PROVIDENCE — In February, a trash audit at the Pell Elementary School in Newport recovered 238 pounds of food scrap from a single day.
PROVIDENCE — Chicken happiness was a major subject in the latest effort to outlaw small, wire cages at egg farms.
Unlike plastic, glass is nontoxic and can be recycled again and again. But plastic is cheap to make, ship and store, prompting beverage and food makers to turn to plastic as a way to boost profits.
PROVIDENCE — The need for action on climate change is becoming more urgent, according to proponents of a bill that places a fee on all instate fossil fuels.
PAWTUCKET, R.I. — Ratepayers in most of Rhode Island’s 31 water districts pay some $5 million combined annually in surcharges. These water-related fees, however, are more like taxes.
PROVIDENCE — The backlash against President Trump and his environmental policies was evident in several bills heard by the General Assembly last week.
PROVIDENCE — The forces working for and against a statewide ban on plastic retail bags and polystyrene containers clashed during a recent House committee hearing.
PROVIDENCE — Bowing to public pressure, Mayor Jorge Elorza has reversed his support for an ordinance that bans plastic retail bags and requires at least a 10-cent fee on replacement bags.
PROVIDENCE — A new bill in the General Assembly adds woody biomass to the list of eligible renewable-energy sources that qualify for net metering.
PROVIDENCE — There’s no doubt that the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management has gotten smaller. Since 2003, the number of full-time employees has decreased from 650 to 420.
PROVIDENCE — For 10 years Rep. Art Handy has sponsored a bill that establishes carbon-emission-reduction goals and, most importantly, imposes penalties for failing to achieve them.
PROVIDENCE — As expected, the City Council approved a ban on plastic retail bags at its March 15 meeting. But the vote didn't go smoothly.
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse is scheduled to deliver his 200th "Time To Wake Up" climate speech March 13. To mark the event, ecoRI News recently spoke with Whitehouse about the failure of Congress to confront climate change.
PROVIDENCE — It was a busy week for bag bans in Rhode Island, as town councils in Bristol and Portsmouth outlawed plastic checkout bags, while the City Council overwhelming approved an ordinance at the first of two public hearings.