Environment

Environment
4:01 am
Mon July 14, 2014

RI Tagging Trees Across The State Threatened By Invasive Insects

A male asian longhorned beetle.
Credit UVM/USDA

Hundreds of bright orange and yellow tags will be going up on trees across the state starting Monday to heighten awareness of invasive insects that devastate forests.

The biggest concerns are the Asian Longhorned Beetle and Emerald Ash Borer. That’s because those species have been found in Massachusetts and Connecticut.

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Environment
5:30 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Rhode Island Ranks In Top Tier Among Atlantic States In Offshore Wind Energy Development

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.

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Environment
7:01 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Group Paddles Across Rhode Island

Chuck Horbert of Scituate, Jim Cole of Charlestown, David Smith of Westerly, and Bill Luther of Seekonk, Mass., will paddle across Rhode Island for eight days. They started their journey on the Blackstone River in North Smithfield.
Ambar Espinoza RIPR

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.

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Environment
5:01 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Peregrine Juvenile Falcons Recover From Hunting Crashes

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

Over the weekend, two of the falcons born atop the Superman building in May crashed into a building downtown while they were swooping, or practicing hunting. 

The Born to Be Wild Nature Center is rehabilitating the falcon that survived the crash.

Jeff Hall from the Audubon Society of Rhode Island is hopeful the injured juvenile falcon will make a full recovery. 

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Environment
10:35 am
Sat June 28, 2014

Galilee Boat Ramp In Narragansett Reopens

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.

Environment
5:45 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Debrief: A Legislative Roundup Of Bills Related To The Environment

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

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Environment
7:33 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Watershed Association And URI's Coastal Institute Sponsor Free Climate Change Lectures

The University of Rhode Island
Credit RIPR FILE

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.

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Environment
2:58 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

RI Tick Population Continues To Rise

Mather holds test tubes of ticks.
Credit RIPR FILE

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.

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Local Feature
5:30 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Kids Learn Science In Rhode Island's Outdoor Classrooms

Wearing purple gloves, these fourth graders spoon out different types of water bugs collected from the Ten Mile River and sort them. They're participating in the Narragansett Bay Commission's Woon Watershed Explorers program.
Ambar Espinoza RIPR

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. 

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Environment
12:00 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Rhode Island Receives $7.5 Million For Sandy Cleanup

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.

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