Environment

A look at the natural world around us.

Virginia’s energy-providers would still like to see a large-scale commercial offshore wind turbine project off the state's coast by the year 2020, but getting there is challenging—at best.  Bids to build two pilot turbines are astronomical right now, and the Authority tasked to keep the project's momentum going is looking for ways to significantly lower costs. 

Environmental ethics...it’s the balance between nature and human interaction, and it can be a weighty topic.

The Roanoke City School system is among those divisions starting the discussion early, getting 2nd graders to think about natural resources. They’re doing it with the help of a book, written back in 1942.

The Little House, written and illustrated by Virginia Lee Burton, tells the story of a house built on the top of a hill, far out in the country. Eventually, Walt Disney turned Burton’s story into an animated short film.

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Jane Goodall is known around the world for her work with chimpanzees, redefining the relationship between humans and the natural world. The conservationist and animal rights advocate spoke at Hollins University this week to a large, inspiration-seeking audience. 

Hours before Jane Goodall prepared to speak at Hollins University, hordes of people lined up to hear her lecture.

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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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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