environment

On Politics
10:47 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Raimondo to Retain Janet Coit as Department of Environmental Management Head

Governor-elect Gina Raimondo plans to re-appoint Janet Coit as the director of the state Department of Environmental Management.

“During the past four years, Director Coit proved to be not only a strong advocate for the environment, but a skilled manager of a complex department,” Raimondo said in a statement. “I admire her passion for conserving our natural resources and am thrilled to have her continue her good work as a member of my cabinet.”

Coit's re-appointment is subject to confirmation by the state Senate.

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The Bottom Line
5:40 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

The Bottom Line: How The Passed Bond Measures Will Pay Off

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment The Bottom Line.

This week Dave and Mark talk with Grow Smart Rhode Island executive director Scott Wolf. They discuss the bond measures passed on Election Day and the kinds of jobs they will create once the dollars start flowing.

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You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.

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Politics
8:10 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Rhody Votes '14: Ballot Measures About The Environment

Voters will need to vote on two ballot measures related to the environment on Tuesday. The bonds would fund projects to better treat wastewater, promote healthy communities, and strengthen the state's transit system.
Ambar Espinoza RIPR

On Tuesday, voters will not only vote on candidates running for public office, they will also vote on a series of bond issues--two of them related to the environment. As part of our Rhody Votes ’14 coverage, environmental reporter Ambar Espinoza joined Rhode Island Public Radio Morning Edition Host Elisabeth Harrison to talk about them.

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you: news@ripr.org

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Politics
7:00 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Rhody Votes '14: Next Governor Faces Environmental Challenges

Gov. Lincoln Chafee along with state officials and environmental advocates celebrating the passage of the Resilient Rhode Island Act at the ceremonial signing of the bill.
Ambar Espinoza RIPR

Rhode Island's high unemployment rate is at the top of many voters’ minds this election season. This year’s gubernatorial candidates have offered different ways to create jobs. But the Ocean State’s next governor will also need to tackle a wide range of environmental issues. As part of our Rhody Votes ’14 coverage, Rhode Island Public Radio environmental reporter Ambar Espinoza explores what those issues are.

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Local Features
4:00 am
Thu October 9, 2014

One Square Mile: Cesspools And Sewers Remain a Contentious Subject in Warwick

Save The Bay's Jonathan Stone says speeding the removal of cesspools in Warwick will help Narragansett Bay.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

On a brilliantly sunny recent day at Oakland Beach in Warwick, waves from Narragansett Bay splash against sea rocks, a few sailboats bob in the distance, and scores of people enjoy the chance to be outside.

But the head of Save The Bay, Jonathan Stone, is thinking about a very different kind of situation at Oakland Beach from the summer of 2013. "This beach was closed for half the summer last year," Stone says, "and it wasn’t closed from pollution from Providence. It was closed because of local pollution, a significant source of which is cesspools."

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Environment
9:12 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Raimondo, Fung Defend Decision Not To Take Part In Environmental Debate

Gubernatorial candidates Gina Raimondo and Allan Fung have agreed to do a limited number of joint appearances and televised debates before the general election.  A coalition of environmental groups is disappointed its invitation for a debate didn’t make the list.

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Environment
7:52 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Volunteers To Pick Up, Record Trash At Beach Cleanup

Volunteers will comb the shores of Misquamicut Beach for trash, cataloging all of the debris they find.
Credit Ambar Espinoza / RIPR

About 2,000 volunteers will dedicate their entire morning tomorrow cleaning up beaches around the state as part of the International Coastal Cleanup, which draws about 650,000 volunteers worldwide.

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The Bottom Line
3:36 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

The Bottom Line: Block Island Wind Farm On Track To Being First In Nation

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment The Bottom Line.

This week Dave and Mark talk with the CEO of Deepwater Wind Jeff Grybowski. They discuss the five-turbine wind farm’s timeline and how it’s on track to becoming the nation’s first offshore wind farm.

When to Listen

You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.

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Environment
5:00 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Legendary Oceanographer Sylvia Earle Speaks To Local Environmental Leaders

World famous oceanographer Sylvia Earle said never before have we been as equipped with knowledge about the universe, the earth, and the processes that keep us alive as we are [equipped] today. She said that should guide how we treat our planet.
Credit Ambar Espinoza / RIPR

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse invited world famous marine scientist Sylvia Earle to speak to and inspire local environmental leaders at his fifth annual Energy & Environmental Leaders Day.

For too long we’ve tapped into natural resources thinking they’d always be there, said Earle. She cautioned worldwide our “life support” is collapsing, such as coral reefs, kelp forests, and even the marine plants that produce half of the oxygen in the air we breathe.

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Environment
3:05 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

EPA Head Affirms Climate Change Is A Public Health Threat

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy said she accepted Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse’s invitation to be a keynote speaker at the annual Energy & Environmental Leaders Day, because she wants to celebrate what’s happening at state and federal levels to reduce carbon pollution. She highlighted the EPA’s plan to reduce their carbon emissions by the largest polluters: power plants.
Credit Ambar Espinoza / RIPR

Climate change is one of the country’s most serious public health threats, said Gina McCarthy, the head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She spoke to a large crowd of local energy and environmental leaders at an annual conference today hosted by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse. 

McCarthy shared one example of a direct public health threat.

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