Natural Resources

Part 1 of 2
3:03 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Using Nature to Nurture a Depressed Economy

Credit Clinch River Valley Initiative

These days so much of the country seems just like everywhere else, the same national chains, same urban sprawl.  And while there are still some authentic regions left, mostly, they’re far from –well – everywhere.
 

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Part 2 of 2
4:00 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Looking for Extractable Rare Earths in Virginia

The elements known as ‘rare earths,’ are a relatively new addition to the periodic table. And they have changed the world, ushering in the new age of technology because of their unique properties. They allow us to make smaller and more efficient devices; everything from smart phones to wind turbines.

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Part 1 of 2
1:44 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Searching for Rare Earth Minerals

Bastnasite

Metals known as ‘rare earth elements” are in growing demand worldwide.  They’re vital for many of the high tech devices we all use.  China has been the major source for rare earth minerals, but recently cut its exports. This has geologists in the U.S. searching for domestic deposits. 
 

 

If the term ‘rare earths’ is not familiar to you, the high tech devices that depend on them are. From the ear buds for your cell phone, to advanced medical devices like MRIs, and new technologies such as wind turbines, magnetic refrigeration and electric cars

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Ripe From the Vine, Freshly Picked
4:34 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Farmers' Markets on the Rise

There are now  more than 240 farmers' markets statewide, an increase of about 180% since 2006.

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says if every household in the state spends ten-bucks  a week on locally-grown food, it would mean a $1.6 billion dollar investment back into the economy.

You can find a list of farmers' markets across Virginia here.

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Part 1 of 5
12:45 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Going Green? Maybe Not, Virginia

In 2013, the Solar Energy Industries Association says installations were up 41% nationwide, with North Carolina ranking third for installed solar capacity and Maryland 16th, but neighboring Virginia was far down the list at number 26. 

Thirty states, including West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania, have land-based wind farms, but Virginia has none. 

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