December 19-25, 201412/19/14
This week, The Allegheny Front presents a special series with our news partner StateImpact Pennsylvania. The series follows the Pennsylvania Turnpike to explore the state's energy economy. It starts with a coal mine in western PA, and visits a wind...
NRDC: EPA Can Cut Methane Leaks in Half
Public enemy number one in climate-warming greenhouse gases is usually thought to be carbon dioxide. Another significant climate-changing gas is methane, the kind that comes from shale drilling. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) says the...
Coal vs. Natural Gas Energy During the Polar Vortex
The coal industry and conservative politicians say new carbon rules will kill King Coal, and they warn that without it, extreme weather events, like last year’s polar vortex, could leave people in the cold and dark. How well does the polar vortex...
Severance Tax in PA's Environmental Future
As Pennsylvania's Capitol readies for Christmas, state government officials await a bearded man other than Santa. Governor-elect Tom Wolf takes office next month with a proposal to tax gas drillers.
PennFuture President One Year In, Looks Ahead
A year into Cindy Dunn's term as PennFuture president, she talks about environmental priorities in Pennsylvania and how her mountaintop childhood influenced her career.
AF Scorecard: 50,000
The Allegheny Front's Scorecard is a new segment—keeping track of what's happening in our environment with a weekly number. This week our number comes from the shale industry, and Harrisburg.
Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail: Respect
In this second installment of Luke DeGroote's three-part essay about hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, he finds companionship in another hiker, words, nature—and himself.
Bird Files: Smart, Social Crows Come to Roost
During November and December, people in many U.S. cities notice large flocks of crows congregating in raucous urban roosts. They have their own way of communicating, roosting, and visiting around the holidays.
Trail Magic: Hiking the Pacific Crest
The book "Wild" tells the story of Cheryl Strayed's journey on the Pacific Crest Trail. The author made the trek after struggling with her mother's death, and her own addictions. Around the time the book came out, Luke DeGroote also turned to hiking...
Grandma Gatewood's Epic Appalachian Trail Hike
One day, a 67-year-old great-grandmother told her family she was going for a walk. But Emma Gatewood meant she was leaving for a 2,000-plus mile Appalachian Trail hike. The new book, "Grandma Gatewood’s Walk," recounts her story.
First Encounter with the Pa. Wilderness
The journey of hiking the entire Appalachian Trail is approximately five million footsteps. In her first commentary for The Allegheny Front, Mackenzie Evan Smith recalls her initial impressions of Pennsylvania during that journey.
August 31, 2013
On this week's The Allegheny Front, pollution art is coming to a Pittsburgh gallery. An artist captures the pollution-print of what we breathe on air filter canvases. And are Pennsylvania's forests coming back from years of over-browsing deer and...
August 24, 2013
On this week's The Allegheny Front, "there's a whole lotta shakin' going on" in Braxton County, West Virginia. Some suspect the quakes and the location of deep injection wells for fracking fluids there are not a coincidence. And would you try a corn...
August 17, 2013
On this week's The Allegheny Front, if you crave fresh veggies from your yard, but don't have time to get your hands dirty, a new service could help. And a floating lab is tracking invasive species in Lake Erie. Plus, a canoe trip with dogs takes a...
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On this week's Allegheny Front, stories from Gas Planet, our award-winning special that examines the impact the gas boom will have on the climate. Is natural gas kicking coal to the curb? We go inside a power plant and an uber-secure power grid...
June 1, 2013
On this week's Allegheny Front, stories from Gas Planet, an hour-long special in which we examine what impact the gas boom will have on our climate. Including a debate among scientists over the "green" nature of shale gas. Plus, a researcher hot on...
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