Climate Change

Ideas for the EPA

May 27, 2014

Following dire new predictions about climate change, the Environmental Protection Agency is set to impose new limits on the nation’s power plants.

Some states already have aggressive policies to reduce the use of coal and other fossil fuels, while promoting wind, solar and other renewable sources of energy. 

In a new book, University of Virginia Professor Vivian Thomson says there are lessons to be learned from those states.

Summer Season Fires a Threat to the Great Dismal Swamp

May 23, 2014

Summer is just about here,  and in many of the nation’s national parks, that means forest fires.  Here in Virginia, it may also bring a different kind of blaze - one that threatens a vast wetland and wildlife refuge near Norfolk. 

After losing thousands of acres in years past, experts have come up with a plan for saving the Great Dismal Swamp.  

Climate Change & Election Season

May 22, 2014

Republicans say a new Environmental Protection Agency rule will kill jobs in Virginia and they see it as a way to win November's election.

A new White House assessment on climate change paints a dire picture for coastal states like Virginia. Democratic Senator Tim Kaine says the writing is on the wall.

"Being vulnerable to sea level rises. That plus agricultural and forestry effects is every reason why we should be very concerned."

Map of the Climate

Apr 30, 2014

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.

Pulse of the Amazon

Mar 14, 2014

NASA has asked Scientists to look at how record flooding AND droughts in the last decade are affecting the Amazon River.

They’ll be studying the affects of climate change on the vast river might mean for rivers in the U.S.  

Despite the devastation of the Amazon rainforest, the  River itself, remains relatively pristine when it comes to it’s hydrology, the water’s natural flow