Rhode Island has some 1,700 solar jobs, up 16 percent in 2016. (istock)

Rhode Island has some 1,700 solar jobs, up 16 percent in 2016. (istock)

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.

More than 100 volunteers recorded 159 active osprey nests in Rhode Island last year, with 150 of them successfully raising chicks, an increase of 28 successful nests over 2015 numbers. (Ed Hughes/for the Audubon Society of Rhode Island)

More than 100 volunteers recorded 159 active osprey nests in Rhode Island last year, with 150 of them successfully raising chicks, an increase of 28 successful nests over 2015 numbers. (Ed Hughes/for the Audubon Society of Rhode Island)

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.


Popular Pond Dosed with Aluminum Sulfate to Control Algae

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.


Atlantic Marine Monument Protects Economy and Environment

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.

Providence resident David Fox says manmade climate change has put humanity in uncharted territory. (Courtesy photo)

Providence resident David Fox says manmade climate change has put humanity in uncharted territory. (Courtesy photo)

A late campaign by environmental groups to return 'scooped' funds failed to motivate any member of the House to try to restore the money through a floor amendment. (ecoRI News)

A late campaign by environmental groups to return 'scooped' funds failed to motivate any member of the House to try to restore the money through a floor amendment. (ecoRI News)

Mitigating the impacts of stormwater runoff don’t have to cost millions and take years to complete, such as this project at the Newport Yachting Center. (Joanna Detz/ecoRI News)

Mitigating the impacts of stormwater runoff don’t have to cost millions and take years to complete, such as this project at the Newport Yachting Center. (Joanna Detz/ecoRI News)


Offshore Turbines Face Stiffer Hurricane Winds

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.


Court Issues Proposed Gas Power Plant a Setback

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.