Tag: climate change

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Mark Herring submits comments on EPA proposed Clean Power Rule

Attorney General Mark Herring has outlined to the EPA an evaluation approach that considers economic, health, and environmental benefits alongside implementation costs.


Final day for comments on EPA Clean Power Plan

Today marks the final day that the EPA will accept public comments on its proposed national standard to limit dangerous carbon pollution from power plants.


David Swanson: There goes Virginia’s climate

A snowstorm is the ideal time to write about climate disruption, as it allows us to immediately set-aside the cartoonish claim that if any spot on earth isn’t warmer than it was yesterday then all is well. The following things we know:


Earth Talk: Re-using greywater at home

Re-using your greywater may be the only way to keep your lawn and garden healthy without taking more than your fair share of the community’s precious freshwater reserves.


Del. Sam Rasoul earns 100 percent rating from Sierra Club

Delegate Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke City) has received a perfect score on the Virginia Sierra Club’s first General Assembly Legislative Scorecard.


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Sierra Club publishes 2014 Climate and Energy Virginia General Assembly Scorecard

For the first time, the Virginia chapter of the Sierra Club has published a Virginia General Assembly Climate and Energy Scorecard.


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Tim Kaine statement on Senate Keystone pipeline vote

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the Senate’s vote on the Keystone XL Pipeline Project.


Much hotter summers, loss of forests expected as Virginia climate heats up

Wide ranging climate change impacts throughout Virginia are detailed in a new book, Virginia Climate Fever, by journalist Stephen Nash.


Over 210,000 Virginians submit comments in support of curbing carbon pollution

Since the EPA first began collecting them, more than 7 million Americans have submitted public comments in support of national standards to limit dangerous carbon pollution from power plants.


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Press Conference: President Obama and China President Xi Jinping

Remarks by President Obama and President Xi Jinping in a Joint Press Conference in Beijing, China, on Nov. 12, 2014.


U.S.-China Joint Announcement on Climate Change

The United States of America and the People’s Republic of China have a critical role to play in combating global climate change, one of the greatest threats facing humanity.


Climate change and food’s nutritional value

It is difficult to say whether or not the climate change we are now experiencing is negatively impacting the nutritional quality of our food, researchers warn that it may be only a matter of time.


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David Swanson: 57 candidates and nothing on

I was lucky to attend a debate among the candidates for Congress from Virginia’s Fifth District just before Game 7 of the World Series. This was the kind of event you can write about while drinking beer and yelling at a television with your family. In fact, I’m not sure there’s any other way you could write about it.


Earth Talk: Sweden’s environmental leadership

It’s true that Sweden came out on top in the recently released ranking of 60 countries according to sustainability by consulting firm Dual Citizen Inc. in its fourth annual Global Green Economy Index (GGEI).


Andy Schmookler: Concerned about where our nation is heading?

Are you, like me, unhappy about where you sense our nation is heading? Do you, like me, fear that the prospects for our children and grandchildren will be darker than what we have known?


The force is not with us: We identify with our fantasy heroes, why not emulate them?

The the destructive force that has arisen on the right is only one side of America’s present national crisis. The other side is the weakness of the response from Liberal America to this profound threat to our nation’s well-being.


Virginians headed to NYC for largest climate event in history

Over 80 activists from Richmond and surrounding areas began their journey to the People’s Climate March taking place today in New York City. The march, which starts at 11:30 a.m., is being hailed as the largest climate march in history.


Earth Talk: Ethanol’s unrealized promise

Ethanol and similar “biofuels” made from corn and other crops seem like a good idea given their potential for reducing our carbon outputs as well as our reliance on fossil fuels.


Northam attends Climate Change and Resiliency Update Commission meeting

Today Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam attended the inaugural meeting of the Climate Change and Resiliency Update Commission.


USDA provides $328 million to conserve wetlands and farmland, boost economy

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that $328 million in funding is being invested to help landowners protect and restore key farmlands, grasslands and wetlands across the nation.


Charlottesville rally calls for climate action from Virginia leaders

Virginians are already experiencing the impacts of climate change – from more extreme weather to rising seas.


Earth Talk: Tar sands oil development’s impact on birds

Each year tens of million of migratory birds “overwinter” in the Canadian Boreal forest, a vast tract of mostly uninhabited coniferous woodlands and wetlands stretching from Newfoundland to the Yukon.


Citizen rally to call on Virginia leaders for climate action

Virginians are already experiencing the impacts of climate change on the commonwealth and the citizens of Charlottesville are calling on Virginia’s leaders to take swift action.


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League of Conservation Voters expresses concern over Dominion pipeline

Today, Governor McAuliffe announced his support for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a collaborative project between ­Dominion Power, AGL Resources, Duke Energy, and Piedmont Natural Resources to build a natural gas pipeline that will fully bisect our Commonwealth.


Ken Plum: Climate change is here

“Climate change, once considered an issue for a distant future, has moved firmly into the present,” according to a report, Climate Change Impacts in the United States, that was released this year and that includes the findings of 300 experts affiliated with the National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee.


NASA Langley Research Center scientist to speak at Bridgewater College

Dr. Russell De Young, a senior research scientist in the Science Directorate of NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., will speak on “NASA Advances in Understanding the Solar System,” at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8, in Cole Hall at Bridgewater College.


Climate activists to launch road to the People’s Climate March

Multiple environmental groups have come together to host a Climate Action Weekend Workshop for statewide climate activist leaders on the weekend of August 23-24. Around 60 climate activists will be gathered at a local conference hotel center to talk strategy and launch the statewide effort to get Virginians up to the People’s Climate March in New […]


Ken Plum: Conservation as a way of life

The quality of conservation that necessity brought to my parents and their peers is a quality that necessity will once again bring to our society.


Carbon pollution limits can help save lives, improve health

It isn’t enough for physicians to educate patients about the health risks of air pollution, and for parents to keep their children with asthma indoors on bad air days. We must reduce pollution before it takes a further toll on our children and families.


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President Obama on economy, international situations, more at Dem event

Remarks at a Democratic Senate Campaign Committee event in Tisbury, Mass., from President Barack Obama on the economy, international situations and more.


EPA’s carbon pollution rules: Good for business, good for the economy

Some national business organizations have hammered the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for proposing new rules on carbon pollution from existing power plants, cutting carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030, using 2005 levels as a baseline. What planet are they on?


Southern Environmental Law Center applauds governor on climate change

Today Governor Terry McAuliffe signed an executive order to establish a Virginia Climate Change Commission to proactively develop a comprehensive plan to protect Virginia’s communities from the impacts of climate change. Southern Environmental Law Center’s Cale Jaffe, director of the Virginia office, was selected to join the nonpartisan advisory group.


McAuliffe executive order convenes climate change commission

Governor McAuliffe visited First Landing State Park on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia Beach to sign Executive Order 19, convening the Governor’s Climate Change and Resiliency Update Commission.


Earth Talk: Fighting hunger by better managing ocean resources

Hunger is a growing problem around the world, in both developing and developed countries. As our population continues to rise, the amount of arable land per capita is declining and climate change is either drying out or flooding many formerly productive agricultural belts, making it more and more difficult to keep up with the growing demand for food.


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Mark Warner: On new EPA standards, climate change

Virginia is at the center of the national debate on climate change, with our coalfields in southwest Virginia and the Commonwealth’s coastal cities beginning to see the impact of sea rise.


Pollution standards will protect Virginia’s health, economy

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy today announced a major proposal to curb carbon pollution from our nation’s existing power plants for the first time ever.


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President Obama: EPA power plant rules and climate change

I think a lot of people are aware of the Climate Action Plan that I put forward last year based on what we know, which is that climate change is real. It has impacts not just in a distant future. It has serious impacts, as we speak.


EPA proposes new pollution guidelines for power plants

The EPA is releasing the Clean Power Plan proposal, which for the first time cuts carbon pollution from existing power plants, the single largest source of carbon pollution in the United States.


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Obama at fundraising dinner: I need Democrats

Democrats don’t vote in midterms. Barack Obama knows that, and he knows what it means for the November midterms.


Virginia groups respond to National Climate Assessment

Today, the U.S. Global Change Research Program, a national committee of experts in agriculture, climate science, commerce and disaster relief, published the third National Climate Assessment (NCA).