In the two-plus centuries since the Industrial Revolution, Rhode Island has lost thousands of acres of fresh and saltwater wetlands. To take advantage of hydropower, new mill villages were built. To make way for the needed infrastructure, impervious surfaces replaced fields, forests were clear-cut and wetlands re-engineered. Rhode Island is likely to continue to feel this substantial loss well into the future.
BARRINGTON, R.I. — Despite a ban on plastic bags at the checkout line, CVS and Shaw’s have brought back the plastic. Both stores now offer plastic shopping bags, after making the switch to paper bags when the town enacted a two-year plastic bag ban in 2012. The Town Council made the ban permanent in June 2014.
New Englanders experienced a slight increase in the number of unhealthy air quality days this year, compared to 2014 and 2013, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
PROVIDENCE — With a new federal grant of nearly $10.8 million over the next five years, Brown University researchers and students will be able to advance their work studying how toxicant exposures affect health, how such exposures occur and how nanotechnologies could contain contamination.
PROVIDENCE — Rhode Island’s primary electric utility says the fees are necessary to offset the costs of running and improving the electric grid. Opponents of the idea say National Grid is looking for revenue to fund the operation of its current system.
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — City uses community outreach to warn recreational fishermen about eating what they catch from the harbor, an EPA Superfund site contaminated with polychlorinated biphenols (PCBs).