PROVIDENCE — It turns out that an 80 percent reduction in greenhouse-gas emissions is easier said than done. A preliminary study commissioned by the Rhode Island Executive Climate Change Coordinating Council concludes that even with the near elimination of fossil fuels to generate electricity, heat homes and power cars, Rhode Island will only be able to cut its greenhouse-gas emissions 62 percent by 2050.
With large portions of Massachusetts continuing to experience rainfall amounts remaining below average for a seventh straight month, Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton has declared a drought warning for the Connecticut River Valley, Central, Northeast and Southeast Massachusetts.
KINGSTON, R.I. — A team of researchers from the University of Rhode Island is recommending that state and federal officials rethink the regulations for the installation and management of home septic systems, especially in coastal zones, in light of research they conducted that demonstrated that warming temperatures and rising sea levels will reduce the effectiveness of conventional septic systems.
The state of Massachusetts recently awarded nearly $2 million in funding to support local efforts to prepare for and reduce the impacts from coastal storms and climate change, including storm surge, flooding, erosion and sea-level rise.
WEST HAVEN, Conn. — Four characters feature in this small-scale environmental drama with its happy ending: the city of West Haven, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the West Haven Watershed Restoration Committee, and nature.
The commission's work focused on the threats to $3.8 billion worth of flood-exposed property across Rhode Island. It looked at impacts to homes, businesses, historic buildings, and the fishing industry in Providence, Newport and Westerly.
PROVIDENCE — Before Rhode Island comes up with a plan to curb its greenhouse-gas emissions it first has to figure out how to measure them.
MIDDLETOWN, R.I. — The Rhode Island Natural History Survey was recently awarded a $183,700 grant from the Wildlife Conservation Society for the conservation of critical bird habitat at the Norman Bird Sanctuary and at the Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge.
NEWPORT, R.I. — Experts in city planning, architecture, historical preservation and climate change recently gathered for a four-day event to talk about sea-level rise, coastal flooding and their combined impact on coastal communities, specifically those with historical structures.
PROVIDENCE — Should Rhode Island be moving faster to address sea-level rise and other threats from climate change? According to at least one economic policy expert, it’s better and cheaper to act now.
PROVIDENCE — Rhode Island’s Executive Climate Change Coordinating Council is expected to update the governor and General Assembly on its progress in May. Some of the information they will be presenting is both encouraging and worrisome.
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.
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.