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8:45 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Searching RI For Evidence of the Asian Longhorned Beetle

Cindy Kwolek inspects a maple tree for the Asian Longhorned beetle in Cumberland, RI.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Throughout the month of August, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management has been searching for evidence of the dreaded Asian Longhorned Beetle. A species so destructive it could defoliate much of New England.

Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender went out in search of the beetle with the D.E.M. team.

  

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Environment
8:43 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Obama Administrator Joins Local Leaders For Action On Climate Change

One of President Obama’s top advisers on climate change was in Rhode Island Wednesday, pressing the administration’s case for reducing the amount of pollutants in the air.  The stars of the press conference were two children who suffer from asthma.

Eight year old Kenyatta Richards has asthma.  On days when there’s an ozone alert – as there were nine times last month – she has to stay indoors to play.   Although she’s too young to fully understand the concept of climate change, she believes there’s a link between it and her illness.

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Environment
9:41 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Rhode Island Lobsters Again Affected By Shell Disease

Lobsters throughout New England have been affected by a disease which eats at their shells for decades, though biologists say it's getting worse.
Credit Creative Commons Image

Once again lobsters off the shores of Rhode Island and Massachusetts are being plagued by a disease that affects their shells. 

But reportedly the disease has grown harsher.

Epizoodic shell disease, or as it commonly known, lobster shell disease, has been in New England for years.

The disease is a bacteria which eats away at the lobster’s shell, causing deterioration, but is generally not fatal.

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Environment
9:24 am
Wed August 7, 2013

UPDATE: West Nile Virus Found In Rhode Island

Mosquitoes in Seekonk have tested positive for West Nile Virus, none in Rhode Island have so far.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management has announced the first finding of West Nile Virus in mosquitoes in the state this year.

The department routinely checks mosquitoes for both West Nile Virus, and Eastern Equine Encephalitis starting in the late spring.

Alan Getman of the DEM said West Nile Virus has been in Rhode Island for twelve years, and today’s reappearance was not unexpected.

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Environment
3:49 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Deepwater Wind Pulls Application for Cable Connecting Wind Farm to Narragansett

Deepwater Wind had been planning to run a cable connecting its Block Island offshore wind farm to Narragansett's Town Beach.
Credit file / RIPR

Deepwater Wind is looking for a new location to connect its offshore wind farm to the mainland. The original plan was to run a line from its Block Island wind farm to Narragansett’s Town Beach.

Residents complained about the plan, and the town council voted to suspend talks with Deepwater back in May. Deepwater Wind insisted that the lines would be buried ten feet underground. After meeting with residents back in June, Deepwater Wind CEO Jeff Grybowski withdrew an application request on Friday.

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Environment
10:23 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Conservation Law Foundation Plans to Sue RI Landfill

The Conservation Law Foundation said it plans to file a lawsuit against the operators of the Central Landfill and the companies involved in converting methane gas from the landfill into power. Director of the Conservation Law Foundation in Rhode Island, Tricia Jedele, said the landfill has been running without a required federal permit for 16 years.

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Environment
7:09 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Westerly and Copar Quarries Head Into Mediation

The Town of Westerly and Copar Quarries head into mediation Wednesday to see if they can settle a dispute that will please both the quarry and residents.

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Environment
2:41 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Odor Prompts Johnston to Shut Down Energy Company at Central Landfill

Johnston's mayor has ordered Broadrock Renewables to be shut down due to return of the "rotten egg" odor.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

The town of Johnston has taken the unusual step of shutting down the company charged with drawing off gases from the state’s Central Landfill.  The reason is that persistent rotten egg smell that’s dogged the town for years.

Broadrock Renewables is supposed to siphon off gas from the landfill and turn it into energy. But lately the company has been allowing it to spew from pipes into the atmosphere, according to Johnston town officials.  Johnston Mayor Joseph Polisena has issued a cease and desist order, requiring the company to suspend operations until the problem is fixed.

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Environment
8:43 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Investigating Rhode Island's Tsunami

Chuck Ebersole is the Steward at Wickford Yacht Club.
Credit Bradley Campbell / RIPR

Scientists are still trying to understand what caused ocean levels across the state to fluctuate last month without warning. The event remains a relative mystery, but a group from the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography believes it may have been a tsunami. 

The author H.P. Lovecraft wrote: "But more wonderful than the lore of old men and the lore of books is the secret lore of the ocean." Such is the case in this story. It starts on June 13th, when Chuck Ebersole had a really unusual day. He's a Steward at the Wickford Yacht Club.

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Environment
2:56 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Scientists Keep an Eye on Seaweed Invading RI Waters

URI scientists are keeping track of the types of seaweed washing up on the state's shores.
Credit URI

A biology professor at the University of Rhode Island is conducting an inventory of the types of seaweeds that grow in Rhode Island ocean waters. 

Seaweed may be an annoyance, but it offers vital clues into the health of an ocean.  That’s why University of Rhode Island biology professor Christopher Lane has embarked on a study of the slimy stuff with an eye towards learning how many species of seaweed exist in Rhode Island, and which are the most invasive.

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