Environment

Panel Discussion: What’s the future of Narragansett Bay?

Join the TV conversation “Is Narragansett Bay Too Clean?” on June 20.

In our June issue, freelance writer Todd McLeish explores the controversial idea that after years of pollution, fussy bureaucrats have gone too far in the other direction, and now our bay is too clean. Lobstermen Al Eagles and Lanny Dellinger have shellfished in Narragansett Bay for decades and say the water is clear but it’s become a dead environment because…

Adopt-a-Pet: July

This month's adoptable pet is Zoe, an older gal with a bit of queen in her.

Each month, RI Monthly highlights one adoptable pet in Rhode Island in the hopes that they will find a new home. Meet Zoe, a ten-year-old female kitty looking for a retirement home to kick back, relax and meow at you. According to PARL, Zoe is a bit of an opera singer, with a unique meow, a purr that squeaks and…

The Underbelly of Providence’s Waterways

An often unseen view of the Seekonk River to downtown Providence.

Sharing this view of the river is difficult for me. Yes, I may be selfish, but this is a tiny slice of the state that few get to see this intimately, a sort of warts-and-all view that shows both the beauty and the degradation of the Seekonk River’s waterways as is spills into Narragansett Bay and is then funneled into the city….

Give Mother Earth a Hand

Celebrate Earth Day at local events or make a planet-friendly art project.

Fort Wetherill. Photo courtesy of Aimee Falso.Clean land, water and air are essential to our long-term use and enjoyment of the planet. Recycle everything from envelopes to electronics, trade your incandescent bulbs for LEDs and never leave home without reusable shopping totes. There are countless ways to celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 22: Whether you repurpose an old sink…

Tree Technology

Explore your urban forest with a tree-tracking app.

Image courtesy of Helen Papp.If thoughts of Pokemon GO make you wistful for those fun-filled afternoons of hunting pixels, you’re in luck. Now, you can capture the tree in your backyard, your neighbor’s trees and the saplings lining Main Street as part of a fun mapping exercise. Log on to rhodytrees.org, create a user profile and you’re ready to go….

Musings on Spring

The season dawdles getting here, which makes it's arrival that much sweeter.

Each year it is the same. We count on it, right? And it is the counting (because there is so much in the world that doesn’t add up) that nudges us toward optimism.

An Ocean State of Trash

Can we protect Rhode Island's greatest natural resource from marine debris?

The earth’s lifeblood is under assault from marine debris — a broad term encompassing anything in the water that shouldn’t be, from a cigarette butt to a fiberglass cigarette boat.