Environment

Avory Brookins / RIPR

Renewable energy makes up about 10 percent of the world’s total energy supply. Of that percentage, a very small portion comes from the ocean’s tides. 

Patrick Skahill / WNPR

  Honey bees have been having a tough time lately. Pests and disease have plagued many hives, killing off the pollinators and forcing people looking to save the bees to get creative.

August Linnman / Creative Commons License By 2.0

A subset of the New England Fishery Management Council is taking the summer to consider new methods for tracking groundfish in the region like cod, haddock, and sole.

Avory Brookins / RIPR

Environmental advocates are regrouping today and Monday after a failed attempt to convince state legislators to amend the legislative budget, which diverts $12.5 million from energy efficiency programs to the state's General Fund.

Avory Brookins / RIPR

Rhode Island's Clean Water Action is against a bill that would ban plastic bags statewide. 

Sofia Rudin / RIPR

A beached humpback whale discovered dead several days ago in Jamestown is still lying on the rocks near the island’s southern coast. Scientists hoped to remove the whale's body Monday, but were unable due to the weather.

Holly Hitchcock

Rhode Island Superior Court will hear a case against Invenergy - the company proposing to build a natural gas power plant in Burrillville - and the Town of Johnston.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Rhode Island's chapter of The Nature Conservancy is preparing to remove a 200-year-old dam from the Pawcatuck River to restore the ecosystem and protect local communities from flooding due to dam failure. 


Record-Breaking Year For Mass. Maple Syrup Producers

Jun 18, 2017
Courtesy of High Hopes Farm / Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism

For the third year in a row, maple syrup production in Massachusetts was at an all-time high.

A federal survey found the state's sugarmakers produced 7,000 more gallons this year than last year.

Massachusetts Maple Producers Association Coordinator Winton Pitcoff said the weather helped. Warm temperatures in January and February started the season off. Colder temperatures in March allowed production to continue into April.

Rhode Islanders for Affordable Energy

A new coalition of business owners and local building trades unions is advocating for the construction of a proposed natural gas power plant in Burrillville. 


Avory Brookins / RIPR


Wikimedia Commons

An expert on insects is banking on more rain -- and a fungus -- to knock back populations of gypsy moths.

Avory Brookins / RIPR

Gov. Gina Raimondo said Rhode Island will continue to address climate change despite President Donald Trump's decision to pull the United States out of a global climate agreement. 

RIPR FILE PHOTO

The number of clean energy jobs in Rhode Island is up 66 percent since 2014.


How To Feed The World, Sustainably

Jun 12, 2017

Stephen Porder is Associate Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Brown University. He talked with Laxmi Parthasarathy for a special RIPR interview about sustainability. Prof. Porder's research includes the effects of fertilizer on the environment and how those effects differ between North American farms and farms carved out of the Amazon.

Pages