Environment

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This week, Brown University is examining environmental issues related air with a series of events that mix art and science.

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Yesterday at Brown University, U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz spoke at a roundtable focused on clean energy and climate change. He talked about Mission Innovation, a global commitment by the United States and 19 other countries to double investments in developing clean energy technologies.

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Environmental officials in Massachusetts are trying to restore an endangered population of native rattlesnakes. The Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence is helping out with the project.

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Historic places all over the world face the challenge of rising seas as a result of climate change. Preservationists have convened in Newport this week to talk about how to protect these treasured places.

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The freshwater fishing season has officially begun. More than 100 waterways across the state have been stocked with trout.

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Two elected officials representing Burrillville are asking state regulators to deny approving a proposed power plant in their town. 

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Minimizing damage from future floods will be the focus of a gathering today in Smithfield.

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Driving and flying are known for having heavy carbon footprints. But sailing across oceans also contributes to environmental pollution. A two-day workshop in Narragansett will focus on how to make boats and ports more sustainable.

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Nearly 800 people showed up for the first public hearing of a proposed power plant in Burrillville. The 900-megawatt facility would be the state’s largest power plant, if approved. 

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  A Brown University professor and a climate expert is adding his voice in opposition to a power plant proposed in Burrillville.

J. Timmons Roberts filed written testimony on behalf of the Conservation Law Foundation, one of several groups participating in hearings for the proposed power plant. Roberts said the plant will make it impossible for Rhode Island to meet emission reduction goals outlined in the state’s climate change law.

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In an effort to slow the effects of climate change, Roger Williams University is spearheading a tree-planting campaign. Trees can absorb and store rising concentrations of carbon dioxide, which are responsible for global warming.

The state board considering a proposal for a power plant in Burrillville holds its first public hearing tonight at 6 p.m. in the auditorium at Burrillville High School in Harrisville. The power plant has generated opposition from several local groups.

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The new fishing year begins in May and federal regulators are seeking public comments for proposed catch limits for the region’s groundfish industry. The proposed regulations, particularly for Georges Bank cod, have southern New England fishermen worried.

Environmentalists Gather For Annual Meeting

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Wildlife, climate change and safe drinking water are on the agenda this weekend at the state’s largest annual environmental summit.

Meg Kerr, the director of policy at the Audubon Society of Rhode Island, is one of the organizers of the Land and Water Conservation Summit. The summit is expected to draw more than 300 people representing land trusts, watershed organizations and conservation commissions.

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Dozens of ProvPort workers have started to assemble parts for the towers that will make up the Block Island Wind Farm. State officials will tour the manufacturing facility Friday to take a look at the work underway.

Construction work in the ocean ended last fall, but work continues indoor this spring at a temporary manufacturing facility set up by Deepwater Wind and General Electric.

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