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Environment
8:58 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Allergy Season Expected To Be Especially Harsh

White Pine tree branches, which are partly responsible for the especially harsh allergy season.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Experts are predicting an unusually bad allergy season with high levels of pollen this year. They note that the cold and wet spring has delayed the onset of pollen production and will cause many types of plants to produce allergens at once. Professor Keith Killingbeck of The University of Rhode Island said he was surprised by the intensity of the allergen levels.

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Environment
4:10 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

New Female Peregrine Falcon Nesting Atop Superman Building Welcomes First Chick

The pink blob directly below this Peregrine falcon is a newly hatched chick with the eggshell close by.
Credit Screenshot of the Audubon Society of Rhode Island's Peregrine Webcam

The peregrine falcons nesting atop the Superman Building in downtown Providence have welcomed the first of their four chicks this week. A new female peregrine falcon has taken over the nest this year.

The Audubon Society of Rhode Island has been monitoring the nesting box atop the Superman building for more than 10 years. This year, staff noticed the female who had been nesting there since 2000 was displaced.

Jeff Hall, senior director of advancement, said no one knows whether the bird died of age or during migration, or whether she was outcompeted by a younger bird.

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Environment
5:19 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Sen. Whitehouse Visits Nearly-Finished RISD, Brown Solar House

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse toured the solar-powered house designed and built by a team of Brown and RISD students competing in a solar decathlon this summer in France.
Ambar Espinoza RIPR

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse toured a solar-power house designed by students from Brown, the Rhode Island School of Design, and the University of Applied Sciences in Erfurt, Germany. The house, made out of high performing fabrics that are fire proof, water resistant, and energy efficient, heads to France soon for a solar decathlon.

Whitehouse said he’s followed the project since its early days. 

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Environment
7:35 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Poor Air Quality Days In Rhode Island To Dwindle In The Future

Every Rhode Island county with an air quality monitoring device had slightly more smoggy days this year compared to last year, according to a report issued this year by the American Lung Association. The state will likely see those smoggy days dwindle in the future.

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Environment
7:20 am
Thu May 1, 2014

DEM To Announce Grant Winners At Agriculture Day

The Department of Environmental Management will host Rhode Island Agriculture Day at the State House today with a number of activities, including the announcement of the 17 grant recipients of the Local Agriculture and Seafood Act. 

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Environment
5:30 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Environmental Groups To Lobby Lawmakers On Key Bills

Dozens of environmental group will descend on the Statehouse Wednesday to advocate for green legislation.
Credit Don Boorman

The Environment Council of Rhode Island will host its annual Earth Day at the Statehouse Wednesday.  The event is also called Earth Lobby Day.

The coalition of more than 60 environmental groups wants to bring attention to key environmental bills under consideration, as state lawmakers begin the last leg of the 2014 legislative session. 

Channing Jones, campaign director of Environment Rhode Island, a member of the coalition, said the event is an opportunity for the environmental community to do a group push for priorities they share.

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Local Feature
6:00 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Environmental Group Wants To See More Mercury Thermostats Recycled

A study by Clean Water Action found more than a quarter million mercury thermostats are in use in Rhode Island and will need to be safely recycled.
Credit Ambar Espinoza / RIPR

More than a quarter million mercury thermostats are in use in Rhode Island and will need to be safely recycled, according to a study by Clean Water Action Rhode Island and the National Resources Defense Council.

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Environment
5:30 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Study Finds Crabs Destroying Coastal Saltmarshes In Rhode Island And Cape Cod

Recreational overfishing is disrupting the food webs in coastal saltmarshes in southern New England, leaving crabs free to eat as much cordgrass as they want. This is the reason behind the loss of saltmarshes, according to a research team at Brown.
Photo Courtesy of Mark Bertness Brown University

Hungry crabs eating grasses in coastal saltmarshes in Rhode Island and Cape Cod are behind the rapid die-offs of these salt marshes, according to a research team at Brown University.

Crabs have been free to munch away at cordgrass, causing the death of coastal saltmarshes in southern New England, said Mark Bertness, a biology professor who leads that research team.

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Environment
5:30 am
Mon April 28, 2014

RIRRC: Keep Plastic Bags Out Of Recycling Bins

The Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation (RIRRC) wants to remind people to keep plastic bags out of recycling bins. 

The RIRRC reports that workers at the Central Landfill’s Materials Recycling Facility have to spend an hour during every shift to clean out plastic bags and other twisted trash in the recycling equipment.

 The RIRRC wants to remind people that stores across the state have special bins to recycle plastic bags.

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Environment
5:30 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Gubernatorial Candidates To Lay Out Plans For Tackling Climate Change Impacts

Gina Raimondo is one of four Democratic candidates running for governor, including Clay Pell, Angel Taveras, and Todd Giroux.
Credit RIPR FILE

The four Democratic candidates running for governor will outline this morning how they will address climate change threats if elected governor. 

The candidates will lay out those plans at a forum sponsored by the Environment Council of Rhode Island (ECRI) and the nonprofit online news outlet EcoRI. ECRI president Jamie Rhodes said only the Democratic candidates agreed to join.  He said the issue of climate change affects the Ocean state regardless of party lines. 

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