A look at the natural world around us.

The decline of the coal industry is poised to have a big impact for decades to come. In regions where it once dominated local economies, for many, things will never be quite the same.  But with great change also comes opportunity. 

Bug Appetit

Oct 15, 2015

The fourth annual “Bug fest” is Saturday, 10/17 at Virginia Tech. It’s not an ‘infestation’… It’s a chance for the entomology department to celebrate insects of all kinds..  But this year, Bug FEST could turn into a ‘bug’ FEAST, and the public is invited .

“I’m going to make two recipes.  I’m going to make teriyaki grass hoppers.  I’m also going to make a deep fried Tarantula spider…

For the first time in years the health of Virginia’s largest river is considered above average. That’s the word from the The James River Association. The non profit advocacy group released its annual State of the James Report.

On a grading scale that takes into account wildlife, pollution, and habitat... the James earned a B-minus, better than the C-plus of 2013.

Bill Street is CEO of the James River Association.

“The biggest reason for that improvement is addressing pollution from wastewater from our sewage treatment plants and industry.”

Vote Delayed on Developing Fones Cliff

Oct 13, 2015

Last week, Richmond County Board of Supervisors delayed their vote  on whether to grant Diatomite of America rezoning to build a commercial resort, championship golf course and more than 700 houses on 975 acres of pristine forests cliffs that overlook the Rappahannock River.

Changing the Path of the Pipeline

Oct 12, 2015

There’s been strong public opposition to plans for a pipeline to carry natural gas 560 miles -- from the fracking fields of West Virginia to customers in Virginia and North Carolina.  Now, Dominion Virginia Power says it will change the path of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline -- a change that could affect property owners in Augusta County.

Deciding where the pipeline would travel in Virginia has been a contentious process, with many people in its path objecting.  Some fear construction or a leak could contaminate public water supplies, and Dominion has agreed to make a change.