Environment

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Over the next five years, dozens of volunteers will comb the Ocean State to map bird distribution. The data will be part of the state’s second bird breeding atlas, a joint undertaking by state and federal officials in partnership with the University of Rhode Island.

Ambar Espinoza / RIPR

The Environment Council of Rhode Island is hosting a nature video festival early next year to showcase the state’s natural wonders.

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Rhode Island government agencies are among the state’s top energy consumers, spending about $35 million a year on energy bills.

Gov. Gina Raimondo signed an executive order to reduce that energy consumption. She’s committing state agencies to get 100 percent of its power from renewable sources by 2025 and to reduce energy consumption by 10 percent by 2019.

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Construction on the offshore wind farm, in the waters near Block Island is finished for the season. The major renewable energy project began this summer.

When construction began on the wind-turbine farm in July, it was heralded by state and federal leaders as the first in the nation.

Over the course of the last five months, hundreds have worked on the project at the site about three miles from Block Island. And despite some safety and equipment issues, work remained on schedule.

Construction is expected to start back up in spring.

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Since 2001, wind power in the United States has steadily offset carbon pollution. How much? More than a year’s worth of Canada’s emissions.

In a new report by Environment America, New England advocates of renewable energy are pointing to that as evidence of the growing role wind energy could continue to play in combating the climate crisis.

Aaron Read

Foreign ministers in Paris have a tough week ahead as they tackle the first draft of a global agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But local observers are still encouraged by positive signs in the climate negotiations.

Eight climate activists who were arrested for trespassing at the Spectra Energy facility in Burrillville have been released. They’re facing charges of criminal trespass.

Rhode Island Public Radio

This week in Paris, world leaders launched a major climate change summit. The two-week meeting is aimed at negotiating an agreement to reduce carbon emissions. A group of Brown University professors and students is also at the summit. Rhode Island Public Radio environmental reporter Ambar Espinoza spoke with the group to hear what the next two weeks have in store.  

U.S. Department of Agriculture

At the end of a filling Thanksgiving feast, you might be wondering: what on earth should I do with this big turkey skeleton with bits of meat all over it? You could compost it instead of sending it to the landfill. But it’s a lot of work to do it right. One local man is making it really easy to compost.

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.

Courtesy of David Delpoio / Deepwater Wind

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.

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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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