Environment

Environment
5:37 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Head of CRMC to attend State of the Union

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse will be watching the State of the Union address tonight with a local advocate working to educate the state about the perils of climate change.

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Environment
8:39 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Good news for New England's greenhouse gasses

The regional cap on carbon dioxide emissions could be lowered by nearly half next year.  New England’s regional greenhouse gas emissions are already lower than expected.

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Environment
4:46 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Newport lands Volvo Ocean Race 2015

Volvo Ocean Race - Photo via Flickr Creative Commons

Newport will host the Volvo Ocean Race in 2015. The City by the Sea will be the only US stopover for the around the world race.

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Environment
3:23 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

New fishing regulations restrict cod, open up flounder

Point Judith, RI - Photo via Flickr Creative Commons

Regional fisherman say new catch limits on cod voted in place by the New England Fishery Management Council last week will decimate their industry. But an official at the Division of Fish and Wildlife says the impact to local fisherman will be limited.

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Environment
7:26 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Summer job openings at state's parks

Block Island
Credit Kristin Gourlay

The state Department of Environmental Management is accepting applications for summer employment. The department is looking for 50 to 100 people for jobs that include lifeguard, parks ranger, and maintenance person.  

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Environment
12:00 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Flame Box Crab found around Block Island

The flame box crab, or Calappa Flammea, has recently been caught twice in the waters off Block Island. 

The crab, distinct for the red flame-like pattern on its shell, is generally found in the Gulf Coast, though it has been found as far north as Massachussetts.

Chair of the Block Island Shellfish Commission, Hermann Gempp, told the  Block Island Times that the crabs most likely migrated north in a storm, or traveled up the Gulf Stream.

Environment
10:26 am
Sun February 3, 2013

All you need to know about the Shellfish Management Plan

Scallop shells - Photo via Flickr Creative Commons

The state is creating its first ever statewide Shellfish Management Plan. It's seeking advice on the plan from people involved in aquaculture, fishing and restoration. But why does the state think such a plan is critical for the species to thrive?

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Environment
4:32 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Plastic bag ban could affect food safety

As Bristol becomes the latest Rhode Island town to consider banning plastic bags, experts say the benefits of a ban could extend to the food we eat.

Associate Professor of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island, Rainer Lohmann, says toxins clinging to plastic trash can make their way up the food chain, polluting our seafood. He says banning plastic bags is a good first step for cleaning up plastic pollution.

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Environment
2:17 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Bristol proposes plastic bag ban

Following in Barrington’s footsteps, Bristol’s Town Council will review a proposal to ban single-use plastic bags from the town’s businesses in a meeting scheduled for February 20th. Council Member Timothy Sweeney initially proposed the ban on January 23rd. He says the response thus far from Bristol citizens seems positive, as the ban would reduce the amount of plastic that ends up in the Bay.

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Environment
10:08 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Navy considering using wind power

Wind turbines at the Port of Providence
Credit Catherine Welch

The Naval Station is looking at the possibility of erecting 12 wind turbines on its properties on Aquidneck Island. The Naval Station’s spokeswoman Lisa Rama, says the goal is for the turbines to produce enough electricity to power the base.

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