Environment

A look at the natural world around us.

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The European Commission recently recommended approval for continued use of the most widely used pesticide in the world.  It concluded Glyphosate; the main ingredient in “Round Up,” poses no unacceptable risk to human health, animals or the environment – but not everyone is convinced of the pesticide’s long-term safety.

(Richard Webster / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.)

In 1967, when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service created the first endangered species list, the Eastern Shore's Delmarva Peninsula fox squirrel was there among better known species like the bald eagle and Florida manatee.

A combination of clear-cutting of old growth forests and hunting contributed to its near extinction. Today, the Service officially removed the squirrel from its federally protected designation.

Supervisors Vote to Rezone River Site

Nov 12, 2015
www.cbf.org

  After months of contentious hearings, the Richmond County Board of Supervisors voted 4 to 1 to rezone a one-thousand acre pristine tract of land along the Rappahannock River. 

The move paves the way for Miami-based Diatomite of America to move forward with plans to build a commercial resort, championship golf course and more than 700 houses on forested cliffs currently occupied by bald eagles. Marty Payne who lives downriver from Fones Cliffs told supervisors he's worried the large development will pollute the river.

 

Researching Diseases in Wild Oysters

Nov 12, 2015
www.vims.edu

While farmed oysters are big business in Virginia, the Chesapeake Bay wild oyster is still struggling with bay pollution and two diseases, harmless to humans, but fatal to oysters.

Since the late 1980s, the Virginia Institute of Marine Science has conducted annual surveys to check on how wild oysters are coping.

Dominion Power is starting a new project… one that will make its power lines safer to large birds. Crews have begun an effort across the state to slowly change the way power lines are structured.

About 25 times a year, a large bird, like an eagle,owl, or osprey, will perch on the cross-arms of an electrical pole and spread their long wing-span out…. touching one tip of each wing to an electrical wire.

“If one wing touches one and one the other that’s a potential for an electrocution right there. It’s more than likely going to be a fatal event to the bird.”

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