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Seafood “Throwdown” Launches Farmers Market

  The Armory Farmers Market in the West End of Providence opens every summer to display the bounty of farm-fresh food products that Rhode Island has to offer. These range from produce, beef, bread, and cheese to coffee and other prepared foods. However, on its opening day for the third year in a row, the
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Aquaculture is Agriculture: R.I. Shellfish Management Plan Updates

Since the November launch of Rhode Island’s Shellfish Management Plan (SMP), research and outreach efforts have continued, and the SMP stakeholder meeting held at URI’s Graduate School of Oceanography on June 25th was an opportunity to share recent progress as well as promote upcoming efforts. Since the fall, the SMP team has worked to turn
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A Recipe for Disaster: Climate, Coastal Urbanization, and Water

Major population shifts from rural to urban areas are creating challenges for many environments and landscapes, especially along the coasts where 35 of the 50 largest cities in the world are located, said Geoffrey Scott, Chairman of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of South Carolina. Scott spoke at the Metcalf Institute’s 2015
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Marine Industrial Revolution: Human Impacts on the Ocean

In the past 500 years, nearly 500 animal extinctions have occurred on land while scientists have observed only 15 losses in marine species globally. Nevertheless, it is clear that the global ocean is facing a multitude of challenges, many of which threaten to further decrease biodiversity, according to Douglas McCauley, an ecologist at the University of California,
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Making Sense of Uncertainty: What do Climate Models Tell Us?

“Models are always wrong, but they can be useful,” said Claudia Tebaldi, a statistician at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, during her presentation on the uncertainty of climate models at the 2015 Metcalf Institute’s Public Lecture Series. The physics of heat and temperature ultimately determine how our environment changes over time, but that doesn’t stop
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Happy World Oceans Day

Rhode Island Sea Grant Director Dennis Nixon and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse share thoughts on ocean health both locally and globally to honor World Oceans Day.

Watch 2015 Ocean Summit on Marine Debris

The Volvo Group, sponsor of the Volvo Ocean Race, has released a new video of the 2015 Ocean Summit on Marine Debris, which was held in Newport, R.I., on May 15 during the race’s North American stopover. “Sailors have given us a call to action. We ignore it at our own peril,” said Dennis Nixon,
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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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Ocean Acidification Stakeholder Workshop: June 5

Rhode Island Sea Grant is pleased to support the June 5 Ocean and Coastal Acidification (OCA) Workshop for Rhode Island. This event is sponsored byThe Northeast Coastal Acidification Network (NECAN) and local partners, the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service, and the Environmental Protection Agency. The purpose of this workshop is
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