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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.