A look at the natural world around us.

Green Movement Seeks People of Color

Aug 13, 2015
Photo courtesy of the New Virginia Majority

Since it emerged in the early 70s, the environmental movement has appealed to wealthy and middle class people who see climate change as a social problem. But a group in Richmond is working to bring low-income minorities into the conversation.

Quan Williams is with the New Virginia Majority.  She says coal burning power plants are a huge problem for inner city blacks and Latinos.

West Coast Waves Promise Clean Power

Aug 12, 2015

This month, the U.S. Department of Energy will choose twenty semi-finalists in a contest to design devices that can harvest the power of ocean waves. Ninety-two teams of inventors have applied for more than $2 million, and four of them are from Virginia.

When it comes to wave power, Oregon’s coast is a hot spot.  Belinda Batten directs the Northwest National Marine Renewables Center in Corvallis.

“The waves are always bigger on the west coast of continents, because the waves are created by the wind, and they’re flowing from the west to the east.” 

Marine Energy Drives Economic Development

Aug 12, 2015

This week, we’re reporting on marine energy – power generated from waves, currents and tides.  As a state with 112 miles of coastline, Virginia should be a prime candidate for development of this resource, but so far there’s no sign of an industry. 

Shenandoah National Park Plans Star Parties

Aug 10, 2015

It’s that time again.  The Perseid Meteor will be passing over Virginia Wednesday night, showering the planet with falling stars, and the Shenandoah National Park plans a celebration.

Experts will gather with telescopes at the Dickey Ridge Visitors Center near Front Royal, at Big Meadow and Lofts Mountain to give talks and offer tips on taking pictures of the night sky.  Park Ranger Kristin Hendershot says it should be a really good show.

Colin Keldie courtesy EMEC

With so much coastal property, this state could be harvesting the energy of waves, currents and tides to power homes and offices, factories and electric cars.  But Virginia is far from the day when that might happen. 

The Orkney Accordion and Fiddle Club meets weekly to celebrate old fashioned Scottish music and a growing number of enthusiasts on this island between the North Sea and the Atlantic.  73-year-old Innes Wylie is delighted by the newcomers.