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News, opinions, photos and facts from Ocean Conservancy

About Sandra Whitehouse

Dr. Sandra Whitehouse is a consultant who serves as the Senior Policy Advisor for Ocean Conservancy. She currently focuses on the coastal and marine spatial planning and ocean acidification programs. She lives in Rhode Island and Washington, D.C. with her husband and has two children.

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How Rhode Island Wind Can Help Take Us Far, Quickly

Posted On June 13, 2013 by

I had the opportunity to meet with former Vice President Al Gore to discuss the impacts of climate change on Rhode Island. This included the marine impacts, such as warming bay waters, and increased intensity of storms.

The winds on Rhode Island’s waters made them the location of choice for the America’s Cup sailing races for over a century. While harnessing that wind for energy may be only a small piece of the global picture, it can contribute to broader efforts to mitigate climate change.

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“It’s Good to be Here and Get it Started”: Ocean-Use Planning Moves Forward in New England

Posted On November 28, 2012 by

As stakeholders and state, federal and tribal officials from across the Northeast gathered in Portland, Maine, last week for the first meeting of the New England Regional Planning Body (NERPB), I sensed optimism (mixed in with a bit of skepticism) in the room.

The concept of managing our coasts and ocean in a more coordinated way to support a sustainable economy and a healthy ocean was well articulated by the U.S. Ocean Commission concluded under President Bush in 2004 and President Obama’s 2010 Executive Order. Yet, this was the first meeting where a group gathered to fulfill these directives and start creating an ocean atlas – ultimately making recommendations for balancing the multiple uses of New England’s waters.

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