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The Port of New Bedford is often touted as the most lucrative in North America. That’s thanks mainly to the popularity, and apparent abundance, of scallops. But the success of scallops may be masking hard times for other parts of the fishing industry.

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The harbor is one of the largest EPA Superfund sites in the country, and a reminder of the city’s industrial waterfront.  


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Eleven states, including four in New England, have sued the Trump Administration over its decision to suspend the 2015 “Clean Water Rule”.

The Clean Water Rule closed a loophole in the Clean Water Act. It defined exactly what streams, rivers, lakes, and wetlands were protected by the Act. Before it was enacted in 2015, certain rain-fed streams and wetlands were not protected.

New England Researchers Race To Turn Seaweed Into Biofuel

Nov 24, 2017
CHARLOTTE WEBER / WSHU

For the last 10 years, scientists all over the world have been racing to figure out how to convert massive quantities of seaweed into biofuel. UConn Professor Charles Yarish is one of them. He’s spent his career studying seaweed, and he just got news that the federal government is going to fund one of his dream projects.


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To prevent their collective cultural knowledge about medicinal plants from disappearing, some Vermont tribal nations are sharing their expertise with those outside the native communities.

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EPA head Scott Pruitt wants to dismantle the policy known as the Clean Power Plan, adopted in 2015 to help reduce greenhouse gases. 

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The Block Island Wind Farm now has a wildlife tracking station aimed at helping researchers learn more about offshore flight patterns of small birds and bats that are likely to become endangered or extinct in the foreseeable future unless federal action is taken. 

Patrick Skahill / WNPR

  Honey bees have been having a tough time lately. Pests and disease have plagued many hives, killing off the pollinators and forcing people looking to save the bees to get creative.

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.

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President Donald Trump’s executive orders on energy could have big impacts on states producing fossil fuels. But the order could still affect the Ocean State’s goals to reduce greenhouse gases.

Rhode Island has set the ambitious goal to reduce carbon emissions in the state 45 percent below the state’s emissions levels of 1990. Rhode Island will likely maintain that goal no matter what comes out of the White House.

CREATIVE COMMONS

 As natural gas gets diverted for home and other heating this winter, the head of New England's electricity grid is warning about possible future risks to the region's power.

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Virtually all Rhode Islanders have at least a loose connection to the town of Johnston. Almost all of your junk -- trash, dried out Christmas trees, even used paint -- winds up at the Johnston Landfill.  Those items are all sorted and processed in different parts of the sprawling complex.

Most material goes to the landfill, but more and more of it now goes to a recycling facility at the site. As part of our series One Square Mile: Johnston, Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender paid a visit and reports that while the Ocean State is recycling more, we’re not great at keeping what’s not recyclable out.

The Environment Council of Rhode Island has laid out its legislative priorities for the new General Assembly session. The group, comprised mostly of local non-profit environmental groups, hopes to cut carbon emissions with a new tax and increase renewable energy efforts.

The Council proposed a new tax that would be levied on companies bringing carbon-based fuels into the state. A tax rate of $15 per ton of potential carbon emissions would go to fund state renewable energy efforts.

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New research from the University of New Hampshire suggests some bat species have developed a resistance to a devastating fungal disease known as white-nose syndrome.

Since the white-nose syndrome was introduced to North America from Europe about 10 years ago, it has killed roughly 90 percent of the little brown bat population in the northeast.

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It’s been a big week for wind energy. The nation’s first offshore wind farm is up and running off the coast of Block Island. And another Rhode Island wind company just scored a grant from the National Science FoundationAquanis is a tech company trying to improve the efficiency of wind turbines. We introduce you to the wind energy company you may not know about.

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