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In the Path of the Storm

Weather disasters kill or injure hundreds of Americans each year and cause billions of dollars in economic damage. The risks posed by some types of weather-related disasters will likely increase in a warming world. Scientists have already detected increases in extreme precipitation events and heat waves in the United States, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recently concluded that global warming will likely lead to further changes in weather extremes.

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9 out of 10 Virginians Live in Areas Hit by Recent Weather Disasters

Richmond, Virginia—After a year that saw many parts of the country hit by scorching heat, devastating wildfires, severe storms and record flooding, a new Environment Virginia report documents how global warming could lead to certain extreme weather events becoming even more common or more severe in the future. The report found that, already, 9 out of 10 Virginians live in counties affected by federally declared weather-related disasters since 2006.

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We’re protecting the Chesapeake Bay.

In 2010, after a dogged campaign from Environment Virginia and allies across the state, Gov. Bob McDonnell announced a strong new plan to restore the Chesapeake Bay. Yet a few polluting industries, including giant chicken farms like Tyson, have launched an all-out attack. Your support can help us keep the Bay’s most persistent polluters from standing in the way of progress.

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America's Biggest Mercury Polluters

Power plants continue to release large amounts of toxic pollutants, including mercury, into our air. In 2010, two-thirds of all airborne mercury pollution in the United States came from the smokestacks of coal-fired power plants. In other words, power plants generate more airborne mercury pollution than all other industrial sources combined.

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Report | Environment Virginia

Gobbling Less Gas for Thanksgiving

Improving our cars standards will cut oil use and save Virginians over $6 Million on Thanksgiving travel.

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