Ocean Sounds, Bird Habitats, and Key Topics to Legislate

An environmental magazine show as the state legislative session gets underway.

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State Senator Ed Meyer
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Ocean Sounds, Bird Habitats, and Key Topics to Legislate
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Ocean Sounds, Bird Habitats, and Key Topics to Legislate

The world is a pretty noisy place...but you don’t think of the middle of the ocean being one of those places. But a project by NOAA - the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration - has found that sea life in the North Atlantic Ocean is in danger because of the human sounds of shipping, military testing and oil and gas exploration.

NOAA has been creating sound maps that show human-made noises across the world’s oceans, to try to get a sense of noise pollution underwater. The maps use color to indicate the strength of the noise. A marine biologist who co-directs the project joins us. 

We’ll talk about that along with another environment - the city of Hartford. The city recently received a grant from the US Fish and Wildlife Service to improve habitats for migratory birds. We’ll hear about what’s being done to identify hazards to birds living in cities, and to make conditions better for them. 

But first we’ll check in on some environmental topics that are likely to come up during the state legislative session that starts tomorrow. We hear from State Senator Ed Meyer, as well as Roger Reynolds from the Connecticut Fund for the Environment.