A year after a solar decathlon competition in France, the one-of-a-kind solar house designed and built by students at Brown University, Rhode Island School of Design and University of Applied Sciences in Erfurt, Germany is in the limelight. Fast Company has selected this solar house as one of nine finalists for its 2015 “Innovation by Design” student awards.

NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program/2013 Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has proposed the first-ever national monument in the Atlantic Ocean. The designation would protect three deep-sea canyons off the coast of southern New England, and a chain of mountains, Cashes Ledge, in the Gulf of Maine. NOAA is holding a town hall meeting to discuss the proposal tomorrow night.

Activists Continue Protest Against Spectra Energy Expansion

Sep 14, 2015
FANG Organization

In Burrillville, three activists have locked themselves to construction equipment at Spectra Energy’s construction site.  The protest was organized by the group Fighting Against Natural Gas (FANG).   

Sherrie Andre, a representative of FANG called the protest part of an ongoing process to stop the expansion of natural gas infrastructure in the state.

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In Bristol this weekend, live owls, hawks, and other birds of prey will take center stage at the Audubon Society’s Environmental Education Center. The annual event Raptor Weekend will also feature photographs by a local bird photographer.

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Nearly three years after Superstorm Sandy, some Rhode Island residents are still dealing with the aftermath. And it’s not just damage to buildings and property. These Rhode Islanders are struggling with mental illness related to stress. 

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The number of days with temperatures over 80 degrees has gone up by nearly a third. That's the latest finding of a new Brown University study.

The Department of Environmental Management has issued an air quality alert for Tuesday.  DEM forecaster, Darren Austin says ozone levels are expected to reach unhealthy territory this afternoon and this evening.

“So what that means is that really people should try to take it easy,” said Austin. “You don’t want to be outside exercising vigorously. Sensitive groups, you could feel the effects of this if you’re outside today breathing this air and asthmatic, but really on alert days, everyone can be impacted.”

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Work is underway to remove the White Rock Dam on the Pawcatuck River, along the Rhode Island/Connecticut border.The dam was built in 1940.

The White Rock Dam is located seven miles from the mouth of the Pawcatuck River, near Westerly and Stonington, Ct. Dams have restricted its flow since before the American Revolutionary War. The current dam stands six feet tall and more than 100 feet long. 

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The head of the Environmental Protection Agency made a stop in Rhode Island on Tuesday to discuss federal initiatives on climate change. The meetings included Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza and about 20 business leaders.

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Rhode Island’s clean energy sector supports nearly 10,000 jobs, according to a new report from the state’s Office of Energy Resources. The report is based on surveys of more than 650 businesses.

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A group of local science teachers got to see science in action aboard a research cruise this summer. They worked with scientists from the University of Rhode Island.

Westerly residents are asking the town council to drop or modify a consent agreement it signed last year with the owner and tenants of a controversial quarry. 

Charges will mostly likely be dismissed for two climate activists, who were arrested earlier this month in Burrillville. They chained themselves to the front gate of a Spectra Energy facility to protest plans for an expansion.

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Fisheries managers and conservationists are concerned about this year's sharp drop in migrating river herring at most river runs in the state. Some areas saw declines of more than 80 percent.

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Federal fisheries officials will work with coastal states including Rhode Island over the next year to ease the impact of climate change on marine resources. The fisheries division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has outlined a new strategy, which will guide regional action plans it will finalize by the end of 2016.