Environment

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State regulators have made it easier for solar companies to do business in the Ocean State with a new statewide permit application for solar projects. 


Researchers Develop Scales To Measure Snowfall In Real Time

Jan 1, 2018
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As forecasters keep an eye on low pressure that could bring snow to Rhode Island and Massachusetts later this week, Researchers at the University of New Hampshire say they have a new way of measuring snow totals this winter that could help them learn more about climate change.

The new scales function almost like a scale you might have in your bathroom. They lie flat on the ground and constantly measure the amount of water in the snow as it piles up or melts down.

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The nine states of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, including Rhode Island, have set a new, more ambitious goal for reducing carbon emissions by 2030.

They want to cut pollution by 30 percent -- or more, if that proves too easy.

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About half of New England’s households are on septic systems, the highest proportion in the country. 

For decades, most conventional systems have done a good job of removing pollutants and pathogens. But they're not very good at removing nitrogen, which is in human waste.

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The final witnesses gave testimony on the Northern Pass transmission last week, after eight months of hearings and years of planning.

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Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth have been working to develop devices and computer codes that would help harness wave energy more effectively. 

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Massachusetts state regulators are reviewing proposals for large-scale offshore wind energy projects after three offshore wind developers submitted bids Wednesday. 

Maine Investing 500K To Study Lobster Fishery

Dec 18, 2017
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Maine’s Department of Marine Resources is launching a half-million-dollar project to get a more comprehensive scientific assessment of one of the state’s most valuable resources — lobster. The new Maine Lobster Research Collaborative will focus on the lobster fishery’s biological, physical and social dynamics, as the request for proposals puts it.

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The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, which caps power plant carbon emissions in participating states, is expected to expand to New Jersey and Virginia. 


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The nation's first offshore wind farm about four miles off the coast of Block Island celebrated its one-year anniversary Tuesday. The wind farm supplies power to nearly 2,000 customers on the island and is saving those ratepayers money. Residents say the wind turbines have positively impacted tourism, but there are some disappointments too.  

Ed Hughes

Birders may catch a glimpse of more snowy owls this winter, as more than a dozen have already been spotted throughout Rhode Island since Thanksgiving. Typically, only a few snowy owls are seen throughout the state this time of year. 


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Protections of a marine national monument made up of underwater mountains and canyons 130 miles off the coast of Cape Cod could be at risk after President Donald Trump significantly scaled back the boundaries of two national monuments in Utah Monday - the biggest reduction of monument protections in U.S. history.

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Boston is close to banning plastic bags after a unanimous city council vote Wednesday. Several Rhode Island municipalities have also banned the bags, but some advocates make the case for a statewide ban.


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Rhode Island officials recently released a report with recommendations on how to modernize the state’s electrical grid. 


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For some families in Rhode Island this Thanksgiving, a fresh wild turkey may be on the menu. However, that wouldn't have been possible just four decades ago. 

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