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WEATHER-RESISTANT: Jeff Sweenor, owner of Sweenor Builders in South Kingstown, points to the house that architectural designer Lori Foley has on screen that is located in South Kingstown and uses helical piers that screw down to bedrock and breakaway lower walls that let the water go right through. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Fighting back vs. extreme weather

Weather-related damage from fierce hurricanes, flooding, storm surges and intensified UV rays does not discriminate between high-end or low-income housing.In Rhode Island, however, some...
A NEW STUDY said that while less powerful storms would dwindle because of a shorter snow season and warmer temperatures due to climate change, regions that currently get impacted by nor’easters will continue to be impacted./ PBN FILE PHOTO/ELI SHERMAN

Climate change won’t stop East Coast’s worst storms, study finds

NEW YORK - Climate change may melt away smaller snow storms but it won’t be able to hold back more powerful East Coast systems.Minor storms that drop...
RHODE ISLAND properties failed to realize $44.7 million in value due to tidal flooding from increased sea level rise and from 2005 to 2017. / PBN FILE PHOTO/BRIAN MCDONALD

R.I. property values impacted by sea level rise

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island properties failed to realize $44.7 million in increased value due to tidal flooding from rising seas from 2005 to 2017,...
MAKING A PLAN: The R.I. Division of Statewide Planning is leading a project to support small businesses’ ability to survive extreme weather events. Above, a machine clears sand off Atlantic Avenue in Westerly after the remnants of Hurricane Sandy battered Rhode Island’s coast in 2012. / PBN FILE PHOTO/BRIAN MCDONALD

State resiliency project example of smart planning for business

Rhode Island’s vulnerability to the effects of climate change are well-documented.And now comes more evidence that we should be concerned: The Global Carbon Project...
IN A NEW CLIMATE REPORT, it was found that global economies are growing at a much faster rate than their greenhouse gas emissions, however, the report still found that emissions are projected to rise 2.7 percent in 2018. / BLOOMBERG NEWS/CARLA GOTTGENS

Climate report reflects rising emissions but some improvement

NEW YORK - Climate scientists have some good news, for a change. Global economies are growing at a much faster rate than their greenhouse gas...
THE R.I. DIVISION of Statewide Planning is leading a project to support small businesses' ability to survive extreme weather events. Above, a machine clears sand off Atlantic Avenue in Westerly after Hurricane Sandy. / PBN FILE PHOTO/BRIAN MCDONALD

Statewide Planning to interview small businesses for weather-resiliency project

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Division of Statewide Planning is launching a project to help small businesses’ extreme weather event and climate change resiliency, the...
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Five Questions With Jeffrey Diehl

Jeffrey Diehl | CEO, Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank1. How is the Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank funded? The bank, a quasi-public corporation, does not...

Student activist group files climate-change lawsuit against R.I.

PROVIDENCE – Student group Nature’s Trust Rhode Island has filed a lawsuit in Superior Court to force the state to comply with its petition...
RHODE ISLAND INFRASTRUCTURE BANK has long supported projects with a positive environmental impact, but the bank formalized its commitment by taking the Green Bond Pledge, said Jeffrey Diehl, the bank’s CEO. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND INFRASTRUCTURE BANK

Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank takes Green Bond Pledge

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank has taken the Green Bond Pledge, which asserts that when applicable, bonds financing long-term infrastructure and capital...

Will 2018 be the year Rhode Island voters take a stand...

“Embarrassing,” is how R.I. Department of Education Commissioner Ken Wagner described the state of local public elementary, middle and high schools.“When I visit a...
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