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Environment
11:05 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Shellfish management plan to emphasize aquaculture

Scallop shells via Flickr Creative Commons

(PROVIDENCE, RI) The state is continuing to work on a new shellfish management plan. Aquaculture is one area of concern for state regulators and shellfish harvesters.

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Environment
10:00 am
Sun January 13, 2013

Narwhals: an interview with author Todd McLeish

Often called sea unicorns, the narwhal is a one of a kind animal. It lives amid the arctic sea ice and has a spiral tusk that extends out its mouth. Pascoag-based science writer, Todd McLeish, joins Weekend Edition to discuss his new book, Narwhals: Arctic Whales in a Melting World.

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Environment
10:30 am
Thu January 10, 2013

East Providence firm fined by EPA

(PROVIDENCE, RI) A cold storage and ice manufacturing company with a facility in East Providence has been fined by the US Environmental Protection Agency.     Federal officials charge that Cape Cod Ice did not have a risk management plan in place at both its East Providence and Sandwich, Massachusetts plants.

The EPA says ammonia is a significant health hazard because it is corrosive to skin, eyes and lungs.  

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Environment
4:37 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

$1.1M heading to Westerly to turn flood-prone property into green space

(PROVIDENCE, RI) Rhode Island’s congressional delegation says a little more than a million dollars in federal funding is on its way to buy property in Westerly. The plan is to turn land along Canal Street into open green space.

The $1.1 million in federal funding will go toward the purchase of five residences and three pieces of non-residential property on Canal Street in Westerly’s north end. The area floods often and was severely damaged during the big flood of 2010. The plan is to demolish the homes and turn the land into wetlands.  

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Environment
4:29 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Aquidneck Island bike route pedals forward

(PROVIDENCE, RI) A bike route stretching the length of Aquidneck Island is closer to becoming a reality. A grant to create a design for an 18-mile route is currently being vetted by the Department of Environmental Management.

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Environment
1:44 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

State seeks input for new shellfish management plan

The state is meeting with local shellfish harvesters this evening at the University of Rhode Island.  The state is working to craft a new shellfish management plan to protect the vital resource.

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Wind Energy
3:38 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Comment period extended for Block Island Wind Farm

The Army Corps of Engineers has extended the comment period for the wind farm off Block Island to early February.  It’s the second time the corps has extended the deadline.

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Environment
9:12 am
Tue January 1, 2013

2012 News Countdown: Superstorm Sandy devastates part of RI shoreline

Waves crash over Narragansett sea wall.
Credit Kristin Gourlay

(PROVIDENCE, RI)

It was a busy year in the Ocean State, and Rhode Island Public Radio’s counting down the top
ten news stories of 2012. At number three is the damage brought by Superstorm Sandy.  

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Environment
9:08 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Professor: some harvesting of coral is good

Bradley Campbell reports.

The trade of live coral for home aquariums is continuing to drop internationally. While the practice is in decline, a Roger Williams University professor says promoting its growth has the ability to actually help coral reefs.

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Science
1:15 pm
Mon October 20, 2003

Obesity Epidemic

wrni – Rhode Island's obesity rate is at an all-time high. Experts worry that if more isn't done to curb the rate, obesity will overtake tobacco as the leading cause of
preventable disability and death. Obesity
can lead to high blood pressure, diabetes,
heart disease, and respiratory problems, as well as psychological problems. The problem is being addressed at school's, workplaces, and health organizations in the state.

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