"The burden of food-related ill health measured in terms of mortality and morbidity is similar to that attributable to smoking. ... The vast majority of the burden is attributable to unhealthy diets rather than to food-borne diseases."

— Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health

New England is at the end of the energy pipeline and sends billions of dollars outside the region’s economy annually to pay for imported fossil fuels.

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Wednesday
Sep172014

Sides Debate Burrillville Gas Pipeline Expansion

By TIM FAULKNER/ecoRI News staff

BURRILLVILLE, R.I. — Unions and environmentalists squared off during a Sept. 16 public hearing for a proposed pipeline project that intends to bring more natural gas to the region. The project seeks to increase the carrying capacity of an existing natural-gas pipeline that runs from N.Y. to Mass. by widening 26 miles of pipe, adding 11 miles and installing a new industrial compressor here.<<Read more

Wednesday
Sep172014

Annual Whitehouse Forum Tackles Climate Change

By CATHERINE SENGEL/ecoRI News contributor

PROVIDENCE — Strategies for tackling the challenges of a rapidly warming planet were recently delivered from a range of perspectives at the fifth annual Rhode Island Energy & Environmental Leaders Day held at the Rhode Island Convention Center. The forum gives local organizations a chance to engage with federal officials.<<Read more

Tuesday
Sep162014

Roll Tide: Power Shift Along Southern N.E.'s Coast

By JAMES NEGRI/ecoRI News contributor

The next big thing in renewable energy may be well out of sight, but not out of mind for the beneficiaries of an evolving form of sustained, environmentally friendly source of electricity: marine hydrokinetics. Although still emerging from its nascent stage tidal energy is starting to make its presence known in the Northeast.<<Read more

Monday
Sep152014

Marketing an Idea Central to Local Food

By KIERNAN DUNLOP/ecoRI News contributor

David Dadekian has an idea that he believes would boost Rhode Island’s economy, increase the overall health of the population and reduce the state’s carbon footprint. The founder of Eat Drink RI wants to create a year-round marketplace in Providence that is equivalent to Pike Place Market in Seattle.<<Read more

Sunday
Sep142014

These Guys Keep Wildlife Refuges In Great Shape

By DAVID SMITH/ecoRI News contributor

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. — The “Tuesday Group” that meets each week at the Trustom Pond National Wildlife Refuge has built a growing legacy. To say the group has saved taxpayers thousands of dollars is not an overstatement. They may labor in anonymity, but their volunteer work can be seen across the state.<<Read more

Saturday
Sep132014

Coconuts and Oysters Save Ocean State Marshes

By TIM FAULKNER/ecoRI News staff

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. — Oysters and coconuts seldom go together as a meal, but they are an excellent combination for helping the environment. Coconuts, in this case, aren’t the kind you eat. Instead, they are large coconut-fiber logs filled with 10 pounds of oyster shells.<<Read more

Friday
Sep122014

New Bedford Harbor Cleanup a Messy Situation

By JOYCE ROWLEY/ecoRI News contributor

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — With some 900,000 cubic yards of PCB-contaminated sediment, New Bedford Harbor has some of the highest concentrations of PCBs in a Superfund marine environment, and is the state’s highest priority for remediation.<<Read more

Thursday
Sep112014

Responsible Seafood Choices Much More Sustainable

By FRANK CARINI/ecoRI News staff

In New England’s open ocean, bays and estuaries nearly everything that swims, crawls or borrows can be served on a plate. But an ongoing absence of seafood diversity is a loss of culinary opportunity and a potential source of ecological imbalance.<<Read more

Thursday
Sep112014

City's Sustainability Plan Light On Climate Action

By TIM FAULKNER/ecoRI News staff

PROVIDENCE — The introduction to the city's new sustainability plan, written by Mayor Angel Taveras, jumps straight into the big issue facing the city’s future: climate change. But the plan that follows doesn’t address expected problems, such as flooding, higher temperatures and power outages, and the impact it will have on the elderly and poor.<<Read more

Monday
Sep082014

Buses Filling for 'Largest Climate March in History'

By TIM FAULKNER/ecoRI News staff

Activists are expected to flock to a protest that has been dubbed the largest climate march in history. Hundreds of thousands protesters are expected at the Sept. 21 People’s Climate March in New York City. Across southern New England reservations for charter buses have sold out and more buses are being added to meet demand.<<Read more