A healthy female right whale gives birth every three years. (NOAA)

A healthy female right whale gives birth every three years. (NOAA)

Just three North Atlantic right whales were born this winter, a precipitous decline in the species birth rate that has scientists concerned for the future of one of the rarest whales on Earth.

Neighbors are worried that 18 two-bedroom condos in six buildings will stress the local drinking-water supply and increase stormwater runoff in the area. (istock)

Neighbors are worried that 18 two-bedroom condos in six buildings will stress the local drinking-water supply and increase stormwater runoff in the area. (istock)

NORTH SCITUATE, R.I. — A plan to build 18 condominiums on a 6.7-acre lot about a quarter-mile from the Scituate Reservoir in a town that relies on wells for drinking water provides a glimpse into the pressures being put on water resources by population growth, development of open space and a changing climate.


DEM Passes On Fully Vetting Impact of Burrillville Power Plant

It appears to be a calculated attempt to diminish the ecological significance of northwestern Rhode Island to a level in which the impacts of the proposed power plant would be considered “acceptable.”


State Board Denies Motions to Dismiss, Delay Power Plant

WARWICK, R.I. — The state Energy Facilities Siting Board recently turned down two requests to dismiss or delay the fossil-fuel power plant proposed for Burrillville. The decisions, however, didn't put the $1 billion project any closer to approval.

Forest fragmentation is the biggest issue facing Rhode Island’s forests. 'To keep forests forested we need to stop fragmentation.' (ecoRI News)

Forest fragmentation is the biggest issue facing Rhode Island’s forests. 'To keep forests forested we need to stop fragmentation.' (ecoRI News)

Just a few years ago, the upper estimate for sea-level rise in Rhode Island was 3 feet. More recently, it was 6.6 feet. (istock)

Just a few years ago, the upper estimate for sea-level rise in Rhode Island was 3 feet. More recently, it was 6.6 feet. (istock)

The latest electricity auction for New England paints an interesting picture of the proposed Burrillville, R.I., natural-gas power plant and its role in the regional energy mix. (ecoRI News)

The latest electricity auction for New England paints an interesting picture of the proposed Burrillville, R.I., natural-gas power plant and its role in the regional energy mix. (ecoRI News)


Reports Conflict on Need for New Fossil-Fuel Power Plant

The latest electricity auction for New England paints an interesting picture of the proposed Burrillville fossil-fuel power plant and its role in the regional energy mix.


Rhode Island Looks to be First State with Carbon Tax

PROVIDENCE — Rhode Island spends $3.1 billion annually on carbon-intensive gasoline, oil and natural gas extracted from outside the state. A fee on fossil fuels would keep that money local.