With guidance from Dave Henault and Bonnie Combs, seven freshmen and sophomores from Providence's A-Venture Academy created an impromptu parking-lot classroom on the rocky shores of the Gano Street boat launch.
PROVIDENCE — Imagine a pine cone about the size of a house cat. Now give it four stubby legs with clawed feet, a scaly, prehensile tail, and a neck-less, long-snouted head. What you’ve imagined is a pangolin, thought to be the world’s most trafficked mammal.
If you are a fan of the tiny-home movement and sustainable living, then this weekend’s Rhode Island Home Show might be worth a visit. This year’s event features an innovative tree house with solar panels and a wetland garden.
PROVIDENCE — To say Karl Treen, coordinator of Permaculture Providence, is into local growth doesn’t quite capture his enthusiasm for sustainability. That he sometimes spends up to 40 hours in a week working on a card game that will better educate children about how plants interact does.
KINGSTON, R.I. — Last summer the Obama administration encouraged government agencies to promote citizen science projects to help collect data for certain programs. The announcement signaled the government’s recognition of the value of crowd-sourcing for scientific research. But it isn’t a new idea.
BURRIVILLE, R.I. — The largest peaceful demonstration against the proposed pipeline and power plant projects also led to the most arrests yet. Eight protesters were charged with trespassing following a recent march and rally on Wallum Lake Road.
Three climate activists who bound themselves to construction equipment at the Burrillville, R.I., natural-gas compressor station are looking at a big legal charge.
Barrington, R.I., resident Luke Rein will soon set out on the classic, post-graduation, cross-country road trip. The two-month adventure will begin in Providence on Oct. 26 and end in Los Angeles in mid-December. Rein will be doing all his traveling on his 1989 Cannondale bicycle.
PROVIDENCE — Pope Francis may not be visiting Rhode Island, but one Catholic activist is trying to spread his environmental message through peaceful protest.
BURRILLVILLE, R.I. — Environmental activists have once again launched an act of disobedience on the grounds of a natural-gas pipeline project and a proposed natural-gas power plant.
Two environmental activists who locked themselves to the entrance of two natural-gas projects recently had their day in court. Both Curt Nordgaard, a resident pediatrician at Boston Medical Center, and Peter Nightingale, a professor of physics at the University of Rhode Island and a member of Fossil Free RI, received a one-year filing for willful trespassing. Charges of disorderly conduct were dismissed.
PROVIDENCE — To Julian Rodriguez-Drix and other 50 or so protesters at the Aug. 13 public meeting, the project adds to the systemic, ongoing health and economic problems they called “environmental racism.” He explained it as the process of polluting one community while other neighborhoods receive the social and economic benefits.
BLACKSTONE, Mass. — The atmosphere was festive at Blackstone Gorge on July 26, as champions of the Blackstone River gathered to celebrate progress toward restoring the watershed’s health.
GOSHEN, Conn. — The crystal-clear waters of Woodridge Lake are used for kayaking, swimming, jet skiing, boating, diving and sailing. The northwestern Connecticut lake also is the source of drinking water for thousands of area residents.