EPA seeks to label parts of CT with ‘severe’ noncompliance of federal air quality standards due to smog

John Moritz April 14, 2022. Updated: April 14, 2022 6:54 p.m

Haze or smog dulls the view along the Connecticut Turnpike in Darien by the eastbound rest area in 1988. In the last 30 years, efforts to reduce smog-forming pollutants have proved effective, officials say, but parts of Connecticut remain out of compliance with national air quality standards.File photo / Tom Ryan / Stamford Advocate / Hearst CT Media

(nhregister.com April 14, 2022) Federal regulators are seeking to declare that a wide swath of southwestern Connecticut is in “severe” noncompliance with limits on smog-forming ozone after more than a decade of unsuccessful efforts to control air pollution in the tristate area. Read full article here.

Neighbors gauge concern about impending Tweed-New Haven Airport expansion at meeting

by: Jon Rosen, Jayne Chacko

Posted: Mar 29, 2022 / 10:57 AM EDT

Updated: Mar 30, 2022 / 10:43 AM EDT

(wtnh.com March 29,2022) NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A group of vocal neighbors in East Haven and New Haven held a public meeting at the Hagaman Memorial Library Tuesday night about the impending Tweed-New Haven Airport expansion. Full Article and View video here

Public forum to be held to discuss Tweed expansion

By Mike Agogliati and Roger Susanin Published: Mar. 29, 2022 at 6:05 AM EDT|. Updated: Mar. 29, 2022 at 10:52 PM EDT

(wfsb.com March 29, 2022)

EAST HAVEN , CT (WFSB) – People who are united against proposals to expand Tweed New Haven airport plan to take part in a public forum.

Opponents of the Tweed expansion plan argue that it would change the area, and in some cases devalue their homes.

Some neighbors said they were already frustrated that Tweed recently added a large number of Avelo airlines flights, soon to be 13 destinations, and the changes have increased travelers.

Since Nov. 2021, more than 100,000 people have flown out of Tweed, compared to 2019 when just 42,000 people traveled through the airport during the entire year. Full Article and video here

4 Ways that Noise Pollution Can Impact Wildlife (and 4 Ways to Help)

By Sienna Malik April 15, 2021

(wildlifehc.org April 15,2021) If you’ve ever tried to get work done to the soundtrack of a lawnmower or rattling air vent, then you know that background noise can hamper everyday activities. Humans, however, aren’t the only ones impacted by noise (defined as unwanted and/or harmful sound). Since many animals rely on their sense of sound for survival, they are particularly vulnerable to the problems that noise pollution (prolonged exposure to noise) can cause. Here are four activities that can be impeded in noisy environments:  Read Full Article here

Planes four times as likely to hit birds during migrations

By Pat Leonard |. August 19, 2021
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A China Eastern Airbus A330 encounters a flock of birds at London’s Heathrow Airport.

(news.cornell.edu August 19, 2021) The risk of airplanes colliding with birds jumps by as much as 400% during periods of migration, according to new research from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and partners, who have been looking for patterns in bird-strike data from three New York City-area airports. Read Full Article here

Jet fuel is bad for the environment. Contrails are even worse.

Feb 28, 2022. Jason Markusoff
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(macleans.ca St. Joseph Communications 2022) The fact that airplanes are climate-­damaging fuel hogs—aviation accounts for two per cent of human-caused climate change—has been obvious to the travelling public for some time. What’s becoming increasingly clear, though, is that spending even more jet fuel may be necessary to deal with the sector’s bigger contributor to the heating climate: contrails. As the airline industry puzzles over how to decarbonize, researchers are rapidly gathering an understanding of how these anthropogenic cloud formations add to global warming, and how they might be avoided. Read Full Article here

Tweed New Haven opponents hold forum on concerns about airport, expansion

Christine DeRosa. March 30, 2022

Patrick Rowland is photographed in front of his home on Minor Road in East Haven, which is on the flight path of planes landing and taking off from Tweed New Haven Regional Airport, on March 14, 2022.Arnold Gold / Hearst Connecticut Media

(nhregister.com March 30,2021) EAST HAVEN — Neighbors and opponents of Tweed New Haven Regional Airport again voiced their concerns and frustrations over the airport and its expansion plans, this time at their own forum Tuesday night. Read Full Article here

East Haven mayor says Tweed airport expansion a ‘burden’ he can’t support

Christine DeRosa. March 31, 2022

East Haven Mayor Joseph Carfora speaks at East Haven High School Wednesday during his State of the Town address.Christine DeRosa / Hearst Connecticut Media

(nhregister.com March 31,2022) EAST HAVEN — Mayor Joseph Carfora took a firm stance against Tweed New Haven Airport’s proposed expansion Wednesday night, comparing what he called a “limited economic benefit” the town might see to the “burden” it would bring. Read Full Article here

Tweed Expansion Hits East Haven Turbulence

by THOMAS BREEN | Mar 31, 2022 5:50 pm
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(newhavenindependent.org March 31, 2022) Tweed New Haven Airport’s smooth-gliding expansion plans hit some political turbulence, as East Haven Mayor Joseph Carfora announced that, ​“at this time,” he is opposed to the construction of a new terminal in his town. Read Full Article here

Yale working to reduce high childhood asthma rates in New Haven

by: Lisa Carberg

Posted: Mar 24, 2022 / 01:16 PM EDT

Updated: Mar 24, 2022 / 08:03 PM EDT

(wtnh.com March 24, 2022)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Spring may be a welcome season for many, but for children with asthma, the pollen that comes with it can mean difficulty breathing. It is something Yale researchers are studying as they look to improve air quality.

“New Haven, Bridgeport and Hartford were all in the top 10 cities nationwide for high asthma prevalence in children in a recent survey,” said Dr. Sten Vermund, dean of the Yale School of Public Health. Read Full Article here