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Virginia’s Latest Pricey Boondoggle: Offshore Wind Power

As reported in an earlier article, Virginia’s green electric power plan calls for 5,000 MW of offshore wind generating capacity to be built in the next decade or so. This is a huge amount given that the worldwide total is…

Supreme Court Green-Lights Atlantic Coast Pipeline

In a closely watched decision that will move one of the nation’s largest energy infrastructure projects a few steps nearer to realization, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) acted lawfully when it granted a…


Researchers create new type of COVID-19 antibody test

Researchers have developed a COVID-19 test that pinpoints human antibodies specific to a particular part of the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein. The test can be ramped up to document past and recent COVID-19 infections and possibly used to identify asymptomatic virus infection and the level of immunity in individuals.


PFAS present throughout the Yadkin-Pee Dee river food chain

Researchers have found per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in every step of the Yadkin-Pee Dee River food chain, even though the river does not have a known industrial input of these compounds.

Forest products help power local economies

In Virginia and North Carolina, forest products – including wood bioenergy – are among the most essential industries. In this time of uncertainty and upheaval, the stable, well-paying jobs and economic output of the forestry sector, as well as its…

North Carolina Could Finally Tap Into Immense Wind Energy Resources, Create Thousands Of Jobs

North Carolina offers one of the beautiful coasts in the country. I’ve slept in the sand dunes of that coast, waking early to drift with the wind out to sea. With all that to offer, the good news is that, beyond beauty, the North Carolina coast offers an opportunity for clean energy and green careers, invaluable technical and service jobs in the renewable energy sector

Bird-watching has boomed during the pandemic

Most animals have been better off without us during the pandemic, but there’s one confluence of humans and nature that may have gotten an enduring boost: bird-watching. It just so happens to be a hobby that’s good for both wildlife…