Environment

Fighting for Clean Water
7:41 am
Fri December 19, 2014

What To Do With Toxic Coal Ash

Environmentalists are glad to see Dominion Power shutting down coal burning power plants, but they want the utility to do something about the waste left behind when coal is burned.  

At the Chesapeake Energy Center, Dominion has stored tons of coal ash for decades.  Deborah Murray is an attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center.

“They have just simply been storing the coal ash for about 60 years now in unlined pits, and the evidence is very clear, and Dominion’s own records show that it’s contaminating the ground water.”

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Grant-Winning Research on Water Quality
1:23 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Solving Real World Problems

While some high school kids are playing video games or watching movies on their cell phones,  eight students from Charlottesville are trying to solve a serious global problem – how to turn polluted water into something people can drink. 

Last fall,students at St. Anne’s-Belfield School decided to enter the Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams challenge – a contest that awards 15 grants of up to $10,000 for research on real world problems.  Bob Troy chairs the high school’s science department. 

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Food For All & Food For Thought
7:34 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Big Hearts and Food A-Plenty! In Floyd

It’s estimated that one in seven people in this country go hungry, but in Floyd County Virginia, there’s “Plenty” to go around.  

In the U.S., many go hungry, even as food is wasted every day.   That’s what led a group of people in Floyd to create Plenty! – an organization that tries to smooth out the curve between too much and not enough.  They first got the idea 5 years ago, when McCabe Coolidge’s partner, Karen Day, had a bunch of left over beet greens.

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Atmospheric Anxiety
11:10 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Climate Therapy: Meditations on a Changing World

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As the planet gets warmer, Virginia forests will die.  Our coastal cities will see massive flooding, and our weather will be like that of Louisiana or Alabama. 

We could make changes to head off catastrophe, but the state continues to burn fossil fuels while offering no incentives for a transition to solar and wind power. 

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Dire Predictions
11:43 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Virginia Climate Fever

Climate change is a global problem, but journalist Steven Nash, who teaches at the University of Richmond, wanted to know what might happen here.  He’s written a book called Virginia Climate Fever, detailing what the Commonwealth can expect in the years to come.  He says the coasts will, of course, see more flooding, inland areas are also in for trouble.

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