environment http://ripr.org en RI Tick Population Continues To Rise http://ripr.org/post/ri-tick-population-continues-rise <p>After two record-breaking years in 2012 and 2013, the tick population in Rhode Island is continuing to rise.</p><p></p><p></p><p>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.</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 18:58:54 +0000 Benjamin Bryant 35707 at http://ripr.org RI Tick Population Continues To Rise Taveras Unveils Seven-Point Environmental Proposal http://ripr.org/post/taveras-unveils-seven-point-environmental-proposal <p></p><p>Democratic gubernatorial candidate Angel Taveras on Tuesday -- Earth Day -- unveiled <a href="https://app.box.com/s/hl7p8fiwf1ryxz0g86en">a seven-point environmental proposal</a> that he called a blueprint for making Rhode Island the national leader in environmental stewardship.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:58:16 +0000 Ian Donnis 32434 at http://ripr.org Taveras Unveils Seven-Point Environmental Proposal Pilot Program Diverts Two Tons of Food Scraps http://ripr.org/post/pilot-program-diverts-two-tons-food-scraps <p>Providence's pilot composting program has diverted two tons of food scraps from the Central Landfill during its first nineteen weeks in operation. Director of Sustainability for Providence Sheila Dormody says these efforts will help the city to implement a zero waste strategy by 2033.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 18:03:00 +0000 Benjamin Bryant 31714 at http://ripr.org Local Environmental Leaders Call For Better Water Management http://ripr.org/post/local-environmental-leaders-call-better-water-management <p>Environmental agency directors and city managers focused on the urgent need to invest in wastewater infrastructure, stormwater management, and flood prevention at a meeting last night.</p><p>The nonprofit Save The Bay hosted its annual legislative briefing.&nbsp; Executive director Jonathan Stone said many groups are working together to ensure the general assembly approves Gov. Lincoln Chafee's 75-million-dollar clean water bond.</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 13:52:52 +0000 Ambar Espinoza 28960 at http://ripr.org Providence Wind Turbines Generating More Energy Than Expected http://ripr.org/post/providence-wind-turbines-generating-more-energy-expected <p>The three wind turbines at Field’s Point Wastewater Treatment Facility in Providence are generating more energy than originally projected.</p><p>Field’s Point Wastewater Treatment Facility is one of the largest consumers of electricity in the state. It treats about 50 million gallons of wastewater from the greater Providence metropolitan area and may treat up to 200 million gallons a day during intense storms.</p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 21:04:52 +0000 Ambar Espinoza 26983 at http://ripr.org Providence Wind Turbines Generating More Energy Than Expected Brayton Power Point Set to Close http://ripr.org/post/brayton-power-point-set-close <p>Environmentalists are hailing a decision to shut down the Brayton Point Power Station in Somerset, Massachusetts.&nbsp; Owners of the coal-fired plant filed papers Monday indicating the plant will no longer provide power to the grid by 2017.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Federal regulators have called it the heaviest polluter in Massachusetts. Environmentalists have decried the carcinogens that pour from its smokestacks. Now, the Brayton Point Power Station on the Massachusetts/Rhode Island border is closing, according to papers filed by its owner, Energy Capital Partners.</p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 13:17:57 +0000 Flo Jonic 22933 at http://ripr.org Brayton Power Point Set to Close Cliff Walk Repairs On Hold As Bid Is Examined http://ripr.org/post/cliff-walk-repairs-hold-bid-examined <p>Repairs to the Cliff Walk in Newport destroyed by Superstorm Sandy are on hold as the Department of Transportation is examining an unusually low bid that has been submitted.</p><p></p><p>The bid for repairs came at 3 million dollars; about 2 million less than most of the others.</p><p>The low amount raised eyebrows, said city official Robert Power, who was worried about the quality of the work.</p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 18:56:07 +0000 John Bender 22169 at http://ripr.org Cliff Walk Repairs On Hold As Bid Is Examined No More Styrofoam Cups At Dunkin Donuts http://ripr.org/post/no-more-styrofoam-cups-dunkin-donuts <p>Dunkin Donuts is replacing its Styrofoam cups in some New England communities with paper cups. But don’t expect those paper cups in the Ocean State any time soon.</p><p></p><p>Get a drink at Dunkin Donuts, hot or cold, and there’s a chance that a Styrofoam cup is involved. For the uninitiated, a cold drink served in a plastic cup is often placed inside a Styrofoam cup to prevent sweating. So what’s a ubiquitous chain like Dunkin going to do if a community bans Styrofoam?</p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 13:29:37 +0000 Catherine Welch 20755 at http://ripr.org No More Styrofoam Cups At Dunkin Donuts Scientists Keep an Eye on Seaweed Invading RI Waters http://ripr.org/post/scientists-keep-eye-seaweed-invading-ri-waters <p>A biology professor at the University of Rhode Island is conducting an inventory of the types of seaweeds that grow in Rhode Island ocean waters.&nbsp;</p><p>Seaweed may be an annoyance, but it offers vital clues into the health of an ocean.&nbsp; That’s why University of Rhode Island biology professor Christopher Lane has embarked on a study of the slimy stuff with an eye towards learning how many species of seaweed exist in Rhode Island, and which are the most invasive.</p><p></p> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 18:56:24 +0000 Flo Jonic 18067 at http://ripr.org Scientists Keep an Eye on Seaweed Invading RI Waters Bay Swim Loses Navy Support http://ripr.org/post/bay-swim-loses-navy-support <p></p><p>A fundraiser swim across Narragansett Bay is in jeopardy because of federal sequestration.&nbsp; The environmental group Save the Bay says the Navy can no longer help host the summer event that’s been going on for more than 30 years in Newport.</p> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 14:53:35 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 13476 at http://ripr.org