Environment

Battle With The Sea
9:28 am
Sat January 24, 2015

Battle With The Sea: Rhode Island Develops State-of-the-Art Planning Tools

The head of the EPA Northeast Region, Curt Spalding, took a guided walking tour of Wickford Village in North Kingstown to learn about a climate change adaptation pilot project there. He also visited Westerly, South Kingstown, and Warwick.
Ambar Espinoza RIPR

Just this week, the U.S. Senate went on the record that climate change exists. Local and state officials in Rhode Island haven’t been waiting around to take the lead from Washington. They not only know climate change is real, but they’re also planning for its impacts. As part of our Battle With The Sea series, Rhode Island Public Radio’s environmental reporter Ambar Espinoza went on a tour with the Environmental Protection Agency’s northeast director to see how plans are in place.

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Environment
10:04 am
Thu January 22, 2015

EPA Head Tours RI Areas Affected By Climate Change

EPA head Curt Spalding tours areas affected in Rhode Island.
Credit Ambar Espinoza / RIPR

The regional head of the environmental protection agency said Rhode Island is doing state-of-the-art planning for climate change threats.  Curt Spalding spent Wednesday seeing firsthand the tools coastal managers have already put into place.

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Environment
9:39 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Sen. Whitehouse Applauds Official Senate Recognition Of Climate Change

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse addresses the Senate during one of his weekly speeches on climate change.
Credit Whitehouse Office

Climate change is real, not a hoax. That’s according the U.S. Senate, which is now on record about the reality of climate change.  The Senate voted 98 to 1 on an amendment recognizing climate change in the Keystone Pipeline bill.  

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Environment
10:29 am
Wed January 21, 2015

EPA Head To Survey Parts Of RI Endangered By Climate Change

Misquamicut Beach in Westerly was drastically affected by hurricane Sandy in 2012.
Credit Ambar Espinoza / RIPR

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency’s New England region is in Rhode Island Wednesday. Curt Spalding will survey parts of the state, to see which are at risk to storms and increased sea level rise.

For two days, the EPA’s Curt Spalding will tour areas in Westerly, South Kingstown, North Kingstown and Warwick. The idea behind the tour is twofold: to examine at-risk areas, and share ideas and existing tools for how to plan for rising seas and more violent storms.

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Environment
5:00 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Year-Long Birding Competition Kicks Off In Rhode Island

A barred owl.
Ed Hughes The Audubon Society of Rhode Island

If bird watching is your way of combating the winter blues, then the Audubon of Society of Rhode Island has a challenge for you, as Rhode Island Public Radio’s environmental reporter Ambar Espinoza reports.

In the past, the Audubon Society of Rhode Island (ASRI) has held something called a bird-a-thon, where bird watchers try to identify as many bird species as they can in a day.  

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Environment
6:15 am
Mon January 12, 2015

CFL Recycling Program Keeping Mercury Out Of Waterways

Compact fluorescent light bulbs contain small traces of mercury that can get into our waterways when they are sent to the landfill. Exposure to mercury, even in small amounts, may cause serious health problems. The most common exposure to mercury is through fish consumption.
Credit Ambar Espinoza / RIPR

A recycling program for light bulbs with mercury has kept nearly seven grams of mercury out of our waterways in its first four months of operation. 

Seven grams of mercury is enough to make more than 20 tons of fish unsafe to eat, said David Gerraughty, the mercury program coordinator at Clean Water Action Rhode Island, the group that’s paying for the cost of this recycling program.

Gerraughty said the most common exposure to mercury is through eating contaminated fish.

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Environment
8:30 am
Sun January 11, 2015

EPA Pushes Back Deadline For Carbon Rules

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) received four million comments for its trio of federal rules proposing to reduce carbon emissions from power plants. This is why the EPA will miss a deadline this month to finalize one of those plans. Now the agency will finalize those rules all at once in the mid-summer.

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management submitted comments, encouraging the EPA to continue recognizing existing efforts to reduce carbon emissions.

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Environment
8:59 am
Tue December 30, 2014

Major Campaign Launched To Restore Wild Heron To Rose Island

Hundreds of heron used to flock to Rose Island to nest, their numbers have since dwindled to zero.
Credit Rose Island Lighthouse Foundation

Scientists are embarking upon a major campaign to get wild heron back on Rose Island.  Over the last decade the birds have disappeared from the island which sits between Newport and Jamestown in Narragansett Bay. .

Some 300 hundred pair of heron nested on the island until the mid-2000’s.  That number has dwindled to zero. The island’s caretakers think human activity, and environmental changes are to blame.   They’re fundraising to bring the birds back.  Rick Best is a spokesman for the Rhode Island Lighthouse Foundation.

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Environment
5:00 am
Tue December 30, 2014

Aprendiendo A Reducir El Desperdicio De Alimentos

David Rochelau conduce un taller en el cual le ensena a la gente como redicir el desperdicio de alimentos. El Consejo de Politicas Alimentarias de Rhode Island, en asociacion con la Agencia de Proteccion Ambiental de Estados Unidos ofrecio este taller.
Ambar Espinoza RIPR

Nosotros tiramos un montón de comida durante los días festivos. Más de lo habitual. La comida que termina en la basura no sólo perjudica nuestros bolsillos, pero también llena los vertederos, o rellenos sanitarios, despidiendo gases nocivos.

El Consejo de Políticas Alimentarias de Rhode Island (en ingles: Rhode Island Food Policy Council) lanzó un programa piloto a principios de este año, enseñando a la gente a reducir la cantidad de comida que tiran. Nuestra reportera ambiental Ambar Espinoza ensayo con el programa y tiene esta historia.

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Environment
5:00 am
Tue December 30, 2014

Learning To Reduce Food Waste

David Rocheleau co-leads a workshop that teaches people how to reduce their food waste. The Rhode Island Food Policy Council, in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, offered this program called "Food: Too Good To Waste."
Ambar Espinoza RIPR

We throw away a lot of food over the holidays. More than usual. We generate about 25 percent more waste between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. Food that ends up in the trash can not only hurts our wallets, but also fills up landfills, sending off noxious gases. The Rhode Island Food Policy Council launched a pilot program earlier this year, teaching people how to cut down the amount of food they throw away. Our environmental reporter Ambar Espinoza gave it a try and has this story.

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