When you uncover the boat this spring, recycle your shrink wrap. If your marina doesn't have a recycling program, send them to Recycling Run, where they can learn about starting one. Be sure to give your marina any discarded fluids such as engine oil to recycle. Always label used oil and never simply leave in a location unattended.

On the first Earth Day (April 22, 1970), some 20 million people gathered in the streets of America to protest the Industrial Revolution. An environmental movement was born.

To celebate Earth Day 2014, here are a few quotes to remind us of the importance of nature:

"In wilderness is the preservation of the world."

— Henry David Thoreau

"I believe in God, only I spell it Nature."

— Frank Lloyd Wright

"When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world."

— John Muir

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Thursday
Apr242014

Native Plants Attract Native Insects; We Need Both

By TIM BOLAND/ecoRI News contributor

MARTHA’S VINEYARD, Mass. — The close relationship between insects and plants provides an opportunity to explain the webs of life and how critical plants are to landscapes well beyond their ornamental qualities. The poster child for plant-animal codependence is the butterfly weed and the more famous monarch butterfly.<<Read more

Wednesday
Apr232014

Researcher has Gut Feeling About Climate Change

By ecoRI News staff

KINGSTON, R.I. — A URI ornithologist who studies the physiological changes that birds undergo to migrate has found that the capacity of a bird’s gut to change with environmental conditions is a primary limiting factor in its ability to adapt to a changing climate.<<Read more

Monday
Apr212014

Gov. Patrick Urged to Reject Tar Sands Fuel

By ecoRI News staff

BOSTON — Civic and business leaders have called on Gov. Deval Patrick to block a looming invasion of dirty tar sands-derived fuels, which, if used in gasoline and home-heating oil, would worsen the state’s carbon pollution and hasten climate change.<<Read more

Sunday
Apr202014

Municipalities Seek Help with Increased Flooding

By TIM FAULKNER/ecoRI News staff

PROVIDENCE — The governor’s new Executive Climate Change Council is holding a flurry of meetings as it prepares a status report for May. Some of the findings, so far, reveal a complex bureaucracy that stifles efforts to address rapid increases in flooding, sea-level rise and other climate impacts.<<Read more

Saturday
Apr192014

T.F. Green Runway Project to Alter Wetlands

By ecoRI News staff

WARWICK, R.I. — Due to the presence of a swamp and a river at the foot of the slope of Runway 34, the extension of the runway safety area will result in unavoidable alterations and impacts to these wetland resources, according to the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management.<<Read more

Friday
Apr182014

Green Bullets Bill Misses R.I. Target

By TIM FAULKNER/ecoRI News staff

PROVIDENCE — A bill that would take the lead out of hunting ammunition was effectively shot down during its first Statehouse hearing. NRA calls the bill “nothing more than a backdoor attempt to target hunters and shooters.”<<Read more

Thursday
Apr172014

Concerned Consumers Demand Walgreens Reduce Sale of Products Containing Toxic Chemicals

By ecoRI News staff

PROVIDENCE — Concerned activists recently descended on the Walgreens on Atwells Avenue, saying the company has failed to take action to reduce the sale of products containing toxic chemicals. The shoppers pointed to a new study showing that some of the company’s products contain harmful chemicals.<<Read more

Thursday
Apr172014

Climate Change Reshaping Urban Tree Populations

By FRANK CARINI/ecoRI News staff

Despite protecting us from the impacts of a changing climate, southern New England's trees are also threatened by wetter and warmer weather. The urban forests of today will likely look much different by the end of the century.<<Read more

Wednesday
Apr162014

29 Property Owners Cited for Cesspool Violations

By ecoRI News staff

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management has issued citations to 29 property owners who are in violation of the Rhode Island Cesspool Act of 2007. The law applies to cesspools within 200 feet of the coastline, a public well or a reservoir.<<Read more

Monday
Apr142014

Slaughterhouse-1: R.I.'s Only USDA Poultry Facility

By TIM FAULKNER/ecoRI News staff

JOHNSTON, R.I. — Bad news for chickens. Good news for chicken farmers and locavores. Last week, the state's only U.S. Department of Agriculture-certified slaughterhouse for poultry opened for business. The remodeled facility at Baffoni’s Poultry Farm offers farms and backyard farmers a local option to slaughter chickens and turkeys.<<Read more