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Obama Admin. Finalizes Historic Clean Car Standards

The Obama administration finalized new clean car standards that will double the fuel efficiency of today’s vehicles by 2025, drastically reducing emissions of carbon pollution and cutting oil use in Rhode Island and nationwide. The standards will cover new cars and light trucks in model years 2017-2025, and require those vehicles to meet the equivalent of a 54.5 miles-per-gallon standard by 2025. The new standards and their projected cuts in carbon pollution represent the largest single step the U.S. has ever taken to tackle global warming. 

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Study shows high storm frequency in RI

A new Environment Rhode Island Research & Policy Center study reveals that Rhode Island is getting heavier rain storms than it used to.

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When it Rains, it Pours

Global warming is happening now and its effects are being felt in the United States and around the world. Among the expected consequences of global warming is an increase in the heaviest rain and snow storms, fueled by increased evaporation and the ability of a warmer atmosphere to hold more moisture.

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Shaw's Supermarket bans plastic bags in Barrington

Shaw's Supermarket says it will no longer provide plastic bags at its store in Barrington as the town debates a ban.

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Barrington store to remove plastic bags

At a public meeting on a proposed town-wide plastic bag ban, representatives from the Shaw's Supermarket chain announced it will be removing plastic bags from its Barrington location.

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