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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).


Earth Talk: Earth Day 2014

This coming April 22 will mark the 44th annual celebration of Earth Day, and the focus this year will be green cities.


Letter: Sen. Kaine gives climate talk

On Monday, 30 U.S. senators stood up for an “all-nighter” on climate change in Washington, D.C. We applaud Virginia’s Senator Tim Kaine for joining this effort. Sen. Kaine’s statement was a clear sign that he understands not only the urgency for Virginia in addressing the impacts of climate change, like rising seas in Hampton Roads, but also the opportunity for innovation.


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Tim Kaine: Solution to climate change is American innovation

Monday night, U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine joined more than 25 members of the Senate Climate Action Task Force for a rare all-night session to call attention to the effects of climate change. In his remarks, Kaine discussed the urgent need for Congress to act on curbing emissions and investing in innovative and clean energy solutions.


Earth Talk: Global warming and our health

Global warming isn’t just bad for the environment. There are several ways that it is expected to take a toll on human health. For starters, the extreme summer heat that is becoming more normal in a warming world can directly impact the health of billions of people.


State Senate: Solar panels should be allowed in HOA communities

Solar panels could become commonplace across the Commonwealth, if a bill patroned by Sen. Chap Petersen is signed into law. The House of Delegates voted to pass SB 222 today, sending the bill through its final legislative hoop before going to the governor for his signature. The House vote was 95-4.


Earth Talk: Synthetic Biology

Synthetic biology (or “synbio”) refers to the design and fabrication of novel biological parts, devices and systems that do not otherwise occur in nature. Many see it as an extreme version of genetic engineering (GE). But unlike GE, whereby genetic information with certain desirable traits is inserted from one organism into another, synbio uses computers and chemicals to create entirely new organisms.


Keystone pipeline on track for rejection?

The State Department on Friday released its final Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. The report release begins a critical final stage where Secretary Kerry will provide a final recommendation to President Obama based on this report.


Earth Talk: Global Warming and the loss of whitebark pine trees

Global warming is having an impact on whitebark pine trees, a “keystone” species in high-altitude ecosystems across the American West, meaning they play an important role in maintaining the natural structure of many of our most iconic mountain regions.


Cold coming: Coat drive/free soup in Staunton Tuesday night

With winter storms bringing unseasonably cold nights, many people find themselves on the streets exposed to dangerous levels of cold. Coats and soup will help.


Earth Talk: Teaching kids about climate change

Kids today may be more eco-savvy than we were at their age, but complex topics like climate change may still mystify them. Luckily there are many resources available to help parents teach their kids how to understand the issues and become better stewards for the planet.


Chris Graham: Anti-government zealots on the public dole

Ken Cuccinelli loves quoting Ronald Reagan. Well, Ken, Ronald Reagan would say that you’re part of the problem, because you’re from the government, and you’re here to help.


Another new McAuliffe TV ad hits Cuccinelli in familiar spot

The latest from the Terry McAuliffe gubernatorial campaign, “Bunch,” continues with the message that Republican Ken Cuccinelli is too extreme for Virginia.


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Chris Graham: Litigatin’ Ken vs. The Used Car Salesman T-Mac

Charlottesville radio host Rob Schilling asked Republican gubernatorial nominee Ken Cuccinelli to spell out the differences between a Cuccinelli administration and a Terry McAuliffe administration.


Ken Plum: Science goes on trial in Virginia

Not since the Scopes trial in Tennessee in 1925 has science been on trial as it has been in Virginia over the last few years. The Scopes trial was of course about Darwin’s theory of evolution. That trial concluded more than 85 years ago, but the debate goes on with fundamentalists who prefer the teaching of creationism over evolution in public schools.


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Supreme Court declines to hear AG’s challenge to EPA’s endangerment finding

The U.S. Supreme Court today refused requests to review a lower court decision upholding the Environmental Protection Agency’s finding that greenhouse gases endanger human health and welfare.