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More than 250 news outlets from around the world, including ecoRI News, with a combined audience of hundreds of millions of people, signed up for Covering Climate Now, a project co-founded by the Columbia Journalism Review and The Nation aimed at strengthening the media’s focus on the climate crisis.

 
 

Hundreds of miles across, Hurricane Rhody, a modeled Category 3 storm, will make its way from the Bahamas at a clip of about 60 mph. In this time of climate disruption, New England is overdue for such a storm. Six hours later, after 18 feet of storm surge wreaks havoc on coastal and bayside towns, and 127-mph winds rip the Ocean State to shreds, it slows down.

 

If we must label the threat we pose to the planet, “human hubris” would also work. But we’ll largely stick with climate crisis and climate emergency, as they both more accurately represent the problems we have caused. Climate change never did. To borrow a colleague’s observation: If you’re diagnosed with a terrible disease, it’s not a health change. It’s a crisis. An emergency. A problem.

 

Ronald Bennett says the solar array and the energy-efficient systems he installed increased the cost of his new house by 10 percent. He expects it to take five years to recoup that added cost.

 

Rhode Island is heating up faster than any of the other Lower 48 states, and has already surpassed the U.N. threshold of 2 degrees Celsius of warming.

Rhode Island in general has been slow to embrace smart growth, even as relentless development exacerbates local global-warming impacts. Cranes in the sky and pile drivers on green space create jobs and win votes, but they can also create long-term problems, especially when what we build and where is so easily manipulated by special interests.

 

Phasing out incandescent light bulbs and cutting emissions from weed wackers are challenging enough. The much bigger obstacles to addressing the climate crisis require convincing the global fossil-fuel industry and all of the pipelines, power plants, and industries it feeds to cease burning oil, gas, and coal. It also means transforming the transportation system.

 

A new study shows Rhode Island’s greenhouse-gas emissions are 45 percent higher than expected. The study also outlines a path to statewide decarbonization.

 

Narragansett temperature records spanning 100 years show the climate crisis has already reached Rhode Island. But why has the temperature in Narragansett increased so much?