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Environment
8:25 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Brown Divestment Group to Appear Before the Corporation

Students at Brown University hope to see the school pull investments from fossil fuel companies.
Credit RIPR

A student-led protest group at Brown University will attend the Corporation’s annual meeting Thursday to answer questions about climate change.  The group wants the university to divest from fossil fuel companies.

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Environment
8:21 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Closed East Providence Recycling Facility to be Removed

A contentious recycling facility in East Providence will close.  The Department of Environmental Management will use bond money to pay the property owner to remove all construction and demolition debris from the site.

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Environment
2:42 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Portsmouth Desperately Seeking Private Wind Energy Partner

Portsmouth could dismantle its turbine and sell parts for scrap if it fails find a private partner to help with repair and operational costs.
Credit Ani Od Chai

In Portsmouth, the town council wants to see if a private firm could help fix and run its broken wind turbine.

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Environment
2:32 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Westerly Starts Spraying for Mosquitos

Westerly residents may be awakened to the sounds of helicopters overhead Thursday morning.  Continuing a practice begun in 1997, the town of Westerly is conducting aerial spraying against mosquitos.

The targeted areas are portions of Chapman Swamp and the swamp area adjacent to Hespar Drive.

The town uses Bti, a naturally occurring bacterium which prevents larval mosquitoes from developing into adults.  The state Department of Environmental Management says it safe to humans and the environment.

Spraying begins Thursday at 7:00am and continues through 2:00pm.

Environment
8:31 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Senate Finance Committee Reconsiders Renewable Energy Tax Credit

The state may once again help out residents looking to add wind or solar power to their homes.  The senate finance committee will look at a plan Wednesday to restore a renewable energy tax credit.

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Environment
1:31 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Portsmouth Stuggles To Deal With Broken Wind Turbine

One option could dismantle the Portsmouth Wind Turbine and sell its parts for scrap.
Credit Ani Od Chai

The Portsmouth town Council will get an update tonight on its broken wind turbine. The turbine has stood motionless for almost a year.

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Environment
8:25 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Narragansett Suspends Talks with Deepwater Wind

Narragansett Town Hall.
Credit Bradley Campbell

The Narragansett Town Council Voted 5-0 to suspend talks with the offshore wind turbine developer, Deepwater Wind, until June.  The council felt its residents needed more time to vet a plan to run a transmission line through a popular beach.

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Environment
2:57 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Will Narragansett allow a Transmission Line on Town Beach?

The concerns over wind energy heads to Narragansett.
Credit Bradley Campbell

The Narragansett Town Council is holding a public meeting tonight that could be critical to the plans for an offshore wind project off the coast of Block Island.

The Block Island Wind farm would place five wind turbines off the southeast coast of Block Island. The company in charge of it is Deepwater Wind. It plans to connect the wind turbines and the Island to the power grid on the mainland with a 21 mile underwater cable. Deepwater Wind wants that cable to come ashore in Narragansett.

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Environment
5:50 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

RISD Students Occupy President's Office

RISD students protest outside the admin building.
Credit Bradley Campbell

Eleven students at the Rhode Island School of Design are occupying the office of President John Maeda. The students are asking him to support a divestment of all RISD’s investments in fossil fuels.

While the students camped out inside the president’s office …

… Almost one hundred other RISD students took a break from their year-end projects to protest the design school’s investments in fossil fuels.  The protesters gathered at RISD Beach and marched down College Hill to protest in front of RISD’s administration building.

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Environment
4:50 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Huge Basking Shark that Washed Up at Misquamicut was a Mature Male

Scientists at the Northeast Fisheries Science Center said they hope to get some answers from a necropsy being done on a huge basking shark that washed ashore at Misquamicut Beach over the weekend.

Nancy Kohler, a scientist at the center, said the 28.5-foot long shark was a mature male, in good condition, and it’s unclear why it washed up dead. Her research team is doing a necropsy on the shark, on the beach, and she said that’s drawing a lot of attention.

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