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Victory for Newport's harbor and beaches.

Newport’s harbor and beaches are on the road to recovery after years of illegal pollution from Middletown and Newport. In 2007 our staff joined local citizens to file a Clean Water Act citizens’ suit against the towns to stop their pollution. In 2010 and 2011, we won strong settlements requiring the towns to clean up their act.

News Release | Environment Rhode Island

Pres. Obama to Unveil Plan to Address Climate Change

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Winter Storm Nemo, and record June rainfall in the Northeast, Pres. Obama announced he will unveil a climate action plan designed to cut the carbon pollution fueling global warming and advance clean energy solutions.

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News Release | Environment Rhode Island Research & Policy Center

Rhode Island hit by weather disasters every year since 2010

Nearly six months after Hurricane Sandy and just over two months after Winter Storm Nemo, a new Environment Rhode Island Research & Policy Center report finds that weather-related disasters are already affecting hundreds of millions of Americans, including all Rhode Island counties, and documents how global warming could lead to certain extreme weather events becoming even more common or more severe in the future.

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Report | Environment Rhode Island Research & Policy Center

In the Path of the Storm

Nearly six months after Hurricane Sandy and just over two months after Winter Storm Nemo, a new Environment Rhode Island Research & Policy Center report finds that weather-related disasters are already affecting hundreds of millions of Americans, including all Rhode Island counties, and documents how global warming could lead to certain extreme weather events becoming even more common or more severe in the future.

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News Release | Environment Rhode Island

Business and groups ask Gov. Chafee for 10,000 solar rooftops in Rhode Island

As Governor Chafee and state officials consider changes to Rhode Island's renewable energy policies, Environment Rhode Island announced an open letter signed by twenty-seven clean energy businesses and organizations asking Gov. Chafee to set targets of "10,000 solar rooftops in Rhode Island by the year 2020 and 50,000 by 2030".

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News Release | Environment Rhode Island

7300+ Rhode Islanders, 130+ small businesses call for plastic bag ban

On April 3, 2013 at the Rhode Island State House, Environment Rhode Island presented over 7300 petition signatures - and letters signed by 134 Rhode Island businesses - in a support of a plastic bag ban. The public comments were delivered just before the Senate Environment & Agriculture Committee heard testimony around a bill (S404) that would ban plastic bags statewide.

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