Topic: environment

Rhode Island considers bills to reduce plastic pollution

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Rhode Island considers bills to reduce plastic pollution

February 12, 2020 0 comments

Two bills that aim to increase sustainability and reduce pollution from single-use plastics were heard by the Rhode Island House Committee on Environment and Natural Resources Feb. 6.

Providence recently welcomed a new greenhouse run by hydroponic farming company Gotham Greens.

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New tech-driven greenhouse opens in downtown Providence

December 6, 2019 0 comments

Heads of lettuce cuddle together under a glass sky, warm in an artificial summer despite the snow and wind outside. The picturesque scene marked the opening ceremony for a new greenhouse in Providence run by a hydroponic farming company called Gotham Greens.

University researchers investigate volcanic activity

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University researchers investigate volcanic activity

October 23, 2019 0 comments

In an effort to better understand volcanic activity and its origins on Earth and beyond, University researchers have examined the creation of magma chambers to help explain why these chambers exist at relatively the same depth across the globe.

Students reflect on climate activism

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Students reflect on climate activism

October 4, 2019 0 comments

Since over 1000 people participated in Providence’s climate strike two weeks ago, local organizers said they have seen more students mobilize for climate justice. But some organizers expressed fear that students on campus might be too complacent and insulated to organize consistently for the future.

The Plavicki lab uses zebrafish as a model organism to understand the DNA regulatory transcription factor sox9b and its relation to the heart, brain and other physiological systems.

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University scientists see effects of environmental contamination in zebrafish

October 4, 2019 0 comments

Since 2016, the Plavicki lab has explored the ways that environmental contaminants, which are chemical stressors, affect the brain and heart development of zebrafish.

Members of Sunrise Rhode Island, politicians and other activists gathered at the State House in support of a Green New Deal for Rhode Island. House Resolution 5665 would support research on economic, social and environmental progress in the state. A matching Senate resolution will be introduced shortly.

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State moves to support research on R.I. Green New Deal

March 12, 2019 0 comments

Promises of a Green New Deal at the national level trickled down to the Ocean State Thursday, when politicians and community activists alike gathered in the Rhode Island State House to announce plans to research the possibilities for a state Green New Deal.

Simshauser ’20: The dangerous banality of Andrew Wheeler

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Simshauser ’20: The dangerous banality of Andrew Wheeler

March 11, 2019 0 comments

I first visited Yosemite National Park when I was six years old. Small in stature, I was a precocious asthmatic. I spent my early years in the smoggy metropolis of Los Angeles, with scant opportunities to take a deep breath.

University Beekeeping Society creates buzz on campus

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University Beekeeping Society creates buzz on campus

February 13, 2019 0 comments

Where would you put a beehive? The top of the Sciences Library? The tunnels under Keeney? How about in one of the old abandoned common spaces across campus that have been turned into boiler rooms?

Sunrise Rhode Island leaders were arrested while engaged in civil protest in Washington D.C. last November and December. Members now advocate for the Green New Deal, which is legislation fighting for a transition to clean energy and protection for communities at risk from climate change.

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Student climate activist group grows under national movement

February 6, 2019 0 comments

Dozens of members from the Sunrise Movement’s Rhode Island chapter, most of them University students, civilly protested in Washington D.C. in November and December for progress on climate change policy and the Green New Deal.

Simshauser ’20: The government’s natural disaster

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Simshauser ’20: The government’s natural disaster

February 5, 2019 0 comments

Hardly a week has passed since President Trump agreed to a stopgap deal to reopen the government, ending the prolonged 35-day shutdown at least for a brief spell. An unmitigated political and practical disaster, Trump’s accession has done little to slow his rising disapproval ratings.