Environment

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Environmental advocates are regrouping today and Monday after a failed attempt to convince state legislators to amend the legislative budget, which diverts $12.5 million from energy efficiency programs to the state's General Fund.

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Rhode Island's Clean Water Action is against a bill that would ban plastic bags statewide. 

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A beached humpback whale discovered dead several days ago in Jamestown is still lying on the rocks near the island’s southern coast. Scientists hoped to remove the whale's body Monday, but were unable due to the weather.

Holly Hitchcock

Rhode Island Superior Court will hear a case against Invenergy - the company proposing to build a natural gas power plant in Burrillville - and the Town of Johnston.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Rhode Island's chapter of The Nature Conservancy is preparing to remove a 200-year-old dam from the Pawcatuck River to restore the ecosystem and protect local communities from flooding due to dam failure. 


Record-Breaking Year For Mass. Maple Syrup Producers

Jun 18, 2017
Courtesy of High Hopes Farm / Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism

For the third year in a row, maple syrup production in Massachusetts was at an all-time high.

A federal survey found the state's sugarmakers produced 7,000 more gallons this year than last year.

Massachusetts Maple Producers Association Coordinator Winton Pitcoff said the weather helped. Warm temperatures in January and February started the season off. Colder temperatures in March allowed production to continue into April.

Rhode Islanders for Affordable Energy

A new coalition of business owners and local building trades unions is advocating for the construction of a proposed natural gas power plant in Burrillville. 


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An expert on insects is banking on more rain -- and a fungus -- to knock back populations of gypsy moths.

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Gov. Gina Raimondo said Rhode Island will continue to address climate change despite President Donald Trump's decision to pull the United States out of a global climate agreement. 

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The number of clean energy jobs in Rhode Island is up 66 percent since 2014.


How To Feed The World, Sustainably

Jun 12, 2017

Stephen Porder is Associate Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Brown University. He talked with Laxmi Parthasarathy for a special RIPR interview about sustainability. Prof. Porder's research includes the effects of fertilizer on the environment and how those effects differ between North American farms and farms carved out of the Amazon.

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Scientists are concerned about recent proposals from a national agency that would allow companies to search for oil and gas below the Atlantic Ocean floor.

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A researcher from Yale University says the way people interpret scientific information depends largely on their political ideology. 

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By the end of the year, the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to announce new limits on the amount of nitrogen that wastewater treatment plants in Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire can release into the Connecticut River.

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