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1:48 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Keeping Virginia Bees Buzzing

photo by Beverly Amsler

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services reports nearly one third of Virginia’s honey bee colonies died last winter.  But one Floyd County beekeeper had a better survival rate. 

Turn into Mark Chorba’s driveway and you pass a pond with ducks and geese, and chickens stroll around in the front yard.  In the grass behind the farmhouse are stacks of boxes of various heights holding hundreds of thousands of bees. 

“So what do you want to do?”

“Let’s go see the bees.”

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Mapping Adaptation
3:17 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Climate Change & the Chesapeake Bay

Credit Jenny Dreyer

Next week the U.N. will bring experts from around the world for a climate change summit in New York. On the Chesapeake Bay scientists are looking at what a warmer bay might mean for species like the blue crab and striped bass.

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Preparedness Guidelines
4:00 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Cost of Flooding

Flooding is not just a coastal problem. If you reside in a low-lying area prone to flash flooding, you know that during any torrential downpour--not just in a hurricane season--you're vulnerable.

Insurance companies know it as well, and individuals and business are sometimes required to buy flood insurance and pay higher premiums. 

One General Assembly panel is tasked with studying the problem and finding ways to mitigate the sometimes exorbitant costs.

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Geomagnetic Storm Watch for Saturday
4:24 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Solar Storm Heading Toward Earth

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft captures Wednesday's solar flare eruption.

The world is already grappling with war, plague and climate change.  Now comes word of another threat – space weather.  Scientists have issued a strong Geomagnetic Storm Watch for Saturday.

The sun in a massive ball of energy and a generous star that sometimes sends electro-magnetic bursts our way.  Tom Bogdan is President of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research and an expert on space weather and solar flares..

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Volunteers in the Effort
3:10 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Preparing for Fire Season in the Shenandoah National Park

Jeff Koenig, National Park Service

While firefighters have their hands full out west, Virginia’s gearing up for the start of a second fire season. 

Jeff Koenig has been battling forest fires for 35 years – nearly a decade here in the Shenandoah National Park .  Out west, he says, the forest dries out in summer.  Not so in Virginia.

“Y’know the leaves coming back on, the green grass, we traditionally have a lot of summer thunderstorms that keep things pretty wet around here.”

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