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Is Humanity Using Too Much Light?

Earth from space is a beautiful image. This is how we can not only see the pretty patterns created by our lights on the dark side of the planet, but overtime we’ve also seen the amount of these lights on Earth grow. Our population is growing and artificial light is certainly a fundamental part of any developed area at this point. As of now, more people means more lights.

How Do Cities Handle Heat?

As our population grows, we will need more and more places for us to do our human things. This means as we grow we tend to convert natural spaces into developed areas. An urban environment is quite different from a natural landscape and thus has its own variables to be concerned with. The growth of urban spaces compounded with the changing climate is causing some scientists to take a look at how our urban areas interact with heat.

Who’s A Leader In Virginia’s Solar Capabilities?

While it may be true that Virginia is currently ranked 17th in nation for the total amount of solar capacity it has installed and that less than 1% of the energy that we use as a Commonwealth comes from solar, you might never guess who or what is an emerging leader in the renewable energy transition in our lovely state? Who’s a leader in Virginia’s solar capabilities? Listen to this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia to find out.

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