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.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s recommendations to eliminate parts of existing national monuments are accepted by President Trump, some of the country’s pristine lands and waters will lose protection from timbering, mining, drilling and overfishing
JAMESTOWN, R.I. — The hard coral off the shores of southern New England isn’t nearly as glamorous as its tropical counterparts, but it could play a vital role in determining the size and depth of the world’s plastic footprint.
PROVIDENCE — The recent public meeting showcasing Navy training, testing and military exercises planned for the East Cost, including Narragansett Bay, offered access to Navy scientists and mountains of data, but attendees were frustrated by the format of the gathering and by the ethical and environmental issues raised by next year's war games.
KINGSTON, R.I. — Eelgrass in Rhode Island is declining in Narragansett Bay and in most of the state’s coastal salt ponds.
PROVIDENCE — Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., says there will be no live weapons fired off the coast of Rhode Island during Navy training exercises scheduled for November 2018.
The Navy intends to fire missiles, rockets, lasers, grenades and torpedoes, detonate mines and explosive buoys, and use all types of sonar in a series of live war exercises in inland and offshore waters along the East Coast.
JAMESTOWN, R.I. — There is nothing yet linking the Block Island Wind Farm to the death of humpback whales, but that hasn't stopped anti-wind and conservative groups from making the connection.