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Study Predicts Five-fold Increase in Regional Wildfires

A recent study warns of a dramatic increase in the amount of land burned by wildfires in southern Appalachian forests, and provides information for fire and land management strategies.

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Appalachian hydrogen hub announcement raises concerns

The Appalachian Regional Clean Hydrogen Hub will be located in West Virginia and will also serve Kentucky, Ohio and Pennsylvania. The Appalachian hub, unlike other DOE selections, will produce hydrogen exclusively from methane gas and will lead to the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure in the region.

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Report: Blue hydrogen hype not backed up by science

According to new research, making hydrogen from natural gas, so-called “blue hydrogen,” is not much better than burning fossil fuels, and would waste billions in federal government spending while worsening climate change.

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Appalachian Voices releases white paper and upcoming webinar on reforesting mine lands with the carbon offset market

Today, Appalachian Voices released a new white paper, “Reforesting Mine Lands Through the Carbon Market: One Nature-Based Solution for Two Deep Challenges” to explore how carbon offset markets could help reforest mine land in Central Appalachia. A webinar next Wednesday, Sept. 20, will present key findings from the report and explore applications of a reforestation project on former mine lands with the carbon offset market.

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Gov. Youngkin’s attempt to repeal RGGI administratively violates the law

At the heart of Youngkin’s effort is the question: Is the governor allowed to do this? The answer is no, and Appalachian Voices, along with a number of our partner organizations represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center, are going to court to enforce the law.

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What is the debt ceiling, and how could it be used to try to ram through MVP?

What is the debt ceiling, and why can it be used to gain leverage to pass unpopular legislation that otherwise wouldn’t have the necessary votes?

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Carbon removal on reforested mine lands: One nature-based solution for two deep challenges

Imagine a landscape that, 10 years ago, was a moonscape mountaintop removal coal mine and is now carefully managed as a large-scale working forest growing trees to capture carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and combat climate change. Appalachian Voices is exploring making this vision a reality in the years to come through a reforestation project that engages with the emerging carbon offset market.

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Clearing the Air on How Wood Pellet Factories Affect Their Neighbors and the Climate

aerial view of the Sampson wood pellet plant

The wood pellet industry is growing in the American South, but communities near wood pellet plants are seeing damages to air and water quality. As new facility proposals from wood pellet companies like Enviva continue, local residents and regional climate activists are speaking out.

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Air board votes to move forward with Virginia’s withdrawal from Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 7, 2022 CONTACT Jessica Sims, jessica@appvoices.org, 804-356-1228 Richmond, Va. — Today, the seven-member citizen Air Pollution Control Board voted 4-1 (with 2 abstaining) to move forward with Virginia’s withdrawal from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a

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Presence of Needle Ants in the Smoky Mountains Threatens Native Species

Invasive ants in the Smoky Mountains pose a threat to native species in the area.

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