Environment

VT Research
7:06 am
Thu May 1, 2014

The Perfect Stink Bug Trap is All Natural!

The scent of Cilantro may go fine with dinner, but not if it’s from a stinkbug that fell into your enchiladas.  The invasive pests are now in 41 states, the district of Columbia and Canada and several countries in Europe. 

They destroy crops and frustrate humans, with whom they share a penchant for sheltering indoors in cold weather.  Now scientists at Virginia Tech have come up with stinkbug trap you can make yourself for a couple of bucks-- that works.  

No matter how good a housekeeper you are, it’s not easy to keep stinkbugs from ruining your image.

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Earth Model
11:39 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Map of the Climate

Scientists studying climate change have focused on greenhouse gases – how we can  produce less or maybe remove some of what’s already in the atmosphere, but a team at the University of Virginia will take a different approach.

Eleven people from eight different fields – including business, law, anthropology and engineering – will look at how we use land as part of a massive mapping and modeling project for planet Earth. Deborah Lawrence is professor of environmental sciences at UVA.

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Wildlife Center of Virginia
4:00 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Waynesboro's Busiest Restaurant & Hotel

Virginia offers a range of hotels and restaurants that cater to summer travelers, but none quite like the one in Waynesboro where about 3,000 guests came to stay last year. 

Squirrels and possums, raccoons and deer, birds and bears spent time at the Wildlife Center of Virginia, getting medical treatment and training for a return to the wild.

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Wildlife Center of Virginia
1:45 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Taking Care of Virginia's Stray and Injured Bears

Credit Wildlife Center of Virginia

Virginia’s human population is growing – and so is the number of black bears in the state.  That sometimes means trouble, but the Wildlife Center of Virginia is working to ensure that things don’t end badly for either species. 

The Wildlife Center of Virginia has long cared for injured birds, squirrels, rabbits, raccoons and possums, but last year President Ed Clark decided to get into the bear business.

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The Great Fuel Debate
7:21 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Biofuels Still a Contentious Issue in Virginia

Credit www.ext.vt.edu

A renewable energy coalition is countering a recent Time Magazine article that's critical of biofuel use. In fact, the “Fuels America” coalition has rolled out its own report that suggests that the Commonwealth is one of several East Coast states that could capitalize on the MANY benefits that ethanol and cellulosic alternatives can provide. 

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