KINGSTON, R.I. — The ticks that transmit Lyme disease to people die of dehydration when exposed to a combination of high temperature and lowered humidity, a new study by scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Rhode Island has found.
In late October of last year, the water level of Silver Lake was down 72 inches, or 6 feet. Three weeks later, in mid-November, the level had dropped another 8 inches. Large portions of Massachusetts remain under drought conditions, but Alex Mansfield and Pine duBois of the Jones River Watershed Association claim the lake’s demise is a preventable manmade crisis.
Both Johnston and North Providence, R.I., were recently required to identify and eliminate the causes of sewage overflows from their collection systems.
CVS Health is slowly making strides to rid its shelves of chemical-filled cosmetics and shampoos, according to a new report on consumer safety.
PROVIDENCE — The health of Narragansett Bay is influenced by the freshwater rivers that flow into it, and depends on the protection of headwater streams in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
MIDDLEBOROUGH, Mass. — In spring 2010, significant flood damage from two storms caused emergency evacuation, property losses and interruption of utility services in the Woloski Park neighborhood. Flooding of the sole access route to this isolated neighborhood is a perennial problem.
As a nation we’re making slow progress reversing the nutritional damage done by industrialized food during the past five decades. It’s not always easy to see the progress when rates of childhood obesity and heart disease continue to rise, Monsanto still dominates agriculture, and equal access to fresh food remains a challenge.
In southern New England, our waters, from reservoirs to trout streams to popular beaches, are constantly stressed. As the region’s population grows and the climate changes, keeping water supplies suitable for consumption, cooking, bathing, fishing and swimming will require significant investments and vigilant management.
More than a decade after it was learned that consuming unsafe amounts of an industrial chemical once used to keep food from sticking to pans and since linked to cancer, birth defects and heart disease, government regulators have failed to set enforceable standards to ensure drinking water is safe.
DURHAM, Conn. — The Environmental Protection Agency has allocated $9 million to jump-start clean-up activities at the Durham Meadows Superfund site. The funding will support the installation of an alternative water supply serving more than 100 residential and commercial structures.
CHARLESTOWN, R.I. — Standing on the edge of Schoolhouse Pond, Chris Roman and Marcella Thompson watched as an unmanned kayak traveled back and forth across the pond in a series of calculated switchbacks. When it had completed its mission, the vessel returned to its starting point, where the two University of Rhode Island researchers were waiting.
New Englanders experienced a slight increase in the number of unhealthy air quality days this year, compared to 2014 and 2013, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — On a recent summer weekend, community outreach worker Genero Mendez talked to 17 people, mostly families, about the risks of eating the fish they were catching in New Bedford Harbor. He visits the city’s South End fishing spots to educate people who may not realize that the fish they are catching are contaminated with polychlorinated biphenols (PCBs).
PROVIDENCE — A new study that projects an increase in deaths and emergency visits in Rhode Island as climate change pushes summertime temperatures higher by the end of the century, has also revealed a finding of more immediate public-health concern: Even in the present day, when temperatures rise above 75 degrees there is a noticeable increase in medical distress among state residents of all ages