climate change http://ripr.org en Sen. Whitehouse Embarks On A Climate Change Road Trip http://ripr.org/post/sen-whitehouse-embarks-climate-change-road-trip <p>Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse is embarking on a road trip along the southeast coast of the United States to talk about climate change.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last month, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse went to Iowa to urge </span>Iowans<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> 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. </span></p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 17:15:00 +0000 Ambar Espinoza 31916 at http://ripr.org Sen. Whitehouse Embarks On A Climate Change Road Trip Heavy Rain, More Severe River Flooding In A Warmer Rhode Island http://ripr.org/post/heavy-rain-more-severe-river-flooding-warmer-rhode-island <p>Decades of development along floodplains and on wetlands in Johnston have made the town vulnerable to severe flood issues. Scientists say climate change may make these floods even worse, with more frequent and intense storms. A couple families that have long dealt with floods year after year will soon get relief, as&nbsp;federal money is available to buy out and demolish these properties in flood zones in the Pocasset River watershed.</p><p></p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 10:20:00 +0000 Ambar Espinoza 31430 at http://ripr.org Heavy Rain, More Severe River Flooding In A Warmer Rhode Island U.S. Senators To Speak All Night To Urge Climate Change Action http://ripr.org/post/us-senators-speak-all-night-urge-climate-change-action <p>Climate change is real, but solvable. That’s the message Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse and nearly 30 other&nbsp; U.S. Democratic senators want to send to Congress as they pull an all-night session on the Senate floor tonight.</p><p></p><p>In a teleconference, the president of the League of Conservation Voters said gathering nearly 30 senators from at least 20 states to talk about climate change is unprecedented. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse added that&nbsp;tonight’s speeches are a sign Congress can pass a climate bill, but there’s more work to do.</p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 21:41:19 +0000 Ambar Espinoza 30236 at http://ripr.org U.S. Senators To Speak All Night To Urge Climate Change Action New England Fishermen To Receive Nearly $33 Million In Disaster Relief http://ripr.org/post/new-england-fishermen-receive-nearly-33-million-disaster-relief <p>Nearly $33 million in disaster relief money will soon flow to help New England fishermen hurting from declining fish stocks and tighter fishing limits. The federal government declared a fisheries disaster last year in Rhode Island. Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, and Reps. Jim Langevin and David Cicilline joined other congressional leaders to include $74 million in fisheries disaster in the fiscal year 2014 appropriations bill.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 15:02:04 +0000 Ambar Espinoza 29802 at http://ripr.org New England Fishermen To Receive Nearly $33 Million In Disaster Relief Brown, Health Department To Screen Documentary "Shored Up" http://ripr.org/post/brown-health-department-screen-documentary-shored <p>The critically-acclaimed documentary “Shored Up” will be playing at Brown University this evening.</p><p>The school’s Center for Environmental Studies and the Rhode Island Department of Health are sponsoring the movie screening and a panel discussion after the movie.</p><p>The documentary looks at how different coastal communities along the eastern seaboard are trying to deal with rising sea levels.</p><p>Policy and environmental science experts will sit on the panel, including the town planner of Westerly, where four natural disasters have hit in the past four years.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 14:18:34 +0000 Ambar Espinoza 29676 at http://ripr.org Brown, Health Department To Screen Documentary "Shored Up" New Website Helps People Learn About And Plan For Climate Change http://ripr.org/post/new-website-helps-people-learn-about-and-plan-climate-change <p>A team at the University of Rhode Island has launched a&nbsp;website about climate change and its impacts to our state. The website, <a href="http://riclimatechange.org/">Rhode Island's Climate Change: Waves of Change,</a> is designed for a range of people: from high school students to parents to business people.</p><p></p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 14:40:12 +0000 Ambar Espinoza 29572 at http://ripr.org New Website Helps People Learn About And Plan For Climate Change Chafee Signs Order Creating Climate Change Council http://ripr.org/post/chafee-signs-order-creating-climate-change-council <p>Governor Lincoln Chafee signed an executive order this morning to create a state climate change council. The council will advise the governor, the general assembly, and the public on a strong state strategy to address climate change threats.</p><p>Chafee says the earth's warming climate has already hit Rhode Island hard with Superstorm Sandy and the extreme floods of 2010. Those floods caused millions of dollars in damage to homes and businesses, including to the West Warwick Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility, where Chafee signed the executive order.</p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 17:53:30 +0000 Ambar Espinoza 29469 at http://ripr.org Chafee Signs Order Creating Climate Change Council Sen. Whitehouse Talks With Alaskans Threatened By Climate Change http://ripr.org/post/sen-whitehouse-talks-alaskans-threatened-climate-change <p>In Washington D.C., Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse will talk with Alaska Natives this morning to find out how extreme coastal erosion caused by climate change may force them to relocate from their village.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change, co-chaired by Sen. Whitehouse and Ca. Rep. Henry Waxman, is hosting five residents from the Alaskan village of Shishmaref.</p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Ambar Espinoza 27607 at http://ripr.org Sen. Whitehouse Talks With Alaskans Threatened By Climate Change U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse Increases Call For Climate Change Action http://ripr.org/post/us-sen-sheldon-whitehouse-increases-call-climate-change-action <p>Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) announced a new initiative aimed at pushing for urgent action on climate change. &nbsp;</p><p>This is one of several efforts by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse to address climate change. He’s delivered weekly speeches on the issue for more than a year and formed the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change last year with Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA).</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 20:44:39 +0000 Ambar Espinoza 27509 at http://ripr.org U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse Increases Call For Climate Change Action Governor Chafee On His Legacy, 38 Studios, Pension Mediation & More http://ripr.org/post/governor-chafee-his-legacy-38-studios-pension-mediation-more <p></p><p>The new year marks the start of Governor Lincoln Chafee's final year in office. That's because he announced last year he wouldn't seek re-election. The Republican-turned-independent-turned Democrat has faced low public approval ratings since narrowly winning a four-way race for governor in 2010. Yet as part of this wide-ranging interview, Chafee asserts he'll leave a positive legacy for the state.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 27338 at http://ripr.org Governor Chafee On His Legacy, 38 Studios, Pension Mediation & More