The worldwide population, now at 7.4 billion, is projected to reach 9.7 billion by 2050. (istock)

The worldwide population, now at 7.4 billion, is projected to reach 9.7 billion by 2050. (istock)

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: City Council Committee Snuffs Out Citizens Bank Divestment

Supporters of the resolution equaled the opponents in number, but more likely would have attended had the March 22 meeting not been downplayed by city officials as a mere formality. (Tim Faulkner/ecoRI News)

Supporters of the resolution equaled the opponents in number, but more likely would have attended had the March 22 meeting not been downplayed by city officials as a mere formality. (Tim Faulkner/ecoRI News)

PROVIDENCE — Citizens Bank brought out its big guns March 22 to stop the city from divesting its funds from the Rhode Island-based financial institution over environmental concerns.


Additional Reports, Hearings, Delays for Proposed Power Plant

WARWICK, R.I. — The application process for the Clear River Energy Center was recently prolonged at least until late summer, after the Energy Facilities Siting Board agreed to a four-month extension. The board did so to grant state agencies and the town of Burrillville time to write new reports.


Ocean State Needs to Plan for Extreme Sea-Level Rise

Although 2100 is a long way off, the Coastal Resources Management Council sees urgency in NOAA’s latest projections. A 3- to 5-foot rise by 2050 would permanently flood many communities.

In the heart of the Providence’s Olneyville neighborhood, the park will provide outdoor activities for at-risk youth and help the city address the impacts of a changing climate. (Trust for Public Land)

In the heart of the Providence’s Olneyville neighborhood, the park will provide outdoor activities for at-risk youth and help the city address the impacts of a changing climate. (Trust for Public Land)

The project never made much sense to the many opponents of the travel plaza/welcome center planned off Interstate 95 in Rhode Island. (ecoRI News)

The project never made much sense to the many opponents of the travel plaza/welcome center planned off Interstate 95 in Rhode Island. (ecoRI News)

Rhode Island builders want to again loosen restrictions on construction to help accelerate development. (istock)

Rhode Island builders want to again loosen restrictions on construction to help accelerate development. (istock)


Hearings Scheduled for Providence LNG Facility

Large crowds are expected at the April 26 and May 9 hearings for the proposed liquefied natural gas project slated for the Providence waterfront.


Newport Second R.I. Municipality to Ban the Bag

NEWPORT, R.I. — The advocacy and beach-cleanup organization Clean Ocean Access led the effort and is advancing a plan to ban plastic bags on Aquidneck Island.