Well-documented facts, and common sense, tell us that humans are impacting the world in which we live, often with negative consequences. For example, greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide and methane, which we generate in abundance, are altering the climate, changing ocean chemistry and helping the seas rise.Read More
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The opposition needs to stop claiming that pro-GMO labeling folk are anti-science. To question the effectiveness of a technological solution, based on concerns for human health and the natural environment, is not “anti-science” — it is very much in line with the spirit of scientific inquiry.Read More
The scary part is the consolidating evidence of global warming, the surprising acceleration of sea-level rise and the accepting of the profound effects these will have on Rhode Island. The hopeful part is the proactive call to arms by our little state, stepping out in front of the crowd to take meaningful action to deal with the changes coming our way.Read More
We need to stop the building of new fossil-fuel infrastructure that ties us into the old system for the next 40 years. Rhode Island has a future as a leader, but the economy that gets us there is not the one that Gov. Wall Street is leading us toward.Read More
Last December, at a Grow Smart Rhode Island transit conference, Gov. Gina Raimondo talked about the importance of developing around dense, transit-accessible hubs. Less than four months later, the governor is celebrating a project that will do just the opposite.Read More
In the eastern United States and western Europe what passes for economic growth is simply the financialization of the economy that is letting the 1 percent scoop up all of what is called growth, while everyone else gets poorer, ecosystems collapse and infrastructure fails.Read More
Most noticeably absent from the report is the almost total omission of anything relating to climate change. It’s the most pressing environmental, social and economic issue that our generation — and those that come after us — will face, so it’s downright baffling that the only mention of anything remotely addressing it in this plan can be found in the very last recommendation in the report, buried in the section on shipping and navigation of the harbor.Read More