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Legislation would create fund for climate-change grants

PROVIDENCE – A state Senate proposal would create a coastal adaption trust fund, from which cities and towns could apply for grants to make...
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...
THE R.I. STATE POLICE responded to 50 weather-related crashes Thursday night and Friday morning. Above, a NWS map of flood warnings (in green), which remained in effect Friday through the afternoon. / COURTESY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE

RISP: 50 weather-related accidents overnight due to snowstorm

PROVIDENCE – With an early winter nor’easter hitting the region Thursday evening, the R.I. State Police reported there were 50 weather-related crashes between 6...
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...

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