Environment

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Rhode Island’s Department of Environmental Management has detected the Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus in mosquitoes slightly earlier than usual.


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Climate Action RI, an environmental advocacy coalition, held a rally Saturday outside of the National Governors Association's annual summer meeting at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence.


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Invenergy, the company that wants to build a controversial, natural gas-fired power plant in Burrillville, is pushing back the plant's start date by at least a year. 


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Whale conservationists and the sports organization U.S. Sailing are partnering to help to prevent sailboat collisions with whales. The new program trains sailors to safely navigating whale habitats.

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Experts have predicted a higher than usual number of ticks this year. That could mean increased risk of Lyme disease, but not all ticks carry the infection. If you’ve found a tick recently, the University of Rhode Island has an easy way to identify it, and determine whether it might be dangerous. 

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Bats eat an enormous amount of bugs. It’s the kind of feeding that keeps pests down and agriculture stable. But a newly updated report from the Connecticut Council on Environmental Quality says the cave-dwelling bat population is down, and that’s a reason for concern.

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The Rhode Island Departments of Health and Environmental Management are advising residents avoid bodies of water where blue-green algae blooms have been found.

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Water quality along the Aquidneck Island shoreline has improved overall, but isn’t perfect, according to a new report from a local environmental nonprofit.

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Former head of the Environmental Protection Agency's New England regional office is worried that President Donald Trump's proposed budget could put Rhode Island's air and water quality at risk. 

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Local environmentalists and farmers are at odds over a proposal by the Environmental Protection Agency to repeal the 2015 Clean Water Rule.


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Renewable energy makes up about 10 percent of the world’s total energy supply. Of that percentage, a very small portion comes from the ocean’s tides. 

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  Honey bees have been having a tough time lately. Pests and disease have plagued many hives, killing off the pollinators and forcing people looking to save the bees to get creative.

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A subset of the New England Fishery Management Council is taking the summer to consider new methods for tracking groundfish in the region like cod, haddock, and sole.

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Environmental advocates are regrouping today and Monday after a failed attempt to convince state legislators to amend the legislative budget, which diverts $12.5 million from energy efficiency programs to the state's General Fund.

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Rhode Island's Clean Water Action is against a bill that would ban plastic bags statewide. 

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