Environment

Many gable-topped cardboard containers can't be recycled. File photo.

Ask Betty: Less in the landfill

Teri Kent runs Charlottesville’s Better World Betty, a non-profit organization and online resource for locals looking to shrink their impact on the environment. Every month, Betty —Kent’s ’50s-housewife-meets-earth-goddess alter ego—answers the most burning eco-questions from our readers about energy use, water, waste and recycling, transportation, and green buying. Q: Can I recycle orange juice and […]

Chronic Wasting Disease, a fatal prion disease that does not appear to be transmissible to humans, was first found in Virginia deer in 2009. File photo.

Wildlife officials bracing for spread of fatal deer disease

The symptoms of Chronic Wasting Disease in deer read like something out of a horror movie: emaciation, a lolling head, an odor of rotting meat, and—invisible until autopsy—a spongy degeneration of the brain. CWD is a prion disease affecting cervids—elk, moose, and our own white-tailed deer. Like mad cow in cattle and Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease in […]