So far, 10 communities in the state have passed bans on retail plastic bags. (ecoRI News)

So far, 10 communities in the state have passed bans on retail plastic bags. (ecoRI News)

PROVIDENCE — At a recent Earth Day event at the Statehouse, Senate President Dominick Ruggerio described his bill “as a workable and effective solution to address plastic bag use.”



Whether you toil away riding a tractor or walking behind one, or own or lease the land, farming is difficult work and it’s financially risky. (Frank Carini/ecoRI News)

Whether you toil away riding a tractor or walking behind one, or own or lease the land, farming is difficult work and it’s financially risky. (Frank Carini/ecoRI News)

AQUIDNECK ISLAND, R.I. — Farming on the Ocean State’s largest island presents a host of challenges, most notably finding affordable land.


Compressor Station Opponents Urged to Oppose Natural Gas

REHOBOTH, Mass. — The compressor station proposed for the town is still on hold but opponents of the natural-gas pipeline project are staying on the offensive.

The bill regulates running bamboo, a fast-spreading plant that quickly crosses property lines. It can penetrate asphalt and the siding of buildings. (istock)

The bill regulates running bamboo, a fast-spreading plant that quickly crosses property lines. It can penetrate asphalt and the siding of buildings. (istock)

Easton’s Beach in Newport, above, and Oakland Beach in Warwick have a history of increased bacteria levels. (ecoRI News)

Easton’s Beach in Newport, above, and Oakland Beach in Warwick have a history of increased bacteria levels. (ecoRI News)

It may get a lot easier to donate excess food, as a bill that allows institutions to give away food cleared its House committee with the backing of many key stakeholders. (istock)

It may get a lot easier to donate excess food, as a bill that allows institutions to give away food cleared its House committee with the backing of many key stakeholders. (istock)


Green New Deal Gets Little Reaction in General Assembly

PROVIDENCE — Green New Deal resolutions have been received with little fanfare or criticism as they make their way through the General Assembly.


Driverless Shuttle Service Nears Providence Launch

PROVIDENCE — The forthcoming Little Roady transit service has a cool moniker. But whether the service has staying power depends on how it navigates city roads during the next 12 months.