Tag: environment

Senior apartments in Richmond reduce carbon footprints

Scores of Richmond residents converged in Churchill Wednesday to learn about energy efficiency while touring Better Housing Coalition’s Somanath Seniors Apartments and Lofts at Beckstoffer’s, a local EarthCraft™-certified multi-residential property.


Pipeline threatening bald eagles in Augusta County?

Did you know that Augusta County has a pair of bald eagles nesting in Swoope? Last Sunday Michael Godfrey invited me out to Swoope to see them for myself. Last Sunday Michael Godfrey invited me out to Swoope to see them for myself.


How can I make my car more efficient for my summer road trip?

Ah, the summer road trip, that classic American experience. But long drives through steamy weather can burn through a lot of gas and cause untold wear and tear on your car’s engine and systems while putting you at risk for overheating.


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Letter writer gets it wrong on climate change questions

Pete Kuntz’s letter smearing Tom Harris repeated the false Greenpeace accusation that astrophysicist Willie Soon“got caught secretly taking over a million dollars from oil corporations for his climate science denial services and lying about it.” Dead wrong.


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VCU hosts Twitter chat with environmental allergy expert on May 29

Earlier this year, Richmond was designated as the country’s “sneeziest and wheeziest” city according to a report released by the Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental action advocacy group.


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Citizens’ Climate Lobby founder must rein in overaggressive volunteers

At stake are trillions of dollars, countless jobs, the security of our energy supply, and, if people like Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) founder and president, Marshall Saunders, are right, the fate of the global environment itself.


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Obama administration issues rule to protect 57 percent of Virginia’s streams

Over 28,0000 miles of Virginia’s streams, including those feeding the James and Potomac Rivers, will gain federal protections under a final rule signed today by top Obama administration officials.


Western Washington University professor completes study of mercury contamination in South River

The South River flows along the western foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, coiling its way across farmlands and through small towns, marching north to join first the Shenandoah and then the Potomac before eventually emptying into the Chesapeake Bay.


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Letter: DeSmogBlog is unreliable source on climate change

The letter by Pete Kuntz attacking Tom Harris is based mostly on misinformation from the notorious smear-blog DeSmogBlog. Desmogblog is a completely unreliable source, founded and funded by a criminal convicted of illegal Internet gambling operations and money-laundering and run by a for-profit PR firm in Vancouver, Canada, with clients who benefit from fears about global warming.


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Close loopholes in Clean Water Act

Cleaner waters mean more prized fish and jobs for tourists and locals. Major loopholes in the Clean Water Act give a pass to the culprits costing us jobs and money. We need to stop this threat to our water.


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Climate change denial is a scam

The editorial “Obama misleads cadets on climate change” should have been entitled “Tom Harris misleads on climate change.” It’s his job. Canadian Harris and Australian Bryan Leyland, who co-wrote this editorial, are paid by fossil fuel corporations to deny real climate science (“DeSmog Blog,” one of TIME’s Top Ten Blogs).


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How can I stop the deluge of junk mail the mail man drops off?

Junk mail has increased to a massive scale in recent years, with the average American receiving 16 pieces each week. While this might not seem like much, it adds up to weigh an estimated 41 pounds each year, according to leading anti-junk mail organization, 41pounds.org.


Virginia Tech ecologist partners with the United Nations to confront global water crisis

A Virginia Tech ecologist provided potential solutions to the world’s water problems in an article published recently in the United Nations’ Chronicle.


Where are the best places to live if global warming gets the best of us?

If temperatures continue to rise in the face of human-induced global warming as climatologists expect, some of the world’s most populous areas could become uninhabitable.


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Atlantic Coast Pipeline response to FERC scoping period comments

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline LLC on Tuesday filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission its responses to nearly 28,000 written and oral comments regarding the project.


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Virginia Environmental Endowment announces $240K in natural resources, environment grants

The Virginia Environmental Endowment today announced awards of more than $240,000 to protect and improve the region’s natural resources and environment.


What is the Great Green Wall of China?

Unlike the Great Wall of China, a 5,000-mile fortification dating back to the 7th century BC that separates northern China from the Mongolian steppe, the Great Green Wall of China—otherwise known as the Three-North Shelter Forest Program—is the biggest tree planting project on the planet.


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For Virginia Tech scientists, saving the Chesapeake Bay is all in a day’s work

More than 150 major rivers and streams flow into the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia’s most well-known estuary. This historically significant body of water has also provided livelihoods for fishermen, recreation for locals and visitors that flock to the region, and of course has been a vital water source for residents for hundreds of years.


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How can teachers integrate sustainability topics into the classroom?

Teaching our kids about sustainability and green living is one of the most important things we can do to safeguard the future of humanity and the planet we inhabit.


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Homeowners can help protect environment with native plants

Virginia homeowners can help protect the environment and the Chesapeake Bay by planting Virginia-grown plants this spring.


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Bridgewater College named one of 353 Green Colleges by Princeton Review

Bridgewater College’s ongoing mission to achieve environmental sustainability has earned it a place in the 2015 Princeton Review Guide to 353 Green Colleges.


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Governor McAuliffe signs clean energy jobs legislation

Governor Terry McAuliffe today performed a ceremonial signing of several bills that will significantly expand the growth of clean energy jobs in Virginia.


Sir Crispin Tickell to lecture at Washington and Lee on climate change

Sir Crispin Tickell, a former British diplomat with particular interest in the relationship between the environment, politics and business, will give a lecture at Washington and Lee University on May 5, at 5:30 p.m.in Northen Auditorium in Leyburn Library.


The solar energy challenge: Saving up sun for a rainy day

In the run-up to a solar eclipse on March 20 of this year, European tabloids had a Y2K-style field day. In the middle of a bright, sunny day, European solar panels together produce about as much electricity as 90 large nuclear power plants.


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NASCAR embarks on third annual Race to Green effort

To commemorate one of the most innovative and holistic sustainability platforms in the country, NASCAR announced its third annual NASCAR Race to Green™ initiative.


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What can I do for Earth Day 2015?

April 22, 2015 is the 45th annual celebration of the first Earth Day in 1970, when 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies.


Are we past the point of no return on climate change?

While we may not yet have reached the point of no return—when no amount of cutbacks on greenhouse gas emissions will save us from potentially catastrophic global warming—climate scientists warn we may be getting awfully close.


EPA Clean Power Plan can be job creator for Virginia

A new report analyzing scenarios for Virginia’s compliance with the U.S. EPA Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon emissions from the electric power sector shows that the Commonwealth could create thousands of permanent and temporary jobs.


Virginia wetlands are ‘shelter from the storm’

Sufficient wetlands remain in Virginia to hold enough rain to cover the city of Hampton in more than thirty feet water, according to a new report by Environment Virginia Research & Policy Center.


Report: Low-income Americans benefit from clean energy?

While climate change threatens the public health and economic well-being of everyone, low-income Americans are especially vulnerable to the extreme weather and dramatic increases in electricity costs associated with global warming, according to a new report released Wednesday by Natural Resources Defense Council.


Farm Bureau says waters rule would disregard exemptions for normal farming activities

Without dramatic alterations, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Waters of the U.S. rule will result in potential Clean Water Act liability and federal permit requirements for a tremendous number of commonplace and essential farming and forestry practices nationwide, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation.


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Is backyard firepit smoke a health hazard?

With summer approaching, many of us are eagerly anticipating the first night we can gather with loved ones under the stars around our backyard firepits.


Sierra Club names State Sen. Wagner #1 climate obstructionist

Demonstrators with the Sierra Club picketed outside an event for Senator Frank Wagner on Thursday at Town Center in Virginia Beach to protest the Senator’s opposition to EPA rules to regulate carbon pollution from coal and gas fired electricity power plants.


Helping prevent Amazon deforestation

Most if not all deforestation is ultimately driven by our consumption, so avoiding products and companies responsible for deforestation is the logical first step.


Richard Harris, science writer at NPR, to speak at Virginia Tech April 1

Award-winning journalist Richard Harris, who has reported on a wide range of topics in science, medicine, and the environment since he joined National Public Radio (NPR) in 1986, will be a Virginia Tech College of Engineering Visiting Scholar on Mar. 31 and April 1.


Environmental groups partner to restore historic riverfront in Powhatan

Through a Virginia Department of Forestry grant, the James River Association is partnering with the Chesapeake Conservancy and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament to enhance and restore the riverfront along the James River at St. Francis/St. Emma, also known as Belmead, in Powhatan.


Governor McAuliffe announces Virginia awarded first wind energy research lease

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced this week that Virginia is the first state in the nation to receive a wind energy research lease in federal waters from the United States Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM).


Governor McAuliffe unveils spring Stewardship Virginia campaign

Stewardship Virginia, a statewide campaign to encourage and recognize voluntary activities with a tangible impact on Virginia’s natural resources, continues this year with events across the state.


Energy East: Worse than Keystone XL?

The Energy East Pipeline is a $12 billion project proposed by TransCanada Corp. that will combine existing, converted natural gas pipelines with new pipeline construction to carry oil some 2,800 miles across Canada from Alberta’s tar sands fields to export terminals in Quebec and New Brunswick.


New report urges long-term view, greater margin of safety in planning for sea level rise

On the eve of a Federal Emergency Management Agency meeting in Norfolk on flood risk management, a new report by the Sierra Club warns that sea level rise is accelerating and that greater precautions should be taken in planning for growth along the coast.


Environmental groups align efforts to challenge FERC pipeline projects

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is not informing the public about the big picture when it comes to natural gas infrastructure projects related to increased gas drilling in the Marcellus and Utica shale formations according to several environmental groups.


Seeding our oceans

Ocean fertilization is a technique whereby swaths of ocean are “seeded” with iron to promote the growth of phytoplankton (microscopic plants that form the base of the marine food chain), and is one of several promising geo-engineering techniques that could help mitigate global warming.


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Solar: Uncertain future?

In the U.S., a new solar project was installed every three minutes in 2014, and jobs in the solar industry rose from 15,000 employees in 2005 to nearly 174,000 today.


Local governments in Shenandoah Valley target hidden sources of water pollution

Through a project funded by the Virginia Environmental Endowment, several local governments in the Shenandoah Valley have been improving their capabilities to detect and eliminate sources of water pollution that are hidden from view, known as illicit discharges, which research suggests can contribute significantly to impairments of streams and rivers.


Hopewell, partners join on project to improve James River water quality

Governor Terry McAuliffe joined officials from the city of Hopewell and other partners today to break ground for an innovative project that will significantly improve water quality in the James River, and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay.


Cape Wind dead in the water

First proposed in 2001, the Cape Wind Project aims to put 130 wind turbines across 24 square miles of Horseshoe Shoal almost five miles offshore of Massachusetts’ Cape Cod to generate some 1,500 gigawatt hours of electricity per year from clean, renewable wind power.


A National Food Policy?

A November 2014 op-ed piece in The Washington Post entitled “How a National Food Policy Could Save Millions of American Lives” makes the case for President Obama to sign into law an executive order establishing a national food policy for managing the nation’s food system as a whole.


Keystone XL will not be approved any time soon

Keystone XL pipeline supporters want to facilitate expansion of Canada’s oil sands, a critically important energy resource for North America, by encouraging the expansion of important arteries such as Keystone to bring crude oil to refineries in the United States.


Virginia receives federal grant to advance Chesapeake Bay cleanup

Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that Virginia has been selected to receive a federal grant to accelerate the implementation of practices related to Chesapeake Bay cleanup goals.


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Environment Virginia: Polluters spending $5M to pollute Virginia politics

The owner of Honeywell International, Inc. spent $5,140,000 on lobbying in a single year, according to a new report by Environment Virginia.