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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.


Pittsburgh, PA


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




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The future of Pa. forests; the rebirth of a western Pa. river; the right to sign a gas lease

Researchers say too many deer and invasive plants are threatening the long-term survival of Pa.'s forests. A filmmaker of a new documentary about a massive effort to clean up a Western Pa. river says it's a hopeful story. The author of a book about individual liberty and private property rights argues that signing a gas lease shouldn't be one of those rights.


Wind turbines off the Jersey Shore; Mariner East criminal charges; Help to make your yard wild

More wind turbines in the ocean mean more renewable energy on the grid. But what's the impact on fisheries? Pennsylvania's attorney general files criminal charges for the Mariner East pipeline. A new group is encouraging people to retire their lawnmowers and leafblowers and plant native species.


More renewable energy means more power lines; Climate action in Pa.

Transmission lines are key to more renewable energy, but some don't want them on their land. Students take to the streets for a climate strike. We get reaction to Pa.'s new Climate Action Plan. Volunteers clean up tons of trash along Pittsburgh's hillsides.


Pa.'s new climate action plan; climate solutions for farmers and local governments

Pennsylvania has a new climate action plan. Regenerative farming is part of the climate solution as is a program to help local governments. Pennsylvania has pledged to regulate toxic PFAS chemicals in drinking water. What's taking so long? New Allegheny County air regs, and a study on the health benefits of joining a regional cap-and-trade program.


Protecting Pennsylvania's most pristine glacial lake; Replacing lawn with natives in your yard

Protecting a pristine glacial lake in Erie County from invasive species takes painstaking work. Author Doug Tallamy wants people to plant their yards with native species that feed the ecosystem. Pittsburgh opens two new parks, one with a public art installation that makes visible the history of water and flooding. A climate change training for community and business leaders.


Keeping the Flight 93 memorial as a place for reflection in nature

Preserving the sacred ground at the Flight 93 National Memorial and treating the water pollution that plagued the site long before the plane crashed there on 9/11. A look back as a naturalist searched for reassurance in nature on September 12. We dig into the recent decision by a federal judge to throw out a Trump rule that stripped protections for many streams and wetlands.


Labor and fossil fuel communities in a clean energy economy; a little clover makes a big comeback

What some labor unions want in a clean energy economy. We'll also talk to the engineer the president has tasked with making sure fossil fuel communities aren't left behind. Pa. is a step closer to putting a price on carbon. Plus, a little clover makes a big move off the Endangered Species list. News about fracking waste and the Clean Water Act.


Bird migration; Teaching machines to lD birdsongs; A warning for Shell about its Falcon pipeline

The wonder and peril of bird migration with author Scott Weidensaul. Teaching computer models to identify birdsong to aid in conservation. The Department of Energy listens to community perspectives on the ethane and petrochemical industries. News about Shell's Falcon pipeline and climate education in Pa. schools.


Vaccinating raccoons; Shopping for electricity; Another fine for Sunoco

A vaccine blitz for raccoons to stop rabies from marching westward. How to shop smart for electricity. A short documentary features little kids tackling a big environmental problem... litter. News about a new plan for Pa.'s state parks to address climate change, a fine for spills from the Mariner East, and a roadblock for a new coal mine in Allegheny County.


Black bears, a climate warning, and a New Civilian Conservation Corps

The latest UN climate report is the most dire yet. A climate scientist breaks it down. Calls for a new Civilian Conservation Corps. We head into the woods with Pennsylvania's bear biologist to tag black bears. News about conservation funding and a fine for a pipeline company.


Green infrastructure and risks of gentrification; Native American connection to the pawpaw

Green infrastructure uses natural systems to steer rainwater away from aging sewer systems, but it could lead to gentrification. Indigenous tribes, forcibly removed from Appalachia 200 years ago, are reconnecting with a traditional food: pawpaws. News about Pa. state parks, air quality, and a mysterious bird disease.


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

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.


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

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.


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.

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


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

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.


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

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.


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

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.


Energy Secretary talks jobs; Monitoring pollinators; Environmental justice organizer

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.


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

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.


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

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.