Environment

Environment
5:30 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Environmental Groups To Lobby Lawmakers On Key Bills

Dozens of environmental group will descend on the Statehouse Wednesday to advocate for green legislation.
Credit Don Boorman

The Environment Council of Rhode Island will host its annual Earth Day at the Statehouse Wednesday.  The event is also called Earth Lobby Day.

The coalition of more than 60 environmental groups wants to bring attention to key environmental bills under consideration, as state lawmakers begin the last leg of the 2014 legislative session. 

Channing Jones, campaign director of Environment Rhode Island, a member of the coalition, said the event is an opportunity for the environmental community to do a group push for priorities they share.

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6:00 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Environmental Group Wants To See More Mercury Thermostats Recycled

A study by Clean Water Action found more than a quarter million mercury thermostats are in use in Rhode Island and will need to be safely recycled.
Credit Ambar Espinoza / RIPR

More than a quarter million mercury thermostats are in use in Rhode Island and will need to be safely recycled, according to a study by Clean Water Action Rhode Island and the National Resources Defense Council.

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Environment
5:30 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Study Finds Crabs Destroying Coastal Saltmarshes In Rhode Island And Cape Cod

Recreational overfishing is disrupting the food webs in coastal saltmarshes in southern New England, leaving crabs free to eat as much cordgrass as they want. This is the reason behind the loss of saltmarshes, according to a research team at Brown.
Photo Courtesy of Mark Bertness Brown University

Hungry crabs eating grasses in coastal saltmarshes in Rhode Island and Cape Cod are behind the rapid die-offs of these salt marshes, according to a research team at Brown University.

Crabs have been free to munch away at cordgrass, causing the death of coastal saltmarshes in southern New England, said Mark Bertness, a biology professor who leads that research team.

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Environment
5:30 am
Mon April 28, 2014

RIRRC: Keep Plastic Bags Out Of Recycling Bins

The Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation (RIRRC) wants to remind people to keep plastic bags out of recycling bins. 

The RIRRC reports that workers at the Central Landfill’s Materials Recycling Facility have to spend an hour during every shift to clean out plastic bags and other twisted trash in the recycling equipment.

 The RIRRC wants to remind people that stores across the state have special bins to recycle plastic bags.

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Environment
5:30 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Gubernatorial Candidates To Lay Out Plans For Tackling Climate Change Impacts

Gina Raimondo is one of four Democratic candidates running for governor, including Clay Pell, Angel Taveras, and Todd Giroux.
Credit RIPR FILE

The four Democratic candidates running for governor will outline this morning how they will address climate change threats if elected governor. 

The candidates will lay out those plans at a forum sponsored by the Environment Council of Rhode Island (ECRI) and the nonprofit online news outlet EcoRI. ECRI president Jamie Rhodes said only the Democratic candidates agreed to join.  He said the issue of climate change affects the Ocean state regardless of party lines. 

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Environment
3:01 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

DEM Suspends Trout Stocking At Carolina Trout Pond

The Department of Environmental Management's fish and wildlife division will suspend stocking trout at the Carolina Trout Pond in Richmond, while the department repairs the pond's dam. 

Heavy rains this spring and a problem with the dam’s drainage system compromised the stability of the dam. The DEM is asking anglers to stay off the dam until repairs are complete.

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Environment
2:10 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

It’s The Season For Seal Pupping Along Coastal New England

A common harbor seal.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

It’s that time of year when gray and harbor seals come ashore to give birth, but most of the birthing will happen north of us.

For harbor seals, Rhode Island is kind of their Florida. They arrive when the weather gets cold and leave by baseball season. URI emeritus research scientist Robert Kenny said harbor seals then go north to give birth, and there’s a good reason why that won’t happen on Rhode Island’s shores.

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Environment
1:46 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

DEM Issues Expedited Citations To Property Owners In Violation Of State Cesspool Law

If you have a cesspool within 200 feet of a drinking well, a public reservoir, or the coastline, expect to receive a $200 citation in the mail from the Department of Environmental Management. The deadline to replace cesspools with a septic system or to connect to a municipal sewer system has passed.

Cesspools are holes in the ground used to get rid of human waste from buildings. The untreated waste seeps into the soil and contaminates ground and surface waters. A law to phase out cesspools focuses on cesspools within public drinking water supplies or the coastline. 

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Environment
5:01 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Brown Launches New Environmental Institute Next Month

The Building for Environmental Research and Teaching (BERT) will be the hub for Brown University's new Institute for the Study of Environment and Society.
Credit Ambar Espinoza / RIPR

Brown University wants to be at the forefront of solving big environmental challenges related to such issues as climate change, food production, and water distribution. So next month it’s launching a new institute designed to draw on research from across different disciplines. The goal is to better prepare future leaders to address those challenges.

The Institute for the Study of Environment and Society will draw on the expertise of many disciplines at Brown, said Amanda Lynch, professor of geological sciences and director of the new institute.  

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Environment
1:15 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Sen. Whitehouse Embarks On A Climate Change Road Trip

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse spoke at the signing of Gov. Chafee's executive order to create a climate change council.
Credit Ambar Espinoza / RIPR

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse is embarking on a road trip along the southeast coast of the United States to talk about climate change.

Last month, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse went to Iowa to urge Iowans to make climate change a key issue there during the 2016 presidential election cycle. He’s concerned about the ways in which climate change is already affecting Rhode Island. He wants the nation to tackle the issue together.

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