Environment

Environment
4:48 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Tracking Mountaintop Removal Mining

Credit ilovemountains.org

Even though mountain top removal mining has been on the decline since 2008, the effects on people living in coal mined areas, is not.  A new tool tracks the impact on communities over time and shows where it’s been greatest.

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Kei Car Market
4:00 am
Tue April 28, 2015

Touting the Tiny Car

Honda Beat

With gasoline prices well below three dollars a gallon, large, gas-guzzling vehicles are again selling well.  Last year’s top three were full-sized pick-up trucks that get less than 20 miles to the gallon in city driving.  Jim Phelan doesn’t care. 

The Charlottesville man has fallen in love with something that gets 55 miles to the gallon, and he hopes to sell others on a car most people have never heard of.

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Wind Energy
7:45 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Offshore Wind Turbine Project Faces Challenges

Virginia’s energy-providers would still like to see a large-scale commercial offshore wind turbine project off the state's coast by the year 2020, but getting there is challenging—at best.  Bids to build two pilot turbines are astronomical right now, and the Authority tasked to keep the project's momentum going is looking for ways to significantly lower costs. 

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Virginia Lee Burton's "The Little House"
5:30 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Teaching Stewardship with a Children's Classic

Environmental ethics...it’s the balance between nature and human interaction, and it can be a weighty topic.

The Roanoke City School system is among those divisions starting the discussion early, getting 2nd graders to think about natural resources. They’re doing it with the help of a book, written back in 1942.

The Little House, written and illustrated by Virginia Lee Burton, tells the story of a house built on the top of a hill, far out in the country. Eventually, Walt Disney turned Burton’s story into an animated short film.

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Arts & Culture
7:12 am
Wed April 22, 2015

Conservationist, Activist Jane Goodall Speaks at Hollins University

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Jane Goodall is known around the world for her work with chimpanzees, redefining the relationship between humans and the natural world. The conservationist and animal rights advocate spoke at Hollins University this week to a large, inspiration-seeking audience. 

Hours before Jane Goodall prepared to speak at Hollins University, hordes of people lined up to hear her lecture.

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