Today’s composting toilets are not the equivalent of a port-a-potty stashed away in the basement. In fact, some models look similar to everyday commodes, but they all save water for drinking and showering. And they don’t stink, require chemicals to clean, or flush or discharge human waste into the natural environment.
All of Rhode Island’s programs, initiatives, and goals are well-meaning actions, but without concrete efforts backing them up, they won’t stem the tide of plastic pollution in any significant manner.
Deepwater Wind is trying to keep fishermen happy while it builds more offshore wind facilities. The latest effort aims to protect commercial fishing gear, but fishermen and their advocacy groups want broader protections for the fishing grounds and their livelihood.
CHEPACHET, R.I. — A recent rally was held to protect Rhode Island’s largest tract of contiguous forest from bulldozers and the expansion of fossil-fuel infrastructure.
CHARLESTOWN, R.I. — In this town’s most-densely developed area, excess nitrogen from coastal dwellings is threatening the health of salt ponds that are the foundation of the local tourism industry.