In the face of rising sea levels and increasingly frequent major storms, Virginia's coastal communities must plan for the future. Take a closer look at the science behind the rising water and the remedies and costs involved in protecting the commonwealth. By Carlton Hershner and Molly Mitchell, Center for Coastal Resources Management, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William & Mary
Based on forums on debt and economic security held around the commonwealth, how do citizens view debt? What programs are they willing to cut? Such knowledge should empower policymakers to tackle the growing problem.
By Larkin Dudley, Virginia Tech
Recent severe storms and massive power outages in the commonwealth have illuminated the need for Virginia's utility providers and policymakers to consider the latest methods for creating more robust energy systems — systems with less down time and faster recovery from major outages. By Robert Broadwater, Virginia Tech
With the largest portions of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act yet to take effect, Virginia will have to work fast to implement the changes and adapt to the new law. Consider the options, the benefits, and the drawbacks of the act in Virginia. By Ward Stevens, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine
New interest has caused an old debate — on uranium mining and milling in Virginia — to resurface. Virginia Issues & Answers asked four experts to offer their perspectives on what uranium mining would look like in the commonwealth if the long-standing moratorium is lifted.
Robert Bodnar, Virginia Tech, University Distinguished Professor and the C.C. Garvin Professor of Geochemistry; Andrew Lester, executive director, Roanoke River Basin Association; Paul Locke, Johns Hopkins University, chair of National Academy of Sciences Committee on Uranium Mining in Virginia; Patrick Wales, project manager, Virginia Uranium Inc.
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