Spring cleaning doesn't have to result in a trash barrel full of used paper towels. Instead, try reusable scrub brushes or reusable rags. Synthetic sponges are petroleum-derived and can contain triclosan. Greener options for sponges include those made of wood-pulp cellulose.

In the United States, one of the world’s biggest producers of geothermal energy, the total geothermal capacity is about 1 percent of the country’s coal power capacity.

"Salmon farming — the placement of large metal or mesh net cages in the ocean to grow fish — was pioneered in Norway in the 1960s. Since then, the industry has expanded to Scotland, Ireland, Canada, the U.S. and Chile, but is dominated by the same multinational corporations. Wherever it is practiced, net-cage salmon farming is controversial and raises serious environmental concerns."

— David Suzuki Foundation

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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 linked to cancer, learning disabilities and infertility.<<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

Tuesday
Apr152014

Anglers Conflicted on R.I.’s Trout Stocking Practice

By DAVID SMITH/ecoRI News contributor

WOOD RIVER — The question of whether the state should stop stocking trout on the upper reaches of the Wood River, from Barberville Dam on Arcadia Road upstream to Route 165, was met with mixed reviews on April 12, the opening day of trout fishing in Rhode Island.<<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

Sunday
Apr132014

Call Made for Green Startups in Rhode Island

By TIM FAULKNER/ecoRI News staff

PROVIDENCE — A recent forum was held to promote funding programs and services for Rhode Island green startups — companies that focus on green building, energy efficiency, renewable energy, biofuels, agriculture, waste, transportation and water.<<Read more

Saturday
Apr122014

Routes 6 and 10 Put Providence in Chokehold

By JAMES KENNEDY/ecoRI News contributor

PROVIDENCE — The highway system that surrounds Providence has cut neighborhoods off from each other, and made the city less friendly to other modes of transportation. Would removing the 6-10 Connector remake the city for the better?<<Read more

Thursday
Apr102014

New England's 'Sand Wars' Intensifying

By BETH DALEY/ecoRI News contributor

Sand is becoming coastal New England's most coveted and controversial commodity, as residents try to fortify beaches against rising seas and severe erosion caused by more frequent storms. Debates over who gets sand, who pays for it and where it comes from are fast becoming some of New England’s most contentious oceanfront issues.<<Read more

Wednesday
Apr092014

Loss of Passenger Pigeons Provided Valuable Lesson

By FRANK CARINI/ecoRI News staff

This year marks the centenary of the extinction of the passenger pigeon. In the mid-1800s, billions of these birds would darken the North American skies. In the past 100 years has mankind learned anything from its unique ability to wipe out another species? A movement to gut the Endangered Species Act would say we haven’t.<<Read more

Thursday
Apr032014

Sen. Archambault Says Bag Ban Bad for Business

By TIM FAULKNER/ecoRI News staff

PROVIDENCE — Unlike the House hearing the previous week, there was considerable pushback against a statewide ban on plastic bags during an April 2 Senate hearing. Sen. Stephen Archambault, a self-described “Reagan Democrat” and “skunk at the lawn party,” invoked the argument that bag ban legislation is bad for business.<<Read more