BOSTON — The Boston Common hosted not one, but two of the 600 March for Science rallies held around the world on Earth Day. In addition to the featured rally, a separate Kid’s March drew about 1,000 youngsters and adults.
Warwick, Narragansett, Newport, Barrington and Providence are the top five Rhode Island municipalities most vulnerable to climate change-related road damage.
The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management recently released findings of a new study that examined the impacts of climate change on the state’s wastewater infrastructure.
Salt-marsh islands in the West Branch of the Westport River have declined by nearly half during the past 80 years, according to a recent report.
Grover Fugate, executive director of the state Coastal Resources Management Council, said Rhode Island should consider measures beyond the hurricane barrier in Providence to protect the city and other parts of Narragansett Bay.
The size and scope of climate change is mind bogging. While its impact is already being felt locally and globally, our warming planet is expected to inflict vastly greater damage on the built and natural environment for decades and centuries to come. Its impact on human health, farming and the economy is projected to cost trillions of dollars annually.
PROVIDENCE — Just a few years ago, the upper estimate for sea-level rise was 3 feet. More recently, it was 6.6 feet. But a recent assessment by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration projects sea-level rise to increase in Rhode Island by 9 feet, 10 inches by 2100.
Last year was the hottest on record for the planet, the third straight year of higher temperatures. It also was one of the warmest in southern New England history.
With 400-plus miles of coastline, Rhode Island features a marvelous collection of beautiful bluffs, popular beaches, favorite fishing holes and scenic waterfronts. The state’s coastal landscape also includes often-overlooked salt marshes, without which Rhode Island’s nickname would be much less tourism friendly.
PROVIDENCE — The final draft of the report recognizes progress on mitigating greenhouse gases, but mostly concludes that Rhode Island must make drastic changes to its energy and transportation sectors to meet long-term emission reductions.
A plan by the Army Corps of Engineers to pay for and elevate buildings along 28 miles of Rhode Island’s southern coast is being challenged by one of the state’s largest environmental groups.
PROVIDENCE — Before Donald Trump jolted the environmental movement Nov. 8, Ken Payne and J. Timmons Roberts were already looking to inject urgency into Rhode Island’s climate-change and renewable-energy efforts.
Homes and business across the southern shore of Rhode Island will likely be offered money to elevate their houses and buildings to protect against sea-level rise and flooding from coastal storms.