Environment

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For the first time in years, river herring are traveling up the Saugatucket River in Wakefield without the help of humans lifting them over a dam during the spring migration. 

River herring are an important source of food for other animals. This year the Saugatucket River in Wakefield has a new fish ladder that's easier for river herring to find and swim through. Bryan Sojkowski, an engineer with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, said the new ladder replaces an old one that wasn't well designed. 

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More than 200 people danced and marched to music for a mile and a half around parks in the south side of Providence. They were part of the Urban Pond Procession, an annual event that promotes the health of urban ponds.

NOAA OKEANOS EXPLORER PROGRAM / 2013 NORTHEAST U.S. CANYONS EXPEDITION

More than 160,000 people have signed a petition asking President Obama to declare a marine national monument in New England waters. It’s an effort spearheaded by a coalition of environmental groups and scientists. But the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission is asking the president to reject this proposal.

Cashes Ledge, about 80 miles off the coast of Gloucester, is home to vibrant corals and kelp forests. Farther than that, about 180 miles off the coast of Cape Cod, underwater canyons and mountains support a rich diversity of fish, plants and mammals.

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Providence is putting social and racial equity at the center of its planning for future climate threats. The city earned a $100,000 grant to help with that. 

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Rhode Island won’t have many peaches on local fruit stands this summer. Cold temperatures in February killed most of the flowers on the state’s peach trees. University of Rhode Island plant scientist Heather Faubert said this year, the peach trees didn’t have time to adjust to the cold.

“The very cold temperatures came all of a sudden,” said Faubert. “Throughout November and December and January it was quite warm, and then we got to February and the temperatures dropped suddenly and that’s what killed the crop.”

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The closest planet to the sun in our solar system, Mercury moved across the giant star earlier Monday, making it visible with a telescope. The event happens about once every decade.

To those lucky enough to see it, Mercury appeared simply as a small black dot in front of the massive star. And though it’s moving fast, any change would be indiscernible to the human eye; the visible part of the transit only about seven hours.

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This year’s highest tides are predicted Friday and Saturday night during this month’s new moon. They’ll provide a glimpse of what daily high tides may look like in a future with higher sea levels.

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The health of Southern New England's American lobster population remains a concern for fishermen, scientists and regulators. Ideas for how to help replenish lobsters are still making their way through a long process.

Screenshot of the Audubon Society of Rhode Island's Peregrine Falcon Webcam

The iconic Superman Building may be vacant, but it has no trouble attracting peregrine falcons. The skyscraper’s current residents welcomed four chicks this week.

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This week, Brown University is examining environmental issues related air with a series of events that mix art and science.

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Yesterday at Brown University, U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz spoke at a roundtable focused on clean energy and climate change. He talked about Mission Innovation, a global commitment by the United States and 19 other countries to double investments in developing clean energy technologies.

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Environmental officials in Massachusetts are trying to restore an endangered population of native rattlesnakes. The Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence is helping out with the project.

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Historic places all over the world face the challenge of rising seas as a result of climate change. Preservationists have convened in Newport this week to talk about how to protect these treasured places.

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The freshwater fishing season has officially begun. More than 100 waterways across the state have been stocked with trout.

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Two elected officials representing Burrillville are asking state regulators to deny approving a proposed power plant in their town. 

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