A total of 144 algae outbreaks from California to the Northeast have been counted so far this year, compared to 169 in all of last year. (istock)

A total of 144 algae outbreaks from California to the Northeast have been counted so far this year, compared to 169 in all of last year. (istock)

Rhode Island isn’t a blue state. It’s a blue-green one, in honor of toxic bacteria that regularly closes beaches to swimming and other water bodies to recreational fun and puts public health in jeopardy. Opinion



 The Clear River Energy Center site in Burrillville, R.I., is surrounded by wildlife management areas and popular public recreation destinations, such as Pulaski State Park. (Frank Carini/ecoRI News)

The Clear River Energy Center site in Burrillville, R.I., is surrounded by wildlife management areas and popular public recreation destinations, such as Pulaski State Park. (Frank Carini/ecoRI News)

BURRILLVILLE, R.I. — The vast forest canopy of northwest Rhode Island was sheared nearly 30 years ago, but the gash could have been far worse had the Ocean State Power facility been sited where an energy developer now wants to build a new fossil-fuel power plant.


R.I.’s Environment is Good for Business, so Why Not Protect It

Rhode Islanders love the environment. It’s good for business, it’s good for tourism, and it’s part of an important legacy that we all leave for future generations. We have committed millions of dollars to nurture, rehabilitate, and protect the natural resources that make our state so special. Opinion

 The town of Burrillville is pushing back against Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo’s new environmental and energy goals she plans to enact if elected to a second term..

The town of Burrillville is pushing back against Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo’s new environmental and energy goals she plans to enact if elected to a second term..

 Public discontent with utility-scale solar arrays is intensifying as developers increase proposals for projects on open space. (Frank Carini/ecoRI News)

Public discontent with utility-scale solar arrays is intensifying as developers increase proposals for projects on open space. (Frank Carini/ecoRI News)

 Last year at this time many shearwaters were unexpectedly dying and washing up on beaches throughout southern New England. (istock)

Last year at this time many shearwaters were unexpectedly dying and washing up on beaches throughout southern New England. (istock)


Student Groups Badger Politicians to Act on Climate

Joining a national trend of activism, an environmental youth group is turning up the pressure on Gov. Gina Raimondo to act on climate change.


Raimondo's Energy Plan Lacks Climate Specifics

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo pledges to beef up her environmental initiatives if she’s elected to a second term. Her plan, however, is short on specifics