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Every week, our 29-minute podcast brings you all the environmental news and stories to keep you in the know in Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania.

Every week, our 29-minute podcast brings you all the environmental news and stories to keep you in the know in Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania.

Location:

Pittsburgh, PA

Description:

Every week, our 29-minute podcast brings you all the environmental news and stories to keep you in the know in Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania.

Language:

English

Contact:

67 Bedford Square Pittsburgh, PA 15203 412-697-2933


Episodes

How birds are faring; Environmental justice in Philly; Controlling hemlock wooly adelgid

7/30/2021
While bald eagle populations are increasing, other birds of prey seem to be declining. Some Philadelphia residents are accusing the city of racism over permitting a new natural gas plant. How homeowners can join foresters in stopping the hemlock wooly adelgid. Plus news about air quality and fracking.

Duration:00:28:57

Pennsylvania’s very own prairie; radioactive oil and gas waste; environmental risks for cancer.

7/23/2021
How tourism impacts local communities and their natural resources. Plus, an environmental group is calling for stricter regulations on how companies handle radioactive oil and gas waste. And a network of physicians, researchers, activists and cancer survivors issues a declaration on reducing pollution so fewer people get cancer. And finally, we take a trip to Pennsylvania’s very own prairie.

Duration:00:28:57

A trek through the Dolly Sods Wilderness; Pennsylvania's long road to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative; Pittsburgh's riverfront trails are where its industrial past and its future meet.

7/17/2021
This week, we take a hike in one of the region's most unique landscapes: the Dolly Sods Wilderness. Plus, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a rule to help Pennsylvania cut carbon emissions from power generation and meet its climate goals, has cleared another hurdle. But some who represent power plant communities have questions. And, Pittsburgh's riverfront trails are where its industrial past and its future meet

Duration:00:28:57

Mysterious bird deaths; Answers to your climate questions; Reflections of a longtime environmental journalist

7/9/2021
Researchers are racing to find the cause of mysterious bird deaths being reported across the eastern US. We have answers to your questions on Biden's climate plan. Don Hopey, a longtime environmental journalist reflects on his beat in Pittsburgh. Plus news about U.S. Steel's Clairton Coke Works.

Duration:00:28:57

A solar boom in Pa., Michael Mann on the new climate wars; More smoggy days

7/2/2021
Despite decreasing pollution, climate change is making air quality worse. We'll hear from climate expert Michael Mann who says climate deniers have a new tactic: doom and gloom. A psychologist discusses managing our climate fears and moving towards solutions. The next energy boom in Pennsylvania: solar power.

Duration:00:28:57

Saving bats from white-nose syndrome; Sniffing out spotted lanternflies; Training workers to build electric vehicles

6/25/2021
Manufacturing of electric cars and batteries will take a new kind of worker. If Pennsylvania joins RGGI, a cap-and-trade program for power plants, will your electricity rates go up? An experimental treatment is helping bats fight off a deadly fungus. Pa. has the first dog in the nation to sniff out spotted lanternflies.

Duration:00:28:57

Energy Secretary talks jobs; Monitoring pollinators; Environmental justice organizer

6/18/2021
US Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm talks about jobs for the region in a clean energy future. A local project trains volunteers to keep an eye on bees and other pollinators. An environmental justice organizer is hopeful about young people in the movement. News about air quality in Allegheny County.

Duration:00:28:57

Lead in Drinking Water; Dragonflies in the Ohio; Coal closures in the region

6/11/2021
The EPA heard from Pittsburgh communities concerned about lead in drinking water. Good news for dragonflies on the Ohio River. Bad news for coal with closures of a coal mine and coal-fired power plant. We tag along on a bike ride that has its own soundtrack.

Duration:00:28:57

From Steel Valley to Voltage Valley; What it will take to get drivers into electric vehicles

6/4/2021
Ohio's Steel Valley sees a future in clean energy as 'Voltage Valley.' We ask an expert what will it take to get consumers to buy electric vehicles. The Allegheny National Forest gains critical land along the Clarion River. A tick researcher has tips to stay safe in the outdoors.

Duration:00:28:57

What a 'just energy transition' really means: Interviews with the National Climate Advisor and United Mine Workers

5/28/2021
This week, candid interviews about what a "just energy transition" means. We hear from Biden's National Climate Advisor about how the administration will help coal communities in the transition to clean energy, and from the head of the United Mine Workers who says coal workers have sacrificed enough. The push for more accountability for the gas industry in Pennsylvania.

Duration:00:28:57

PA's Constitutional Right to Clean Air and Water Turns 50; Protecting fly fishing streams from farm pollution; What do you want to know about Biden's climate plan

5/21/2021
The landmark environmental rights amendment in Pennsylvania turns 50 this week. Central Pennsylvania is one of the best places for flyfishing but there is a need to protect these prized streams from farm pollution. A bill in the statehouse aims to help communities affected by Pennsylvania's industrial legacy.

Duration:00:28:57

Cicada Safari; New River Gorge National Park; and Environmental Art

5/14/2021
Billions of Brood X cicadas are emerging! Learn how to go on a Cicada Safari. A local artist is creating a portal to an underground stream. How U.S. Steel's decision to nix a $2 billion upgrade will impact air quality and the economy in Allegheny County. What West Virginia's New River Gorge can expect this summer and beyond.

Duration:00:28:57

'Responsibly sourced' gas; Climate - meat wars; Native plants create habitat

5/7/2021
Branding gas as “responsibly sourced” by cutting methane leaks. A fight is brewing over another source of methane, the meat and dairy industry. Climate change report predicts more heatwaves, floods, and droughts in Pennsylvania’s future. Choosing native plants helps create more habitat for birds and bugs.

Duration:00:28:57

Farming and mental health; Pittsburgh mayoral candidates and the environment; spotted lanternfly traps

4/30/2021
The efforts to get farmers the mental health resources they need. Pittsburgh mayoral candidates have some similarities and many differences about the environment. Pa. GOP is trying to stop Gov. Wolf from joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. U.S. Steel reneges on a promise to upgrade its polluting Mon Valley Works. How to build your own trap for invasive lanternflies.

Duration:00:28:57

Climate denial in Pa. House environment committee; Fracking and private property rights; Can Crushers

4/23/2021
The chair of Pa. House's environmental committee is a climate denier. How could this impact climate action? The author of a new book that centers on Pa.'s gas country says fracking's impacts are challenging rural values of individual liberty and private property rights. Scientists are working to reverse damage to wildlife habitat from fracking. Meet the brother-sister duo of Can Crushers.

Duration:00:28:57

Unions and the energy transition; Amphibians get a new habitat at Ohiopyle; New River Gorge National Park

4/16/2021
President Biden’s plans to invest in clean energy could create high-paying union jobs. But not everyone's on board. New reports outline thousands of new jobs to clean up old mines and gas wells. A new project in the Laurel Highlands gives amphibians a place to breed in peace. Some local concerns over the newly designated New River Gorge National Park and Preserve.

Duration:00:28:57

Fetterman on Fracking; Vacant lots as environmental justice; and Beech trees for syrup

4/9/2021
Why fracking is a tricky issue for Senate candidate John Fetterman. An environmental justice leader says vacant land in communities of color is "an environmental emergency." A citizen science project for the whole family can help save frogs. Plus, syrup for your pancakes doesn't only have to come from maple trees.

Duration:00:28:57

Biden's infrastructure plan; aging stormwater pipes; a more equitable water system for Pittsburgh; COVID at the cracker

4/2/2021
How federal and local policies look to address aging infrastructure from stormwater pipes to bridges. Pittsburgh wants a more equitable water system. Plus, state health officials visit Shell's ethane cracker in Beaver County because of an uptick in Covid-19 cases there.

Duration:00:28:57

Loving the Delaware, Bald Eagles Bring Joy, Ecological Mismatch

3/27/2021
Bald eagles are bringing joy to Philadelphians, while one artist shows off her love of the Delaware. Climate change is causing many plants to leaf out or bud early. This mismatch could wreak havoc on the ecosystem. Why a new air permit at the Clairton Coke Works could increase pollution emissions.

Duration:00:28:57

Fracking wastewater, a pipeline whistleblower, and life along the Delaware

3/19/2021
Why fracking wastewater injected deep underground could come back to the surface. A whistleblower claims there are safety issues with the pipeline that will supply Shell's ethane cracker. A look at life along the Delaware River.

Duration:00:28:57