ProJo Oped: To Win federal climate funds, RI must plan for it

ProJo Oped: To Win federal climate funds, RI must plan for it

The 730 pages of the recently enacted Inflation Reduction Act include a veritable smorgasbord of climate policy initiatives. Looking for “clean energy” and transportation electrification incentives to transform our economy? They’re in there. Methane and greenhouse gas reduction programs? Yes indeed. What about environmental justice? The IRA includes $9 billion to address climate-related public health disparities; negative…

Providence’s Labor Day Flooding

Providence’s Labor Day Flooding

On Monday September 5, 2022, Rhode Island was stunned by the flash floods following nearly 11 inches of excessive rainfall over much of southern New England. The City of Providence received around 8 inches of rain, which led to the collapse of a building, closure of an interstate highway, displacement of residents, and an undetermined…

Convergence RI | In the gathering storm on climate, how do we act together?

Convergence RI | In the gathering storm on climate, how do we act together?

By: Richard Asinof PROVIDENCE –Do you pay heed to any of the natural weather signs around you?Are you apt to give providence [pun intended] to when you see dark cloud formations gathering on the horizon with your own eyes?Do you roll down the windows in your car when approaching a dangerous intersection, to hear the threat of…

NOAA: Global and Regional Sea Level Rise Scenarios for the United States

NOAA: Global and Regional Sea Level Rise Scenarios for the United States

NOAA’s recently released Global and Regional Sea Level Rise Scenarios for the United States  highlighted the increasing risk from “sunny day” flooding, and other consequences of relentless sea level rise. Like other coastal communities across the U.S., New England continues to experience more frequent high-tide flooding, forcing residents and visitors to deal with flooded shorelines,…

PBN  |  Fox Point Hurricane Barrier in need of upgrades, environmental groups warn

PBN | Fox Point Hurricane Barrier in need of upgrades, environmental groups warn

PROVIDENCE once led the nation in hurricane protection. But in the half-century since the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers built the Fox Point Hurricane Barrier, the $14 million project has lost its luster. The metal has corroded, the steel scratched and beaten down. But the gates, pipes and valves of the structure itself aren’t the biggest…

NOAA’s Latest Forecast: A Very Busy Atlantic Hurricane Season

NOAA’s Latest Forecast: A Very Busy Atlantic Hurricane Season

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) just released its projections for 14-21 named storms during this year’s hurricane season. The Atlantic will see up to 10 hurricanes – above-average activity this year — which would make it the seventh consecutive above-average hurricane season. Some 3-6 of these hurricanes are likely to be classified as…

ProJo Opinion| This is the moment to make Providence climate-ready

ProJo Opinion| This is the moment to make Providence climate-ready

Providence is at a climate crossroads. While the world made collective progress over the last month in meeting our global climate goals, at the end of the day, just like politics, our climate challenges are local. We have a unique city, with buildings, transportation systems and neighborhoods that will bear the brunt of severe weather…