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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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Bristol Next to Consider Plastic Bag Ban

The movement to ban plastic bags is gaining momentum in Rhode Island. Barrington became the first municipality to outlaw plastic bags, and now Bristol is taking a serious look at the idea.

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R.I. Needs to Reel in Plastic Bag Waste

Plastic bags have been waving from trees and clogging storm drains since the 1960s. These petroleum-based pouches have become the unofficial flags of a throwaway society. So how do we stop these plastic parachutes from muddling windswept landscapes and degrading the environment? Do we even have the political and/or societal will do so?

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Which Way Will Wind Blow R.I.'s Plastic Bags

Plastic bags. They're fast, cheap and out of control. If not disposed of properly, they blow — get caught in trees, clog storm drains or wind up in the bay. Should Rhode Island ban plastic bags outright as Barrington did? Which way will the wind blow on Rhode Island's plastic bags?

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Local Activism Sparks Change in Mass.; Can It Here?

Are residents here open to such bans on styrofoam, leaf blowers, and plastic bags and bottles? That’s what Environment Rhode Island wanted to know, and so far the answer has been a tentative, “Yes.”

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