Environment

A look at the natural world around us.

Hitch Your Wagon to the Sun

Jul 11, 2016

You’ve heard about the problems Volkswagen is having after its false claims about running on cleaner energy came to light. But we have a story about something called the “Voltz-Wagon” that rolls around Floyd, Virginia. It’s traveling a different road to the clean energy future.

It’s 12 feet long and six feet wide and covered with 1500 watts worth of solar panels.  They call it the "Voltz-Wagon."

Billy Weistenfeld says, “We picked that name before the emissions stuff with Volkswagen (happened).”

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According to research coordinated by a pair of Roanoke College professors, fossils common to coal seams may be responsible for dragon tales all around the world.

Loopers: Traversing the 'Appalachian Trail on Water'

Jun 28, 2016
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The Great Loop of the Eastern United States is like a safari, or sea-­fari if you will. There are bears, manatees, bald eagles and mountain lions all while boaters cruise through 6,000 miles of waterways. They travel the Atlantic up to Canada then to inland waterways, down to the Gulf Coast and back to the Atlantic. 

Virginia's State Parks Celebrate 80 Years

Jun 17, 2016
VDCR

You may have heard it’s the 100th anniversary of the National Parks System. What you may not know is that Virginia’s state parks are celebrating their own anniversary -- 80 years.

Virginia was the first state to open an entire system, 6 parks, in one day. 

In our region, the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline has aroused controversy.  So has another proposed natural gas line through Southwestern Virginia.  A new study takes a look at local costs of the pipeline that would stretch from West Virginia to a compressor station in southern Virginia. 

The gas companies behind the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline have estimated it would cost $3.5 billion to construct the 42-inch-wide pipe through eight counties along the Virginia/ West Virginia border.

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