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Environment
4:59 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Did Copar Quarries Expand Beyond its Means?

In Westerly, the Zoning Board is holding a special meeting this evening about a controversial quarry. The board is hearing an appeal about an expansion at the quarry.

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Environment
5:16 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Protecting the Eastern Bluebird in RI

Credit U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service-Northeast Region flickr.com

As spring arrives in the Ocean State it’s important to monitor your bird houses.

The Eastern bluebird, a native to southern New England, has been on the steady decline since the late 1800’s.  This is in part due to the introduction of the House Sparrow from Europe.

Rhode Islanders can help the Bluebird population by staying vigilant, says Linton Harrington, of the non-profit environmental group the Trustees of Reservations.

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Environment
2:46 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Junk Finds Home Through Reuse Marketplace

The Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation has launched Rhode Island’s participation in a regional program—the “Reuse Marketplace.” This online marketplace allows businesses to find homes for extra items in their offices or warehouses that would otherwise be sent to the landfill.

Businesses and organizations from Rhode Island and several other northeastern states can post items they have or need, and anyone can browse these listings. Resource Recovery Recycling Services Director Sarah Kite says the online marketplace will benefit both businesses and the environment.

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Environment
4:33 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

CCRI Becoming More Energy Efficient

Governor Lincoln Chafee at CCRI
Credit Bradley Campbell

The Community College of Rhode Island is upgrading its flagship campus in Warwick. The upgrades are geared to save energy costs.

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Politics
8:19 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Conservation Group Ranks RI Delegation "Green"

Rhode Island’s entire congressional delegation gets top scores in the League of Conservation Voters’ 2012 National Environmental Scorecard. The ranking is based on 35 votes taken by the House and 14 by the Senate.
Both Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse scored 100 percent.  Congressmen David Cicilline and Jim Langevin scored 94 percent.   The average Senate score is 56 percent. The average House score is 42 percent.
    

Environment
3:29 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Injured bald eagle found at Johnston landfill recuperating

The young injured bald eagle found Monday at Johnston’s Central Landfill is “standing bright and alert” today, according to Veterinarian Chi Chan at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Association of Rhode Island. The eagle was in poor condition yesterday. X-rays revealed that the snow-storm battered eagle had 3 buckshot pellets lodged in her leg, tail, and chest, and the clinic is still waiting for the results of lead-poisoning blood work. This is the first bald eagle brought to the clinic in 20 years.

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Environment
3:51 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Newport Tree Society giving away free trees

The Newport Tree Society has announced a program that will provide homeowners in Newport with trees. 

Unlike previous programs, the “Specimen Tree Restoration Program” will provide trees free of cost.

Homeowners who receive trees will be asked to sign a contract promising to take care of the tree.

The Society hopes the program will serve as a model of urban forest management for other cities.

Environment
8:39 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Good news for New England's greenhouse gasses

The regional cap on carbon dioxide emissions could be lowered by nearly half next year.  New England’s regional greenhouse gas emissions are already lower than expected.

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Environment
12:00 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Flame Box Crab found around Block Island

The flame box crab, or Calappa Flammea, has recently been caught twice in the waters off Block Island. 

The crab, distinct for the red flame-like pattern on its shell, is generally found in the Gulf Coast, though it has been found as far north as Massachussetts.

Chair of the Block Island Shellfish Commission, Hermann Gempp, told the  Block Island Times that the crabs most likely migrated north in a storm, or traveled up the Gulf Stream.

Environment
4:32 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Plastic bag ban could affect food safety

As Bristol becomes the latest Rhode Island town to consider banning plastic bags, experts say the benefits of a ban could extend to the food we eat.

Associate Professor of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island, Rainer Lohmann, says toxins clinging to plastic trash can make their way up the food chain, polluting our seafood. He says banning plastic bags is a good first step for cleaning up plastic pollution.

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