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What Frick Park’s beaver means for the health of the restored Nine Mile Run

Fri, 01/20/2023 - 08:51

A beaver living in Nine Mile Run, a stream that was once filled with raw sewage, is a sign of its comeback.

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Ex-Pennsylvania DEP secretary: Agency’s underfunding will test its new leader

Fri, 01/20/2023 - 08:37

Despite some recent increases in its budget, DEP has been constrained by a decade of underfunding.

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Pa. sets drinking water standards on two ‘forever chemical’ PFAS compounds

Fri, 01/20/2023 - 07:42

The standards impact public and private drinking water treatment plants, bottled water plants, and school and healthcare facilities.

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Episode for January 13, 2023

Fri, 01/13/2023 - 13:11

State regulators call out the conventional oil and gas industry for a widespread failure to comply with Pennsylvania environmental regulations. And, an art exhibit aims to give trees the legal tools to protect themselves. Plus, we go forest bathing in Frick Park to improve our mental and physical health. News about a proposed new federal limit for soot and an investigation into a Christmas Day natural gas explosion.

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DEP issues scathing report on the conventional oil and gas industry

Fri, 01/13/2023 - 12:48

DEP calls out the industry as having "a culture of noncompliance as an acceptable norm."

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Carnegie International project seeks legal personhood for a tree

Fri, 01/13/2023 - 12:17

The black gum tree on Pittsburgh's North Side is like any other tree, but one day it could take you to court.

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Pa. natural gas plant explosion under investigation in Washington County

Fri, 01/13/2023 - 11:20

The Christmas Day explosion at Energy Transfer's Revolution Cryo plant caused a fire to burn for most of the day, venting gases and flames.

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EPA’s proposed air quality standards aren’t strong enough, Pittsburgh advocates say

Thu, 01/12/2023 - 08:28

Advocates want tougher air quality protections, especially for Mon Valley residents impacted by industrial pollution.

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Turning to Forests for Better Health

Thu, 01/12/2023 - 08:15

People are finding that forests are good medicine. To improve health, one local therapist is taking groups 'forest bathing' in Frick Park.

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Episode for January 6, 2023

Fri, 01/06/2023 - 13:48

Environmental groups say they found high levels of benzene in the air in the Mon Valley near Pittsburgh and want federal regulators to step in. Also, natural history museum specimens like mice stuffed with cotton and preserved for decades give researchers important information about the environment. But these collections are at risk. Plus, the US Postal Service reverses course and commits to converting its fleet of vehicles to electric. 

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Essay: Northern cardinals cheer up winter

Fri, 01/06/2023 - 12:59

Learn more about this colorful backyard bird, like how brighter males have better territories and tend to their young more.

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Lancaster nonprofit launches local carbon credit program

Fri, 01/06/2023 - 12:37

It aims to give people and businesses a way to take responsibility for their greenhouse gas emissions while helping their neighbors.

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Climate change is threatening wildflowers, Carnegie Museum research shows

Fri, 01/06/2023 - 12:15

A warming climate means spring comes earlier, triggering trees to leaf out sooner and leaving wildflowers with a shorter window of sunlight.

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Museums aren’t getting as many animal specimens. Scientists say that’s bad

Fri, 01/06/2023 - 12:00

Museum collections can help scientists get a window into the past to understand the environment and species. Fewer specimens put research at risk.

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Postal Service commits to 100 percent electric vehicle replacement beginning in 2026

Fri, 01/06/2023 - 11:45

After facing lawsuits from states including Pa., the U.S. Postal Service will have one of the largest electric vehicle fleets in the nation.  

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Groups, residents want EPA to protect Mon Valley from ‘unacceptably high’ levels of benzene pollution from U.S. Steel

Wed, 01/04/2023 - 14:33

Benzen, a known carcinogen, threatens ‘imminent danger’ to residents, the groups argue in a letter to EPA. They want action under the Clean Air Act.

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Episode for December 30, 2022

Fri, 12/30/2022 - 14:37

This week, we're looking back to some of the environmental issues we covered in 2022, like hydrogen. It's been seen as the clean fuel of the future for decades. Now the Biden administration is putting money into it. So, is it finally hydrogen’s time? We also hear about towns in Pennsylvania trying to get ahead of climate change, extreme weather and flooding. Plus, the author of a new bird guide for enthusiasts and beginners alike.

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In Pa., climate change can increase flooding risk. This community is seeking solutions

Fri, 12/30/2022 - 13:12

In Middletown, Pa., flooding is happening where it never happened before. Now, it's looking for answers. One solution could be in Iowa.

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The race is on (again) to build out a low-carbon hydrogen economy

Fri, 12/30/2022 - 08:57

Companies in Appalachia are hoping federal funds will help develop 'blue' hydrogen power made from natural gas. But will it reduce carbon emissions enough?

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A wildlife biologist’s new birding guide brings everyone into the flock

Fri, 12/30/2022 - 05:18

A co-organizer of Black Birders Week has written a new guide for people who love birds, and those who don’t know it yet.

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