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Environment
2:02 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Regional Rift Over Who Should Pay for Power Lines Across New England

Federal regulators are being asked to resolve a regional rift over who should pay for new power lines needed to carry renewable electricity to southern New England.

Vermont has joined New Hampshire and Rhode Island to oppose the cost-sharing formula being promoted by Massachusetts, Connecticut and Maine. The question now before federal authorities is how much rate payers in Vermont should pay for a power line project that mainly benefits people in southern New England.

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Environment
3:50 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Invasive Winter Moths Back In Flight To Mate

The invasive winter moth.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

The Department of Environmental Management said those moths you’ve spotted covering the porch light these past few weeks are an invasive winter moth. These male moths are on the hunt for flightless females.

These nonnative invasive moths have emerged since late November and the DEM expects to receive additional sighting reports through the end of the year. 

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Weather
11:31 pm
Sat December 14, 2013

RIPR Snow Cam

The SummerCAM/SnowCAM  is in the RIPR newsroom, looking out at downtown Providence.  It uses Wowza-based streaming technology, provided by ServerRoom.net, which should work on most devices. 

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Environment
10:38 am
Tue December 10, 2013

RI Joins States Seeking Protection From Polluters

Rhode Island is one of eight state's seeking EPA protection from out-of-state polluters.

Rhode Island is one of eight states that are petitioning the Environmental Protection Agency for protection from out-of-state polluters.

The multi-state action is directed at Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. 

The petition cites decades of inaction by these so-called ‘upwind’ states and asks the EPA to require them to join a compact of states committed to reducing pollution.

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Environment
2:27 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Growing Number Of Snowy Owls Spotted In Rhode Island

Snowy Owl sightings have increased throughout Rhode Island
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A University of Rhode Island professor says the state is seeing an unprecedented number of snowy owls this year.

The snowy owl lives in the Arctic, but when its population explodes and there is stiff competition for food, many fly south. That’s what’s happened this year, where sightings of the owl have been seen as far south as Bermuda. University of Rhode Island ecology professor Peter Paton said Rhode Island has received 15 reports of sightings.

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Environment
4:24 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

RI Joins Pact To Lower Energy Costs In New England

Gov. Lincoln Chafee has joined the rest of New England’s governors signing an accord to create a regional power plan.

New England’s six governors say if their states work together, they can share the cost of building natural gas pipelines and power transmission lines delivering Canadian hydro-power, and that will lower energy costs.  Chafee warns it will take a long-term investment to bring down power bills.

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Environment
4:40 am
Fri November 29, 2013

The Wildlife That Soars Above Downtown Providence

Just one of the many photos Peter Green has taken of wild birds flying above Providence.
Credit Peter Green

A photographer living in downtown Providence has caught amazing photos of hawks, owls and falcons flying above the capital city. He discovered the wild birds by following the pigeons.

It all started when Peter Green moved into an apartment facing the Superman building. He loved to watch the pigeons fly outside his window, and one day he spotted a falcon munching the pigeons that had captured his attention.

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Environment
4:22 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Should RI Pay For Power Lines Running Through Northern New England?

Rhode Island would benefit from renewable energy from power lines that would run through New England.
Credit RIPR FILE

Southern New England, in particular Massachusetts and Connecticut, needs more renewable generation to meet their clean-energy mandates. But the supply to meet that demand is mostly in the north wind power from the mountains of Maine, or hydroelectricity from vast reservoirs in Quebec. 

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Environment
1:26 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Alex And Ani Founder Seeks EDC Grant for Belcourt Upgrades

Belcourt Castle in Newport is now owned by Alex and Ani owner Carolyn Rafaelian.
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The founder of Alex and Ani is seeking a grant from the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation. The grant is to help make Belcourt Castle in Newport more eco-friendly.

Alex and Ani founder Carolyn Rafaelian bought Belcourt Castle, renamed it Belcourt of Newport, and is now refurbishing the place. Rafaelian is seeking a grant of $18,500 for a solar array and a geothermal heating and cooling system.  The grant would come from the EDC’s Renewable Energy Fund.

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Environment
8:52 am
Fri November 8, 2013

RI DEM Announces Plans To Cut Down Exploding Deer Population

The population of Virginia White-tailed deer has exploded on Block Island. Now officials must cull the population by hiring sharp-shooters.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

The state Department of Environmental Management has announced plans to cull the population of Virginia white-tailed deer on Block Island.

The density of white-tailed deer on Block Island is estimated at 80 to 100 per square mile.  That’s eight to ten times the desirable level so the state Department of Environmental Management has decided to cull the herd.

The DEM’s Catherine Sparks says they’ll hire professional sharp shooters to kill some of the deer early next year.

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