Environment http://ripr.org en Hearing Examines Threats Posed By Climate Change http://ripr.org/post/hearing-examines-threats-posed-climate-change <p>The U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works held a hearing this afternoon to examine climate change threats. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse chaired the hearing.</p><p></p><p>The hearing highlights the harm climate change imposes on the economy, people’s health, and natural resources. Whitehouse invited an economist, a businessman, and a Florida official among others to speak.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:59:22 +0000 Ambar Espinoza 37472 at http://ripr.org Hearing Examines Threats Posed By Climate Change Cleanliness Of Narragansett Bay Improving Steadily http://ripr.org/post/cleanliness-narragansett-bay-improving-steadily <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"Watershed Counts," a collection of information that focuses on the water quality of the state's beaches, reports that the health of </span>Narragansett<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Bay is improving. However, the report also monitors the effects of global warming and pollution on the bay and has found that beaches are still being closed due to higher than average bacterial levels in the water.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:05:56 +0000 Benjamin Bryant 37446 at http://ripr.org Cleanliness Of Narragansett Bay Improving Steadily New Program Helps Elderly Deal With Climate Change http://ripr.org/post/new-program-helps-elderly-deal-climate-change <p>A program designed to help Rhode Island's older adult population prepare for climate change threats is one of several projects that will receive federal money as part of the state's disaster recovery action plan.&nbsp; This program will receive $150,000 over the next two years.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:53:22 +0000 Ambar Espinoza 37036 at http://ripr.org NOAA Awards Coastal Resiliency Grant To CRMC http://ripr.org/post/noaa-awards-coastal-resiliency-grant-crmc <p>The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has awarded nearly $200,000 to Rhode Island to make the state’s coastline more resilient to future storms and rising sea levels.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:43:12 +0000 Ambar Espinoza 36898 at http://ripr.org NOAA Awards Coastal Resiliency Grant To CRMC RI Tagging Trees Across The State Threatened By Invasive Insects http://ripr.org/post/ri-tagging-trees-across-state-threatened-invasive-insects <p>Hundreds of bright orange and yellow tags will be going up on trees across the state starting Monday to heighten awareness of invasive insects that devastate forests.</p><p></p><p>The biggest concerns are the Asian Longhorned Beetle and Emerald Ash Borer. That’s because those species have been found in Massachusetts and Connecticut.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 08:01:00 +0000 Catherine Welch 36592 at http://ripr.org RI Tagging Trees Across The State Threatened By Invasive Insects Rhode Island Ranks In Top Tier Among Atlantic States In Offshore Wind Energy Development http://ripr.org/post/rhode-island-ranks-top-tier-among-atlantic-states-offshore-wind-energy-development <p>Rhode Island and Massachusetts are leaders among East Coast states in the race to advance offshore wind energy development. That’s according to a new report from the National Wildlife Federation.</p><p></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 21:30:00 +0000 Rachel Bloom 36540 at http://ripr.org Rhode Island Ranks In Top Tier Among Atlantic States In Offshore Wind Energy Development Group Paddles Across Rhode Island http://ripr.org/post/group-paddles-across-rhode-island <p>Four New Englanders have begun to canoe and kayak across Rhode Island from north to south to advocate for improved river access.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 11:01:50 +0000 Ambar Espinoza 36318 at http://ripr.org Group Paddles Across Rhode Island Peregrine Juvenile Falcons Recover From Hunting Crashes http://ripr.org/post/peregrine-juvenile-falcons-recover-hunting-crashes <p>Over the weekend, two of the falcons born atop the Superman building in May crashed into a building downtown while they were swooping, or&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">practicing hunting.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Born to Be Wild Nature Center is rehabilitating the falcon that survived the crash.</span></p><p>Jeff Hall from the Audubon Society of Rhode Island is hopeful the injured juvenile falcon will make a full recovery.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 21:01:43 +0000 Molly Malinowski 36149 at http://ripr.org Peregrine Juvenile Falcons Recover From Hunting Crashes Galilee Boat Ramp In Narragansett Reopens http://ripr.org/post/galilee-boat-ramp-narragansett-reopens <p>The Galilee Boat Ramp in Narragansett is officially open after months of renovation. &nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management Director Janet </span>Coit<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> said the improvements will enhance public access to the water in one of the state’s most popular ports for boaters and fishermen.</span></p> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 14:35:26 +0000 Ambar Espinoza 35939 at http://ripr.org Debrief: A Legislative Roundup Of Bills Related To The Environment http://ripr.org/post/debrief-legislative-roundup-bills-related-environment <p>This week we’re bringing our reporters into the studio for legislative roundups. Rhode Island Public Radio’s environmental reporter Ambar Espinoza joined Dave Fallon in the studio to talk about how the environment fared during this legislative session.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><strong>A few highlights of bills and bonds approved by the General Assembly</strong></p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 21:45:00 +0000 Ambar Espinoza 35804 at http://ripr.org