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Public News Service - VA: Environmental Justice

For women working on conservation issues in Virginia, such as Giles Harnsberger, left, current challenges are turning into opportunities for growth. (Groundwork RVA)

RICHMOND, Va. - Women working in Virginia on conservation issues say they sometimes struggle to be heard - but the way their younger peers are joining the fight gives them a lot of hope. Giles Harnsberger, director of Groundwork RVA, said people can feel sidelined, both as environmentalists and as

Critics say the federal agency with the power to allow pipeline construction is oriented not to take into account the concerns of people along the route. (Dominion Pipeline Monitoring Coalition)

RICHMOND, Va. - The federal agency that approves or denies gas pipelines is oriented against the concerns of landowners and communities, according to people working on the issue. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will decide on the huge pipelines competing to bring natural gas throug

Coastal flooding is one of the issues moving a coalition of 50 separate Virginia groups to press for climate action. (NOAA)

RICHMOND, Va. - A broad coalition is pushing Gov. Terry McAuliffe to speed the state's transition away from fossil fuels and interestingly, it's not just environmentalists. A coalition of 50 groups wrote to the governor asking how his office will implement an Environmental Protection Agency plan t

Because of coastal flooding, a Virginian is pressing Washington for action on climate change. Photo by NOAA.

RICHMOND, Va. - Folks from around the country are making the case to Congress for limits on carbon pollution to curb climate change and its impacts. A woman from Chesapeake went to Washington, D.C. last week to talk to federal representatives about the rising sea levels on the Virginia coast. Tuer

Appalachian towns and counties are voicing support for a federal plan to help shift away from coal. Credit: Dan Heyman.

RICHMOND, Va. - A number of Appalachian towns and counties are lining up behind a federal plan to fund the transition away from coal. The "Power Plus" plan is a White House initiative to target areas losing mining and power plant jobs. Some members of Congress have attacked it, since it comes alo

Satellite photo of Hurricane Katrina making landfall in August 2005. Credit: NOAA.

RICHMOND, Va. – Last Saturday marked 10 years since Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the Gulf Coast. Conservationists and community groups are using the occasion as a reminder of the lessons learned. Karen Forget, executive director of the environmental group Lynnhaven River Now, says a

A new survey of Latino voters finds them focused on environmental issues, and willing to pay more for clean power to fight climate change. Chart by Latino Decisions.

RICHMOND, Va. - Latino voters are as focused on protecting the environment as they are on immigration reform, according to a new poll. The national survey done for Earthjustice and GreenLatinos found four out of five very concerned about clean air, clean water and climate change. Adrian Pantoja i

Pipeline opponents want regulators to thin out redundant or duplicate pipelines from Marcellus and Utica gas fields to nearly the same destination markets. Photo by the Dominion Monitoring Coalition.

RICHMOND, Va. – Opponents of pipeline construction want federal regulators to say which of several near-identical natural gas pipelines don't have to be built. Energy companies are applying to build two 42-inch gas pipelines from northern West Virginia to southern Virginia. A third pipeline i

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