climate change

August is here, signaling the run-up to the September primary. Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. Your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

Juan Rodriguez

On a quiet street by Green Hill Pond in Charlestown about a mile away from the ocean, Andrew Baer walks onto his front lawn and asks for help sliding the cap off his well. Luckily, he's having solar panels installed and there are plenty of hands at-the-ready. 

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The Environmental Protection Agency’s acting administrator, Andrew Wheeler, says humans are contributing to climate change, contrary to what his predecessor said.  


Newport Art Museum

What does the future hold for environmental advocacy under the Trump administration? What role can art play in starting conversations about the environment? Can we make progress on climate change, ocean plastics and other pressing environmental issues?


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A new statewide strategy to prepare Rhode Island for climate change was released Monday. 


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Rhode Island wants some of the world’s biggest oil and gas companies to pay for the effects of climate change. 

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An environmental advocacy group is suing Shell, the global oil and gas company, over a storage facility at the Port of Providence. They claim Shell is failing to protect it from the threat of climate change. 

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This year, during an annual environment lecture series at the University of Rhode Island, almost all of the talks focused on the present and future impacts of climate change.

For the next installment of our series “Ready or Not,” Environment Reporter Avory Brookins sits down with speaker Amy Snover from the University of Washington. 

Juan Rodriguez

Eileen Sheehan lives only about a couple hundred feet away from the Westport River. Through the windows in her living room, you can see light from the sun twinkling off the water. 

However, Sheehan said these days, it's depressing to look out into the river because of what's been happening to the salt marsh islands. 

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The irony was hard to miss.

The Aquarium MBTA station was closed due to flooding, and the aquarium itself, nearby on Boston's Central Wharf, was closed out of caution for its visitors.

University of Rhode Island Coastal Resources Center

Researchers at the University of Rhode Island are leading a new project in the Philippines to increase the number of fish in their waters.

 


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National Grid's response to power outages caused by a major storm last October was too slow, causing a 36-hour delay in power restoration, according to a report released Monday by Rhode Island state regulators.

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An advocate for environmental justice says communities of color need to take charge of their own economies to better-prepare for the effects of climate change.


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.


A sadly familiar story dominates the news once again.  Meanwhile, the political beat remains busy in the Biggest Little. As usual your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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