What’s now known as the “environmental movement” took root decades ago. Today, more young people than ever before are interested in careers in this field. But it’s a career path, which relatively few people of color choose to pursue.
The College of Natural Resources and Environment at Virginia Tech held a national conference to explore the future of diversity in careers related to the environment. Dean Paul Winistorfer says more needs to be done to interest minorities in this growing field.
Millions of birds passed through Virginia this spring, and the National Wildlife Federation says many are in trouble, in part because of climate change. A warming planet is drying up wetlands, causing more storms and producing less food. Sandy Hausman traveled to the Eastern Shore to report on one species -- the rust- colored sandpipers known as red knots. Each year, they fly about 10,000 miles – from the tip of South America to their nesting grounds in the Arctic – stopping in Virginia to refuel.
One of the most contentious issues the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries has faced in recent years, is regulation of an activity known as ‘Fox Hound Training.”
Opponents call it “Fox Penning” and consider it a cruel practice for the animals involved. Supporters say their dogs are being trained to hunt under controlled conditions aimed at protecting all the animals involved. The DGIF board will vote Thursday on new safety requirements proposed at its meeting in March.
There’s a new controversy brewing - one that could mean trouble for Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. It involves a lawsuit on behalf of landowners in Southwestern Virginia.
They claim two energy companies failed to pay them royalties on methane gas wells. One of those firms has given $100,000 to Cuccinelli’s campaign - and now a judge in the case says she’s shocked by e-mails from the attorney general’s office to those energy companies. Sandy Hausman reports on the history of the case.