Richardson Lewis

2008 and joined all the states in New England (as well as others in the mid-Atlantic area) in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), the first multiple-states, market-based mandatory cap-and-trade program to reduce heat-trapping emissions from power plants. The Environmental Council of Rhode Island and more than 70 other state groups and businesses are part of the Rhode Island Climate Coalition, which is working to support the state's climate action plan.

sEE ALso: Hurricanes and Typhoons; Sea Level, Rising.

BIBLioGRAPHY. "Global Warming Will Hit U.S. Northeast Hard Unless Action Taken Now; Long-term Severity Depends on Near-term Choices, Scientists Say," Union of Concerned Scientists, (July 11, 2007); Barry Keim, "Current Climate of the New England Region," New England Regional Assessment (June 1999); National Wildlife Federation, (cited November 2007).

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Renewable Energy 101

Renewable Energy 101

Renewable energy is energy that is generated from sunlight, rain, tides, geothermal heat and wind. These sources are naturally and constantly replenished, which is why they are deemed as renewable. The usage of renewable energy sources is very important when considering the sustainability of the existing energy usage of the world. While there is currently an abundance of non-renewable energy sources, such as nuclear fuels, these energy sources are depleting. In addition to being a non-renewable supply, the non-renewable energy sources release emissions into the air, which has an adverse effect on the environment.

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