National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists recently released the first multi-species assessment of just how vulnerable U.S. marine fish and invertebrate species are to the effects of climate change. The study examined 82 species off the Northeast coast, where ocean warming is occurring rapidly.
Since switching to single-stream recycling in June 2012, Rhode Island’s recycling rate has risen less than 2 percent and remains stubbornly below 25 percent. During that same period, the market for sorted and baled recyclables, the end product of the statewide recycling program, has bottomed out.
PROVIDENCE — Gov. Gina Raimondo’s proposed fiscal 2017 budget increases efforts to go after polluters and expands options for renewable energy. It also provides funding for bike paths, and calls for a bond referendum to protect open space.
Although removing or upgrading dams and culverts can require significant up-front costs, stream-restoration efforts mitigate flood risks, improve ecosystem function and relieve long-term financial burdens.
PROVIDENCE — The city is in on the right track regarding climate-change preparedness, according to a recent review. A three-day assessment by five sustainability planners from across the country looked at how the city will endure higher heat, more severe weather, and increased flooding.
AMHERST, Mass. — A new study reveals that increasing soil moisture is raising flooding, erosion and landslide risks in New England.