The Mind the Store campaign recently released its second report card on toxic chemicals in consumer products, which found that two-thirds of 30 major U.S. retailers remain serious laggards.
PROVIDENCE — Progress is steadily being made — for instance, Providence Water has met the standard four out of the past five semesters — but maintaining water quality is a complicated business.
The Environmental Protection Agency recently awarded a $203,500 grant to the Rhode Island Department of Health for its coastal beach monitoring program.
The use of solder for drinking-water pipes that contain more than 0.2 percent lead was banned three decades ago, but there is no law that requires these pipes to be replaced.
NARRAGANSETT, R.I. — The University of Rhode Island recently received an $8 million federal grant to research how industrial compounds get into water supplies and harm humans.
BRISTOL, R.I. — Roger Williams University’s Marcia Marston and Koty Sharp are joining a research team from four universities to probe how viruses impact microbes critical for oxygen production and growing food.
BOSTON — The Environmental Protection Agency recently gave a grade of B for water quality last year in the Charles River. This is a slight reduction from the B+ grade awarded for water quality in the river in 2015.
There’s an estimated 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic debris in the world’s oceans. Some 8 million tons of plastic enter the sea annually. How much is floating in local marine waters remains a mystery.
The Rhode Island Department of Health and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management recently advised people to avoid contact with St. Mary’s Pond in Portsmouth because of blue-green algae.
NEWPORT, R.I. — About 50 cyclists and volunteers gathered recently under cloudy skies at Brenton Point State Park to celebrate the inaugural Elliot’s Ride for Safety and Wellness.
WESTERLY, R.I. — The town has a long history of granite mineral mining that reaches back as far as the 1830s. In fact, the quarry in the village of Bradford was once home to world-famous Sullivan-Westerly Granite.
KINGSTON, R.I. — The ticks that transmit Lyme disease to people die of dehydration when exposed to a combination of high temperature and lowered humidity, a new study by scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Rhode Island has found.