Environment

Environment
2:53 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

Coat Drive Protests Black Friday

The 18th annual “Buy Nothing Winter Coat Exchange” collected hundreds of coats across 11 different sites for people in need.
Ambar Espinoza RIPR

While some people shopped early on Black Friday at the Providence Place Mall, others combed coat racks across the street on the Statehouse lawn. The 18th annual “Buy Nothing Winter Coat Exchange” collected hundreds of coats across 11 different sites for people in need.

It was a busy intersection on the Statehouse lawn, as people lined up with their cars to drop off bags of coats. Joyce Melton of Warwick was one of those coat donors.

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Environment
6:00 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Christmas Trees Ready At Local Farms

A Christmas tree farm.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

With the holiday season underway, the Department of Environmental Management encourages residents to buy local Christmas trees. Twenty-five Christmas tree farms are open throughout the state.

Trees begin to dry up shortly after they’re cut, cautions Ken Ayars, the DEM’s chief of the agriculture division.

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Environment
8:38 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Winter Farmers' Markets Abound With Local Products

Summer may be gone, but locally grown food still abounds with eight winter farmers’ markets open throughout the state. A year-round local food system continues to grow in the Ocean State, as more and more farmers use greenhouses and other tools to extend the growing seasons.

Farmers’ markets these days sell an array of local offerings, not just produce, said Ken Ayars, the Department of Environmental Management’s agriculture chief.

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Environment
8:05 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Some Thanksgiving Turkeys Help Drive The Local Economy

Some of the last of Baffoni Poultry Farms' turkeys. The farm sold some 1200 birds this Thanksgiving.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

When you sit down at Thanksgiving table today, you might not give much thought to where the turkey comes from. But an interest in buying local is helping area farms.

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Environment
8:16 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Battle With The Sea: Change Is Here (Part 2)

Matunuck residents Kevin McCloskey, Nancy Thoresen (middle), and Christa Thoresen share a photo opp with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI).
Ambar Espinoza RIPR

Last week, we brought you the story of West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin’s visit to Rhode Island. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse brought the Democratic senator, a strong coal advocate, to witness how climate change is wearing away the landscape here. Manchin learned from fishermen what challenges they’re facing in a changing ocean. Rhode Island Public Radio’s environmental reporter Ambar Espinoza brings you the second part of this story, when Manchin sees the effects climate change is having on land. 

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Environment
5:08 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Rhode Island Fishermen Not Affected By New Cod Restrictions

Juvenile Atlantic cod
Hans Hillewaert via Creative Commons License

NOAA Fisheries issued emergency measures last week to protect Gulf of Maine cod. On the heels of this emergency action, the New England Fishery Management Council has recommended new restrictions to address the depleted cod population, as it finalizes next year’s fishing management measures for several fish.

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Energy
9:12 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Deepwater Wind Set To Begin Construction Of Block Island Wind Farm

A wind turbine in Portsmouth; the Deepwater Wind project would be the state's first offshore farm.
Credit RIPR FILE

More approvals rolled in this week for the five-turbine wind farm Deepwater Wind.  And  the company says it has secured the last of its permits for the offshore wind farm planned for three miles off the coast of Block Island.  Construction is set to start next year.

The Coastal Resources Management Council has approved the lease agreement for the underwater land on which the wind farm will sit. The lease took effect earlier this month and will be valid for 25 years from the wind farm’s start date.

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Energy
8:26 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Major Step Forward For RI's Offshore Wind Farm

Wind turbine at the Port of Providence, currently there are no offshore turbines in Rhode Island.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

Federal regulators have cleared the way for a transmission cable linking Block Island to Rhode Island’s mainland.  It's big step forward for Deepwater Wind’s offshore wind farm.  

The decision for the “right-of-way grant” marks a major milestone – not just for the Block Island Wind Farm project itself – but also for offshore renewable energy in the United States. The cable, which would cross federal waters, would do two things: connect Block Island to the ocean wind farm 3 miles off the island’s coast, and transmit energy between the mainland and the island.

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Environment
5:50 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Battle With The Sea: Change Is Here (Part 1)

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) visited each other’s states to find common ground on climate change, an issue that polarizes their parties.
Ambar Espinoza RIPR

Rapidly rising sea levels and severe weather threaten every community and natural habitat in the Ocean State, not just along the coast. Through a new ongoing series we’re calling, Battle With The Sea, Rhode Island Public Radio will examine the range and scope of these threats from city to city and town to town, and the solutions to prepare and strengthen Rhode Island for future threats to come.

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Environment
9:26 am
Mon November 17, 2014

RI's Coastal Resources Management Council Hits Major Milestone

After 2 years, the RI Coastal Resources Management Center has developed a shellfish management plan.
Credit Ambar Espinoza / RIPR

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management and the Coastal Resources Management Council have released the state’s first comprehensive shellfish management plan. The plan recommends better ways to protect shellfish and the shellfishing industry, and improve communication among state agencies, scientists, and fishermen.

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