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Building on Borrowed Time

How long can we live on the coast? by  Meredith Haas Aerial Photographs by John Supancic   Rhode Island is the second most densely populated state, and its 420  miles  of coastline are crowded with  homes and businesses, residents and tourists. The increasing rate of erosion and sea level rise, and the effects of coastal storms and flooding, are making
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Changing High Tides Challenge Public Access to Shoreline

Rhode Island’s shoreline is changing faster from sea level rise and erosion than the law can keep up with. The ‘mean high water’ line, which is set by averaging the high-tide mark over the previous 18 years, is the boundary the state uses to differentiate private coastal land and publicly owned ocean. But with a shifting and
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Catching Dinner: Quahogging Lessons with Jody King

A small group of people, rakes in hand, wade out into knee-deep water at the North Kingstown Town Beach to try their hand at clamming. As their rakes dig into the soft sand, something hard catches. One by one, quahogs are being pulled up and collected into a mesh bag. “We’ve got a hot spot
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Rhode Island Nitrogen Cycle Differs in Bay and Sound

Rhode Island Sea Grant-funded researcher Jeremy Rich from Brown University is highlighted for his work revealing the lack of a key nitrogen cycling process in Narragansett Bay. Anaerobic ammonium oxidation—anammox— is a recently discovered mechanism by which nitrogen moves between bottom sediments and the water column, mediated by anaerobic bacteria, which don’t need oxygen to sustain life.
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The Economics of Climate Change

How much are we willing to pay to live on the coast? To any economist things are typically broken down into “tradeoffs.” What will I give up and what will I get in return? At least that’s what Robert Johnston, an economics expert from Clark University, said at the Coastal State Discussion Series on February
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