Current News

"Merchants of Doubt" Update - Screening Postponed

April 16, 2015

The Westhampton Theater Regal 2 Cinema in Richmond informed us today that the Sony Classics film Merchants of Doubt, originally scheduled to screen the weekend of March 27th, then rescheduled for the weekend of April 17th, has again been postponed. At this time a new screening date has not been selected.

Mountaintop Removal Mining - Financing, Permits Removed Instead; Global Heat Transfer Primer

April 1, 2015

Sharing two mountaintop removal mining stories with happy endings, and one story/video that describes how ocean currents impact global heat transfer. Read more »

Ctizen Input Needed on Offshore Drilling, Atlantic Coast Pipeline, and Federal Flood Protection Policy

April 1, 2015

A number of federal action committees are currently accepting public comments for consideration on offshore drilling, floodplain/coastal ecosystem protection, and the Atlantic Coast pipeline. Read more »

Stephen Nash Examines Virginia's Changing Climate

March 21, 2015

Virginia Climate Fever: How Global Warming Will Transform Our Cities, Shorelines, and Forests

What is unique about Stephen Nash's latest book Virginia Climate Fever, is that instead of reporting climate change as a global issue or even as an issue of the Western Hemisphere, the author shows that climate change is also a local problem. He does so by using non-scientific language to acquaint us with Virginia's historical weather data, the changes and impacts to our state observed and measured over decades, and how ongoing changes will come to impact Virginia and it's residents in the decades to come.

In the first chapter Mr. Nash explains why it is important for us - the citizens of Virginia - to discuss the effects of climate change in our state:

We live here and we make decisions together. We'll have to plan for climate change much of the time within the political confines of the state or of a community, rather than as part of some larger group. We have responsibilities to each other, to the natural systems we depend on, and to Virginia's landscape, one of surpassing richness and beauty.

Climate change is a subject that often leads to ferocious arguments that often play out politically and reported by the media. For those who believe that climate change is hysteria, a mistake, or a conspiracy, Mr. Nash's style as a writer is inviting and easy-going: Read more »

Acclaimed Film "Chasing Ice" and VIMS Professor Carl Hershner

Sept. 8, 2014
Chasing Ice and Sea Level Rise

Sea level rise and its potential effects throughout the Hampton Roads area is one of the most important issues facing our residents. On Monday, 9/15/2014, the Williamsburg Climate Action Network and the Williamsburg area League of Women Voters will host a showing of the powerful documentary Chasing Ice. In this film, acclaimed environmental photographer, James Balog, shows through vivid time lapse photography the increasingly rapid melting of the Arctic ice and documents the role this melting plays in sea level rise. Read more »

Fracking Sites on Middle Peninsula?

August 9, 2014

From 6 - 8 PM on Tuesday, August 19th, the Virginia Conservation Network will conduct a Summer Workshop on Fracking in Virginia at the Ernie Morgan Center located at 3500-A Granby St, in Norfolk. Hear how the fracking boom has affected neighboring states and may affect the Tidewater area and possibly the Chesapeake Bay. Read more »

VEC, DMME Host 2014 Energy Plan Listening Sessions

June 18, 2014
The 2014 Virginia Energy Plan, an update to the 2010 Virginia Energy Plan, is in process. Gov. McAuliffe's newly formed Virginia Energy Council and the Dept. of Mines, Minerals and Energy will hold six public listening sessions across the state.  The Hampton Roads event is scheduled for Thursday, June 26, from 6:00PM to 8:00PM and will be held at ODU's Webb University Center located at 49th St. and Bluestone Ave. Parking is available in Parking Garage E. Read more »