Environment

A look at the natural world around us.

University of Virginia Department of Environmental Science

You’ve no doubt heard about carbon footprints – measures of how much a person or corporation pollutes the atmosphere with carbon.  Now, the University of Virginia and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation want people to consider another pollutant – nitrogen –a big problem for the bay. 

It’s common in college towns to find tensions between students and long-time residents. In Charlottesville, home to the University of Virginia, two students have set out to improve so-called town-gown relations with a program that cultivates friendships through gardening. 

Westhaven is a small neighborhood between the University of Virginia and downtown Charlottesville - a collection of small homes, many built in the early 20th century, and to newer, subsidized town homes for low income families.

“It’s public housing, so you only have so much space.”

Pamela D'Angelo

Scientists know more about the blue crab than just about any other species in the Chesapeake Bay. So when millions of young crabs vanished in 2012, scientists became detectives, searching for clues.

Menhaden Fishing Limits are Swimming in Controversy

Aug 5, 2016
Associated Press

A fish crucial to Chesapeake Bay crabbers and Virginia's omega-3 oil industry is proving to be one of the most controversial, as Atlantic fisheries managers struggled this week at their summer meeting to determine how much should be caught.

Shorelines of the Chesapeake Bay are disappearing as sea level rises and higher tides eat away at beaches and cliffs. That means hand-wringing among some waterfront property owners. But for archeologists and paleontologists, the story is more complicated.

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