In a recent report from the Office of Energy Resources, renewable-energy jobs, led by solar energy, has increased 66 percent in two years. In fact, Rhode Island ranks second in the country for green-energy jobs as a percentage of the workforce.
The Ocean State's osprey population is climbing, after a highly productive year in 2016, and while the wet spring of 2017 will likely cause a decrease in nesting success this year, the once-rare fish-eating hawk is a model conservation success story.
HALIFAX, Mass. — For more than a decade, blue-green algae blooms in West Monponsett Pond have often ended summer fun early and rendered the boat ramp useless. Local residents are regularly cautioned about using the pond, because of harmful health effects linked to cyanobacteria.
New England’s ocean economy supports more than 230,000 jobs. It brings in $16 billion to the region — much of it from tourism and recreation. Whale watching in New England is big business, with nearly 1 million watchers in 2008. Seabird watching is also popular. Recreational fishermen visit the closer canyons for marlin, tuna and other game fish.
As new offshore wind farms are built off the Northeast coast, a new report suggests that the current models of wind turbines may not withstand the most powerful of hurricanes.
The court challenge had been filed by Invenergy, developer of the proposed Clear River Energy Center. The Chicago-based company was attempting to halt a lawsuit that seeks to nullify the agreement that allows the company to buy water from the town of Johnston.