Climate Change

VA Lawmakers Weigh in on Climate Change

Jul 16, 2013

President Obama is vowing to attempt to combat climate change from the Oval Office, which Virginia Republicans say will cost jobs in the state while also hiking energy prices.

Climate change wasn't really a part of the 2012 election, so the president surprised many when he promised to deal with global warming in his second inaugural address. Now he's coming out swinging again...charging Republicans with being deaf to the scientific community.

Photo Copyright Bill Dalton

Millions of birds passed through Virginia this spring, and the National Wildlife Federation says many are in trouble, in part because of climate change.  A warming planet is drying up wetlands, causing more storms and producing less food.  Sandy Hausman traveled to the Eastern Shore to report on one species -- the rust- colored sandpipers known as red knots.  Each year, they fly about 10,000 miles – from the tip of South America to their nesting grounds in the Arctic – stopping in Virginia to refuel.  

Americans waste an average of $818 a year sitting in traffic. A study from the Texas A&M Transportation Institute also says we’ll plan on an hour in rush-hour traffic for every 20-minutes of driving in normal traffic.

All that time adds up and that is the reason Virginia has almost 20 rideshare agencies. Jeremy Holmes is Program Director of Ride Solutions in Roanoke.

In the wake of great tragedy, great beauty has been known to emerge.

A photography project by people living in temporary housing in a Japanese coastal town devastated by the Tsunami two years ago, offers a record of rebuilding and recovery for the photographers.

The exhibit is called, “We Are All Photographers," a title echoing the phrase, “We are all Hokies”  heard around the world after the Virginia Tech tragedy.

Scientists don’t often get involved in political campaigns, but in Virginia one of the nation’s leading men of science has stepped up to endorse a candidate for attorney general.

Three years ago, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli demanded to see all of the e-mails and documents written by Professor Michael Mann during his years at the University of Virginia.  Mann and his colleagues had created a graphic showing how quickly the Earth was warming.  It looked like a hockey stick set on its side.