HOPKINTON, R.I. — Rhode Island just doesn’t get it, even when it tries to be 21st century. Cutting down some 30,000 trees to make room for a solar farm is only slightly less 1980’s than destroying 200 acres of forest to build a fossil-fuel power plant.
President Trump’s fiscal 2018 budget proposal would eliminate the U.S. Chemical Safety Board even though the CSB is to catastrophic chemical disasters what the National Transportation Safety Board is to airline crashes, train derailments and bridge collapses.
Where does Gov. Gina Raimondo stand on the proposed fossil-fuel project? Currently, she’s not saying. After initially, and enthusiastically, supporting the project in 2014, she later changed her position to “no comment” when the politics of the issue became uncomfortable.
ecoRI News recently recorded its inaugural ecoTalk podcast, and the basis of the conversation was to answer this question: Why can’t Rhode Island do a better job of building things we need in places that make sense?
Because plants, insects and animals have co-evolved through the millennia, they have very specific relationships key to their survival.
CHARLESTOWN, R.I. — Numerous studies and reports have shown just how expensive and profitable the U.S. health-care system really is. But, like climate-science data, those in power ignore facts for personal gain. The less fortunate and planet be damned.
Most transit advocates support the general approach inasmuch as it directs substantial funding for public transit. Contrast this with the decision by Citizens Bank to locate a huge corporate “campus” west of I-295 in the woods, with no public transit
LITTLE COMPTON, R.I. — The precedents now being set by these town officials have potentially dire consequences not just for vineyard neighbors but for the entire town, all its residents and property owners — not least its community-minded resident farmers.
PROVIDENCE — UPP Arts’ signature event is its annual Urban Pond Procession, in which an all-ages group of more than 200 — sporting handmade fish costumes, banners and props, led by a brass band — takes to the streets near Mashapaug Pond.
KINGSTON, R.I. — Did you know that in the United States it’s estimated that between 97 million and 975 million birds are killed as a result of building-window collisions? These estimates might be on the low side.
Wind Energy Development's nine wind turbines in Coventry, R.I., began generating electricity last year despite these challenges and to the great benefit of West Warwick, the Narragansett Bay Commission and the state of Rhode Island.
Our sheer numbers are slowly choking the planet and, more specifically, humankind to death. The planet will recover; we won’t if we fail to take real action.
PROVIDENCE — Our brutality against nature seems to know no bounds. Every hour, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, three species become extinct, often because of our reckless actions.
A sensible plan to help lead the Ocean State into an uncertain future dominated by a changing climate is shredded to keep U.N. officials from taking governmental control.