News Release | Environment Rhode Island Research & Policy Center

As R.I. pursues climate solutions, power plants are nation’s biggest polluters

As the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy nears, a new report from Environment Rhode Island Research & Policy Center sheds light on the nation’s largest contributors to global warming pollution: power plants. Scientists predict that global warming will lead to even more frequent and severe extreme weather events like Hurricane Sandy unless we act. 

News Release | Environment Rhode Island Research & Policy Center

No New Dirty Power Plants Under EPA Standard

After a summer of extreme June rainfall and record July heat in Rhode Island - and as the one year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy draws closer - the Obama administration proposed a major new rule to curb the carbon pollution spewing from power plants that fuels global warming. Scientists warn that without major reductions in carbon pollution, extreme weather will become even more frequent and severe.

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Obama Administration Should Use Sound Science to Protect Rhode Island’s Waterways

The Obama administration has taken a significant step forward in clarifying the science connecting America’s waterways and the drinking water for millions across the country. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board released a report, Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters: A Review and Synthesis of the Scientific Evidence, which reviews the scientific literature outlining the impact that small waterways have on larger bodies of water downstream. 

News Release | Environment Rhode Island

10,000 more petition signatures for the plastic bag ban

As the annual International Coastal Cleanup in Rhode Island approaches, Environment Rhode Island released its summer tally of petitions collected in support of a ban on plastic bags in Rhode Island. Plastic bags are consistently among the top items found in the annual cleanup. From May through August, Environment Rhode Island canvassers knocked on doors across the state to educate residents about the group's campaign to ban plastic shopping bags. Over the course of the summer, the group collected more than 10,000 petition signatures from Rhode Island residents in a support of a statewide ban on plastic bags, to be delivered to state senators and representatives in their respective districts.

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