Environment

Environment
10:04 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Renewable Energy Projects Approved In The General Assembly

Wind turbines in the Port of Providence
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

The General Assembly voted to pass bills that extend and expand a program designed to stimulate renewable energy projects in the Ocean State. Government officials and environmental advocates consider this a big win and game changer for the state.

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Environment
9:26 am
Thu June 12, 2014

New England States Team Up To Address Rising Energy Prices

New Englanders spent $5 billion in electricity last winter, compared to $5.2 billion for all of 2012. That's why each of the New England states has introduced legislation in their respective states to address the problem of rising electricity prices. But environmental advocacy groups are worried this regional collaboration would promote unnecessary natural gas projects.

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Environment
3:39 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Rhode Island In Good Shape To Meet EPA's Carbon Emission Plan

Rhode Island is in good shape to meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed plan to reduce emissions from power plants, according to scientists with the Department of Environmental Management.

The EPA’s proposed plan is to cut emissions by 25 percent by 2020 and an additional 5 percent by 2030. It’s using emissions from 2005 as a baseline. The DEM’s supervising air quality specialist Frank Stevenson said the plan takes into consideration existing regional initiatives to cut carbon pollution. And that’s good news.

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Environment
9:29 am
Fri May 30, 2014

State Joins Others In Pledge To Get Zero-Emission Cars On The Roads

Rhode Island has joined seven other states in trying to get millions more zero-emission cars on the road by 2025.
Credit thisisbossi / flickr

Rhode Island and seven other states have released their action plan for their collective pledge to put 3.3 million zero-emission cars on the road by 2025. It's an effort to reduce greenhouse gas pollution from the transportation sector.

Energy Commissioner Marion Gold of the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources says this commitment is in line with the state's goal to curb greenhouse gas emissions. She says the state's energy plan, and the governor's executive council on climate change underscore the goal's importance.

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Environment
9:01 am
Fri May 30, 2014

More Federal Funding Coming To RI To Clean Up Contaminated Sites

The new WaterFire headquarters in Providence are being cleaned up using federal funds designated to clean up Brownfield and superfund sites.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Rhode Island has received more than $2.7 million to clean up contaminated properties in Pawtucket, Providence, and Westerly.

Senator Jack Reed says these federal grants awarded through the Environmental Protection Agency’s Brownfields Program will help local governments protect public health and redevelop former industrial sites for better use. Reed says it’ll also benefit the economy by creating jobs and increasing the value of surrounding properties.

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Environment
8:48 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Ocean State To Receive Millions To Help Local Fishermen

Rhode Island will receive nearly $2 million in relief funds to help fishermen hit by sharp cuts in catch limits.

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Environment
2:52 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Three Peregrine Falcon Chicks Hatched & Banded

Three baby peregrine falcons born atop Providence’s Superman building are now banded for tracking.
Photo Courtesy of Peter Green via Audubon Society of Rhode Island

Three baby peregrine falcons born atop Providence’s Superman building are now banded for tracking.

  There were four eggs, but only three chicks survived, all boys. And now they have bands on their legs that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will keep a record of.

The Audubon Society of Rhode Island’s Jeff Hall said the banding took about a half hour, and the process started when licensed bander Joe Zbyrowski climbed a ladder to reach the chicks nesting in a special box.

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Economy
10:34 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Meeting Underway To Revisit Burying Power Lines In Providence-East Providence

An Energy Facility Siting Board hearing is underway this morning on burying waterfront power lines in Providence-East Providence. More than 1,700 people have signed a petition to urge the governor and the mayors of Providence and East Providence to move forward with this project.

National Grid will provide updates on the project’s cost estimates and feasibility studies. The feasibility studies would look at drilling borings under the Providence and Seekonk rivers, among other requirements. 

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Environment
10:05 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Nearly 12,000 Pounds Of Trash Collected From Rhode Island Shorelines

Nearly 12,000 pounds of trash were collected from Rhode Island shores during an international coastal cleanup last September. The Ocean Conservancy, a nonprofit environmental advocacy group, mobilizes this annual cleanup. It recently released its yearly data report highlighting the cleanup’s results.

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Environment
4:52 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Winter Moth Caterpillars Defoliating Trees Across State

Defoliated leaf and winter moth caterpillar.
Credit Courtesy of the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management

The Department of Environmental Management is tracking areas where winter moth infestations are most prevalent in the state. The agency is asking Rhode Islanders to report areas where winter moth caterpillars are heavily defoliating trees.

“We want to tell people that if their trees are defoliated, it would be a good idea to water them if they start to re-foliate, because the tree will need a lot of water to get the leaves back out again,” said Bruce Payton, state forester and the DEM’s deputy chief of the division of forest environment.

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