Environment

Pricetag for Cleaner Energy
3:33 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Fighting the Backyard Pipeline

The Wedding Tree at Acorn Inn

Fracking has produced a glut of oil and gas in West Virginia and Pennsylvania.  Energy companies are desperate to get those products to market, and utilities are anxious to make the switch from coal to clean-burning gas. 

There is, however, something standing in the way – people who want nothing to do with pipelines in their communities.  In Nelson County, three groups have already formed to fight a pipeline that would also pass through Buckingham, Dinwiddie and Brunswick counties en route to North Carolina.

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Help Beat the Heat
2:55 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Weather Woes

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.

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Virginia Energy Plan
6:56 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Offshore Wind Energy Efforts Lagging in the Old Dominion

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.  

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Part 2 of 2
4:40 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Appalachian Medicinal Herb Growers

Chinese Herbs

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.
 

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Do-able Renewable
10:52 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Solar Girl

Credit Photo: World Widlife Fund

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

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