Resilient Rhody: New State Climate Preparedness Strategy

Rhode Island released an 85-page climate-preparedness strategy – Resilient Rhody – which responds to changing weather and environmental conditions in Rhode Island caused by climate change.  The report offers recommendations and implementable actions to better prepare the state for these impacts.  Key areas include critical infrastructure and utilities, natural systems, emergency preparedness, and community health and resilience. An Executive Order signed by Governor Gina Raimondo on September 15, 2017 put into motion nine months of collaborative work among expert stakeholders on climate resilience and included state agency staff and statewide organization leaders.   The recommended climate resilience actions introduced throughout the…

Narragansett Watershed Counts

Watershed Counts is a collaborative initiative of 60 partners, facilitated by the URI Coastal Institute in its role as Chair of the Rhode Island Environmental Monitoring Collaborative and the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program, working together to evaluate the conditions and trends of the land and waters of the Narragansett Bay Region. Watershed Counts indicators consider the region’s interwoven economic and environmental assets. The 2017 Watershed Counts: Climate Change in Narragansett Bay highlights three climate change impacts on the economy, ecology, and coastal communities of Narragansett Bay.  Read more.

Senators Call Out Phony Science Materials Sent to Teachers Nationwide

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) along with Senators Brian Schatz (D-HI), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) , and Edward J. Markey (D-MA) sent a letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to highlight bogus materials sent by the Heartland Institute to more than 300,000 public school science teachers across the country.  The materials which include an 11-minute DVD and 135-page book call into question the scientific consensus on human-caused climate change.  The Heartland Institute has a record of disseminating “alternate facts” including challenging the health risks of tobacco in the 1990s.  Read more. A PDF copy of Senator Whitehouse’s letter is available here.