PROVIDENCE — Shoreline development is on the rise in Rhode Island, as the 10-member board of the Coastal Resources Management Council continues to approve new projects.
The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection recently issued a unique “watershed permit” to the four towns sharing the Pleasant Bay watershed, Brewster, Chatham, Harwich, and Orleans.
NARRAGANSETT, R.I. — The open ocean is the largest and least explored environment on the planet, estimated to hold up to a million species that have yet to be described.
Michael Lombardi has been diving in Rhode Island for more than 20 years, and he's still in awe of the spectacular sites, wildlife interactions, and untapped exploration that is right here in our backyard.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is monitoring an unusual increase in whale deaths for three species of whales: minke, humpback, and the North Atlantic right whale.
BRISTOL, R.I. — After years of diligently replicating the method and being unable to find evidence that the test works, two Roger Williams University professors and two alumni arrived at the conclusion that what had been published six years ago were impossible research results.
Rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have affected one of the global ocean’s major circulation systems.
Climate change and plastics combine to create rising tide of invasives.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists studying sounds made by Atlantic cod and haddock at spawning sites in the Gulf of Maine have found that vessel traffic noise is reducing the distance over which these animals can communicate.
NARRAGANSETT, R.I. — Narragansett Bay has experienced dramatic changes during the past century, from being a dumping place for sewage and industrial pollutants to a near paradise for recreational swimming and boating.
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — Since 2010, New Bedford Harbor has seen at least one recorded oil spill every month. But the problem goes back far longer than that.
A group of scientists from almost every college and university in Rhode Island is constructing what they call a “Bay Observatory” to continuously monitor and model the changes occurring in Narragansett Bay as a result of a warming climate.
Research ecologist Steve Hale recently finished compiling a master list of all the species ever recorded in the sediments of Narragansett Bay.
This year’s Watershed Counts report again describes a bay and shoreline under duress and facing an uncertain future. The causes aren't new, but the overarching threat to the Narragansett Bay region is climate change.