Climate Change

Climate change is a global problem, but journalist Steven Nash, who teaches at the University of Richmond, wanted to know what might happen here.  He’s written a book called Virginia Climate Fever, detailing what the Commonwealth can expect in the years to come.  He says the coasts will, of course, see more flooding, inland areas are also in for trouble.

As the blue crab harvest in the Chesapeake Bay continues to decline there's still uncertainty over the causes and disagreement about what should be done. 

Those stories have been among the most read over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's VaNews link.


Climate Change & the Chesapeake Bay

Sep 15, 2014
Jenny Dreyer

Next week the U.N. will bring experts from around the world for a climate change summit in New York. On the Chesapeake Bay scientists are looking at what a warmer bay might mean for species like the blue crab and striped bass.

Hearing on Sea Level Rise

Jun 30, 2014
Wetlands Watch

Two Virginia Democrats are teaming up with two Virginia Republicans in a rare bipartisan hearing into how to combat sea level rise along the eastern shore.

Most Republicans in Congress are dubious of climate scientists who claim humans are heating the planet. Take Virginia Congressman Scott Rigell. He represents a purple district encompassing all of Virginia Beach. He’s won twice running as an open-minded pragmatist. Unlike moderates elsewhere, Rigell remains dubious of human’s impact on the climate.

Later today, the Environmental Protection Agency will take a big step toward reducing the risks of climate change – announcing new limits on electric companies responsible for about 40% of the carbon in our atmosphere.  At the Southern Environmental Law Center, Senior Attorney Frank Rambo says states and utilities must then figure out how best to reach those goals.