Environment

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Hydrogen Economy A Step Closer

Apr 7, 2015
Virginia Tech

The quest to transition to a hydrogen economy, where cars run on nearly emission- free fuel, faces many roadblocks. But a discovery by a team at Virginia Tech may help pave the way for cleaner burning vehicles.

Typically, hydrogen fuel for cars is made from natural gas.  But Virginia Tech researchers have come up with a new way to make hydrogen from bio-mass, readily available plant leftovers such as corn husks or saw dust, with no need for fossil fuel in the process.

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The level of environmental pollution rose in Virginia for the first time in seven years. And once again, Montgomery County in the southwestern part of the state, tops the list for the largest amount of toxic emissions. But some say the numbers are misleading.

Sandy Hausman

Students at the University of Mary Washington will host an old-fashioned teach-in this afternoon, urging others to join a sit-in at the administration building. They want the school, based in Fredericksburg, to sell off any investments in coal as a protest against those who profit from fossil fuels.  

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Coastal parts of Virginia are already feeling the effects of climate change - flooding more often and losing land to erosion, but the state’s wooded areas are also in jeopardy, and this weekend worried tree lovers will meet in Charlottesville to talk about what’s coming and what can be done.

Plans for three new natural gas pipelines to run through southwest Virginia have sparked much discussion since they were announced. The companies behind them have held open houses to educate communities. Numerous protest groups have been formed to oppose them, and forums held, to examine arguments on both sides.  The possibility of the pipelines is not only spurring discussion, it’s also reawakening the spirit of protest movements that have come before.

“No to fracking Pipe line, no to fracking period and no to politicians who support either one!"

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