Depending on the sugar content in a season’s sap, it takes an average of 40 gallons to produce a gallon of syrup. (Catherine Sengel/ecoRI News)

Depending on the sugar content in a season’s sap, it takes an average of 40 gallons to produce a gallon of syrup. (Catherine Sengel/ecoRI News)

CHEPACHET, R.I. — Trees need cold nights and warm days to set the sap rising from roots to branches. If the weather cooperates, runs can begin as early as late January or February. This winter’s deep snows, frigid days and icy grip mean a harvest so late it will not last long.

Gas Pipeline May Cost Little Compton Some Land

The Little Compton, R.I., project, the G-2 Loop on this map, calls for 2.2 miles of new pipeline. (Spectra Energy)

The Little Compton, R.I., project, the G-2 Loop on this map, calls for 2.2 miles of new pipeline. (Spectra Energy)

LITTLE COMPTON, R.I. — A 2.2-mile stretch of natural-gas pipeline is in the works for Little Compton and Tiverton. Some land will be taken temporarily during construction, and other land will be acquired permanently. The owner of the pipeline is granted the power of eminent domain through the Natural Gas Act of 1938.

R.I. Bill Would Ban Indoor Smoking of E-Cigarettes

PROVIDENCE — A House bill this year attempts to reduce the risk of secondhand inhalation from e-cigarettes by banning indoor vaping.

Zoo Poop Keeps Southern New England Growing

PROVIDENCE —Roger Williams Park Zoo’s relationship with Earth Care Farm — Rhode Island’s longtime composting mecca — goes back at least 15 years.

The Blackstone River didn’t fail its 2014 test, but the long-abused waterway’s grade did slip. (NPS)

The Blackstone River didn’t fail its 2014 test, but the long-abused waterway’s grade did slip. (NPS)

There are 40 tagged great white sharks that regularly swim in the waters off Cape Cod. (Greg Skomal)

There are 40 tagged great white sharks that regularly swim in the waters off Cape Cod. (Greg Skomal)

By this summer, the brown area where phragmites once thrived will feature native grasses and plants. (Roger Wolfe/DEEP)

By this summer, the brown area where phragmites once thrived will feature native grasses and plants. (Roger Wolfe/DEEP)

Bill Proposes Taxing All Fossil Fuels that Enter Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE — A bill in the General Assembly offers a radical approach to addressing climate change. The act would place a carbon tax on all fossil fuels that enter Rhode Island. The tax would feed into a state-run fund that would help finance solar and wind projects, green-energy research and transportation initiatives.

Slowdown in Atlantic Could Impact Sea Levels, Ecosystems

BRISTOL, R.I. — Roger Williams University professor Scott Rutherford is one of several researchers on a global team who recently published research on the slowdown of the Gulf Stream system.


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