Environment

A look at the natural world around us.

This Saturday a new icon will join the tradition in a forth of July parade. Along with the birthday cakes for America and various incarnations of things red, white and blue, will be a little known character, who symbolizes protection of rivers and streams in Virginia and beyond.

Shannon Ritter has a huge fish in her garage.

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There are an estimated 17,000 bears in Virginia – most in the mountains or the Great Dismal Swamp, but they’re turning up in many places, prompting the state to offer advice on how to live peacefully with carnivores that can weigh more than 700 pounds.  

This is the time of year when hikers are most likely to bump into bears.  That’s because cubs from last year have grown to adolescents and are heading out on their own, according to Lee Walker with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. 

Avian Flu & the Poultry Industry

Jun 22, 2015

You may have noticed that your eggs cost a little more than they did a few weeks back. Those higher prices are associated with the Avian Flu outbreak that's moving from the Midwest. But it potentially could impact a lot more than the cost of eggs.
 

In 2002 an Avian Flu strain devastated Virginia’s poultry industry and led to the destruction of millions of birds. With this latest strain, just ONE Midwest farm surpassed that number. Virginia State Veterinarian Richard Wilkes says Virginia experts went to assist and assess the situation.

An environmental group is calling on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to extend the comment period for the proposed Mountain Valley Pipe Line.  The deadline was this past Tuesday, June 16TH.   It’s one of several requests for more time to discuss the potential impact of several pipelines proposed for the region.

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  The Environmental Protection Agency has ordered each state to cut back on emissions of carbon dioxide by 2030, and a new report shows Virginia will be nearly half-way there by 2020. 

The state has agreed to cut its rate of CO2 pollution by 38-percent, and at the Union of Concerned Scientists, Senior Energy Analyst Jeremy Richardson says the key is scaling back on coal.

“Virginia expects to retire 14 coal-fired generating units between 2012 and 2020, and that represents about 19% of the state’s coal fired generation.”  

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