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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.

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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News Release | Environment Rhode Island Research & Policy Center

Northeast States Can Make Huge Difference in Tackling Climate-Altering Pollution

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is a central strategy in the Northeastern states’ efforts to protect the region from global warming. Now, nine Northeastern states are considering strengthening RGGI to drive additional reductions in global warming pollution. According to a new Environment Rhode Island Research & Polcy Center report, strengthening RGGI would be a “win-win” for the Northeast, making an important contribution toward protecting the region from global warming while speeding the transition to a clean energy future.

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Report | Environment Rhode Island Research & Policy Center

A Double Success: Tackling Global Warming While Growing the Economy with an Improved Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is a central strategy in the Northeastern states’ efforts to protect the region from global warming. Now, nine Northeastern states are considering strengthening RGGI to drive additional reductions in global warming pollution. Strengthening RGGI would be a “win-win” for the Northeast, making an important contribution toward protecting the region from global warming while speeding the transition to a clean energy future.

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