Courtesy of Isabel Burnham / Norman Bird Sanctuary

The Norman Bird Sanctuary in Middletown boasts beautiful views of its 325-acre property year-round. Now people with wheelchairs, walkers, and baby strollers will be able to enjoy the wildlife sanctuary with greater ease. The wildlife sanctuary unveiled its first accessible trail this week.

Environmental advocates are poking holes in a proposal from power company Invenergy to build a new natural gas power plant in Burrillville. Invenergy has detailed its plans in a thick permit application to the state Energy Facility Siting Board. But the nonprofit Conservation Law Foundation has questioned claims the facility will help reduce carbon emissions or save money for rate payers. Rhode Island Public Radio environmental reporter Ambar Espinoza joined Dave Fallon in the studio with more details. 

Environmental advocates at the Conservation Law Foundation are trying to intervene in the effort to build a new natural gas-fired power plant in the state. Rhode Island Public Radio environmental reporter Ambar Espinoza explains.

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The first batch of equipment for the Block Island Wind Farm towers will arrive by ship this week. The towers will be assembled at the Port of Providence.

Ambar Espinoza / RIPR

The federal government has extended the deadline for fishermen to start paying for monitors to keep track of their catch.

Invenergy, the company proposing to build a new gas-fired power plant in Burrillville, has filed its permit application

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University of Rhode Island scientists are turning to salt marshes to better understand the relationship between climate change and sea level rise.

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One of the most respected environmental leaders in the state is retiring. For more than 30 years, Eugenia Marks was never shy about sharing her views with political leaders about the need to protect the environment. She's the senior policy director at the Audubon Society of Rhode Island, and she's about to step down.

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Rhode Island Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse are applauding President Obama’s decision to reject the Keystone XL pipeline proposal.

The president said the project would neither have made a meaningful contribution to the nation’s economy nor increased energy security.

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Narragansett Bay and its watershed are getting healthier, but more work to clean them up lies ahead, according to the fifth annual Watershed Counts report.

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Young fish in the Northeast, from North Carolina to Nova Scotia, are moving north according to a recent federal study, adding to a growing body of research that shows fish populations shifting because of warmer ocean temperatures.

Ambar Espinoza

Rhode Island’s state geologist and longtime advisor to the Coastal Resources Management Council has passed away. Jon Boothroyd died unexpectedly in his home last week at age 77.

Over the course of his career, Boothroyd studied many of the biggest challenges Rhode Island faces from sea level rise and coastal erosion. 


Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian heads to New Hampshire this weekend for a summit on coastal flooding and sea level rise. 


The Community College of Rhode Island plans to open a new facility in Westerly to train workers for Electric Boat.

The company needs welders and other specialized employees to build nuclear submarines. Rhode Island Education Commissioner Jim Purcell said the new center is part of an effort to be more responsive to Electric Boat and other companies.

“And we’ve made a commitment to actually have a learning center at Westerly, which is really going to support job opportunity and access not only here in Rhode Island, but also at the Groton, Ct. site,” said Purcell.

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Photographer Peter Green enjoys bird watching around Rhode Island. But his favorite spot is downtown Providence.  Most people are too busy to notice birds of prey circling this urban setting. But Green has become something of an expert.