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.
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.
PROVIDENCE — A House bill this year attempts to reduce the risk of secondhand inhalation from e-cigarettes by banning indoor vaping.
PROVIDENCE —Roger Williams Park Zoo’s relationship with Earth Care Farm — Rhode Island’s longtime composting mecca — goes back at least 15 years.
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.
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.