone and then holding your phone's camera up to the code.

The Forest and Park Association has put QR codes at four different trail heads, including the Mattabessett Trail in Middlefield, Seven Falls State Park and Brooks Road in Middletown, and the Shenipsit Trail at Risley Pond in Bolton.

Getting information about trails and maps to hikers is important, Eric Hammerling, the executive director of the Forest and Park Association, said.

"Even though we do all the appropriate things to keep them well-blazed, there are other trails that cut across them and there are places that people can get disoriented," Hammerling said.
 
Gosselin said the initial response from a test launch at Higby Mountain in Middletown was huge.

"Without publicizing it at all, within the first two weeks we had 150 hits," she said.

The Connecticut Forest and Park Association maintains 825 miles of blue blazed hiking trails across the state.

All the trails are open to the public and remember to bring a map, or in some cases now, remember to bring your smart phone.
 

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<![CDATA[Western Black Rhino Declared Extinct]]> Fri, 11 Nov 2011 13:21:12 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/219*120/030709+Zoo+Babies+Black+Rhino.jpg The Western Black Rhino of Africa is officially extinct. The International Union for Conservation of Nature said that two other subspecies of rhinoceros will soon meet the same fate: the African Northern White Rhino is "possibly extinct" and the Javan Rhino of Vietnam is "probably extinct." According to the Environment News Service, the mammals were wiped out by poachers. The IUCN says 1 in 4 mammal species are at risk for extinction and is demanding stricter conservation measures.
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<![CDATA[Administration Urges New Wilderness Protections ]]> Fri, 11 Nov 2011 13:05:56 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Sequoia-Park-51131773.jpg
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