For some parts of the state, this week brought a respite from the heat, but temperatures have still reached into the 80’s, and people aren’t the only ones suffering. The city of Richmond has issued a call for help.
Richmond’s Department of Public Works says young trees are in jeopardy because of hot, dry weather. Occasional thunderstorms have not done enough to keep roots watered, so the city is asking residents to help out by refilling gator bags.
When it comes to offshore wind energy development, some environmental organizations say Virginia leaders are on the right track, but they need to greatly pick up the pace. An alliance that includes Environment Virginia and the Virginia Conservation Network says other East Coast states are eyeing wind-turbine dominance. The groups say the slow-moving Commonwealth could lose out on many of the benefits associated with its development.
When people hear about the “Blue Ridge Center for Chinese Medicine” in Floyd County, they sometimes look surprised and ask, “What’s that doing here? Not only is it serving a local clientele, it’s also working to create a network of farmers raising certified traditional Chinese herbs to supply a growing sector in health care.
Charlottesville, Richmond and Roanoke are following Blacksburg’s lead in launching campaigns to promote solar power on residential rooftops. By purchasing panels in bulk, organizers can offer substantial discounts. It’s a strategy that one University of Virginia graduate is using to persuade the nation that renewable is do-able.
Animal rights activists rallied Sunday at the Natural Bridge Zoo-- an attraction that boasts the most complete collection of animals in Virginia. The Humane Society of the United States has a different description of the zoo, and federal officials say it's now under investigation.