Environment

A look at the natural world around us.

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Virginia’s coal economy has endured boom and bust cycles for generations.   But this time may be different. Competition from cheaper fuels and climate concerns are creating a downward spiral for the industry. What some see as a ‘war on coal’ others see as a timely transition to new energy sources, but everyone is wondering what that future will look like.

Determining the Fate of the Cownose Ray

Feb 19, 2016

Oyster restoration efforts around the Chesapeake Bay come with a variety of concerns including one that returns every spring with the annual migration of the cownose ray. A new Florida State University report published by Nature is using new data to refute claims that cownose rays are responsible for the collapse of the oyster industry. 

Tangier Island Fight for Jetty

Feb 18, 2016

After years of waiting for a jetty to protect their harbor, residents of Tangier Island thought the deal was done. Then came a rumor that Virginia's share of the cost was removed from the governor's budget. It turned out to be true.

The quest for clean, sustainable energy has scientists testing new ways to produce it.  One approach is to look for savings in energy that’s currently being wasted.  Researchers at Virginia Tech have come up with a new way to literally transform some of that waste  into electricity.                               

 

The President’s Clean Power Plan put on hold by the Supreme Court is something many in Virginia have supported.  It directed states to craft their own plans to combat global warming under EPA guidelines. Some say, ‘plan or no plan,’ the move to cut greenhouse gas emissions already underway will continue regardless.

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