Environment

Jeff Hall / Audubon Society of Rhode Island

Alfred Hawkes, a prominent environmentalist in Rhode Island who has been described as the "environmental conscience of Rhode Island for decades," passed away Thursday at the age of 90. 

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The Providence City Council has passed an ordinance discouraging shoppers from single-use paper or plastic bags. 

Avory Brookins / RIPR

Rhode Island lawmakers will hear public testimony Thursday on a bill that would put teeth into Rhode Island’s carbon emissions reduction goals.


Lynn Arditi / RIPR

As of Wednesday morning, National Grid had restored to power to many customers in Rhode Island and the South Coast who lost it during the storm. After a high of more than 27,000 homes and businesses in the dark, the utility reported just 4,439 still lacked power in Rhode Island by 10 a.m.

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Friday is the last day for public comment on the Trump administration’s proposal to open up New England waters to offshore oil and gas drilling. 

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In New Bedford, city officials have unveiled a draft plan to expand business opportunities for the city's lucrative port.


Wenley Ferguson / Save the Bay

Rhode Island’s ocean-facing beaches escaped most of the damage from last weekend’s storm, but some sand dunes eroded during high tides made higher by the Nor'easter.


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Coastal officials are concerned about how beach erosion after this weekend’s storm could impact nearby development. 


Avory Brookins / RIPR

An estimated 300 people attended a public meeting in Providence Wednesday on the Trump administration’s plan to drill for oil and gas off the East Coast.

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Federal regulators will be accepting written comment from Rhode Islanders Wednesday on President Donald Trump’s proposal to drill for oil and gas off the coast of New England.

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A New England carbon emissions reduction program could generate more than $7 billion by 2030 for energy efficiency improvements and renewable energy, according to a new report, "Cooler Together," released Monday by a national environmental advocacy group.


Hannah Barkley / Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution have released a study that found ocean acidification could weaken coral skeletons by up to 20 percent by the end of the century.


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The Rhode Island Convention Center Authority will buy more than half of its power from a local renewable energy company by the end of this year. 


American Wind Energy Association and Special Initiative on Offshore Wind

The American Wind Energy Association, a wind industry trade group, has released new underwater footage from around the Block Island Wind Farm.


Northeast Fisheries Science Center / NOAA

Is the scallop fishery well-managed? Most people, including scallop fishermen, scientists, and environmentalists, had the same answer: yes. 


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