Environment

A look at the natural world around us.

Students at Virginia Tech are getting a real taste of what it’s like to deal with invasive species.  Once they’re established, it’s almost impossible to eradicate them, but as we hear in this report, some are saying, ‘If you can’t beat ‘em.  Eat ‘em.

“OK most creative: We have a tie for second …”

Assistant professor of invasive plant pathology, Jacob Barney is announcing the winners at this invasive species potluck.

“And we have the crawfish cornbread.  But the clear favorite was the ice cream.”

Creative Commons

Virginia Republicans are trying to derail the global climate change talks in Paris. Matt Laslo reports on the battle raging in Washington that will be felt across Virginia. 

The US Senate recently passed legislation by a slim majority to block the new carbon reduction rules coming from the Environmental Protection Agency. 

Virginia's Growing Oyster Industry Tempts Poachers

Dec 1, 2015

Virginia is touting itself as the East Coast oyster capitol, last year harvesting more than half-a-million wild and farmed oysters valued at nearly $34 million. The growing industry is making it more tempting to poachers.

It's still dark on a cold, windy December morning when three men move quietly through marsh grasses and down to a dock. They lower their boat into the Rappahannock River. But these aren't poachers.

WMRA

The world is watching as political leaders meet in France, seeking ways to address climate change.  In Virginia, Appalachian Power, which services just under a million people here, has announced its plan for fuel sources going forward.  For the first time, it includes solar power.  While clean energy advocates applaud the change, they’re concerned it doesn’t go far enough.

University of Mary Washington

As Virginia considers allowing drilling for oil off its coast, scientists at the University of Mary Washington are doing basic research that could prove valuable in the event of a spill.  Sandy Hausman reports on what they hope to learn after two weeks of trolling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico.

For most people, an ocean cruise is vacation. 

For Charlie Sharpless, two weeks on the Gulf of Mexico was work.  

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