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Taking on Nitrogen Pollution
by Melissa Paly and Heidi Trimarco

Nitrogen pollution is one of the biggest threats to the Great Bay estuary. A new, comprehensive “Nitrogen General Permit” could help cut that pollution in half.

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Proposed Garbage Depot Is a Bad Idea for Providence
by Kevin Budris

At the corner of Allens and Thurbers avenues in Providence, Rhode Island, sits a less-than-four-acre lot that could soon be home to a massive garbage depot. The proposal has nearby residents in South Providence and Washington Park worried and angry – and with good reason. These communities are already burdened by daily pollution from other nearby industrial facilities.

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New England Doesn’t Need, or Want, New Gas Pipelines
by Bethany Kwoka

Every winter the gas industry tries to scare us, claiming there isn’t enough gas during cold snaps to heat and power our homes. Their solution? More fracked gas and new, expensive gas pipelines. But we don’t have to buy into their propaganda. We have all the power we need without expensive new pipelines.

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Infographic: Comparing New England’s Bottle Return Programs
by Olivia Synoracki

Although some New England states pioneered the bottle return system, they have since fallen behind. But New England can improve its recycling by updating or adopting bottle return systems in each state. This would help reduce litter in our neighborhoods, parks, and waterways; it would keep recyclable material out of landfills and incinerators; and it would lift some recycling costs off of communities.

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Why (and How) We Must Update Our Electricity Grid
by Bethany Kwoka

Our electricity grid was designed over 100 years ago. But times have changed. Today, clean, renewable energy can be harnessed right where we live, so electricity doesn’t have to come from polluting power plants miles away. But we have to update our electricity grid to take advantage of it.

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Looking Back: One Year After the Newport Gas Outage
by Amy Moses

Exactly a year ago, as families prepared for a brutal winter night, National Grid cut gas service to more than 7,000 customers on Aquidneck Island. With another New England winter upon us, it’s also worth noting that Rhode Island could avoid these types of emergencies entirely by switching from fossil fuels like gas to clean alternatives powered by solar and wind.