The number of clean energy jobs in Rhode Island is up 66 percent since 2014.

How To Feed The World, Sustainably

Jun 12, 2017

Stephen Porder is Associate Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Brown University. He talked with Laxmi Parthasarathy for a special RIPR interview about sustainability. Prof. Porder's research includes the effects of fertilizer on the environment and how those effects differ between North American farms and farms carved out of the Amazon.


Scientists are concerned about recent proposals from a national agency that would allow companies to search for oil and gas below the Atlantic Ocean floor.

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A researcher from Yale University says the way people interpret scientific information depends largely on their political ideology. 

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By the end of the year, the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to announce new limits on the amount of nitrogen that wastewater treatment plants in Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire can release into the Connecticut River.

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State leaders and members of the scientific community are expressing concern after President Donald Trump announced that the U.S. will pull out of the Paris Climate Accord. At a White House press conference Thursday,  the President said the U.S. would exit the 190-nation agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The only other nations that remain outside of the agreement are Nicaragua and Syria.


  Once plentiful in New England’s rivers, native Atlantic salmon have since all but disappeared.

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A Rhode Island Superior Court judge is still deciding whether to dismiss a lawsuit related to a proposed power plant in Burrillville after a hearing this week. 

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  After a decade of rapid growth, wind energy in Maine has hit the doldrums. No big new wind projects are likely to go live anytime soon, and it could cost billions to unlock enough of the state’s wind resource — the best in the region — to serve southern New England’s thirst for renewable energy.

Last Coal-Burning Power Plant In Mass. Shuts Down

Jun 1, 2017
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The last coal-fired power plant in Massachusetts — and the largest in New England — shut down for good on Wednesday.

For more than 50 years, the massive Brayton Point Power Station in Somerset has generated electricity fueled by shiploads of coal from as far away as Colombia and South Africa.

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The final phase of a water quality project decades in the making has been delayed by at least three years. 

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A national climate agency is expecting the Northeast to have higher sea levels than the global average by the year 2100.

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Local environmental experts believe President Donald Trump’s proposed budget for the Environmental Protection Agency could have devastating effects on the Ocean State.

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A final decision on a controversial proposed power plant in the Town of Burrillville is expected to stretch into next year. 

Courtesy of Westerly Land Trust

The Westerly Land Trust, a land conservation organization in southern Rhode Island, is expanding one of its properties in an effort to protect local natural resources.