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Trump now wants Putin to visit the White House this fall; Also on the Friday rundown: health insurance rates to rise by almost 9 percent in California; and as the climate crises reaches “Zero Hour” young people take a stand.

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Public News Service - VA: Environment

The Powell River, which winds through rural northeast Tennessee for 114 miles, feeds the Norris Reservoir along with the Clinch River. (Clinch River/Wikimedia Commons)

RICHMOND, Va. – In southwest Virginia, two rivers will continue to get federal and state support, from agencies that say protecting and restoring them will pay off with better water quality – for people, and for endangered freshwater mussels. Federal and state agencies are extending a 2

Due to potential microbiological pollution hazards, shellfish taken from areas affected by an emergency harvest closure along the Back River are unacceptable for consumption. (Pixabay)

HAMPTON, Va. – State health officials have expanded the areas banned from shellfish harvesting due to a raw sewage spill along the Back River. A sewer infrastructure failure announced Wednesday near Willoughby Point means sewage has been seeping into tributaries of the Back River in the city

Environmental activists and community leaders maintain Dominion Energy is more interested in expanding gas pipelines instead of expanding solar. (Pixabay)

RICHMOND, Va. – Dominion Energy, Virginia's largest electric utility, promotes itself as a leader in solar energy, but Wednesday environmental activists are calling on the company to "drop the act," considering its promotion and heavy reliance on fracked gas. Activists maintain Dominion wiel

Faith leaders and people of faith will meet at Virginia's state Capitol, calling for environmental justice in honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Pixabay)

NEWPORT, Va. - Faith leaders in Virginia say they're continuing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy by fighting for environmental justice for the communities affected by the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines. King was killed in 1968 in Memphis, Tenn., while supporting people protesting d

A new report found air pollution decreased in response to policy informed by monitoring and research. (Pixabay)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – A new report shows the environmental pollution problems caused by humans can actually be reversed by humans. The report by 11 senior researchers found that across the U.S., the quality of air and freshwater improved significantly in recent decades, mainly because of the

Curbing pollution from power plants, that can cause or exacerbate health problems, is the goal of the Virginia DEQ's Carbon Reduction Plan. But will the plan be strong enough? (Adrienne Eichner)

RICHMOND, Va. – Virginians can still make their voices heard about the state Department of Environmental Quality's plan to reduce carbon emissions in Virginia by 2030. The final public hearing was held on Monday and is followed by a nearly three-week public comment period that concludes on Ap

Supporters rally around a small group of people sitting in two trees atop Peters Mountain in Monroe County to protest proposed pipelines. (Appalachians Against Pipelines)

RICHMOND, Va. — Protests continue over construction of the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast underground natural gas pipelines. And opponents hope Gov. Ralph Northam takes more action to halt the projects. Northam recently announced new state authority to protect its clean water, allowing th

According to Business Forward, 19 Fortune 500 companies are headquartered in Virginia, and nearly one third of them have issued warnings about severe weather. (Pixabay)

RICHMOND, Va. – According to a new report, climate change actually is changing the means and methods of how many of Virginia's entrepreneurs, investors and small business owners are doing business. The report from the nonprofit group "Business Forward" found climate change is affecting more th

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