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Alliance Launched To Save Bees

Sixty-five chefs, restaurant owners and other culinary leaders joined us to launch the Bee Friendly Food Alliance. Through the Alliance, chefs and restaurateurs are calling attention to the importance of bees to our food supply, the dramatic die-off of bee populations, and the need to protect our pollinators. LEARN MORE.

News Release | Environment Rhode Island

Obama Administration to Protect Americans’ Health by Setting Carbon Pollution Standards for New Power Plants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed historic new limits on carbon pollution from new power plants. Carbon pollution fuels global warming, which scientists predict will lead to more devastating floods, more deadly heat waves, and the spread of infectious diseases. There are currently no federal limits on carbon pollution from power plants, yet coal-fired power plants are the largest single source of carbon pollution in the United States. The standard proposed today will correct that for new power plants by limiting their emissions of carbon pollution.

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Historic Legislation Would Reduce Rhode Island Petroleum Use 50 Percent by 2050

On the evening of March 15, the Rhode Island House of Representatives Environment & Natural Resources Committee conducted a hearing for a proposed bill (H7261) to set up a Petroleum Savings & Independence Advisory Commission to study and reduce Rhode Island’s reliance on petroleum, with petroleum use reduction targets set at 30 percent less by 2030 and 50 percent by 2050.

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R.I. Oil Backs Bill to Curb Greenhouse Gases

The bill promotes biofuels and other renewable fuels, along with enhanced public transit, electric cars and pedestrian-friendly and bike-friendly infrastructure, with the intent of scaling back the state's carbon emissions, mainly from the transportation sector.

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News Release | Environment Rhode Island

Provisions in U.S. Senate bill will fund preservation

The U.S. Senate passed a comprehensive transportation and infrastructure bill, including an amendment (1822) to set aside $700 million to conservation through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), and to establish a National Endowment for the Oceans (NEO) which will dedicate resources to conserving and restoring oceans and coastal areas. The NEO provisions were proposed by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island.

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Environmentalist warns RI 'in path of storm'

According to Federal Emergency Management Agency data, every county in Rhode Island has experienced a weather-related federally declared disaster between 2006 and 2011. Kent County has experienced two in the last two years: the floods of 2010, and the wrath of Irene in 2011. “The entire state of Rhode Island has seen the effects of weather-related disasters and the great threat they pose to Rhode Island’s safety and economy,” said Channing Jones at a press conference.

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