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Minimizing Wind Damage from Storms

By Ambar Espinoza | Courtesy of Rhode Island Public Radio The Hurricane of 1938 toppled some 275 million trees across New England. Today – with more trees and more buildings – state officials see wind damage as a statewide threat because of climate change and the potential for more frequent, extreme weather events. In the
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Marine and Boat Operators Warned to Prepare for Sea Level Rise

By Parimal M. Rohit | Courtesy of the Log, California’s Boating and Fishing News Rhode Island Sea Grant Coastal Extension Specialist Pam Rubinoff told marina and boatyard owners they could face increasing costs to maintain, retrofit or upgrade their respective venues to prepare for or respond to the impacts of sea level rise. Rubinoff spoke to
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Ship Graveyards & Uncovering Our Maritime Heritage

JOIN US on Thursday, March 17    Rhode Island’s Largest Ship Graveyard What began as a preliminary survey in 2013 to remove hazardous and ‘ugly’ debris from the Seekonk and Providence rivers, turned into the discovery of “Rhode Island’s largest ship graveyard” with the finding of 26 late 19th and early 20th-century vessels near Bold
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Sarah Schumann’s Shellfish Heritage Tour

Rhode Island’s Shellfish Heritage: Readings from author, Sarah Schumann Author, Sarah Schumann read passages and shared her experiences writing,“Rhode Island’s Shellfish Heritage: An Ecological History,” to locals at the Coffee Depot in Warren on February 18. The book, which was conceived and published by Rhode Island Sea Grant, the Coastal Institute, and the Coastal Resources
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Species ‘Rafting’ via Marine Debris from Japanese Tsunami

By Cynthia Drummond | Courtesy of Westerly Sun NARRAGANSETT — Stored in a laboratory in Mystic are hundreds of species that traveled across the sea all the way from Japan to North America by hitching a ride on debris from the catastrophic tsunami of 2011. James T. Carlton, professor of marine sciences emeritus at the
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Tell Me a Story: Redesigning Oakland Beach

“The students get exposure to the residents and stakeholders and decision makers at the local level and … to the challenges and problems that real decision makers face in moving forward with these design ideas.”

Coastal State Discussion FEB 11: Bioinvasions via Japanese Tsunami

Coming to America |The Biology of Marine Debris from the Japanese Tsunami  The Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami of March 11, 2011 ejected a vast debris field into the North Pacific Ocean that began drifting toward North America and Hawaii. This allowed, for the first time, to track and study how invasive species may be transported over long distances
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A Tale of Two Homes

Program helps make coastal residences more FORTIFIED against storm damage While many home buyers are drawn to living in coastal areas, that choice comes with certain risks. For many Rhode Island home and business owners, the issue of protecting their buildings from the elements is something that must be taken into consideration as a fact
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Understanding the Ocean’s Role in Absorbing Carbon Emissions

Research cruise tests new technologies As humans continue burning fossil fuels, much of the carbon emitted into the atmosphere eventually makes its way into the ocean. This past fall, the University of Rhode Island research vessel R/V Endeavor embarked on a week-long cruise on which scientists undertook research designed to help them better understand how
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Announcing “Rhode Island’s Shellfish Heritage: An Ecological History”

When I go shellfishing, I feel like when I’m gardening — being part of the soil and the earth and connected to nature — but it’s something unique to Rhode Island … And I can feel what it might have been like a couple hundred years ago doing the same thing. Stories like those of Providence resident Jaime Dice,
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