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8:12 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Movie looks at wind turbine controversy

A documentary looking at the Cape Wind offshore wind energy project opens Friday at the Cable Car Cinema in Providence. The movie "Cape Spin" focuses on the battle to construct 130 wind turbines in Nantucket Sound. A visiting professor at the Brown Center Environmental Studies, Dawn King, says the movie focuses on the fight between wind supporters and those who really don’t want turbines in their backyard.

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Environment
11:33 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Protecting RI shellfish

Shellfish restoration is the topic at a meeting Thursday at the University of Rhode Island. The state wants input on how best to protect shellfish in coastal ponds and Narragansett Bay.
The Director of the US Coastal Program at URI’s Coastal Resource Center, Jen McCann, says the state has so far heard about two main concerns…
“What is the regulatory process to move forward with restoration? And also, where are the appropriate sites to do restoration in the bay and also the salt ponds so within state waters.”

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Environment
1:30 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Shellfish Management Plan hears from the fishing industry

As work continues on the state’s new Shellfish Management Plan … commercial fishermen now get a chance to chime in on the plan.

The University of Rhode Island estimates that commercial shellfishing in the Ocean State pumps more than $3 million annually into the local economy. That’s why the state is keen on creating a new management plan that protects and promotes the industry. URI’s Fisheries and Aquaculture extension specialist, Azure Cygler, says creators of the plan want to know the most pressing issues impacting the industry.

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Science
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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