Environment

Environmentalists Mark Oil Spill Anniversary
1:54 pm
Sun April 19, 2015

Public Comment on Off-Shore Oil Exploration

This week marks the five year anniversary of a catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico – an accident that killed millions of birds, fish and marine mammals, while damaging tourism and industries that rely on the sea.

Here in Virginia, environmentalists are marking the day by urging public opposition to oil exploration off our coast.  Sierra Weaver is a senior attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center. 

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Proposal to Sell Coal Investments
1:07 pm
Sun April 19, 2015

University of Mary Washington's Board Votes Nay on Divesting

Credit Divest UMW/facebook

Students at the University of Mary Washington spent three weeks sitting-in at the administration building – demanding the school consider selling its investments in coal. 

As a major producer of greenhouse gas, they argued that fuel was putting the Earth at risk, but the school’s  board didn’t see the point, and its president says two students will be prosecuted.

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Eastern Shore Project Moves Forward
3:21 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Virginia's Solar Farm

Jim Johnson on his farm.

Virginia is juggling a host of contentious alternative energy proposals. An offshore wind farm, hydrofracking in a national forest and a 550-mile gas pipeline that cuts through the state.

But there's one project on the Eastern Shore that has moved along quietly despite being the largest of its kind in the state.

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Virginia Tech Research
8:11 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Hydrogen Economy A Step Closer

Percival Zhang
Credit Virginia Tech

The quest to transition to a hydrogen economy, where cars run on nearly emission- free fuel, faces many roadblocks. But a discovery by a team at Virginia Tech may help pave the way for cleaner burning vehicles.

Typically, hydrogen fuel for cars is made from natural gas.  But Virginia Tech researchers have come up with a new way to make hydrogen from bio-mass, readily available plant leftovers such as corn husks or saw dust, with no need for fossil fuel in the process.

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Environment
4:43 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Radford Arsenal: Toxic Emissions Study

Credit epa.gov

The level of environmental pollution rose in Virginia for the first time in seven years. And once again, Montgomery County in the southwestern part of the state, tops the list for the largest amount of toxic emissions. But some say the numbers are misleading.

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