Cars and trucks are responsible for much of Connecticut’s “home-grown” air pollution — 40 percent of the state’s overall greenhouse gas emissions and about 49 percent of nitrogen oxides, a primary ingredient of smog.


“Peasant people ... don't have a chance to share in the riches that the planet can offer because some people are taking off so much of the pleasures of this world, and there's only so much to go around."

— Sister Dorothy Stang, an eco-activist nun from Ohio who, in 2005, was murdered in the Brazilian Amazon

Labor Day weekend is one of the busiest weekends as far as traffic is concerned. Whether you're taking a trip with family or just heading over to a friend's house for a barbecue, carpool to reduce your carbon footprint. If you're hosting a party, try to arrange a carpooling scheme for your friends.

 

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Saturday
Aug302014

Time to Welcome Backyard Bees Back Home

By MICHELLE and RAY WRIGHT/ecoRI News contributors

A general fear of bees has had a significant impact on both the bee population and on our agriculture. 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

Friday
Aug292014

Puffins Project Keeps Popular Seabirds in N.E.

By PETER BAKER/ecoRI News contributor

We’re fortunate to have puffins in New England, thanks in large part to Steve Kress of the National Audubon Society who conceived Project Puffin four decades ago to re-establish nesting colonies on some islands in the Gulf of Maine.<<Read more

Thursday
Aug282014

The Power of Mixing River Water and Seawater

By ecoRI News staff

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Where the river meets the sea, there is the potential to harness a significant amount of renewable energy. MIT researchers have evaluated an emerging method of power generation called pressure retarded osmosis, in which two streams of different salinity are mixed to produce energy.<<Read more

Wednesday
Aug272014

Sailing and Exploring Where Land Meets Water

By TIM FAULKNER/ecoRI News staff

WESTPORT, Mass. — If you think New England has run out of remote, natural places to explore, well, at least one tour group says there's plenty more to enjoy and a unique way to experience it. This new business offers overnight dingy cruises of hard-to-reach harbors with the unfortunate name of “gunkholes.”<<Read more

Tuesday
Aug262014

Solar-Marketing Plan to Target Specific Communities

By TIM FAULKNER/ecoRI News staff

PROVIDENCE — Rhode Island will soon begin marketing its solar-energy program to the public. Through a joint initiative with the Office of Energy Resources and the Renewable Energy Fund, Rhode Island will join Massachusetts and Connecticut with the rollout of its own "Solarize" program that markets solar-energy projects.<<Read more

Tuesday
Aug262014

Volunteers to Conduct Sweep of Ocean State‚Äôs Coast

By ecoRI News staff

Some 2,000 volunteers from across Rhode Island will participate Sept. 20 in a global cleanup to collect trash and data at more than 80 beaches as part of the annual International Coastal Cleanup. Find out what local beaches will be getting cleaned.<<Read more

Saturday
Aug232014

DEM Red Tape Frustrates Paddlers

By DAVID SMITH/ecoRI News contributor

A new rule requires that any organized group of six people or three boats is prohibited from going on a paddle without the permission of the R.I. Department of Environmental Management. Permission must be obtained at least three weeks prior to the outing, and afterward a report must be filed stating who went on the outing.<<Read more

Friday
Aug222014

Naval Station Drops Wind Farm for Solar Power

By TIM FAULKNER/ecoRI News staff

NEWPORT, R.I. — One of the state's largest energy users has dropped plans for a wind farm and is instead moving toward solar energy. Naval Station Newport says its wind project has been “placed in a strategic pause” because of the fiscal climate, regulatory and environmental issues, and community concerns.<<Read more

Thursday
Aug212014

New Greenhouse to Teach and Feed Urban Students

By TIM FAULKNER/ecoRI News staff

PROVIDENCE — Classrooms and urban farms are becoming one, as the city recently broke ground on a new South Side greenhouse on an abandoned lot. The city says the greenhouse will extend the growing season for local farmers, foster micro-businesses, improve air quality and increase property values.<<Read more

Thursday
Aug212014

Bats in the Belfry ... Attic, Studio and Toilet

By KATHIE FLORSHEIM/ecoRI News contributor

It was Halloween night when I saw a huge shadow on the wall in the living room. The wing span was the size of an eagle’s. I left the house, fast. That was my first experience finding a bat in my Rhode Island home. That was 39 years ago.<<Read more