"We're captives of a business model that has passed its useful limits. (But) until there's a fundamental change in the underlying rules set, the model will keep yielding the same output."

— George Ure, author

Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont and New York were the first northeastern states to adopt the Clean Cars Program, which sets vehicle tailpipe emission limits for carbon dioxide and other pollutants.

For every degree you set your thermostat back over eight hours, you’ll save about 1 percent on your annual heating bill. Turn it down manually 10 degrees when you leave the house or go to sleep.

 

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Saturday
Nov222014

Statewide Pay-As-You-Throw Idea Moves Ahead

By TIM FAULKNER/ecoRI News staff

JOHNSTON, R.I. — The operators of the state’s Central Landfill recently took another step toward implementing a new approach to trash collection. The Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation awards $126,600 to a waste specialist to take an in-depth look at statewide pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) trash collection.<<Read more

Friday
Nov212014

Washington Bridge Bike Path Nears Completion

By KEVIN PROFT/ecoRI News staff

Construction on the bike lane and linear park crossing the Washington Bridge that connects Providence and East Providence is winding down. The bridge, closed to bicyclers and pedestrians since July 2012, is on schedule to reopen before the end of the year.<<Read more

Friday
Nov212014

Whatever Happens Upstream Impacts Everything

By BERNARD W. SWEENEY

Fresh water is our most precious natural resource, as essential to life as the air we breathe. Fortunately, most of us in the United States don’t have to give it much thought, thanks, in large part, to the federal Clean Water Act, passed in 1972. Why are we messing with it?<<Read opinion

Thursday
Nov202014

United in Support of Environmental Justice

By JOYCE ROWLEY/ecoRI News contributor

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — More than 75 percent of the city’s polluted sites aren’t fully remediated, and instead have activity and use restrictions, according to an environmental justice organization. It claims such restrictions keep the properties from returning to vibrant uses, and can cause lingering health problems.<<Read more

Wednesday
Nov192014

Whitehouse Carbon Tax Would Level Playing Field

By TIM FAULKNER/ecoRI News staff

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., introduced his anticipated carbon tax bill, called the American Opportunity Carbon Fee Act, on Nov. 19. Whitehouse estimates that the plan would cut emissions from the largest emitters of carbon dioxide by 50 percent in 10 years.
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Wednesday
Nov192014

State Awards Last Small-Scale Solar Grants for 2014

By TIM FAULKNER/ecoRI News staff

PROVIDENCE — Small solar projects funded by the state Renewable Energy Fund finished off the year with 47 new projects. Overall, the program approved 127 solar installations in 2014. Last year, 89 small-scale solar projects were approved.<<Read more

Wednesday
Nov192014

Volunteers Clean Out Illegal Dumping Site

By ecoRI News staff

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — During a recent Gull Cove cleanup, Clean Ocean Access volunteers removed nearly 1,200 pounds of debris, including three car tires, hundreds of bottles and cigarette butts, and 31 truck oil filters, which the nonprofit's executive director said was a sign of illegal dumping.<<Read more

Tuesday
Nov182014

Dealing with Invasives Takes Patience and Creativity

By KEVIN PROFT/ecoRI News staff

Invasive species have run amok in Rhode Island. Japanese knotweed, which can grow 3 inches a day and reach 10 feet in height, crowds out native plants. Phragmites strangle marshes, riverbanks and lakefronts. Oriental bittersweet, a vine that can climb to 60 feet, can kill its host trees and anything that grows in its shadow.<<Read more

Friday
Nov142014

RhodeMap Supporters Address Foes' 'Nonsense'

By TIM FAULKNER/ecoRI News staff

PROVIDENCE — A review committee for R.I.'s new economic development plan has shot back at critics who have suggested that adopting the plan would cede state control to HUD, is an extension of the U.N.’s Agenda 21 conspiracy and say government shouldn’t attempt to promote social equity or focus on improving urban areas.<<Read more

Thursday
Nov132014

Rhode Island Slow to Open Doors for the Homeless

By KEVIN PROFT/ecoRI News staff

Rhode Island has a formidable plan to reduce, prevent and eventually end homelessness. Opening Doors aims to end chronic homelessness and homelessness among veterans within five years, and end homelessness for families and children within 10 years. It's going to take up-front money, which will mean back-end savings.<<Read more