Rapidly rising sea levels and severe weather threaten every community and natural habitat in the Ocean State, not just along the coast. Through a new ongoing series weâ€™re calling, Battle With The Sea, Rhode Island Public Radio will examine the range and scope of these threats from city to city and town to town, and the solutions to prepare and strengthen Rhode Island for future threats to come.
U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse says the new climate change deal between the U.S. and China is good news for Rhode Island. Â
The U.S. is committing to reducing carbon emissions 28 percent by 2025.
Whitehouse sais though Rhode Island is not a major carbon polluting state, itâ€™s already feeling the effects of climate change.Â â€śParticularly with rising sea levels, Narragansett Bay is 3 to 4 degrees warmer, the winter flounder catch has virtually collapsed,â€ť said Whitehouse.
Rhode Island is in good shape to meet the Environmental Protection Agencyâ€™s proposed plan to reduce emissions from power plants, according to scientists with the Department of Environmental Management.
The EPAâ€™s proposed plan is to cut emissions by 25 percent by 2020 and an additional 5 percent by 2030. Itâ€™s using emissions from 2005 as a baseline. The DEMâ€™s supervising air quality specialist Frank Stevenson said the plan takes into consideration existing regional initiatives to cut carbon pollution. And thatâ€™s good news.