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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.

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Global warming: Carbon limits needed here

The National Climate Assessment recently released a new draft predicting Rhode Island, Massachusetts and surrounding states will experience more severe heat waves, coastal and river flooding due to sea level rise and extreme precipitation events, and threats to the agricultural sector. This report, along with recent events like Hurricane Sandy, should provide a wake-up call for Congress and the Rhode Island General Assembly that immediate strong action on global warming is needed.

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Miranda Bertholet: Protect public lands

For everyone who loves Rhode Island's beaches, the new year -- and a new Congress -- could bring new promise that Rhode Island's beaches and public lands will be protected for generations to come.

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Bristol Considering Plastic Bag Ban

In early January, Barrington implemented a new town ordinance to ban plastic bags from stores and restaurants, and now town council members in Bristol are proposing a similar action.

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Stable Funding to Protect Rhode Island's Beaches

Rhode Island’s beaches and public lands are protected and conserved in part through federal funds, and this support is at risk. But the new year––and a new Congress––could bring new promise that these beaches and public lands will be protected for generations to come.

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