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Friday
Oct242014

Exploring America‚Äôs Ocean Canyons

By PETER BAKER/ecoRI News contributor

NOAA research vessel Okeanos Explorer, which is homeported in Rhode Island, and its unmanned submersible are helping bring 39,000 square miles of vast, largely unknown ocean, an area larger than Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey combined, into focus.<<Read more

Thursday
Oct232014

Bay State Making Plans for Ocean Development

By JOYCE ROWLEY/ecoRI News contributor

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — Biggest change identified in 2014 draft plan was the accelerated approach to offshore-wind-energy-area development by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, the federal agency formerly known as the Mineral Management Services prior to BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.<<Read more

Thursday
Oct232014

Goats on Planes and Labradoodles at Lunch, Oh My!

By FRANK CARINI

So-called "emotional-support" animals are getting seats on crowed airplanes — usually for free — and airlines are having to figure out how to accommodate dogs too big for laps, goats and, yes, ponies in coach. Talk about animal cruelty.<<Read opinion

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

Monday
Oct202014

R.I. Composting Law Now Official, But Weak

By TIM FAULKNER/ecoRI News staff

CHARLESTOWN, R.I. — Rhode Island may have the least stringent composting law among its neighbors, but it’s a start, says state Rep. Donna Walsh, the sponsor of the recently signed-into-law legislation. Opposition from restaurants and school groups weakened the original bill.<<Read more

Saturday
Oct182014

Alliance Holds Strong in Protecting Westport River

By FRANK CARINI/ecoRI News staff

WESTPORT, Mass. — Unlike many New England rivers, the one that shares a name with this popular summer town doesn’t have a legacy of industrial pollution buried in its sediment. But despite not being polluted with manufacturing toxins, the Westport River still faces the threat of contamination from various sources.<<Read more

Friday
Oct172014

Four Arrested in Protest Against Forest Development

By ecoRI News staff

BELMONT. Mass. — Four people were arrested Oct. 17 for trespassing within the Silver Maple Forest, which is in danger of being cleared to make way for a condominium development. Supporters standing along Acorn Park Drive held signs that read, “Don’t cut our floodplain silver maple trees” and “Stop the cutting before it’s too late.”<<Read more

Sunday
Oct122014

Court Ruling has Misled Shore Rights in Ocean State

By JIM BEDELL

The public enjoys shore access. That's what the citizens of Rhode Island voted to make part of their Constitution. The recognition of this easement benefits all Rhode Islanders. Without it, the owners of beachfront homes couldn’t go for a walk down the beach. If we all can’t pass along the shore, nobody can.<<Read opinion

Thursday
Oct092014

Want to Remove Poison Ivy Patch? Hire Some Goats

By FRANK CARINI/ecoRI News staff

PLYMPTON, Mass. — Using goats as an eco-friendly way to control invasive species has been gaining in popularity. Homeowners, businesses and parks nationwide are incorporating conservation grazing as a way to bypass fossil fuel-powered machinery and/or toxic herbicides to curb unwanted plant growth.<<Read more