Environment

Neil Pearson/Save The Bay

Researchers at the University of Rhode Island have received a $19 million federal grant to study how man-made and natural climate changes are affecting ecosystems in Narragansett Bay.


Fred Bever / Maine Public Radio

New England is home to thousands of dams that have fallen out of use -- a legacy of our industrial past. 

KATHLEEN MASTERSON / Vermont Public Radio

Unlike large hydropower dams, where there's often serious political and emotional resistance to removal, conservationists are finding many landowners of small dams are happy to have them removed.

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The International Trade Commission ruled Friday that inexpensive, imported solar panels have harmed U.S.-based panel manufacturers. In New England, solar installers say they started stockpiling the panels even before the decision.

Avory Brookins / RIPR

Jane Goodall, renowned chimp expert and conservationist, spread her message of hope for the environment during a lecture Tuesday in front of nearly 5,700 people at the University of Rhode Island.


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Ash trees in New England and across the country are at risk of extinction because of a foreign beetle known as the emerald ash borer.  


Avory Brookins / RIPR

Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo has created a new position called "chief resiliency officer" to help the Ocean State better prepare for climate change. 


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Providence Water, which supplies about 60 percent of Rhode Island's drinking water, has made efforts to raise awareness about lead in the water supply. 

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Recent hurricanes in Texas and the Caribbean have some Rhode Island coastal management officials concerned about how well the Ocean State is prepared for a similar event.

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National Weather Service

Heavy rain is in the forecast for southern New England next week as Hurricane Irma makes it way to the states, according to the National Weather Service

Jill Kaufman / New England Public Radio


  In New England, 22 percent of the region's native plants are considered rare. Some of them are on the federal list of endangered species. Biologists worldwide and locally have been saving crop seeds, and seeds from other plants important to the ecosystem.

RIPR File Photo

Rhode Island’s largest wastewater treatment authority is close to being powered by 100 percent renewable energy.


Natalie Renier / Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

A new study released this week by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has found that chemical dispersants used during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 improved air quality for first responders.


RIPR File Photo

Fishermen who attended a meeting Monday in Point Judith about upcoming groundfish stock assessments are unhappy with the data collection process for those assessments. 


Jesse Costa / WBUR


  The consequences of climate change, experts say, will disproportionately affect low-income communities and communities of color.

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