Natural Resources

Hardwood Forests
2:00 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Wood Pellets & Sustainability

1 year after clearcutting

The European Union is pushing member states to go green -- offering incentives and requiring that utilities cut their carbon emissions and increase their use of renewable energy sources by 20%.  That sounds like a noble goal, but it may be having unintended consequences in Virginia and neighboring states – consequences that have some environmentalists up in arms. 

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Environmental Protection Agency
4:34 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

New Regulations on the Coal Industry

Proponents of coal are warning the shifting energy economy in the southwestern part of Virginia could ripple across the rest of the commonwealth.

The Obama Administration is placing strict new regulations on the coal industry. Southwestern Virginia Republican Congressman Morgan Griffith says his constituents are feeling the impact already.

“It’s devastating on the district. It will affect the rest of the state as well, but not nearly as much as it will in my district in deep southwest Virginia.”

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Concentrating Solar Power
5:07 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Solar Energy for a Rainy Day

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The cost of solar panels has dropped so much in recent years that they’re becoming more common everywhere you look. But storing the energy for a rainy day has been a problem. 

Now another form of solar electricity promises to extend the reach of the sun’s energy and help make existing fossil fuel plants more sustainable.

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Environment
4:34 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Dudley Mountain: Reconsidering the Gift

Montgomery Woods & Jose Lambert

With land in Central Virginia selling at a premium, you might expect a local government agency to gladly accept donations, but the Albemarle County Board has walked away from a gift of 410 acres – a historic and environmentally significant site called Dudley Mountain, along 29 South, facing the Piedmonts. 

When Montgomery Woods and Jose Lambert, two architects from NY, decided to retire, they took up residence on a mountain once owned by Woods’ grandfather.

“Because, although he was a lawyer, he truly wanted to be a farmer.”

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Environment
5:33 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Environmental Group Says New Road Will Destroy Wetlands

Virginia is moving ahead with plans for a new highway to replace route 460, the section which runs from Petersburg to Suffolk, but environmentalists are crying foul – complaining construction will wipe-out  valuable wetlands. 

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