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Environment
11:24 am
Wed August 20, 2014

State Lawmakers Earn Good Grades On Environmental Protection

Rhode Island lawmakers showed commendable leadership on groundbreaking environmental bills. That’s according to a green report card issued every two years by the Environment Council of Rhode Island in advance of state primary elections.

The green report card is meant to help inform voters and lawmakers about the environmental record of the General Assembly for the last two legislative sessions.

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Environment
5:30 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Groups Opposing Gas Pipeline Expansion Stage Sit-In At Sen. Whitehouse's Office

A few Burrillville residents and climate change activists staged a sit-in at Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse’s office in downtown Providence this morning. They want him to oppose the expansion of an existing natural gas pipeline system.

Spectra Energy's proposed expansion is designed to give the Algonquin Gas Transmission pipeline from New York more capacity to help meet Southern New England’s immediate and future natural gas demands. It would require the upgrade of six compression stations, including one in Burrillville.

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Environment
10:15 am
Fri August 8, 2014

RIRRC: Proper Recycling Helps Prevent Safety Problems At Facilities

Parts of the Central Landfill in Johnston had to be shut down temporarily after a toxic gas leak Thursday.
Credit RIPR FILE

Inspectors didn’t identify what chemical prompted an evacuation at the recycling facility of the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation. Earlier this week, the agency shut down its recycling facility, after workers reported smoke coming from the sorting line.

Gary Maddocks, chief of security at the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation, reported thirteen workers taken to the hospital for chemical exposures are all well. He said workers do their best to sort and remove anything that doesn’t belong in the recycling facility to prevent such incidents.

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Environment
9:42 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Deep Sea Octopus Brooded Over Eggs Longer Than Any Animal, Says URI Researcher

Researchers estimated that this octopus brooded over 160 eggs.
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Researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute and the University of Rhode Island published surprising findings of a deep sea octopus that guarded her eggs for 4-½ years. This is the longest brooding period ever recorded by any animal on the planet.

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Environment
8:52 am
Mon August 4, 2014

DEM: August Is Forest Pest Awareness Month In RI

The formidable Asian Longhorned beetle can deforest massive tracts of land.
Credit RIPR FILE

The Department of Environmental Management is offering two workshops about the invasive Asian Longhorned Beetle this month. August is Forest Pest Awareness Month.

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Environment
5:47 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

State Officials Hold Ceremonial Signing Of Climate Change Bill

The ceremonial signing of the "A Resilient Rhode Island Act" took place in North Kingstown, one of many places state officials consider vulnerable to damages caused by climate change.
Ambar Espinoza RIPR

State officials hosted a ceremonial signing this afternoon in North Kingstown Town Beach for Rhode Island’s first comprehensive climate change bill. Gov. Lincoln Chafee signed the bill into law last month.

The governor noted Wickford Cove experienced a little tsunami last year. He said that’s just one reason why the General Assembly passed this bill into law: to better prepare the state for future extreme weather events.

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Environment
6:06 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Rhode Island To Identify Offshore Sand Sources For Beach Replenishment

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers trucked in 90,000 cubic yards of upland sand sources, a relative small amount compared to future needs, to restore the beach from Superstorm Sandy damages.
Ambar Espinoza RIPR

The U.S. Bureau of Energy Management has awarded Rhode Island $200,000 to identify offshore sand and gravel resources for replenishing beaches. This is part of a federal effort to help coastal communities recover from Superstorm Sandy and prepare for future major storms.

State officials expect future major storms to damage our beaches more than Superstorm Sandy did. That means Rhode Island’s sand needs will continue to grow as we experience more extreme weather events, said Grover Fugate, executive director of the Coastal Resources Management Council.

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Environment
5:44 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

RWU Kicks Off Summer Course For Aspiring Oyster Farmers

Oyster lovers who own waterfront property may now learn how to grow and harvest their oysters through a summer course at Roger Williams University. Registration for the class kicked off this week.

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Environment
4:59 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Hearing Examines Threats Posed By Climate Change

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse discussing climate change on the Senate floor.
Credit RIPR FILE

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.

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.

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Environment
1:05 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Cleanliness Of Narragansett Bay Improving Steadily

Watershed Counts' 2014 reports say the health of Narragansett Bay may be improving.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

"Watershed Counts," a collection of information that focuses on the water quality of the state's beaches, reports that the health of Narragansett 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. 

Nicole Rohr of the University of Rhode Island's Coastal Institute worked on the report. She says climate change is causing more unpredictable storms, which has led to more polluted runoff into the bay. 

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