The international governance of marine areas beyond national jurisdictions is an issue of growing importance as temperatures increase, sea levels rise, islands become submerged, and artificial  islands are built. (istock)

The international governance of marine areas beyond national jurisdictions is an issue of growing importance as temperatures increase, sea levels rise, islands become submerged, and artificial islands are built. (istock)

KINGSTON, R.I. — Elizabeth Mendenhall, assistant professor of marine affairs and political science at the University of Rhode Island, says the United States could play a crucial role in how the Law of the Sea is interpreted under changing circumstances created by a changing climate.



Vineyard Wind CEO Lars Thaaning Pedersen, middle, said he didn’t want to discuss the compensation offer in an open forum. (Tim Faulkner/ecoRI News)

Vineyard Wind CEO Lars Thaaning Pedersen, middle, said he didn’t want to discuss the compensation offer in an open forum. (Tim Faulkner/ecoRI News)

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. — After much delay and some verbal tussling with fishermen, Vineyard Wind has released its plan to compensate fishermen for revenue lost as a result of its 84-turbine offshore wind facility.


Climate Researcher Addresses Environmental Justice in R.I.

PROVIDENCE — Nicole Hernandez Hammer, a nationally recognized climate researcher and community organizer, is helping Rhode Island address environmental justice in communities most threatened by climate change.

A 2014 law created the Executive Climate Change Coordinating Council and gave it an ambitious to-do list. But Rhode Island’s pass-the-buck General Assembly expected the council to address the many challenges of climate change with no funding and no authority. (ecoRI News)

A 2014 law created the Executive Climate Change Coordinating Council and gave it an ambitious to-do list. But Rhode Island’s pass-the-buck General Assembly expected the council to address the many challenges of climate change with no funding and no authority. (ecoRI News)

The Task Force to Tackle Plastics has so far focused on removing single-use plastics, such as bags, straws, and foam containers, from Rhode Island’s waste stream. (ecoRI News)

The Task Force to Tackle Plastics has so far focused on removing single-use plastics, such as bags, straws, and foam containers, from Rhode Island’s waste stream. (ecoRI News)

Fishermen have different perceptions of the impact of the Block Island Wind Farm. (Deepwater Wind)

Fishermen have different perceptions of the impact of the Block Island Wind Farm. (Deepwater Wind)


Federal Permitting Continues for Offshore Oil Drilling

Despite the government shutdown, federal agencies are moving forward with permitting for seismic airgun surveying and the offshore drilling for natural gas and oil.


Solar Projects Continue to Throw Shade at Green Space

CRANSTON, R.I. — A ground-mounted solar project has neighbors concerned about a controversial issue that transcends city limits: another swath of Rhode Island marked for clear-cutting to make room for a renewable-energy project.