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BETTER TO BUY A BOAT? The Trump administration has rolled back Obama-era fuel efficiency standards for automobiles, something that had been put in place expressly to combat the increasing severity of weather events brought on by climate change. Will the rollback lead to even more extreme weather? / PBN FILE PHOTO/FRANK MULLIN

Do you agree with the rollback of automobile efficiency standards that...

In reversing another Obama-era rule, the Trump administration has rolled back the automobile fuel efficiency standards that were set to be in effect through...
TOP VIEW: John Ballone, owner of The Hotel Maria, on the highest level of the structure under construction alongside Misquamicut Beach in Westerly designed to avoid the effects of ocean flooding by being elevated well above sea level. The Atlantic Ocean can be seen in the background. / PBN PHOTO/
BRIAN MCDONALD

PBN on WJAR-TV, March 26, 2018

PROVIDENCE – Every week, PBN Editor Mark S. Murphy appears on WJAR-TV NBC 10’s Coffee Break to discuss the newspaper’s most recent cover story...
WHEN WILL IT HAPPEN NEXT? The March 2010 floods showed that the effects of storms are felt not just on Rhode Island’s coastline, as the Pawtuxet River spilled well over its banks, inundating many homes and businesses, and disrupting lives. / PBN FILE PHOTO/BRIAN MCDONALD

Climate mitigation pays off, but it has to be put in...

This week’s conclusion of a three-part series by PBN staff writer Eli Sherman on Rhode Island’s vulnerability to flooding and storm damage is sobering.The...
WINTER WONDERLAND? Tree-lined streets, such as Hopkins Hill Road in Coventry, look lovely with a cover of snow, but they can turn ugly when branches fall on overhead lines and interrupt power to homes and ­businesses.  / PBN PHOTO/
ROB BORKOWSKI

Beautiful, yes, but R.I.’s trees may need a little bit of...

Winter storms present a significant challenge for utilities, especially National Grid PLC here in southern New England. Keeping the power on is a difficult...
THE R.I. DEPARTMENT of Environmental Management received several reports of storm-related debris washing ashore in communities along the upper part of Narragansett Bay./COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT

Debris washes ashore in R.I. upper bay communities

PROVIDENCE – A recent storm inundated the East Providence wastewater treatment center, causing pinwheel-looking debris to wash ashore in a number of coastal communities.The...
STORM SURGE: By 2065, a 100-year storm surge would damage approximately 13,736 homes in Warwick, Barrington, Narragansett, South Kingstown and North Kingstown, representing more than half of all homes in Rhode Island’s 21 coastal communities, according to the R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council. / COURTESY R.I. COASTAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT COUNCIL

Are predictions of coastal flooding caused by climate change and sea-level...

Thanks to more up-to-date measurements and predictive abilities, the R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council is predicting that more of Rhode Island’s coastal communities are...
VISION OF THE FUTURE? Climate experts believe that between sea-level rise and the increasing frequency of powerful storms, larger portions of Rhode Island will face serious flooding in the coming years.  / PBN FILE PHOTO/BRIAN MCDONALD

Climate change looks to bring water damage to more of R.I.

More than five years after “Superstorm” Sandy hit the Rhode Island coast, Westerly is still working at reversing some of the environmental damage that...
A BEAUTIFUL SIGHT? The proposal by the U.S. Department of the Interior to allow oil and gas drilling on all of the United States’ continental shelf – such as this rig off the coast of Long Beach, Calif. – has brought swift negative reactions, including from Rhode Island officials. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/TIM RUE

Drilling off the coast is not 
a good idea for R.I....

When the Trump administration released plans to allow offshore drilling for oil and gas on 90 percent of the United States’ continental shelf, including...

White House proposals put oceans at risk

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke thinks that some of the places designated as national monuments in the past two decades are overprotected. Banning economic activity...
A NEW WAY TO BUILD: This "fortified" house built by Caldwell & Johnson fronts a saltmarsh and Narragansett Bay in Wickford village in North Kingstown and has structural improvements that make it resistant to wind, rain, sea level rise, and other environmental factors. PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Should cities devastated by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma be rebuilt exactly...

With 2017 turning out to be a year of very powerful hurricanes, it makes sense to ask whether it is time to re-evaluate how...
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