Environment

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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