Environment

Shellfish management plan to emphasize aquaculture

Jan 16, 2013

(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.

Narwhals: an interview with author Todd McLeish

Jan 13, 2013

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.

East Providence firm fined by EPA

Jan 10, 2013

(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.  

(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.  

Aquidneck Island bike route pedals forward

Jan 8, 2013

(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.

State seeks input for new shellfish management plan

Jan 7, 2013

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.

Comment period extended for Block Island Wind Farm

Jan 2, 2013

The Army Corps of Engineers has extended the comment period for the wind farm off Block Island to early February.  It’s the second time the corps has extended the deadline.

Waves crash over Narragansett sea wall.
Kristin Gourlay

(PROVIDENCE, RI)

It was a busy year in the Ocean State, and Rhode Island Public Radio’s counting down the top
ten news stories of 2012. At number three is the damage brought by Superstorm Sandy.  

Professor: some harvesting of coral is good

Dec 27, 2012

The trade of live coral for home aquariums is continuing to drop internationally. While the practice is in decline, a Roger Williams University professor says promoting its growth has the ability to actually help coral reefs.

wrni – Rhode Island's obesity rate is at an all-time high. Experts worry that if more isn't done to curb the rate, obesity will overtake tobacco as the leading cause of
preventable disability and death. Obesity
can lead to high blood pressure, diabetes,
heart disease, and respiratory problems, as well as psychological problems. The problem is being addressed at school's, workplaces, and health organizations in the state.

wrni – The beaches are open in Rhode Island as the summer gets underway. But some scientists predict many beach front properties may gone in 25 years because climate change is speeding up erosion.

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