“I’m fascinated by America. Its landscape bears all the scars and wounds of a young country pressing the self-destruct button.”

— Mishka Henner, photographer from England

There are some 6,400 electric generating facilities in the United States, but most of the global-warming pollution emitted by the U.S. power sector comes from a handful of exceptionally dirty coal-fired power plants.

About 60 percent of U.S. residences have electric stoves. To get the most bang for your buck, wipe up all spills as soon as possible instead of turning on the clean function. If you do use the clean function, do so after you’ve cooked something, so the internal temperature is already high.

 

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Thursday
Oct302014

Landfill Debates Pay-As-You-Throw for All of R.I.

By TIM FAULKNER/ecoRI News staff

JOHNSTON, R.I. — The operators of the Central Landfill are considering a big and bold change for trash collection and fiscal management of Rhode Island's waste. If adopted, the likely controversial idea of a pay-as-you-throw program would extend the life of the landfill and increase recycling.<<Read more

Thursday
Oct302014

State Money to Help Power Solar and Green Startups

By TIM FAULKNER/ecoRI News staff

PROVIDENCE — The Renewable Energy Fund recently awarded four businesses, two farms and a religious shrine grants ranging from $18,900 to $121,000 for new solar-energy projects. In all, Commerce RI has awarded $379,000 to projects that are expected to employee 19 subcontractors.<<Read more

Wednesday
Oct292014

$300K in Grants Awarded to Buy Local Groups

By ecoRI News staff

The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources recently awarded $300,000 in funding for seven Buy Local Groups to enhance agriculture in communities across the state. Regional Buy Local Groups began in 1993 in the Pioneer Valley and are committed to the idea that knowing where your food comes from makes both good health and economic sense.<<Read more

Wednesday
Oct292014

Celebrate Natural History Week in Rhode Island

By ecoRI News staff

Nov. 1-9 is Natural History Week, and plenty of activities have been planned, including a "Moth Meet-Up," a wildlife photography exhibit and a documentary screening. Some of Rhode Island’s highest profile educational resources have natural history at the center of their mission, and they will be on display beginning Saturday.<<Read more

Tuesday
Oct282014

The Urban Environment: According to Cianci, Elorza

By TIM FAULKNER/ecoRI News staff

PROVIDENCE — The top two candidates for mayor in the Nov. 4 election share environmental goals such as making city streets more bicycle and pedestrian friendly, but there are notable differences and gaps in their plans for sustainability.<<Read more

Monday
Oct272014

EPA Dances Around Harbor PCB Questions

By JOYCE ROWLEY/ecoRI News contributor

FAIRHAVEN, Mass. — Hands Across the River Coalition members had a dozen questions for Environmental Protection Agency officials, literally, in a handout they gave to the 75 people who attended an Oct. 22 public information meeting on New Bedford Harbor PCB disposal.<<Read more

Sunday
Oct262014

Come See the Woods at the New Rocky Point

By TIM FAULKNER/ecoRI News staff

WARWICK, R.I. — It’s hard to imagine a nearly 20-acre open field was once a lively waterfront amusement park with a roller coaster, flume, a fun house, and rows of games and food vendors. But since the Rhode Island institution closed in 1995, the 124-acre site has gradually returned to a near-natural state.<<Read more

Friday
Oct242014

Violent Robberies Leads to Talk About Bus Routes

By JOYCE ROWLEY/ecoRI News contributor

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — Last year, after reports of fish-house workers being attacked while walking along MacArthur Drive to and from work, Bus Riders United coordinator Siggy Meilus decided something needed to be done: a revised bus route could be the answer.<<Read more

Wednesday
Oct222014

Paid Earned Sick Time Up to Bay State Voters

By JOYCE ROWLEY/ecoRI News contributor

If you have paid sick time, that’s one less stressor when you stay home with a sick child, bring an elderly parent to a doctor’s appointment, or stay home sick yourself. But for one in three workers in Massachusetts, taking sick time can cost them a day’s pay or, worse, it can cost them their jobs.<<Read more

Tuesday
Oct212014

Big Money, False Claims Cloud Bottle Bill Question

By TIM FAULKNER/ecoRI News staff

Expanding Massachusetts' existing bottle redemption law to include bottled water, juices and other noncarbonated drinks seems like a simple proposition. But interviews with voters and business owners reveal that there is considerable confusion about what Question 2 will and won’t do.<<Read more