Environment

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3:17 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Nature Has A Formula That Tells Us When It's Time To Die

Courtesy of Yunfun Tan

Originally published on Sat January 26, 2013 10:19 pm

Editor's Note: Robert has added a postscript to this post. Scroll down or click here to read it.


We wax, we wane. It's the dance of life.

Every living thing is a pulse. We quicken, then we fade. There is a deep beauty in this, but deeper down, inside every plant, every leaf, inside every living thing (us included) sits a secret.

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Environment
3:12 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

John Brown House's beloved elm spared, for now

From the RI Historical Society collection
Credit Rhode Island Historical Society

A beloved, ailing Dutch Elm on the John Brown House Museum grounds has received a last minute pardon from city forester Doug Still. Rhode Island Historical Society executive director Morgan Grefe says Still has ordered some additional tests that may confirm the tree is not suffering from Dutch Elm disease.

“Doug had been out several times to look at the elm and, while he recognizes that it is not well, he is hopeful that it is not Dutch Elm disease," says Grefe.

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Environment
10:34 am
Sun January 20, 2013

Interview with Circle A Cycles frame builder Brian Chapman

Brian Chapman - Photo courtesy of Circle A Cycles

(PROVIDENCE, RI) Last week, a cyclist in Newport was taken to Rhode Island Hospital after being hit by a suspected drunken driver. RIPR felt the issue needed more perspective. So we invited area cyclist Brian Chapman into the studio to discuss cycling safety and culture in the state. Chapman is a prominent fixture in the local cycling community. He's also a frame builder at Circle A Cycles. It's a local bicycle frame building cooperative in Providence.


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Environment
11:07 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Cycling accident spurs action in Newport

Bicycle sign via Flickr Creative Commons

(PROVIDENCE, RI) The Newport cycling community is responding to a recent car and bike accident that sent a cyclist to the hospital. The incident has intensified efforts to promote safe cycling.

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Environment
11:05 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Shellfish management plan to emphasize aquaculture

Scallop shells via Flickr Creative Commons

(PROVIDENCE, RI) The state is continuing to work on a new shellfish management plan. Aquaculture is one area of concern for state regulators and shellfish harvesters.

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Environment
10:00 am
Sun January 13, 2013

Narwhals: an interview with author Todd McLeish

Often called sea unicorns, the narwhal is a one of a kind animal. It lives amid the arctic sea ice and has a spiral tusk that extends out its mouth. Pascoag-based science writer, Todd McLeish, joins Weekend Edition to discuss his new book, Narwhals: Arctic Whales in a Melting World.

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Environment
10:30 am
Thu January 10, 2013

East Providence firm fined by EPA

(PROVIDENCE, RI) A cold storage and ice manufacturing company with a facility in East Providence has been fined by the US Environmental Protection Agency.     Federal officials charge that Cape Cod Ice did not have a risk management plan in place at both its East Providence and Sandwich, Massachusetts plants.

The EPA says ammonia is a significant health hazard because it is corrosive to skin, eyes and lungs.  

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Environment
4:37 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

$1.1M heading to Westerly to turn flood-prone property into green space

(PROVIDENCE, RI) Rhode Island’s congressional delegation says a little more than a million dollars in federal funding is on its way to buy property in Westerly. The plan is to turn land along Canal Street into open green space.

The $1.1 million in federal funding will go toward the purchase of five residences and three pieces of non-residential property on Canal Street in Westerly’s north end. The area floods often and was severely damaged during the big flood of 2010. The plan is to demolish the homes and turn the land into wetlands.  

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Environment
4:29 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Aquidneck Island bike route pedals forward

(PROVIDENCE, RI) A bike route stretching the length of Aquidneck Island is closer to becoming a reality. A grant to create a design for an 18-mile route is currently being vetted by the Department of Environmental Management.

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Environment
1:44 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

State seeks input for new shellfish management plan

The state is meeting with local shellfish harvesters this evening at the University of Rhode Island.  The state is working to craft a new shellfish management plan to protect the vital resource.

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