Environment Virginia Latest Blog Posts

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Elly Boehmer
State Director

I recently spent a week in (mostly) coastal Virginia, working alongside four Environment Virginia Research & Policy Center fellows to make sure the voices of Virginians opposed to offshore drilling could be heard, loud and clear.

We’re losing species at alarming rates and we’re not sufficiently protecting their habitats. Yet despit this, Trump administration has proposed new rules to weaken the Endangered Species Act, the U.S. law aimed at preventing extinction and helping species recover.

There are many reasons to be optimistic about a future powered by the sun and wind.

There is no reason to despoil a pristine wilderness for last century fuels.

How California’s new rule could revolutionize rooftop solar

States, cities, college campuses and businesses claim the mantle of climate leadership.

More than a decade after local and global activists curbed tropical deforestation in South America, more forests in Brazil and Bolivia are burning again. As the planet heats up, this loss should concern all of us -- and there’s something we can do about it, right here, right now.

Cities and towns of all sizes are driving the transition to solar energy.

According to the White House, President Trump’s State of the Union address will discuss the challenges of the coming year in an optimistic, forward-looking and bipartisan manner. We support that notion wholeheartedly, but we’re also mindful of his past rhetoric.

As if it wasn’t already clear, 2017 provided much more evidence that we are changing our planet in dangerous ways. The average temperature across Virginia was 2.56°F warmer than normal – making it one of the three warmest years in Virginia state history.