environment

Plastic bag ban could affect food safety

Feb 1, 2013

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.

Bristol proposes plastic bag ban

Jan 31, 2013

Following in Barrington’s footsteps, Bristol’s Town Council will review a proposal to ban single-use plastic bags from the town’s businesses in a meeting scheduled for February 20th. Council Member Timothy Sweeney initially proposed the ban on January 23rd. He says the response thus far from Bristol citizens seems positive, as the ban would reduce the amount of plastic that ends up in the Bay.

Legislators will be working this session to correct an added amendment to a bill that caused all the glass recycling to be buried in the landfill. RIPR caught up with the lawmaker whose legislation needs fixing.

Professor: some harvesting of coral is good

Dec 27, 2012

The trade of live coral for home aquariums is continuing to drop internationally. While the practice is in decline, a Roger Williams University professor says promoting its growth has the ability to actually help coral reefs.

This week, we’re all about Block Island here on RIPR. It’s the focus of our annual “One Square Mile” series, where we bring you stories on a variety of angles about one particular part of Rhode Island. As we started exploring this beautiful island, it became clear to me that one of the biggest health stories is how ticks have come to be such a menace. So, I invite you to listen to the three stories I’ve reported about the problem:

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