Environment

A look at the natural world around us.

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With people losing jobs and having to stay home they’re at greater risk than ever of not having access to food. Virginia officials say there’s been a 20 to 50-percent spike in visits to food banks since the outbreak of COVID-19. Now a movement is taking root in Richmond to help people grow their own.

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Virginia environmental advocates are celebrating a big win at the statehouse. The House of Delegates has passed the Clean Economy Act. The omnibus bill sets the stage for Virginia to get to zero carbon emissions by the middle of the century.

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More than 10,000 homes in Virginia have solar panels, according to the Department of Mines Minerals and Energy. Proponents of renewable energy say those numbers could be higher and Virginia law is partially to blame. 

 

Now there’s an effort to get more houses, schools and governments connected to the solar grid. 

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Lawmakers are considering a bill that would double fines for water-quality violations of companies that build natural gas pipelines.

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Bird advocates are pushing state officials to make good on a promise to provide new habitat for thousands of migratory sea birds. The animals have been pushed off their old nesting grounds by a massive tunnel project in Hampton Roads. 

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