Environment Rhode Island

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Local environmentalists and farmers are at odds over a proposal by the Environmental Protection Agency to repeal the 2015 Clean Water Rule.


RI Osprey Population Continues To Flourish

Mar 2, 2016
Ed Hughes /Audubon Society of Rhode Island

As spring weather returns to the Rhode Island area, so will the growing population of osprey, a type of coastal bird. The Audubon Society of Rhode Island reports the number of osprey spotted nesting in Rhode Island has risen sharply over the last couple of years. The population has been monitored since the 1970s, when the fish-eating birds nearly disappeared from Rhode Island’s coastline.

Jonathan Scoones at the Audubon Society called the recovery of the osprey population an environmental success story.   

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Since 2001, wind power in the United States has steadily offset carbon pollution. How much? More than a year’s worth of Canada’s emissions.

In a new report by Environment America, New England advocates of renewable energy are pointing to that as evidence of the growing role wind energy could continue to play in combating the climate crisis.

Backers of a plastic bag ban have been busy collecting petition signatures this summer.  Environment Rhode Island says it has amassed ten thousand signatures urging the General Assembly to take up the issue once again. 

Rhode Island would have become the first state in the country to ban plastic grocery bags under a bill that died in the last legislative session.   Channing Jones of Environment Rhode Island says they are not deterred by their out-of-the-gate loss.