Help protect the places we love, the values we share
In our emails, sent once or twice a week, you'll receive:
• alerts on new threats to Rhode Island's environment
• opportunities to join other Rhode Islanders on urgent actions
• updates on the decisions that impact our environment
• resources to help you create a cleaner, greener future
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.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency recently took an important step to safeguard the air we breathe and protect our kids from harm by finalizing the nation's first-ever Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) for power plant emissions. Before MATS, there were no national standards to limit the amounts of mercury, arsenic, chromium, nickel and acid gases power plants across the country could release into the air we breathe.
President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the first-ever nationwide standard for mercury and air toxics pollution from power plants. Exposure to mercury and other air toxics is linked to cancer, heart disease, neurological damage, birth defects, asthma attacks, and premature death.
Pollution from power plants and vehicles puts the health of our nation’s children and families at risk. Ground-level ozone, the main component of smog, is one of the most harmful and one of the most pervasive air pollutants. There are millions of people living in metropolitan areas around the country, including in Rhode Island, exposed to multiple days each summer when the air is unhealthy to breathe. This report ranks metropolitan areas for their unhealthy air days in 2010 and 2011.
Rhode Island small businesses and organizations signed a letter to the state's representatives in Washington, D.C. urging them to champion the protection of Narragansett Bay and other waters in the state and across the country by leading the fight against the unprecedented number of anti-environmental riders in recent House and Senate bills. Many of these amendments have threatened to ease or eliminate longstanding Clean Water Act protections and to undermine the Environmental Protection Agency's ability to enforce environmental regulations.
New fuel efficiency standards proposed by the Obama adminstration will help reduce pollution and will save Rhode Islanders some money on gas. The administration proposed tougher new fuel economy standards: cars and trucks would have to get 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025.