Tag: environment

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Earth Talk: Which non-stick cookware is the healthiest?

Non-stick cookware cleans very easily and some health-conscious cooks appreciate that it requires less cooking oil than uncoated varieties.

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It’s not just Flint where kids are in danger

Pollution, contamination, and toxic chemicals that harm children’s health aren’t confined to Flint. America’s children are being exposed to a host of toxic chemical hazards.

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What are the health, environmental risks of using a 3D printer?

As with most inventions, the thrill of the new has led to mass excitement surrounding 3D printing. The booming industry is expected to grow.

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Senate committee advances House bill blocking Clean Power Plan

A Senate committee voted to advance HB 2, which would require that the General Assembly sign off on Virginia’s plan to comply with Clean Power Plan requirements.


Earth Talk: Are GMOs really so bad for us and the environment?

Unless you only buy foods that are certified organic or marked as “GMO-free,” odds are that a great deal of the food you eat contains GMOs.

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Is it true that Apple gets around U.S. labor standards and laws by outsourcing production to China?

Apple isn’t the only tech giant outsourcing much of its production to Chinese manufacturers nowadays.

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Senate votes to block Clean Power Plan

The Senate passed SB 21, which would require that the General Assembly sign off on Virginia’s plan to comply with Clean Power Plan requirements.

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Monsanto’s Roundup kills, damages more than weeds

Protests against Monsanto’s Roundup, with its poisonous, weed-killing glyphosate, have spread around the globe.

Earth Talk: Why is the Arctic such a crucial area to focus on in efforts to stem global warming?

The image of a polar bear standing on a shrinking iceberg has become one of the most iconic symbols of global warming, yet few of us realize just how important the Arctic’s ice is.


Earth Talk: What is being done to save elephants around the world?

In just one decade between 1979 and 1989, half of all Africa’s elephants were lost to the ivory trade.

Recycled trees are post-holiday gifts for the environment

Instead of disposing of your cut Christmas tree, why not recycle it into garden materials or wildlife habitat?


Why do many green groups oppose TPP governing trade in the Pacific?

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is an international agreement that seeks to unite the economic interests of 12 countries that border the Pacific Ocean.

What is the latest thinking on the environmental causes of autism?

In the 1980s, about one in 2,000 American kids was diagnosed with autism. Today the number is around one in 68.


How are borderlands causing widespread environmental damage while splintering families and communities across the U.S. Southwest?

The Sierra Club Borderlands campaign has spoken up against the substantial border wall construction, arguing that it has had dire consequences.

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Hunters & Environmentalists: Walking the same path

The stereotype of hunting brutes versus tree hugging hippies is very outdated and even offensive to some.

Jennifer Lewis: Our forests need protection

I attended a Wild Virginia Forest Defense Task Force training last week, and I am very concerned about the status of our forests.

Inconvenient Truth: Why don’t we hear anything about Al Gore?

Al Gore, one of the first recognizable faces of the environmental movement, sent ripples throughout the political world with An Inconvenient Truth in 2006.

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What the 2016 Virginia General Assembly means for the environment

Virginia Conservation Network held its annual General Assembly Preview, a one-stop–shop for all environmental issues in Virginia’s 2016 General Assembly.

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How are environmentalists using crowdfunding to get their projects off the ground?

Crowdfunding relies on the collective effort of a large amount of individuals making online contributions to allow a project or venture to happen.

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State, regional groups push for stronger Virginia fracking protections

Four environmental organizations joined forces to call on Governor Terry McAuliffe to conduct a comprehensive review of the state’s safeguards on fracking.

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From Virginia to Paris: Two ’Hoos take on climate change

Youth movements to address global climate change can wield great power. One group is suing the U.S. government for not doing enough to ensure a safe planet for future generations; another cohort is on the ground in Paris, pressing the countries of the world to do the same.

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Environmental groups in two states file legal protest of proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline

The proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline that would carry natural gas fracked in northern West Virginia 301 miles through West Virginia and Virginia is not needed, would cause irreparable harm to the environment and private property, and should be denied.

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Groups seek to block new natural gas export facility in Maryland

Several groups have filed arguments against the continued construction of the Cove Point liquefied natural gas export facility on the Chesapeake Bay at Lusby, Maryland.

What’s the latest in cutting-edge, hyper-efficient solar cells?

Many people still consider environmentalists’ favorite black panels as the cutting edge of renewable energy. However, the burgeoning solar industry has spent the last four decades refining these original photovoltaic panels, giving way to an entirely new generation of solar technology.

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The EPA Clean Power Plan oversteps federal authority

Something troubling is coming down the pike now that the Obama administration has announced its new Clean Power Plan. In a full-speed-ahead quest to lower carbon dioxide emissions from the nation’s power plants, the administration is implementing new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules that raise troubling legal issues.

Are green groups using the campaign finance system like other special interest through PACs or otherwise?

Green PACs emerged as major funders last fall in the run-up to the 2014 congressional elections, and look to play an even larger role in next year’s presidential and other races.

Wild Virginia: FERC rejects Atlantic Coast Pipeline soil testing data

In a 23-page letter dated November 5, 2015 to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Clyde Thompson, Forest Supervisor of the Monongahela National Forest, requested that FERC reject all soil testing data generated by Atlantic Coast Pipeline LLC in the George Washington National Forest in Virginia and the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia.

Earth Talk: Is recycling still worthwhile given the expense and emissions associated with it?

Americans generate about 254 million tons of trash and recycle and compost about 87 million tons of this material, which adds up to a 34.3 percent national recycling rate.

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Virginia joins multi-state coalition supporting economic, environmental and health benefits of clean air

Attorney General Mark Herring announced today that Virginia will join a coalition of seventeen other states and seven major municipalities taking legal action to support the Clean Power Plan, a national pollution-reduction strategy that will combat the impact of climate change on Virginia’s economy, coastal communities, the military, agriculture and forestry industry, and the health of Virginians.

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Presidential memorandum gives preference to mitigation, conservation banks

The White House released a Presidential Memorandum Tuesday that mandates federal agencies to give preference to advance compensation mechanisms that are likely to achieve environmental performance standards prior to any adverse impacts. In other words, mitigation and conservation banks should be the first choice.

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Roundup: Harmless, or carcinogenic?

Monsanto’s Roundup herbicides contain three key components: the active ingredient glyphosate, water, and a soap-like surfactant blend. The agricultural application of glyphosate has skyrocketed over the past 20 years.

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Do you have any suggestions regarding how my company can start to reduce the amount of paper we use?

Cutting back on paper may seem “so 1990s” given the current focus of environmental organizations on climate change and related global issues.

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Rivanna River and other waterways key to summer fun

12,539,304 people visit state or national parks that feature waterways like Potomac River and the Shenandoah River each year, according to new data issued Wednesday by Environment Virginia.

Op-ed on coal industry deceptive

The truth is, coal is a very dirty industry. There is nothing innocent about the business and it knows it. A much better analogy would be to compare coal to the tobacco industry executives who testified before Congress that nicotine is not addictive, even though they knew otherwise

Are the California redwoods in danger because of the drought?

California is home to two of the three redwood tree species: coast redwoods and giant sequoias. The coast redwood is the Earth’s tallest tree, growing more than 360 feet tall, with a trunk that can extend to 24 feet wide.


What advantages do vertical farms have over traditional gardens and farms?

When Dickson Despommier’s book The Vertical Farm: Feeding the World in the 21st Century was first published, there were no vertical farms. Now, it’s an exciting movement in U.S. food production, providing pesticide-free leafy greens and herbs to a fast-growing population.

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How are environmentalists putting drones to use to help further their causes?

Conservationists are utilizing drones, or “unmanned aerial systems” (UAS) technology, to gather highly detailed imagery and other environmental data that is traditionally challenging to obtain.


Community groups in eight states participating in Hands Across Our Land

The culmination of what was conceived last January during a conversation between Free Nelson Co-Chair Sharon Ponton and Nelson County activist Matt Dwyer will occur when communities in eight states take part in the Aug. 18 Hands Across Our Land.

Can we harness coal without emitting ourselves into another Ice Age?

Today coal still accounts for some 40 percent of worldwide electricity generation. The International Energy Agency (IEA) predicts that global demand will continue rising to record levels, topping nine billion metric tons annually by 2019.

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Governor McAuliffe statement on EPA Clean Power Plan Rule

Governor Terry McAuliffe released the following statement today following the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s release of its final Clean Power Plan rule, which seeks to combat climate change by curbing carbon emissions from existing power plants.