Rhode Island and Massachusetts are leaders among East Coast states in the race to advance offshore wind energy development. That’s according to a new report from the National Wildlife Federation.
These two states are the only ones that have secured a combination of necessary contracts, leases, and permits to build offshore wind farms. The report points to budding large-scale projects from offshore developers Deepwater Wind and Cape Wind. Construction for these projects, including the Block Island Wind Farm, is set to begin next year.
Four New Englanders have begun to canoe and kayak across Rhode Island from north to south to advocate for improved river access.
Their journey started at the Blackstone River in North Smithfield. They'll paddle and portage their way down to Westerly. Chuck Horbert of Scituate said their route will take them through eight different rivers, portions of the upper Narragansett Bay, and through 17 of the state's 39 cities and towns. Horbert, who sits on the board of the Rhode Island Blueways Alliance, said this trip is a personal challenge.
These male peregrine chicks were born atop the Superman Building in the spring. One of young falcons died over the weekend while swooping, or practicing hunting. A second is recovering at a rehabilitation center.
Credit Courtesy of Peter Green via Audubon Society of Rhode Island
The Galilee Boat Ramp in Narragansett is officially open after months of renovation.
Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management Director Janet Coit said the improvements will enhance public access to the water in one of the state’s most popular ports for boaters and fishermen.
This week we’re bringing our reporters into the studio for legislative roundups. Rhode Island Public Radio’s environmental reporter Ambar Espinoza joined Dave Fallon in the studio to talk about how the environment fared during this legislative session.
A few highlights of bills and bonds approved by the General Assembly
The Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Association and the University of Rhode Island’s Coastal Institute will co-sponsor a series of free public lectures on climate change, called Adapting the Watershed.
The first lecture, which focuses on storms and floods, will take place tonight. The featured speakers include a hydrologist from the National Weather Service and the floodplain coordinator for the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency.
After two record-breaking years in 2012 and 2013, the tick population in Rhode Island is continuing to rise.
Despite the harsh winter this year, the ticks in the state are thriving. The director of the University of Rhode Island's Tick Encounter Research Center Tom Mather blames the high counts on the cool and humid weather this spring. He said it's very important that people try to protect themselves from ticks.
For most students, learning science happens in a classroom with textbooks and science kits. With tight school budgets and an emphasis on testing, there’s not always enough time to get outside and explore. But many groups across Rhode Island often take kids outdoors to poke around in nature. Rhode Island Public Radio’s environmental reporter Ambar Espinoza gives us a glimpse of some of the learning that happened outside this past school year.
Rhode Island is receiving more federal funding to continue cleanup efforts started after Superstorm Sandy. The money will also be used to prepare the state for future storms and the effects climate change.