A look at the natural world around us.

Why Did the Chesapeake Bay Scientist Go to Greenland?

Sep 8, 2016
Pamela D'Angelo

In August, a group of scientists announced they may have found the oldest living vertebrate, the slow-going Greenland Shark. Among the researchers involved was one from the Virginia Institute for Marine Science. 

University of Virginia Department of Environmental Science

You’ve no doubt heard about carbon footprints – measures of how much a person or corporation pollutes the atmosphere with carbon.  Now, the University of Virginia and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation want people to consider another pollutant – nitrogen –a big problem for the bay. 

New Direction For the New River

Aug 19, 2016
ReNew The New

The New River is, in fact, one of the oldest rivers on the planet. And because people have used waterways as dumps for centuries, The New got its share of trash over the years.  But thanks to dedicated volunteers, clean up efforts are paying off, like the one happening NEXT weekend; the annual, “ReNew The New.”  Robbie Harris reports.

Ann Goette is founder of ReNew the New.  She’s been coordinating river clean up events in Giles County for 15 years.

It’s common in college towns to find tensions between students and long-time residents. In Charlottesville, home to the University of Virginia, two students have set out to improve so-called town-gown relations with a program that cultivates friendships through gardening. 

Westhaven is a small neighborhood between the University of Virginia and downtown Charlottesville - a collection of small homes, many built in the early 20th century, and to newer, subsidized town homes for low income families.

“It’s public housing, so you only have so much space.”

Pamela D'Angelo

Scientists know more about the blue crab than just about any other species in the Chesapeake Bay. So when millions of young crabs vanished in 2012, scientists became detectives, searching for clues.