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Follow both science, faith to battle climate change, Catholic bishop says in Norfolk

NORFOLK Responding to Pope Francis' call this summer for prompt action to address climate change, Catholic Bishop Francis DiLorenzo told an audience of about 200 Tuesday night that people must learn about the science of what is happening to the world. Catholics then must act - based on the tenets of their faith - to "protect God's handiwork," he said.

Bishop leads climate change forum in Norfolk tonight

NORFOLK Responding to Pope Francis' call this summer for prompt action to address climate change, Catholic Bishop Francis DiLorenzo is leading a forum Tuesday night with a former Navy admiral, an environmental expert and others to talk about what can be done.

Chesapeake residents urged to be cautious after fox attacks women

CHESAPEAKE Health officials are alerting residents about a fox that attacked several women in the Deep Creek/Grassfield area of the city and want to hear from anyone else who might have been a victim. The attack occurred Saturday evening on Cheslie Arch, according to a release from the Chesapeake Health Department. Those who were attacked have been treated in case the fox is rabid.

Norfolk gets $25K for rising-water work

NORFOLK Norfolk will receive a $25,000 grant as it strives to improve its ability to handle risk related to climate change, the mayor's office announced.

Four old boats (and the $100K to remove them) stand in way of industrial park

ENGELHARD, N.C. Rotting boat decks lean into the murky water next to an aging dock. Seagulls perch on the stained, rusting outriggers overhead. The wooden cabins are a weathered gray, blending with the cloudy sky. Four discarded fishing boats the size of school buses are holding up what could become a marine industrial park on Far Creek. Extracting them would cost about $100,000.

Big tree trouble in Chesapeake

MAMMOTH BRANCHES from a towering willow oak fell in Scott Buxton's front yard during a recent storm. Downed branches — the size of trees — and huge piles of freshly cut firewood littered his lawn. Ominous cracks of the splitting limbs echoed across the Buxton property, and the house and ground shook when the massive limbs struck the earth.

After algae caused a blue stir, researchers want to know more

Beachgoers marveled at it, surfed in it and posted Facebook photos of the glowing neon-blue waters off Sandbridge beach last weekend. Meanwhile, marine biologist Todd Egerton and a trusty band of graduate students at Old Dominion University were driving from beach to beach collecting specimens of the single-celled algae that caused the "bioluminescence."

Feeling the heat: Earth in July was hottest month on record

WASHINGTON Earth just keeps getting hotter. July was the planet's warmest month on record, smashing old marks, U.S. weather officials said. And it's almost a dead certain lock that this year will beat last year as the warmest year on record, they said.

Swimming advisory lifted for Dam Neck North in Virginia Beach

The Virginia Department of Health has lifted a swimming advisory at Dam Neck North after tests showed bacteria levels were back within state water quality standards.
The department tweeted the advisory Wednesday afternoon based on a sample taken Tuesday. Today, they tweeted an update. 

Moderate air quality forecast today for Hampton Roads

Air quality today in Hampton Roads is expected to be moderate because of particle pollution. The air quality is acceptable for most groups when it is moderate, but people who are sensitive to ozone may have respiratory problems, according to the state Department of Environmental Quality. Those folks may want to limit prolonged activity or heavy exertion outside today.

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