Environment

A look at the natural world around us.

Associated Press

The Shenandoah National Park recently closed two trails because of reports that bears were getting too close to hikers. In Charlottesville, a bear was spotted outside a busy shopping center, and another turned up on the campus of James Madison University. These normally shy creatures who live on acorns and berries are taking unusual liberties with people.

Hitch Your Wagon to the Sun

Jul 11, 2016

You’ve heard about the problems Volkswagen is having after its false claims about running on cleaner energy came to light. But we have a story about something called the “Voltz-Wagon” that rolls around Floyd, Virginia. It’s traveling a different road to the clean energy future.

It’s 12 feet long and six feet wide and covered with 1500 watts worth of solar panels.  They call it the "Voltz-Wagon."

Billy Weistenfeld says, “We picked that name before the emissions stuff with Volkswagen (happened).”

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According to research coordinated by a pair of Roanoke College professors, fossils common to coal seams may be responsible for dragon tales all around the world.

Loopers: Traversing the 'Appalachian Trail on Water'

Jun 28, 2016
Jim Brickett / Creative Commons

The Great Loop of the Eastern United States is like a safari, or sea-­fari if you will. There are bears, manatees, bald eagles and mountain lions all while boaters cruise through 6,000 miles of waterways. They travel the Atlantic up to Canada then to inland waterways, down to the Gulf Coast and back to the Atlantic. 

Virginia's State Parks Celebrate 80 Years

Jun 17, 2016
VDCR

You may have heard it’s the 100th anniversary of the National Parks System. What you may not know is that Virginia’s state parks are celebrating their own anniversary -- 80 years.

Virginia was the first state to open an entire system, 6 parks, in one day. 

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