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Feature item #7 for the Voice front page (2020)

‘Every Stick:’ SWVA Biochar Uses Local Waste to Create Quality Soil

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A Southwest Virginia company’s biochar product is carbon-negative and has applications in agriculture.

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WV Companies Deploying Federal Manufacturing and Clean Energy Incentives

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Four West Virginia school districts welcomed West Virginia-made electric school buses, and an old machine shop is being transformed into a center for advanced manufacturing.

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Solar Apprenticeship Program Benefits Southwest Virginia

A young man in a blue jacket stands between two older men wearing gray t-shirts. the roof of the brick building behind them is covered in solar panels.

A youth solar apprenticeship program is changing lives and accelerating the switch to green energy in Southwest Virginia.

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‘Environment At Risk’ Art Exhibit Connects Art, Activism and the Natural World

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The “Environment At Risk” art show at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, Virginia, features 40 artists whose work confront environmental issues in deeply intimate and poetic ways through paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography and fiber art.

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New Draft Safety Standard for Exposure to Silica Dust

A man in a black t-shirt speaks at a podium behind a sign depicting a skeleton wearing a miner's hat that says BlackLungKills.org in black lettering. A banner that says Black Lung Association is draped over a table behind him and a statue of a miner rises above them in the background.

The Mine Safety and Health Administration’s proposed new regulations would reduce worker exposure to silica dust, but advocates say better enforcement measures are needed.

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Northern Long-Eared Bats Added to Endangered Species List

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently classified northern long-eared bats as endangered, which could help save the species most impacted by the deadly fungal disease known as white-nose syndrome.

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How the Coal Mine Cleanup System is Failing

A desolate patch of disturbed ground sits as a result of an abandoned surface mine.

The bankruptcy of coal company Blackjewel has exposed many flaws in the current mine cleanup system.

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Researchers Discuss How Climate Change Impacts Health in Rural Mountain Communities

Researchers discussed how climate change will impact health in rural mountain communities during a recent workshop. Spoiler alert: hotter nights, more mosquito- and tick-borne disease, and effects on mental and maternal health.

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Blackjewel’s Catastrophic Bankruptcy and the Collapse of the Mine Cleanup System

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Blackjewel’s bankruptcy demonstrates how the mine cleanup system is coming undone — and how nearby residents bear the burden when coal companies fail to repair their damage.

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Jewish Communities Persist in Charleston, West Virginia

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Charleston, West Virginia, is home to two Jewish congregations, and the city’s Jewish history stretches back to the early 1800s.

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