Environment

A look at the natural world around us.

The nation’s eagle population has made a comeback, rising from a low of 417 breeding pairs in 1963 to more than 7,000 pairs in 2005.  Here in Virginia, there are more than 700 nesting eagles, but wildlife experts say  our national bird still faces serious dangers.

The Wildlife Center of Virginia  says some eagles collide with wires or vehicles.  Others are shot, but 11 percent are poisoned.  Intern Kendra Jacomo recalls one young bird that died at the center this year.

Goochland Debates Safety of Biosolids

Aug 19, 2015
AP File Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta

The safety of biosolids is again up for debate as two companies seek permits to spread sludge from sewage treatment plants over farmland in Goochland County.   

Cheryl  Ellison is one of those who plans to attend a meeting sponsored by the Department of Environmental Quality at the Goochland Library tonight.

“It’s over 1700 acres, and one of them backs up to my land and my neighbors’ land.”  

Hands Across Our Land Focuses on Property Rights

Aug 17, 2015

Grassroots groups in eight states will conduct coordinated demonstrations against fossil fuel development they say is a threat to rural America.  Actions are planned tomorrow, (Tuesday, 8/19)  in Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, West Virginia and more. 

Four engineers from Virginia Tech have beat 72 other teams to win a place in the federal government’s Wave Energy competition.  Eric Paterson , George Hagerman, Mike Philen and Heng Xiao  now have the chance to win $2 million to build their design which would turn wave power into electricity.

Another Virginia team chose not to enter the contest.  Instead, they’re hoping to leapfrog the competition by installing a successful commercial wave farm in Europe.  

Marine Mammals and Fish Befriend Offshore Turbines

Aug 13, 2015

 Conditions off the coast of Virginia are ideal for construction of offshore wind turbines, but scientists see a limited role for marine energy – power generated from waves, currents and tides. 

That’s because prevailing winds on the planet blow from west to east, creating bigger waves on the west coast of continents.  Still there is some potential here, and experts say turbines can likely be placed off our shores with minimal risk to wildlife.  

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