Environment

A look at the natural world around us.

Virginia's Rail Trails are Featured in a New Book

May 11, 2015

The annual Trail Days will be held in Damascus later this week to celebrate parts of the Virginia Creeper Trail.  It’s just one of 45 trails featured in a new book, “Virginia Rail Trails” by author Joe Tennis.

Editing the Mosquito Genome

May 7, 2015

Gene editing technology is opening up a whole new world for science.  Entomologists at Virginia Tech are using it to find out exactly how mosquitos transmit deadly diseases to humans.

Most mosquito species do not transmit disease, but a few native to Africa, and now showing up in the southern U.S. do; Fatal diseases such as malaria, dengue fever and chikungunya.  Those viruses kill hundreds of thousand of people each year, most of them children.

Modest Harvest Boost for Menhaden

May 6, 2015

This week, East Coast fisheries managers voted to increase by 10-percent the catch for menhaden. The fish is used as bait, processed for vitamin supplements and food for fish farms. The two-year increase will give back half of the 20 percent harvest reduction taken in 2012.

It's been a three year battle between commercial fishermen and environmentalists. But after scientists reworked models they found a healthier stock of menhaden. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission was asked to reconsider the economic impact of their catch limits.

Blessing of the Fleet

May 5, 2015

Every spring, fishing communities across the nation open the new season with a blessing of the fleet. The historic town of Reedville, Virginia has celebrated the tradition for 45 years.

 

A parade of fishing boats from the traditional Chesapeake deadrise to recreational vessels as small as a kayak bobbed in the water alongside a backdrop of industrial menhaden fishing ships. All became silent as a wreath was tossed into the water in remembrance of those lost.
 

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Three public meetings are set for evenings this week on the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline; one of three that would carry liquid natural gas through Virginia.  

The public meetings on the proposed pipeline will take place in Elliston and Chatham Virginia as well as Lindside, West Virginia, areas which could see the 42 inch pipe run through or near their towns. 

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