Scientists studying climate change have focused on greenhouse gases – how we can produce less or maybe remove some of what’s already in the atmosphere, but a team at the University of Virginia will take a different approach.
Eleven people from eight different fields – including business, law, anthropology and engineering – will look at how we use land as part of a massive mapping and modeling project for planet Earth. Deborah Lawrence is professor of environmental sciences at UVA.
Spring is the season when Virginia’s local governments put the finishing touches on their own budgets for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1st. But they’re finding it difficult to craft their spending plans without knowing exactly how many dollars they will receive from the state-which is unknown due to the state budget impasse. They’re trying to get the job done, anyway, and in some cases, with consequences to local taxpayers.
Virginia’s human population is growing – and so is the number of black bears in the state. That sometimes means trouble, but the Wildlife Center of Virginia is working to ensure that things don’t end badly for either species.
The Wildlife Center of Virginia has long cared for injured birds, squirrels, rabbits, raccoons and possums, but last year President Ed Clark decided to get into the bear business.