The University of Rhode Island, in partnership with the Coastal Resources Management Council, has developed new tools to plan for future climate change threats. New maps with projected storm surge and sea level rise are now available online.
For the past three weeks, we've brought you stories about how climate change is already affecting Rhode Island. Narragansett Bay is getting warmer. Seas are rapidly rising. Shorelines are eroding. And we're experiencing more severe weather events. As part of our new ongoing series, Battle With The Sea, we take a step back this week to look at the science of how we know these changes are happening.
More than 100 people will gather in Newport today to learn how to minimize impacts to waterfront businesses from sea level rise and other severe weather at the 13th Annual Baird Symposium. The one-day conference called, "Staying Afloat: Adapting Waterfront Businesses to Rising Seas and Extreme Storms," kicked off its symposium last night with a public lecture, featuring John Englander, author of High Tide on Main Street: Rising Sea Levels and the Coming Coastal Crisis.
Workers have completed the steel structure and concrete flooring for the new Center for Chemistry and Forensic Sciences at the University of Rhode Island.
URI says crews are now beginning to place bricks on the exterior of the five-story structure, slated for completion in spring of 2016.
The $68 million center was funded largely with a bond issue. When complete, it will provide 135,000 square feet of laboratories, classrooms and offices, nearly doubling the amount of space for chemistry research at URI.
The full Board of Education votes Monday on tuition increases for students at the university of Rhode Island, Rhode Island college and the state's community college system. State higher education officials call it a modest increase. They say it is necessary after two years with no increases at URI, and three years with no increase at CCRI.
The University of Rhode Island has announced a $24 million grant to help rebuild fisheries in Ghana. The grant for the Coastal Resources Center at the School of Oceanography is the largest in URI's history.
The money will fund a project in collaboration with USAID's Feed the Future initiative, attempting to curb over-fishing in Ghana. The project aims to help Ghana develop new fishing regulations and a management plan to ensure the sustainability of fish stocks.
Students at Rhode Island public colleges and universities could see tuition increases next year.
The Board of Education’s Council on Higher Education has approved a budget with a nearly 3 percent increase at the University of Rhode Island and roughly 8 percent increases at Rhode Island College and the Community College of Rhode Island.
Higher Education commissioner Jim Purcell said the increases come as state colleges have seen a 23 percent reduction in state funding over the last 5 years.
The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management and the Coastal Resources Management Council have released the state’s first comprehensive shellfish management plan. The plan recommends better ways to protect shellfish and the shellfishing industry, and improve communication among state agencies, scientists, and fishermen.
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 Mark Higgins, dean of the University of Rhode Island’s College of Business. They discuss the bond issues on the November ballot including the infrastructure, environmental and arts bonds, and why borrowing more money now may not be a bad idea.
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