Environment

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A land conservation organization in southern Rhode Island is expanding one of its properties in an effort to protect local natural resources. The Westerly Land Trust has purchased four acres of wetlands.

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The Roger Williams Park Zoo is now the only zoo in New England to have a Komodo dragon.

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An organization working to preserve the Narrow River in South County is seeking volunteers to restore the river's salt marshes that are disappearing due to climate change.


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This summer, ticks may have a slightly higher chance of being infected with bacteria that causes Lyme disease, according to a Rhode Island tick expert.


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The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority is launching its first ever Bike to Work Week Monday to encourage greener commuting. 


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State lawmakers are hoping new legislation will grow the green energy industry. 


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A new heat advisory policy for the northeast will take effect this summer thanks to a study published today that looks at the relationship between heat and health in New England.

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Rhode Island is expected to see an increase in the gypsy moth caterpillar population this spring for the third year in a row, according to a report by the state Department of Environmental Management. 


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A program designed to finance projects to make commercial buildings more energy efficient is growing in Rhode Island. 

Thirteen more municipalities are working to participate in the Rhode Island Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy program. Fourteen other municipalities have already joined since the program launched in May 2016.

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Democratic Sen. Bill Conley of East Providence is leading Rhode Island’s clean energy industry in the right direction, according to a regional organization that works to grow the green energy economy. 

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Middletown is the third community in Rhode Island to ban plastic bags in an effort to protect marine life.

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Deepwater Wind, the country's first offshore wind farm, is now supplying electricity to Block Island's 2,000 customers. 


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Brown University will be creating a climate change task force to develop environmentally sustainable business practices.

The Task Force on Climate Change and Business and Investment Practices will be expected to have a list of recommendations for President Christina Paxson on how to align the university’s business decisions with its commitment to addressing climate change.

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Save the Bay, an organization dedicated to protecting Narragansett Bay, is offering tips on how Rhode Islanders can reduce their contribution to polluted rainwater that runs off of lawns and hard surfaces into the bay.


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Rhode Islanders will be sending a message to President Donald Trump tomorrow morning that he needs to address climate change as a part of a national movement demanding climate action.

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