climate change

Environment
5:30 am
Wed February 11, 2015

State Climate Change Council Welcomes New Faces

The Executive Climate Change Coordinating Council, or EC4 for short, meets today for the first time this year.  New faces will join the meeting.

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Environment
10:04 am
Thu January 22, 2015

EPA Head Tours RI Areas Affected By Climate Change

EPA head Curt Spalding tours areas affected in Rhode Island.
Credit Ambar Espinoza / RIPR

The regional head of the environmental protection agency said Rhode Island is doing state-of-the-art planning for climate change threats.  Curt Spalding spent Wednesday seeing firsthand the tools coastal managers have already put into place.

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Environment
9:39 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Sen. Whitehouse Applauds Official Senate Recognition Of Climate Change

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse addresses the Senate during one of his weekly speeches on climate change.
Credit Whitehouse Office

Climate change is real, not a hoax. That’s according the U.S. Senate, which is now on record about the reality of climate change.  The Senate voted 98 to 1 on an amendment recognizing climate change in the Keystone Pipeline bill.  

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Environment
10:29 am
Wed January 21, 2015

EPA Head To Survey Parts Of RI Endangered By Climate Change

Misquamicut Beach in Westerly was drastically affected by hurricane Sandy in 2012.
Credit Ambar Espinoza / RIPR

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency’s New England region is in Rhode Island Wednesday. Curt Spalding will survey parts of the state, to see which are at risk to storms and increased sea level rise.

For two days, the EPA’s Curt Spalding will tour areas in Westerly, South Kingstown, North Kingstown and Warwick. The idea behind the tour is twofold: to examine at-risk areas, and share ideas and existing tools for how to plan for rising seas and more violent storms.

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Environment
5:00 am
Tue December 30, 2014

Learning To Reduce Food Waste

David Rocheleau co-leads a workshop that teaches people how to reduce their food waste. The Rhode Island Food Policy Council, in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, offered this program called "Food: Too Good To Waste."
Ambar Espinoza RIPR

We throw away a lot of food over the holidays. More than usual. We generate about 25 percent more waste between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. Food that ends up in the trash can not only hurts our wallets, but also fills up landfills, sending off noxious gases. The Rhode Island Food Policy Council launched a pilot program earlier this year, teaching people how to cut down the amount of food they throw away. Our environmental reporter Ambar Espinoza gave it a try and has this story.

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Science
5:58 am
Wed December 24, 2014

Brown University Scientist Uses Time-Lapse Photography To Study Change In Antarctica

A field photo of this year’s first time-lapse station of the season, which Dickson installed earlier this week, showing the southern wall of Taylor Valley with its dense concentrations of "water tracks," the dark streaks flowing down the slope.
Jay Dickson Brown University/University of Texas/National Science Foundation

Monitoring how the climate is changing in Antarctica’s most stable environments, the desert valleys, is very difficult. But that’s what Jay Dickson, a staff scientist at Brown University’s Department of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences, is trying to do, using time-lapse photography.

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Battle With The Sea
7:47 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Battle With The Sea: Protecting Wastewater Treatment Plants

Historic rains flooded the Pawtuxet River in 2010, overtopping the earthen levee built to protect the Warwick Sewer Authority.
Photo Courtesy of Janine Burke

Here’s an effect of climate change you might not have thought of: heavy rains flood wastewater treatment plants. These intense rain storms are one result of warming temperatures. As part of our ongoing series, Battle With The Sea, Rhode Island Public Radio’s environmental reporter Ambar Espinoza has a report from a wastewater treatment plant in Warwick.

The Warwick Sewer Authority is located on the banks of the Pawtuxet River, next to what is called an oxbow, the U-shape curve in a river. The river wants to fill in the land next to the oxbow each time it floods. 

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Environment
11:38 am
Mon December 15, 2014

New Online Tools Available To Assess Flood Risks Along Shorelines

Coastal planners now have access to new statewide maps with information about projected storm surges, seal level rise, and other coastal changes in Rhode Island.
Screenshot of STORMTOOLS

The University of Rhode Island, in partnership with the Coastal Resources Management Council, has developed new tools to plan for future climate change threats. New maps with projected storm surge and sea level rise are now available online.

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Battle With The Sea
6:30 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Battle With The Sea: What We Know And How We Know It

The relationship between global temperatures and carbon dioxide emissions is strong. When the temperature is high, Co2 is also high. Sources: Temp. Data from Zachos et al., 2001 Transformed as in Hansen & Sato, 2012; Co2 Data: Luthi et al., 2008
Courtesy of Sara Harris University of British Columbia

For the past three weeks, we've brought you stories about how climate change is already affecting Rhode Island. Narragansett Bay is getting warmer. Seas are rapidly rising. Shorelines are eroding. And we're experiencing more severe weather events. As part of our new ongoing series, Battle With The Sea, we take a step back this week to look at the science of how we know these changes are happening.

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Battle With The Sea
8:00 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Businesses Plan For Rising Sea And Extreme Weather

More than 100 people will gather in Newport today to learn how to minimize impacts to waterfront businesses from sea level rise and other severe weather at the 13th Annual Baird Symposium. The one-day conference called, "Staying Afloat: Adapting Waterfront Businesses to Rising Seas and Extreme Storms," kicked off its symposium last night with a public lecture, featuring John Englander, author of High Tide on Main Street: Rising Sea Levels and the Coming Coastal Crisis

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