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.
Projects approved for funding include two anadromous fish passage restoration projects, a salt-marsh restoration project, a barrier-beach restoration project, two coastal upland restoration projects, and one equipment request for the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management.Read More
BRISTOL, R.I. — Roger Williams University professor Scott Rutherford is one of several researchers on a global team who recently published research on the slowdown of the Gulf Stream system, which could have major implications for marine ecosystems, sea levels and weather systems.
Leading climate scientists, engineers, designers and scholars recently collaborated to create comprehensive resiliency design proposals for vulnerable coasts along the North Atlantic, such as Rhode Island’s.
WOODS HOLE, Mass. — Intense hurricanes, possibly more powerful than any storms New England has experienced in recorded history, frequently pounded the region during the first millennium, from the peak of the Roman Empire into the height of the Middle Ages, according to a new study by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.Read More
WARWICK, R.I. — The four municipalities focused on measuring their energy use and implementing energy-efficiency and conservation measures. Lighting and heating retrofits were implemented, and some 6,000 old, inefficient refrigerators were recycled. More than 7,000 home energy assessments were conducted and some 2,000 residential weatherization projects completed.Read More
Last year was the hottest year on record for the planet, but it wasn’t the hottest in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. New England joined much of the eastern half of the United States as one of the few moderate temperature zones in 2014. Alaska, Arizona California and Nevada had record warm years.Read More