With 400-plus miles of coastline, Rhode Island features a marvelous collection of beautiful bluffs, popular beaches, favorite fishing holes and scenic waterfronts. The state’s coastal landscape also includes often-overlooked salt marshes, without which Rhode Island’s nickname would be much less tourism friendly.
PROVIDENCE — The final draft of the report recognizes progress on mitigating greenhouse gases, but mostly concludes that Rhode Island must make drastic changes to its energy and transportation sectors to meet long-term emission reductions.
A plan by the Army Corps of Engineers to pay for and elevate buildings along 28 miles of Rhode Island’s southern coast is being challenged by one of the state’s largest environmental groups.
PROVIDENCE — Before Donald Trump jolted the environmental movement Nov. 8, Ken Payne and J. Timmons Roberts were already looking to inject urgency into Rhode Island’s climate-change and renewable-energy efforts.
Homes and business across the southern shore of Rhode Island will likely be offered money to elevate their houses and buildings to protect against sea-level rise and flooding from coastal storms.
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.