His company, New England Portable Sawmilling, averages about 40 jobs a year. (David Smith/ecoRI News)

His company, New England Portable Sawmilling, averages about 40 jobs a year. (David Smith/ecoRI News)

WEST GREENWICH, R.I. — Rob Swanson has a sawmill on wheels, and if you have a favorite tree that must be felled, it doesn’t have to be sawed into firewood. He can come to your property and mill it into boards.

New Study Finds Westport River Losing Salt Marsh at Accelerating Rate

Salt-marsh islands in the West Branch of the Westport River have declined by nearly half during the past 80 years. Altogether, the six islands lost a total of 12 acres of salt marsh since 1938. (Christopher Neill/Woods Hole Research Center)

Salt-marsh islands in the West Branch of the Westport River have declined by nearly half during the past 80 years. Altogether, the six islands lost a total of 12 acres of salt marsh since 1938. (Christopher Neill/Woods Hole Research Center)

WESTPORT, Mass. — If marsh losses continue at the accelerated rate observed during the past 15 years, the Westport River’s marsh islands could disappear within 15 to 58 years, according to the researchers. Salt marshes are highly productive ecosystems that filter out pollution, provide habitat for wildlife and protect homes from flooding.


Flood of Humanity Held Back by Levees of Technology

Lost in the discussion about climate change — at least the snippets of it not drowned out by the air horns of special interests — is the issue of overpopulation, arguably the main reason the planet is heating up, the oceans are acidifying and the atmosphere is wheezing.


Sneak Attack: Committee Snuffs Out Citizens Bank Divestment

PROVIDENCE — Supporters of the resolution equaled opponents in number, but more likely would have attended had the meeting not been downplayed by city officials as a mere formality, saying a full public hearing would be held on another day.

Many of these well-fed birds feel comfortable around humans, as they roam backyards in Barrington and parking lots on Reservoir Avenue in Cranston. (istock)

Many of these well-fed birds feel comfortable around humans, as they roam backyards in Barrington and parking lots on Reservoir Avenue in Cranston. (istock)

The nonbinding vote can't stop the natural-gas project, but a no vote would compel the Board of Selectmen to oppose it. (Tim Faulkner/ecoRI News)

The nonbinding vote can't stop the natural-gas project, but a no vote would compel the Board of Selectmen to oppose it. (Tim Faulkner/ecoRI News)

Opponents of the proposed casino are concerned the development of nearly 50 acres of woodlands will increase habitat fragmentation and damage local ecosystems. (Courtesy photo)

Opponents of the proposed casino are concerned the development of nearly 50 acres of woodlands will increase habitat fragmentation and damage local ecosystems. (Courtesy photo)


R.I. Developers Want Faster Approval for Subdivisions

PROVIDENCE — Rhode Island builders want to again loosen restrictions on construction to help accelerate development. The latest development-friendly bill speeds up the process for dividing parcels of land into smaller lots for building single-family homes.


Proposed RIDOT Welcome Center was Unwelcome

HOPKINTON, R.I. — The Rhode Island Department of Transportation has asked the Federal Highway Administration to rescind its application for a $9 million grant for the proposed transit center.