Environment


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Virginia crab management committee recommends fall, spring catch limit increase

by Charlie Paullin, Virginia Mercury A state committee on crab management is recommending increases to crab catch limits this fall and next spring but keeping in place the summer reductions instituted last year after surveys found the population had plummeted. The newest proposals follow the results of the 2023 Bay-wide Blue Crab Winter Dredge Survey,...

FILE - Wind turbines work at sunset on a wind farm near Del Rio, Texas, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2023. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a nearly $11 billion investment on Tuesday, May 16, to help bring affordable clean energy to rural communities throughout the country. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
Republicans’ Potential Repeal of Clean Energy Law Threatens Jobs, Communities, and Climate

House Republicans’ latest attack on the Inflation Reduction Act comes in the form of the Limit, Save, Grow Act of 2023, which would repeal or shorten clean energy and manufacturing incentives.

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Rural Advocates Want to Take on Monopoly Power and Help Family Farmers

Participants of the 2023 Rural Policy Action Summit spoke about how to expand resources for those in rural communities, among other topics.

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New Grant Funding Model Aims to Help Hampton Residents Fight Shoreline Erosion

A new Hampton program aims to help residents address shoreline erosion by allowing some funds to be provided upfront rather than solely requiring them to pay for improvements themselves and then seek reimbursement.

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Virginia’s Flood-Prone Communities At Risk if Youngkin Pulls Out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s administration has threatened to pull out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, something that will not only have the greatest effect on Virginia’s coastal towns, but will also have major implications both environmentally and politically.

FILE - A girl looks at the moon through a telescope in Caracas, Venezuela, on Sunday, May 15, 2022. The best day to spot five planets, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Uranus and Mars, lined up in the night sky is Tuesday, March 28, 2023, right after sunset. The five-planet array will be visible from anywhere on Earth, as long as you have clear skies. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)
5 Planets on Parade: Here’s How to See Them This Week

Keep an eye to the sky this week for a chance to see a planetary hangout. Five planets — Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Uranus and Mars — will line up near the moon.

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What Virginia Has Gotten Out Of Biden’s Infrastructure Law (So Far)

In Virginia, 117 infrastructure projects have been announced so far, and more are in the works. Here’s a look at the work that’s being done in the Old Dominion and how it helps Virginians.