A Colorado-based company built a 4,400-panel community solar array in a Rehoboth, Mass., cornfield. (Ron Wedeking/CEC)

A Colorado-based company built a 4,400-panel community solar array in a Rehoboth, Mass., cornfield. (Ron Wedeking/CEC)

Meeting rising energy demand while minimizing the climate impact is a widely recognized issue. But there’s an additional challenge that warrants attention: the land-use implications of the world’s energy demands. This growing pressure is especially acute in southern New England, where land is at a premium.

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.


Living the American Dream Shouldn't be Bad for Your Health

CHARLESTOWN, R.I. — Julie Taylor recently escaped the hum of artificial light and stale air that dominates corporate America, when she traded in her well-paying job to pick weeds and fight off ticks.

The project proposed for Burrillville, R.I., would clear 64 acres of forest and displace 10 acres of wetlands. (istock)

The project proposed for Burrillville, R.I., would clear 64 acres of forest and displace 10 acres of wetlands. (istock)

Scientists say two factors are the reasons the Northeast is experiencing higher levels of sea-level rise than other parts of the world. (istock)

Scientists say two factors are the reasons the Northeast is experiencing higher levels of sea-level rise than other parts of the world. (istock)

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

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


Energy Bills Address Transition From Fossil Fuels

PROVIDENCE — The legislative effort to reverse Rhode Island’s dependence on imported fossil fuels met resistance and downright contempt during a recent hearing.


Central Landfill Raising Tipping Fees to Save Space

JOHNSTON, R.I. — On July 1, the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation will be raising tipping fees for the first time since 1992.