Virginia Tech

The world is watching as  the largest rain forest on the planet burns in South America.  Part of the cause is speculators who clear land after it’s been logged, by setting fire to it, sparking wildfires in the process.

In the U.S., leftovers from logging operations are instead, being used to create renewable energy.  A new, 3-year, east coast wide study will explore environmental and economic best practices.

(AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

Hundreds of cities and other entities have banned single use plastic bags. It’s a step forward for the environment, and the whole, ban plastic bags movement is inspiring people to find new ways to transport their stuff.

But this point, there’s no suitable replacement for them.  Scientists at Virginia Tech are working on one. 

Have you noticed there are fewer Stink Bugs around this year? Robbie Harris reports on why that it is, and what we might expect, going forward. 


The U.S. Department of Agriculture along with the hog industry have proposed more deregulation at hog plants.  If implemented, meat packers would get more authority to police food safety themselves while allowing them to slaughter hogs faster.

Stink Bug Redux; New Strategies for Controlling Them

Oct 4, 2017

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.