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Power Struggle: Wind Energy in New England

By Dick Dahl | Courtesy of Roger Williams University Law Magazine   Cape Wind was positioned with what would’ve been the nation’s first offshore wind farm, but too many impediments stood in the way with further difficulties after National Grid and Northeast Utilities terminated their purchase agreements in January. However, Deepwater Wind has taken the reins with
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New Tools for Coastal Resilience

To better adapt to future flooding and erosion, storms and sea level rise, Rhode Island is underway in developing the Shoreline Change Special Area Management Plan (Beach Samp). Several new tools have been developed to promote coastal resiliency in an effort to protect communities and environments: Adaptation Techniques for Coastal and Waterfront Businesses How to
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Marine Debris is Everyone’s Problem: 2015 Ocean Summit

“Marine debris isn’t just a sailor’s problem, it’s all of our problem,” said Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo at the 2015 Ocean Summit on Marine Debris held during the Volvo Ocean Race in Newport earlier this May. The Ocean Summit on Marine Debris, which was sponsored by The Embassy of Sweden, the U.S. State Department,
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Sacred Symbol: Beauty of Wampum

41˚N Rhode Island’s Ocean and Coastal Magazine Winter 2015  by Sarah Schumann | photographs by Acacia Johnson   Allen Hazard, a wampum maker and member of the Narragansett Tribe, carries on an age-old tradition of creating objects of beauty and symbolism with quahog shells. Hazard is one of only three artisans in the world who
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Calamari Bruschetta

Cranston Area Career & Technical Center culinary students win calamari cook-off crown

RICHMOND, R.I.—Four high school culinary teams competed last week in the 2015 Rhode Island Seafood Cook-off featuring calamari, the state’s official appetizer. The teams each devised their own recipe for calamari, and an audience of the students’ family, friends, and community members tasted each one (without knowing which school’s entry it was) and scored the
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Protecting Newport’s Drink Water | Part 1

Courtesy of Ambar Espinoza | Rhode Island Public Radio With more than 500 public drinking water suppliers in the state, the Rhode Island Department of Health is worried about how they will cope with climate-related changes like intense rains, rising seas, and warmer temperatures. For the next installment of our series, Battle With The Sea, environmental reporter Ambar Espinoza heads to Newport, home
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Ocean State to Your Plate: 2015 Scup Seafood Challenge

Appreciating the ‘under loved’ Scup took the spotlight at the second annual Rhode Island Seafood Challenge at Johnson & Wales University (JWU) earlier in April, where three student teams prepared the underutilized, but tasty, local fish. The goal – to raise awareness among budding chefs – and the public – about local, sustainable seafood products.
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Landscape Design to Improve Coastal Resilience

Three Rhode Island communities will serve as new pilot projects to increase coastal resilience to climate change impacts, such as sea level rise, flooding, and increased storminess. The project will explore landscape methods that are natural – or that mimic nature – to restore ecosystem services (habitat and stormwater filtration, for example) to developed areas. The
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Truths and Half-truths: Communicating Climate Change

Special report by Barbara Moran | Courtesy of Boston University Ted Smayda was a 28-year-old assistant marine biologist, “just one of the rinky-dinks,” he says, when he first started gathering data on Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay more than 50 years ago. Smayda chugged into the bay on the University of Rhode Island’s research boat, the Billie II,
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