Posts Tagged Environment
Lawmakers are considering a bill that would double fines for water-quality violations of companies that build natural gas pipelines. Michael Pope reports other measures to increase oversight have been set aside, though.
Virginia’s James River Park System, in Richmond, became the latest public green space today to be recognized as part of the Old Growth Forest Network. Mallory Noe-Payne has details.
Florida has its Red Tide. Virginia’s Lake Anna is dealing with a similar situation. A significant algae bloom has persisted into the Fall, and is the first in the state to earn a human health advisory. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
Virginia is forging ahead with a carbon cap and trade program, the first of its kind for the state. Regulators are now taking public comment and the final meeting is in Richmond Monday. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
Virginia is one step closer to implementing a cap and trade program. Regulators in Richmond Thursday gave the preliminary stamp of approval on a plan to reduce carbon emissions. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.
The sound of stink bugs flying around indoors has become a harbinger of autumn. One has been circling above me the whole time I’ve been writing this story. She looks like she’s trying to get into the ceiling but each time she hits it, she bounces off. Robbie Harris has this update on what scientists are learning about controlling the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug.
While the president and Republicans in Washington are calling for fewer environmental regulations, a new poll of Virginians shows support for federal protections of clean air and water. Sandy Hausman has more.
More than 50 years ago, a DuPont factory outside Waynesboro dumped mercury into the river. Now, in an historic settlement, the company is paying the state $50 million to clean up. Mallory Noe-Payne has more.
To those living on Virginia’s coastlines, discussions of climate change are no longer theoretical. Rising sea levels has real impact, right now. A report released this week by researchers at William and Mary predicts climate change could cost the Hampton Roads area more than $100 million in damages EACH year, if nothing is done. Mallory Noe-Payne has the details.
Environmental activists began a three-day protest outside Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe’s offices in Richmond yesterday. Mallory Noe-Payne has the details.
This week, Virginia Beach homeowners and recreational boaters unhappy with large metal oyster farming cages on their beaches and waterways asked state officials for help. Pamela D’Angelo has the story.
While oyster farming is a multi-million dollar industry in Virginia, there’s only so much space to grow them. In some places, it is the same space used by waterfront homeowners and recreational boaters, and that has led to conflicts that could mean removing some oyster farms. Pamela D’Angelo reports.
Around the Chesapeake Bay, a stalled weather system and remnants of Tropical Storm Julia dumped between eight and 13 inches of rain over the past few days. Flooding closed and delayed schools in the eastern part of the state. Pamela D’Angelo reports.
Scientists know more about the blue crab than just about any other species in the Chesapeake Bay. So when millions of young crabs vanished in 2012, scientists became detectives, searching for clues. Pamela D’Angelo reports.
A fish crucial to Chesapeake Bay crabbers and Virginia’s omega-3 oil industry is proving to be one of the most controversial, as Atlantic fisheries managers struggled this week at their summer meeting to determine how much should be caught. Pamela D’Angelo reports.
Shorelines of the Chesapeake Bay are disappearing as sea level rises and higher tides eat away at beaches and cliffs. That means hand-wringing among some waterfront property owners. But for archeologists and paleontologists, the story is more complicated. Pamela D’Angelo explains.
Last week Virginia added a few more miles and an eighth oyster flavor to its 250 mile Oyster Trail. The latest region includes oysters grown out in the waters that surround Tangier Island in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay. Pamela D’Angelo reports.
According to research coordinated by a pair of Roanoke College professors, fossils common to coal seams may be responsible for dragon tales all around the world. Tim Thornton has more in this report.
The Great Loop of the Eastern United States is like a safari or sea-fari if you will. There are bears, manatees, bald eagles and mountain lions all while boaters cruise through 6,000 miles of waterways. They travel the Atlantic up to Canada then to inland waterways, down to the Gulf Coast and back to the Atlantic. Pamela D’Angelo met up with a pair of so-called Loopers from Maine as they followed the route of Captain John Smith up the Rappahannock River.