Environment

Renewable Energy
5:01 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Solarizing Blacksburg & Beyond

Virginia may not be taking the lead when it comes to renewable energy, but that’s not stopping towns and cities around the commonwealth from taking the initiative themselves.  

When the Solarize Blacksburg project kicked of in March the town had just 30 homes with solar power arrays. In only these last few months, that’s doubled.

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Promoting Green Energy
4:22 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Ideas for the EPA

Following dire new predictions about climate change, the Environmental Protection Agency is set to impose new limits on the nation’s power plants.

Some states already have aggressive policies to reduce the use of coal and other fossil fuels, while promoting wind, solar and other renewable sources of energy. 

In a new book, University of Virginia Professor Vivian Thomson says there are lessons to be learned from those states.

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Part 2 of 2
10:06 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Poison Ivy: Seeds of Destruction

Just as the season for getting outdoors gets into full swing, so does a noxious weed that can take the fun out of summer outings.

Poison Ivy, which causes an itchy rash in eighty per cent of people who come in contact with it, is on the rise in the US, fueled by rising C-O2 levels.

But scientists at Virginia Tech have found that the weed contains the seeds of its own destruction –a kind of poison pill could be used to control the plant in the landscape.

 

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Seasonal Troubles
8:40 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Summer Season Fires a Threat to the Great Dismal Swamp

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Summer is just about here,  and in many of the nation’s national parks, that means forest fires.  Here in Virginia, it may also bring a different kind of blaze - one that threatens a vast wetland and wildlife refuge near Norfolk. 

After losing thousands of acres in years past, experts have come up with a plan for saving the Great Dismal Swamp.  

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Looking for Citizen Scientists
5:09 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Itchy and Scratchy: Tracking Poison Ivy

Now you may start feeling itchy when you hear this next story.  For anyone who’s had poison ivy, just hearing the word can be enough to start you scratching. 

But as common as the plant is, there is actually very little scientific information about poison ivy, until now.

Scientists at Virginia Tech are looking at ways to control poison ivy naturally. And they’re asking for your help to do it.

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