Condemnation of the proposal was swift, with bipartisan opposition from governors of coastal states. (istock)

Condemnation of the proposal was swift, with bipartisan opposition from governors of coastal states. (istock)

Florida recently received an exemption from a new plan to revive offshore drilling and other states, including Rhode Island, hope to receive the same treatment from the Department of Interior.

Rhode Island Climate-Change Policy Butts Heads with Special Interests

The Brown Street Bridge and much of historic Wickford Village in North Kingstown, R.I., was inundated during Superstorm Sandy’s visit in 2012. (Coastal Resources Center at URI)

The Brown Street Bridge and much of historic Wickford Village in North Kingstown, R.I., was inundated during Superstorm Sandy’s visit in 2012. (Coastal Resources Center at URI)

As Rhode Island lawmakers and lobbyists cling to the status quo to maintain power, they're delaying needed climate-change mitigation and ignoring the consequences.


Rhode Island's Fiscal 2018 Budget Includes DEM Staff Cuts

PROVIDENCE — The Rhode Island Department of Administration has announced a plan to cut $25 million, as part of its directive, in the fiscal 2018 state budget.


Composting Initiatives Sprout Up Across New England

A new report shows growth in both curbside collection programs and food-scrap drop-off sites. Two important caveats: the survey looked at residential programs and only those affiliated with or run by a city to town.

Uncleared bus stops send an implicit message to bus riders that they don’t matter, and they certainly don’t matter as much as those driving the cars. (Joanna Detz/ecoRI News)

Uncleared bus stops send an implicit message to bus riders that they don’t matter, and they certainly don’t matter as much as those driving the cars. (Joanna Detz/ecoRI News)

Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin said agreement to buy water from Johnston would be precedent setting and in violation of state law. (ecoRI News)

Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin said agreement to buy water from Johnston would be precedent setting and in violation of state law. (ecoRI News)

Graciela Chichilnisky has a machine that removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. (Global Thermostat)

Graciela Chichilnisky has a machine that removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. (Global Thermostat)


New Bill Would Expand Use of Statewide Referendums

PROVIDENCE — In recent years, Massachusetts and California have held historic statewide votes on marijuana, animal rights, and waste management issues, all of which were driven by voter petitions.


Mill River Dam Removal Opens Local Waters for Fish

TAUNTON, Mass. — Work is underway to remove the West Britannia Dam, a project that will complete a 12-year project to remove obsolete dams on the Mill River.