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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...
THE NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION reported that 2017 was the costliest year on record for weather and climate disasters. / COURTESY NOAA

Weather disasters cost the U.S. a record $306B in 2017

NEW YORK - Extreme weather took an extreme toll on the United States last year.Losses from weather and climate disasters including hurricanes Harvey, Irma and...
THE UNITED STATES recorded 15 weather events costing $1 billion or more each through early October, one short of the record 16 in 2011. Above, damage in Providence caused by Hurricane Irene in 2011. / PBN FILE PHOTO/FRANK MULLIN

Only once has America seen more billion-dollar weather disasters

NEW YORK - In the year that President Donald Trump pulled out of the Paris accord and downplayed global warming as a security threat, the...
BUREAUCRATIC BUNGLING: Quotas set for summer flounder have caused material harm to Rhode Island fishermen, who may need the state’s congressional delegation to help them rework the system. / PBN PHOTO/JOHN LEE

R.I. fishermen deserve a voice in management of fluke fishery

In 2016 commercial landings of summer flounder in Point Judith exceeded 1.3 million pounds, more than any other port in the nation. Suffice it...
STATE AND LOCAL AUTHORITIES have issued a moratorium on commercial landings of summer flounder in Rhode Island effective Tuesday. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/MARK ELIAS

NOAA: R.I. summer flounder fishery closed for year after hitting quota

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island's commercial summer flounder fishery will be closed until the end of the calendar year, effective Tuesday, after the state hit its...
NO SQUIDDING: Rhode Island 22.5 million pounds of squid in 2016, 16 percent of all squid in the nation. / PBN FILE PHOTO/JOHN LEE

R.I. commercial fishing landed $93.9M in 2016, New Bedford tops nation...

PROVIDENCE – Approximately 82.5 million pounds of seafood were commercially landed in Rhode Island in 2016, an increase of 9.1 percent year over year,...
RHODE ISLAND RECEIVED nearly $2 million to prepare the state's coastlines for rising sea levels and extreme weather. /PBN FILE PHOTO/NICOLE DOTZENROD

R.I. receives $2M to bolster coastline

PROVIDENCE - Rhode Island received a $1.98 million grant designed to protect against sea level rise and the dangers it poses to homes and...
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