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Environment
3:24 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Rhode Island Weather: A Heat Wave?

If you’ve stepped outside today, you’ve most likely wanted to step back inside as the temperature in parts of Rhode Island is into the low 90’s.

The high temperatures are expected to extend through Sunday, with highs into the low 90’s and high 80’s.

Though the term “heat wave” has been thrown around, Allen Dunham, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, says there must be three consecutive days of 90 degree weather for a heat wave.

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Environment
8:28 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Advocates Protest Legislation Allowing Schools on Toxic Sites

Environmental advocates gathered at the Statehouse Wednesday to protest legislation that would roll back restrictions that prevent schools from building on toxic sites.

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Environment
8:45 am
Wed May 22, 2013

How Frequent are Tornadoes in New England?

It’s hard not to be moved by the plight of Moore, Oklahoma which was hit by a catastrophic tornado Monday.  Hundreds of buildings were flattened and at least 24 people, including nine children, were killed.

Experts say New England is less likely to be hit by a tornado than anywhere else east of the Rocky Mountains.  New England averages eight tornadoes a year, but they tend to be weak events – on the scale of EF0 or EF1.  The storm that hit Moore, Oklahoma has been categorized an EF5.

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Environment
8:25 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Brown Divestment Group to Appear Before the Corporation

Students at Brown University hope to see the school pull investments from fossil fuel companies.
Credit RIPR

A student-led protest group at Brown University will attend the Corporation’s annual meeting Thursday to answer questions about climate change.  The group wants the university to divest from fossil fuel companies.

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Environment
8:21 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Closed East Providence Recycling Facility to be Removed

A contentious recycling facility in East Providence will close.  The Department of Environmental Management will use bond money to pay the property owner to remove all construction and demolition debris from the site.

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Environment
2:42 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Portsmouth Desperately Seeking Private Wind Energy Partner

Portsmouth could dismantle its turbine and sell parts for scrap if it fails find a private partner to help with repair and operational costs.
Credit Ani Od Chai

In Portsmouth, the town council wants to see if a private firm could help fix and run its broken wind turbine.

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Environment
2:32 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Westerly Starts Spraying for Mosquitos

Westerly residents may be awakened to the sounds of helicopters overhead Thursday morning.  Continuing a practice begun in 1997, the town of Westerly is conducting aerial spraying against mosquitos.

The targeted areas are portions of Chapman Swamp and the swamp area adjacent to Hespar Drive.

The town uses Bti, a naturally occurring bacterium which prevents larval mosquitoes from developing into adults.  The state Department of Environmental Management says it safe to humans and the environment.

Spraying begins Thursday at 7:00am and continues through 2:00pm.

Environment
8:31 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Senate Finance Committee Reconsiders Renewable Energy Tax Credit

The state may once again help out residents looking to add wind or solar power to their homes.  The senate finance committee will look at a plan Wednesday to restore a renewable energy tax credit.

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Environment
1:31 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Portsmouth Stuggles To Deal With Broken Wind Turbine

One option could dismantle the Portsmouth Wind Turbine and sell its parts for scrap.
Credit Ani Od Chai

The Portsmouth town Council will get an update tonight on its broken wind turbine. The turbine has stood motionless for almost a year.

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Environment
8:25 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Narragansett Suspends Talks with Deepwater Wind

Narragansett Town Hall.
Credit Bradley Campbell

The Narragansett Town Council Voted 5-0 to suspend talks with the offshore wind turbine developer, Deepwater Wind, until June.  The council felt its residents needed more time to vet a plan to run a transmission line through a popular beach.

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