Julie Taylor left a well-paying corporate job to work on a Rhode Island farm. She and her family are happier, but their health-care coverage took a hit. (Frank Carini/ecoRI News)

Julie Taylor left a well-paying corporate job to work on a Rhode Island farm. She and her family are happier, but their health-care coverage took a hit. (Frank Carini/ecoRI News)

CHARLESTOWN, R.I. — U.S. health care isn’t designed to ensure individual well-being; it’s about shareholder profit and golden parachutes. The United States spends more on health care than just about any country on the planet, but the results would get most CEOs fired.

State Senators Wants Answers About Late-March Providence Gas Leak

About 2 gallons of polychlorinated biphenyls were released during the March 29 natural-gas leak. (ecoRI News)

About 2 gallons of polychlorinated biphenyls were released during the March 29 natural-gas leak. (ecoRI News)

PROVIDENCE — Three state senators want answers on the March 29 natural-gas leak on Allens Avenue. The incident closed Interstate 95 for several hours and released some 19 million cubic feet of natural gas.


Welcome to the Native Jungle, Where Local Birds, Bees Thrive

Ever wonder why your Asian plants are so perfect? Nobody eats them. A Kousa dogwood, from China, for example, feeds no insects. We are starving native birds and insects with our pretty landscapes.


Another Regional Gas Project Moves Ahead Despite Opposition

A pipeline proposed in Berkshire County, Mass., has been met with resistance from environmental activists, a Native American organization and residents of Sandisfield, the small town through which the pipeline would run.

Restrictions on portions of upper Narragansett Bay, in place for the past 70 years, are among those that will be lifted May 27. (ecoRI News)

Restrictions on portions of upper Narragansett Bay, in place for the past 70 years, are among those that will be lifted May 27. (ecoRI News)

Sea-level rise is accelerating beach erosion in New England, like at Matunuck Beach. (ecoRI News)

Sea-level rise is accelerating beach erosion in New England, like at Matunuck Beach. (ecoRI News)

A new needle arts studio in Portsmouth, R.I., is holding a June 3 event for the public to sew their own reusable bags from T-shirts, in anticipation of the plastic shopping bag ban coming to the Aquidneck Island this fall.

A new needle arts studio in Portsmouth, R.I., is holding a June 3 event for the public to sew their own reusable bags from T-shirts, in anticipation of the plastic shopping bag ban coming to the Aquidneck Island this fall.


Energy Bills Address Transition From Fossil Fuels

PROVIDENCE — The legislative effort to stop the fossil-fuel power plant proposed for Burrillvile and reverse Rhode Island’s dependence on imported fossil fuels met resistance and downright contempt during a recent Statehouse hearing.


Central Landfill Raising Tipping Fees to Save Space

JOHNSTON, R.I. — It's been considered a political third rail for years, but on July 1, the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation will be raising tipping fees for the first time since 1992.