"Wildlife is and should be useless in the same way art, music, poetry and even sports are useless. They are useless in the sense that they do nothing more than raise our spirits, make us laugh or cry, frighten, disturb and delight us. They connect us not just to what’s weird, different, other, but to a world where we humans do not matter nearly as much as we like to think."

— Richard Conniff, author

Industrial facilities dumped 206 million pounds of toxic chemicals into American waterways in 2012.

Reuse shipping boxes to save resources and money. Unhook the tabs that snap the box together, or remove the tape holding the box together. Flip the packaging around. Rebuild the box the opposite way around, and you’ve got a brand new box.

 

 

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Monday
Sep222014

Stop Flushing Money Down the Toilet ... Literally

By KEVIN PROFT/ecoRI News staff

Toilets account for 30 percent of the average home’s indoor water consumption, according to the EPA. Older models can use up to 6 gallons per flush, which is more water than the Institute of Medicine recommends the average male drink in an entire week.<<Read more

Saturday
Sep202014

Coastal Project to Address Climate Adaptation

By ecoRI News staff

Rapid climate change and an increasing range of climate impacts are already being felt along the U.S. coast, and new research suggests that Northeast coastal waters may be more vulnerable to climate change and ocean acidification than previously thought.<<Read more

Saturday
Sep202014

Illegal Fishing Takes Chunk Out of Future Catches

By PETER BAKER/ecoRI News contributor

We’ve seen a rash of stories recently on illegal fishing in the Northeast, as enforcement officials take action on unreported catch. Some of the numbers are eye-popping. One bust involved 56,000 pounds of illegally caught and unreported summer flounder. Another charge alleged 86,000 unreported pounds of the same fish over three years.<<Read more

Friday
Sep192014

A Bright Idea: Recycle Fluorescent Bulbs

By ecoRI News staff

The Clean Water Fund and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management have joined forces with small businesses to collect mercury-containing lighting elements, such as compact fluorescent bulbs. Hardware stores in 12 communities across the state are offering residents a free collection service for burned-out CFLs.<<Read more

Friday
Sep192014

Mass. Awards $13M in Dam and Seawall Grants

By ecoRI News staff

Massachusetts recently awarded $13.2 million in grants and loans to help improve shoreline infrastructure, rehabilitate dams, and protect drinking-water supplies and economic assets in coastal communities.<<Read more

Thursday
Sep182014

Time to Welcome Backyard Bees Back Home

By MICHELLE and RAY WRIGHT/ecoRI News contributors

Since 1945, the population of domesticated honeybees in the United States has declined by some 55 percent — for a wide variety of reasons, including the broad use of insecticides and pesticides, and monoculture practices.<<Read more

Tuesday
Sep162014

Roll Tide: Power Shift Along Southern N.E.'s Coast

By JAMES NEGRI/ecoRI News contributor

The next big thing in renewable energy may be well out of sight, but not out of mind for the beneficiaries of an evolving form of sustained, environmentally friendly source of electricity: marine hydrokinetics. Although still emerging from its nascent stage tidal energy is starting to make its presence known in the Northeast.<<Read more

Monday
Sep152014

Marketing an Idea Central to Local Food

By KIERNAN DUNLOP/ecoRI News contributor

David Dadekian has an idea that he believes would boost Rhode Island’s economy, increase the overall health of the population and reduce the state’s carbon footprint. The founder of Eat Drink RI wants to create a year-round marketplace in Providence that is equivalent to Pike Place Market in Seattle.<<Read more

Saturday
Sep132014

Coconuts and Oysters Save Ocean State Marshes

By TIM FAULKNER/ecoRI News staff

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. — Oysters and coconuts seldom go together as a meal, but they are an excellent combination for helping the environment. Coconuts, in this case, aren’t the kind you eat. Instead, they are large coconut-fiber logs filled with 10 pounds of oyster shells.<<Read more

Friday
Sep122014

New Bedford Harbor Cleanup a Messy Situation

By JOYCE ROWLEY/ecoRI News contributor

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — With some 900,000 cubic yards of PCB-contaminated sediment, New Bedford Harbor has some of the highest concentrations of PCBs in a Superfund marine environment, and is the state’s highest priority for remediation.<<Read more