A look at the natural world around us.

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Virginia is forging ahead with a carbon cap and trade program, the first of its kind for the state. Regulators are now taking public comment and the final meeting is in Richmond Monday.

Pamela D'Angelo

Big poultry on the DelMarVa Peninsula began by accident when  homemaker Cecile Steele was shipped 500 chicks to raise instead of the 50 she ordered. She kept them, made a profit and ordered a thousand the next year. And so, an industry was born and has been growing ever since.

But the hundreds of thousands of tons of manure produced each year so close to the Chesapeake Bay worries residents of Virginia's Eastern Shore.

The Trump administration has again raised the prospect of drilling for oil and gas off Virginia’s coast, but those are not the only energy sources found at sea.  A substance called Fire and Ice could supply the world with energy for decades.

National Phenology Network

They call Chicago ‘The City of Big Shoulders', but the State of the Virginia is becoming a state of ‘long shoulders.' Scientists are finding that our seasons of spring and fall, also known as the ‘shoulder seasons,’ are getting longer.  

Virginia Approves Carbon Cap and Trade Plan

Nov 16, 2017
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Virginia is one step closer to implementing a cap and trade program. Regulators in Richmond Thursday gave the preliminary stamp of approval on a plan to reduce carbon emissions.