PROVIDENCE — The city is in on the right track regarding climate-change preparedness, according to a recent review. A three-day assessment, including input from residents, by five sustainability planners from across the country looked at how the city will endure higher heat, more frequent and severe weather, and increased flooding.Read More
Sea level-rise projections for Rhode Island have jumped to an upper limit of 7 feet by 2100. The revision is an increase in the 3- to 5-foot projection by 2100 for Narragansett Bay, set by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.Read More
While politics and ideology in southern New England haven’t, at least not yet, encouraged teachers to discuss “the advantages and disadvantages of scientific theories such as global warming,” what are public school students in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut being taught about what is considered among the 21st-century’s greatest threats?Read More
A new study reveals that increasing soil moisture is raising flooding, erosion and landslide risks in New England, and found that erosion risks have multiplied four times as a result of climate change.Read More
PROVIDENCE — There are plenty of decisions to make if Rhode Island wants to rollback its greenhouse-gas emissions 80 percent by 2050. Planners, however, only have until the end of 2016 to come up with a proposal. And already one local climate-change expert claims the cuts are inadequate.
Federal funds earmarked for adapting to sea-level rise and flooding in Rhode Island are being channeled into elevating pricier homes along the coast, while inland, flood-prone homes are being torn down.
Two degrees Celsius is one of the few numbers world leaders agree on in relation to climate change. If humans can rein in greenhouse-gas emissions, largely generated by the burning of fossil fuels, quickly enough to prevent the atmosphere from warming more than 2 degrees, compared to pre-industrial levels, then a host of negative impacts associated with a changing climate will be more manageable.Read More
Carbon capture isn’t as sexy as renewable energy, or as simple to understand as a wind turbine. There is plenty of mind-numbing chemistry and technical engineering involved, and it provokes conflicting opinions about its feasibility.Read More
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 this extra water holds.Read More
NARRAGANSETT, R.I. — Sun, surf and scenic views have long attracted crowds. But this decades-long march of people to the coast and the infrastructure that followed has come with a cost. A changing climate and rising seas are now charging interest.