Increased moisture in the atmosphere is causing more severe and frequent storms that are taking their time moving through the region and causing more flooding. (ecoRI News file photo)

Increased moisture in the atmosphere is causing more severe and frequent storms that are taking their time moving through the region and causing more flooding. (ecoRI News file photo)

Climate change has forced Mother Nature to make it rain ... on southern New England. In the past decade, the region has witnessed an increase in extreme rain and snowfall events. All this extra water is having an impact on river flow and making damaging floods more frequent.

The Arctic’s sea-ice cover is continuing to shrink, and is thinning as well. (N. Untersteiner/NASA)

The Arctic’s sea-ice cover is continuing to shrink, and is thinning as well. (N. Untersteiner/NASA)

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. — Much of the concern associated with climate change, at least in southern New England, is centered around rising seas. Often overlooked in the numerous public discussions is what all that extra water holds. And what it holds is some really nasty stuff.

New Sustainability Director has Plan for Providence

PROVIDENCE — Leah Bamberger, the city’s recently appointed sustainability director, wants to enlist you to help make Providence a more environmentally friendly and healthy place to live, work and play.

R.I. Closes In On Cesspool Phase-Out

PROVIDENCE — Although the installation of new cesspools has been banned in Rhode Island since 1968, cesspools are officially on the way out. The House recently passed a plan to phase out all existing cesspools in the state.

Several environmental bills were close to heading to Gov. Gina Raimondo’s desk for signing before Speaker of the House Nicholas Mattiello recessed the General Assembly for the summer.

Several environmental bills were close to heading to Gov. Gina Raimondo’s desk for signing before Speaker of the House Nicholas Mattiello recessed the General Assembly for the summer.

Gypsy moths are back, and, according to Rhode Island officials, it’s a full-fledged outbreak not seen since the early 1980s.

Gypsy moths are back, and, according to Rhode Island officials, it’s a full-fledged outbreak not seen since the early 1980s.

The northern long-eared bat is a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act, primarily because of the threat posed by white-nose syndrome, a fungal disease that has devastated many bat populations. (U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)

The northern long-eared bat is a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act, primarily because of the threat posed by white-nose syndrome, a fungal disease that has devastated many bat populations. (U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)

Compromise Reached for New Wetlands Building Law

PROVIDENCE — The General Assembly recently passed a bill that shifts oversight of construction near wetlands, such as ponds and streams, from cities and towns to the state. Although environmental groups had resisted the concept for years, they now are mostly on board with the new law.

Reservoir Project Preaches Phosphorous Awareness

The Moswansicut Reservoir phosphorus project, an 18-month initiative to use education, outreach and volunteerism to reduce reservoir pollution, is making progress.

 


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