Environment

Environment
7:41 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Figuring Out How to Address Growing Feral Cat Population

Credit Wikipedia

While cat- and dog-lovers sometimes have contentious debates over which beloved animal is smarter, more adoring, and the overall better pet, a much more serious debate is taking place in Richmond about the two.  And that is—when it comes to feral and stray cats, why aren't they afforded the same rights as dogs? 

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Environment
1:48 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Keeping Virginia Bees Buzzing

photo by Beverly Amsler

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services reports nearly one third of Virginia’s honey bee colonies died last winter.  But one Floyd County beekeeper had a better survival rate. 

Turn into Mark Chorba’s driveway and you pass a pond with ducks and geese, and chickens stroll around in the front yard.  In the grass behind the farmhouse are stacks of boxes of various heights holding hundreds of thousands of bees. 

“So what do you want to do?”

“Let’s go see the bees.”

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Mapping Adaptation
3:17 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Climate Change & the Chesapeake Bay

Credit Jenny Dreyer

Next week the U.N. will bring experts from around the world for a climate change summit in New York. On the Chesapeake Bay scientists are looking at what a warmer bay might mean for species like the blue crab and striped bass.

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Preparedness Guidelines
4:00 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Cost of Flooding

Flooding is not just a coastal problem. If you reside in a low-lying area prone to flash flooding, you know that during any torrential downpour--not just in a hurricane season--you're vulnerable.

Insurance companies know it as well, and individuals and business are sometimes required to buy flood insurance and pay higher premiums. 

One General Assembly panel is tasked with studying the problem and finding ways to mitigate the sometimes exorbitant costs.

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Geomagnetic Storm Watch for Saturday
4:24 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Solar Storm Heading Toward Earth

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft captures Wednesday's solar flare eruption.

The world is already grappling with war, plague and climate change.  Now comes word of another threat – space weather.  Scientists have issued a strong Geomagnetic Storm Watch for Saturday.

The sun in a massive ball of energy and a generous star that sometimes sends electro-magnetic bursts our way.  Tom Bogdan is President of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research and an expert on space weather and solar flares..

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