The species with the steepest decline since the last survey was done three decades ago is the purple finch. (istock)

The species with the steepest decline since the last survey was done three decades ago is the purple finch. (istock)

Three years into a five-year project to document the distribution of breeding birds in Rhode Island, and volunteers are turning up some rather unexpected results. Nearly a dozen species have been found to be breeding in the state that were not recorded during an identical effort 31 years ago.

Ocean State Losing Ground in Battle Against Rising Sea and Coastal Flooding

 Salt marshes are highly productive ecosystems that filter out pollution, provide habitat for wildlife and protect homes from flooding. They’re also sensitive to development. (Christopher Neill/Woods Hole Research Center)

 Salt marshes are highly productive ecosystems that filter out pollution, provide habitat for wildlife and protect homes from flooding. They’re also sensitive to development. (Christopher Neill/Woods Hole Research Center)

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. — The Ocean State is losing and has lost thousands of acres of salt marsh, much of it to development. These unique ecosystems are a priceless resource with irreplaceable benefits, including their ability to protect the human-built world from sea-level rise.


South Side Pollution Puts Public Health At Risk

PROVIDENCE — Buried in the area’s dirt and sediment and blowing in the wind are polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, total petroleum hydrocarbons, benzene, formaldehyde, asbestos, lead, ammonia and arsenic.


Rising Waters Threaten Port of Providence Neighborhoods

PROVIDENCE — Rising seas, flood waters and storm surge have the potential to unleash buried and stored toxins along the city's working waterfront.

Gov. Charlie Baker is banking on Canadian hydropower to fulfill his goal of 1,200 megawatts of new renewable energy under contract by April 1.

Gov. Charlie Baker is banking on Canadian hydropower to fulfill his goal of 1,200 megawatts of new renewable energy under contract by April 1.

In Rhode Island, a legislative study commission is reviewing food recovery and donation ideas.

In Rhode Island, a legislative study commission is reviewing food recovery and donation ideas.

Kerri Withrow Valentine, Rhode Island ‘Teacher of the Year for Excellence in Environmental Education,’ teaches science to English as a second language students. (Nicholas Boke/ecoRI News)

Kerri Withrow Valentine, Rhode Island ‘Teacher of the Year for Excellence in Environmental Education,’ teaches science to English as a second language students. (Nicholas Boke/ecoRI News)


R.I. Hypocrisy Does Nothing to Address Climate Change

It’s easy for Democrats to bash Trump’s unpopular ideas. It takes political chutzpah, however, to oppose a fossil-fuel project that has potential reelection ramifications.


Ocean State has Special Tool To Stop Offshore Drilling

PROVIDENCE — As opposition intensifies against offshore drilling along the East Coast, Rhode Island has a unique tool to disrupt the idea.