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(Washington, D.C., February 14, 2020) The Commonwealth of Virginia has announced plans to help waterbirds displaced by construction on Hampton Roads’ South Island, which has been used by more than 20,000 birds as annual breeding habitat since the 1980s. American Bird Conservancy (ABC) applauds Governor Ralph Northam and the Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources for their emergency measures, which include the creation of alternative breeding habitat for this critically important waterbird colony.
First, ABC is extremely grateful to the administration for proposing a set of measures designed to help migratory birds both in Hampton Roads and across Virginia. In particular, Virginia’s steps to create a new regulation to protect migratory birds from future industrial development will position the Commonwealth as a leader in bird conservation at a time when federal regulations to protect birds are being weakened.
Second, ABC welcomes the following package of specific measures designed to help Hampton Roads’ waterbird colony, which is the Commonwealth’s largest and includes many declining species:
- The creation of breeding habitat at nearby Rip Raps Island (formerly known as Fort Wool) and potentially on artificial barges, which is equivalent to the area currently being utilized by terns (Common, Gull-billed, Sandwich, and Royal) on South Island; and a plan to attract the birds to the new habitat and to control predators.
- The development of a plan to carefully discourage birds from attempting to nest on South Island this spring, since paving and construction activities will render the habitat unsuitable. Instead, the Commonwealth will encourage the birds to move to the newly created nesting habitat at Rip Raps Island.
- A commitment to restore habitat on South Island post-construction to allow birds to return to nest there.
- Plans to create an additional, alternate nesting island in the longer-term, which taken together with the other alternative breeding habitats created will represent a net gain for overall bird habitat in the area.
“We’re optimistic that this plan will effectively provide immediate habitat for the birds to save the 2020 nesting season, as well as a net gain of habitat in the longer term,” said Mike Parr, President of American Bird Conservancy. “Many individuals and groups have participated in the effort to help the Hampton Roads bird colony. We’re grateful for their concern and support, and we look forward to continuing our work with the Commonwealth and other public and private partners to further benefit waterbirds nesting in Virginia and elsewhere.”
Review written by Jon Patch with 3.5 out of 4 paws
AI-Film, Argent Pictures, Cross Creek Pictures, Lionsgate, Cosmos Filmed Entertainment, Demarest Media and Summit Entertainment present an R rated, based on a true story, 131 minute, Biography, Drama, Romance, directed by Mel Gibson, screenplay by Andrew Knight and Robert Schenkkan with a theater release date of November 4, 2016.
ALEXANDRIA, VA – Tickets are now on sale for the premiere of the upcoming film The Lucky Ones. The film, by Creative Liquid Productions in cooperation with Lucky Dog Animal Rescue, will premiere January 26, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. at the Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse. Tickets are $10.00 and all box office proceeds will benefit Lucky Dog Animal Rescue.
The Lucky Ones follows the long journey many homeless animals must take to find their forever homes. The film is a documentary about the animals and the tireless efforts of hundreds of volunteers who find these dogs homes. The premiere will be hosted by Dr. Katy Nelson, host of “The Pet Show with Dr. Katy” on Washington DC’s news channel 8.
"This film is a must see for any animal lover," said Mirah Horowitz, founder and executive director of Lucky Dog Animal Rescue. "To see the journey that each dog takes to find his or her forever home is truly amazing."
Creative Liquid’s team traveled to a shelter in Florence, SC to document rescue efforts by local volunteers. The production team also traveled to Puerto Rico to document the Island’s homeless dog problem and the unique efforts of rescuers to save these animals. One of the central characters in the film is a dog named Rico, who was plucked from the streets by rescuers. The film follows his journey back to health and his long trip to Washington, DC. Rico is one of the 6000 dogs that Lucky Dog has rescued since it was founded in 2009.
About Lucky Dog Animal Rescue
Lucky Dog Animal Rescue is non-profit animal rescue organization dedicated to saving the lives of homeless animals in high-kill shelters and educating the community on responsible pet ownership. Lucky Dog Animal Rescue relies on a network of volunteers and fosters to facilitate adoptions and provide temporary homes for the dogs and cats available for adoption. Most Lucky Dogs are rescued from high-kill shelters in Virginia, West Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Puerto Rico. Once rescued, the Lucky Dogs live in home through the Washington, DC metro area, including Maryland and Virginia. To learn more about Lucky Dog Animal Rescue and to view the animals awaiting their forever-homes, please visit http://www.luckydoganimalrescue.org.
About Creative Liquid Productions
Creative Liquid is a boutique production company based in Alexandria, VA specializing in high impact storytelling. Creative Liquid offers a full range of creative services from concept development to digital media distribution. At the core, Creative Liquid is a team of media professionals looking to tell a good story. Creative Liquid is a supporter and long term partner of Lucky Dog Animal Rescue. For more information on Creative Liquid visit www.CreativeLiquid.com.
Coal-Based Generation Projected To Increase Nearly 9 Percent in 2013; Worst 5 States for 2012 Coal-Based CO2 Pollution Are TX, FL, PA, IN, OH.
WASHINGTON, DC///May 23, 2013///After a major fall-off in carbon dioxide (CO2) pollution from coal-fired electric power plants of 13.1 percent between 2005 and 2012, the first quarter of 2013 has seen a substantial jump in carbon dioxide emissions from coal – a 7.1 percent increase in the first three months of 2013 compared to the same period last year, according to a new Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) analysis of recent data from the U.S Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). The drop in carbon dioxide emissions between 2005 and 2012 is due in large part to greater reliance on natural gas, the rapid development of wind energy, moderate demand, and the closure of aging coal plants to avoid pollution control requirements.
Global warming emissions from coal-based electricity are projected to continue to increase throughout 2013, as rising natural gas prices encourage more use of coal. The latest projections from the EIA indicate that coal-based generation will increase 8.7 percent this year compared to last, although it is not expected to return to the peak levels of 5 to 10 years ago.
Available online at http://www.environmentalintegrity.org, the EIP report also highlights the five states and power plants that were the worst offenders when it came to CO2 emissions in 2012. Texas emitted the most tons of CO2 in 2012 from its coal-based electricity generation: 251 million tons, virtually unchanged from 2005, and more than twice the amount emitted by electric generators in any other single state. The second worst offender was Florida, followed by Pennsylvania, Indiana and Ohio. These five states accounted for nearly a third of total CO2 emissions from power plants in the U.S. last year.
Environmental Integrity Project Director Eric Schaeffer said: As natural gas gets more expensive, coal is finding its way back into the U.S. electricity generation picture, and that means higher carbon dioxide emissions. Although power companies plan to retire 45 gigawatts of coal capacity through 2016 due to low natural gas prices, the increased availability of renewables, moderate demand, and the cost of complying with long delayed Clean Air Act rules, a change in just one of those factors (natural gas prices) can encourage plant operators to squeeze more generation out of remaining coal plants.”
The Energy Information Administration projects that natural gas prices will increase about 34 percent above 2012 levels while prices for coal remain flat, making it attractive to power companies with the capacity to switch to cheaper fuels.
Additional highlights of the EIP report include the following:
* With natural gas prices at unusually low levels in 2012, gas-fired generation reached a new height of 1.23 billion megawatt hours in 2012, an increase of more than 60 percent since 2005, while electricity from coal declined nearly 25 percent over the same period.
* Wind powered generation, which releases no greenhouse gas emissions at all, climbed to nearly 141 million megawatt hours in 2012, a more than sevenfold increase from 2005. It is expected to increase an additional 30 percent by 2014.
* Demand for U.S. electricity is expected to increase only about 1 percent according to the EIA, following flat demand over the last seven years.
Schaeffer added: “Natural gas releases about half as much carbon dioxide as coal when burned for electricity, but its price can swing widely and that volatility encourages companies to hang on to dirty and inefficient coal plants. It is time for states who have been slow to embrace energy efficiency or no-carbon renewables like wind and solar to step up if we want to decrease global warming emissions in the long term.”
Additional state-specific findings in the report include the following
* States that still depend on coal emit far more carbon dioxide per megawatt hour (MWh) of electricity generated than those with a more diverse mix of fuels and renewable sources of power. Kentucky was the worst offender in 2012 when it comes to power plants emitting the most carbon dioxide per MWh. It emitted more CO2 than any other state, nearly twice the national average, and more than four times the state-wide emission rate for California’s power plants.
* Second on the list of states emitting the most CO2 per MWh was Wyoming, followed by West Virginia, Indiana and North Dakota.
* The five states with the lowest CO2 emission rates for the amount of electricity produced are: Idaho (lowest), Washington, Vermont, Oregon and Connecticut.
Emissions data was obtained from the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Air Markets Program Database, while net generation data was obtained from the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s latest reports.
The Environmental Integrity Project (http://www.environmentalintegrity.org) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization established in March of 2002 by former EPA enforcement attorneys to advocate for effective enforcement of environmental laws. EIP has three goals: 1) to provide objective analyses of how the failure to enforce or implement environmental laws increases pollution and affects public health; 2) to hold federal and state agencies, as well as individual corporations, accountable for failing to enforce or comply with environmental laws; and 3) to help local communities obtain the protection of environmental laws.