Environment

RYAN CARON KING / WNPR

  Once plentiful in New England’s rivers, native Atlantic salmon have since all but disappeared.

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A Rhode Island Superior Court judge is still deciding whether to dismiss a lawsuit related to a proposed power plant in Burrillville after a hearing this week. 


Fred Bever / Maine Public Radio

  After a decade of rapid growth, wind energy in Maine has hit the doldrums. No big new wind projects are likely to go live anytime soon, and it could cost billions to unlock enough of the state’s wind resource — the best in the region — to serve southern New England’s thirst for renewable energy.

Last Coal-Burning Power Plant In Mass. Shuts Down

Jun 1, 2017
Jesse Costa / WBUR


The last coal-fired power plant in Massachusetts — and the largest in New England — shut down for good on Wednesday.

For more than 50 years, the massive Brayton Point Power Station in Somerset has generated electricity fueled by shiploads of coal from as far away as Colombia and South Africa.

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The final phase of a water quality project decades in the making has been delayed by at least three years. 


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A national climate agency is expecting the Northeast to have higher sea levels than the global average by the year 2100.


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Local environmental experts believe President Donald Trump’s proposed budget for the Environmental Protection Agency could have devastating effects on the Ocean State.


Avory Brookins / RIPR

A final decision on a controversial proposed power plant in the Town of Burrillville is expected to stretch into next year. 

Courtesy of Westerly Land Trust

The Westerly Land Trust, a land conservation organization in southern Rhode Island, is expanding one of its properties in an effort to protect local natural resources.

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The Roger Williams Park Zoo is now the only zoo in New England to have a Komodo dragon.

Charlie Biddle / Narrow River Preservation Association

An organization working to preserve the Narrow River in South County is seeking volunteers to restore the river's salt marshes that are disappearing due to climate change.


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This summer, ticks may have a slightly higher chance of being infected with bacteria that causes Lyme disease, according to a Rhode Island tick expert.


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The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority is launching its first ever Bike to Work Week Monday to encourage greener commuting. 


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State lawmakers are hoping new legislation will grow the green energy industry. 


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A new heat advisory policy for the northeast will take effect this summer thanks to a study published today that looks at the relationship between heat and health in New England.

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