Environment

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.

Ambar Espinoza / RIPR

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

Courtesy of Simon Engelhart / University of Rhode Island

University of Rhode Island scientists are turning to salt marshes to better understand the relationship between climate change and sea level rise.

Ambar Espinoza / RIPR

One of the most respected environmental leaders in the state is retiring. For more than 30 years, Eugenia Marks was never shy about sharing her views with political leaders about the need to protect the environment. She's the senior policy director at the Audubon Society of Rhode Island, and she's about to step down.

Ambar Espinoza / RIPR

Rhode Island Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse are applauding President Obama’s decision to reject the Keystone XL pipeline proposal.

The president said the project would neither have made a meaningful contribution to the nation’s economy nor increased energy security.

John Bender / RIPR

Narragansett Bay and its watershed are getting healthier, but more work to clean them up lies ahead, according to the fifth annual Watershed Counts report.

Courtesy of Harvey Walsh NEFSC/NOAA

Young fish in the Northeast, from North Carolina to Nova Scotia, are moving north according to a recent federal study, adding to a growing body of research that shows fish populations shifting because of warmer ocean temperatures.

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