Natural Resources

VT Team Loooks at Climate Change
9:44 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Pulse of the Amazon

NASA has asked Scientists to look at how record flooding AND droughts in the last decade are affecting the Amazon River.

They’ll be studying the affects of climate change on the vast river might mean for rivers in the U.S.  

Despite the devastation of the Amazon rainforest, the  River itself, remains relatively pristine when it comes to it’s hydrology, the water’s natural flow

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Barrier Islands
12:26 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Protecting Virginia's Coastal Wilderness

Credit Lindsay Renick Mayer via WAMU

Virginia’s Eastern Shore… a narrow finger of land separating the Chesapeake Bay from the Atlantic Ocean… is the longest expanse of coastal wilderness left on the eastern seaboard.

Scientists have been working to restore the unique ecosystem of the area - especially its 23 barrier islands: dynamic, shifting land masses that buffer the mainland from storms… and provide a home for sea grasses, birds and shellfish.

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Cutting Costs
5:00 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Solarizing Blacksburg

Credit Image: Solarize Blacksburg

Many people like the idea of using renewable energy such as solar power, but the high costs of installation have been holding them back. 

Blacksburg is launching a program that is the first of its kind in the state, which could dramatically cut those costs.  

 

A new program called, Solarize Blacksburg will use an array of financial tools based on bulk purchasing and other financial incentives that could cut the cost of a rooftop solar system almost in half.

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Small Farms
5:26 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Legislation Eases Agritourism Obstacles

If Governor McAuliffe agrees, small farmers could operate agritourism activities under less restrictive regulations … thanks to legislation that has now passed both houses of the General Assembly.  The new law would prohibit local governments from requiring special-use permits and imposing stringent noise regulations unless there’s a substantial impact on public welfare or safety. 

While small farmers embraced this bill, they did not get everything they wanted during the legislative session.

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Legal Challenge to EPA Plan
1:03 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Fight Over Chesapeake Bay Clean-Up

Two major lobbyists – the American Farm Bureau Federation and the Fertilizer Institute -- have some new allies in their legal fight against a plan to clean up the Chesapeake Bay, and environmentalists here are furious. 

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