One local horticulturist describes the constant 'mow-and-blow' maintenance required to maintain a traditional lawn as 'soul-sucking.' (ecoRI News)

One local horticulturist describes the constant 'mow-and-blow' maintenance required to maintain a traditional lawn as 'soul-sucking.' (ecoRI News)

In addition to pollution from mowers, trimmers and leaf blowers, chemically treated lawns wipe out all vegetation, worms, and insects, to grow a single species of grass.

Charlestown has Say in Power-Plant Saga

Opponents of the fossil-fuel power plant attended the Oct. 17 Energy Facilities Siting Board meeting. (Tim Faulkner/ecoRI News)

Opponents of the fossil-fuel power plant attended the Oct. 17 Energy Facilities Siting Board meeting. (Tim Faulkner/ecoRI News)

WARWICK, R.I. — The town of Charlestown was recently given approval to weigh in on the proposed Clear River Energy Center, after the Energy Facilities Siting Board voted to let the coastal town join as an intervener in the case.


More Power-Plant Controversy Awaits Ahead

BURRILLVILLE, R.I. — Water is once again a controversial issue regarding the construction of the town's second fossil-fuel power plant. Members of the Narragansett Indian Tribe are challenging an agreement made by a single tribal leader to sell water to the proposed Clear River Energy Center.


First Hydrogen Fueling Station Opens in Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE — Rhode Island's first hydrogen filling station has been installed in a corner of the Stop & Shop parking lot on Branch Avenue. Although none of the vehicles in the shopping center during a recent ecoRI News visit appeared to run on compressed hydrogen or electricity, the fuel depot may be an early sign of major change in what we drive.

Diesel exhaust is listed as the most significant cancer-causing air pollutant in each of New England’s six states (istock)

Diesel exhaust is listed as the most significant cancer-causing air pollutant in each of New England’s six states (istock)

The siting process for the proposed Clear River Energy Center has largely ignored the importance of biodiversity and the needs of nature. (Dylan Pedro)

The siting process for the proposed Clear River Energy Center has largely ignored the importance of biodiversity and the needs of nature. (Dylan Pedro)

Supporters of the fossil-fuel project attended the Oct. 10 hearing but most didn't stay for long. (ecoRI News)

Supporters of the fossil-fuel project attended the Oct. 10 hearing but most didn't stay for long. (ecoRI News)


R.I.'s First Anaerobic Digester Could be Model for Region

JOHNSTON, R.I. — Rhode Island’s first commercial-scale anaerobic digester may be a test case for similar facilities in neighboring states.


How a New Economy Might Work in the Ocean State

PROVIDENCE — Outdated thinking is driving the spread of an altered economy, one that reduces the emphasis on unbridled profit.