Boston University biology professor Randi Rotjan takes a close-up look at some northern star coral growing on a rock off the banks of Fort Wetherill State Park. (Frank Carini/ecoRI News)

Boston University biology professor Randi Rotjan takes a close-up look at some northern star coral growing on a rock off the banks of Fort Wetherill State Park. (Frank Carini/ecoRI News)

JAMESTOWN, R.I. — The hard coral off the shores of southern New England isn’t nearly as glamorous as its tropical counterparts, but it could play a vital role in determining the size and depth of the world’s plastic footprint.

R.I.'s New Renewable-Energy Laws Address Economy and Climate Change

Gov. Gina Raimondo recently signed six renewable-energy bills into law. (Tim Faulkner/ecoRI News)

Gov. Gina Raimondo recently signed six renewable-energy bills into law. (Tim Faulkner/ecoRI News)

NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. — Gov. Gina Raimondo recently held a bill-signing ceremony to brag about the unusually high number of renewable-energy bills passed by the General Assembly this year — and to show her commitment to address climate change.


Space Needs to be Made for Renewable Energy in Rhode Island

The electricity we all consume must come from somewhere. It’s unrealistic to think that our energy supply is not going to have significant impact. The real question is what kind of energy supply is preferable, all impacts considered.


Governor Replaces Environmental Advocates on CRMC

Three outspoken environmentalists on the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council board were not asked to return to the committee, and Gov. Gina Raimondo isn’t saying much about it.

Graduate School of Oceanography professor Rainer Lohmann will be the research center's director. (URI)

Graduate School of Oceanography professor Rainer Lohmann will be the research center's director. (URI)

This map shows the depth of water during a 100-year coastal storm. The arrow points to where the LNG facility is proposed to be built on the Providence waterfront. (CRMC)

This map shows the depth of water during a 100-year coastal storm. The arrow points to where the LNG facility is proposed to be built on the Providence waterfront. (CRMC)

Hundreds of shearwaters have turned up dead on beaches on Long Island and southern New England this summer, and no one seems to know why. (istock)

Hundreds of shearwaters have turned up dead on beaches on Long Island and southern New England this summer, and no one seems to know why. (istock)


Rhode Island Prepares for Transit Transformation

Big changes are coming quickly to the transportation sector and Rhode Island wants to be ready for the world of driverless vehicles and other high-tech innovations coming to its roadways.


Deepwater Project Combines Wind and Energy Storage

Deepwater Wind aims to set another milestone for offshore wind. After building the first U.S. offshore wind farm, the Providence-based renewable-energy developer wants to build the first offshore wind facility with battery storage.