Weather en Weather Woes <p>For some parts of the state, this week brought a respite from the heat, but temperatures have still reached into the 80’s, and people aren’t the only ones suffering.&nbsp; The city of Richmond has issued a call for help.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Richmond’s Department of Public Works says young trees are in jeopardy because of hot, dry weather.&nbsp; Occasional thunderstorms have not done enough to keep roots watered, so the city is asking residents to help out by refilling gator bags.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:55:34 +0000 Sandy Hausman 24463 at Weather Woes New EPA Rules Mean a New Game Plan for Utility Companies <p>Later today, the Environmental Protection Agency will take a big step toward reducing the risks of climate change – announcing&nbsp;new limits on&nbsp;electric companies responsible for about 40% of the carbon in our atmosphere.&nbsp;&nbsp;At the Southern Environmental Law Center, Senior Attorney Frank Rambo says states and utilities must then figure out how best to reach those goals.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 10:34:45 +0000 Sandy Hausman 22253 at New EPA Rules Mean a New Game Plan for Utility Companies Summer Season Fires a Threat to the Great Dismal Swamp <p>Summer is just about here,&nbsp; and in many of the nation’s national parks, that means forest fires.&nbsp; Here in Virginia, it may also bring a different kind of blaze - one that threatens a vast wetland and wildlife refuge near Norfolk.&nbsp;</p><p>After losing thousands of acres in years past, experts have come up with a plan for saving the Great Dismal Swamp. &nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 23 May 2014 12:40:01 +0000 Sandy Hausman 21823 at Summer Season Fires a Threat to the Great Dismal Swamp Alligators in Virginia? <p>Another sign of global warming could make Virginians especially nervous. &nbsp;That's because&nbsp;alligators have been spotted perilously close to the state line.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The Great Dismal Swamp is a 126,000 acre preserve that straddles Virginia’s border with North Carolina.&nbsp; It’s linked all the way to Florida by the Intracoastal Waterway, and a senior biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says alligators are moving north.</p><p>“Used to be about 60 miles south of us.&nbsp; Now they’re probably within 15-20 miles of our southern border.”</p> Mon, 19 May 2014 11:44:27 +0000 Sandy Hausman 21583 at Alligators in Virginia? State of Emergency: What Does It Mean? <p style="margin-left:.25in;">The season’s first major snow storm is well on its way and as a result, Governor Terry McAuliffe has declared a state of emergency.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-left:.25in;">A state of emergency means that state agencies are at the ready to assist local governments, and provide a quick response wherever and whenever they are needed in the state.</p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 13:46:38 +0000 Lisa Fenderson 17163 at State of Emergency: What Does It Mean?