Obama’s climate change strategy, part of global deal in Paris, is revealed

President Barack Obama on Tuesday offered a plan to cut greenhouse gases in the nation by about one-third in the next 10 years.

about 10 hours ago

 Now, the cost to buy and install a typical water heater is about $900.

New federal rules for water heaters will mean higher price tag

Water heaters bought after the standards go into effect April 16 will be slightly larger than current models.

1 day ago

 Reinforced utility poles line Pahoa Valley road in Pahoa, on the big island of Hawaii. Residents of Pahoa have learned to adapt as a slow-moving lava flow menaces their community.

As volcano erupts around them, Hawaiians pledge to ‘go with the flow’

Lava continues to affect the daily lives of Hawaii residents.

3 days ago

 Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and others have sent letters asking for an 18-month extension of a 2003 consent order that expires Monday.

Pittsburgh, Allegheny County scramble to prepare for sewage upgrade

Federal and state environmental agencies could approve requests for more time to include green projects in sewer repair plans

6 days ago

 A program is underway to return the once-dominant lake sturgeon to Lake Erie. While fishing for perch in 2009, Dick Brozell of McKean County caught and released one off Presque Isle.

Will sturgeon ever come back to Lake Erie?

Once the biggest predator in the Great Lakes, the lake sturgeon was driven to the brink of extinction.

1 week ago

 Snow highlights  a thin layer of ice on the Allegheny River , heading toward  the Pittsburgh skyline.

Drought watch issued for 27 Pennsylvania counties

Recent snow melt has failed to adequately recharge the groundwater under a large swath of Pennsylvania.

1 week ago

 Spectators brave the rain while watching the St. Patrick's Day Parade last weekend Downtown.

Just how dreary is Pittsburgh?

Seattle and Buffalo are the dreariest U.S. cities, but the ’Burgh is tied for second based on cloudiness and number of rainy days.

1 week ago

 Pennsylvania discharges more nitrogen into tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay than any other state.

EPA gives poor marks to Pa. on protecting Chesapeake Bay watershed

Report gives state’s Chesapeake Bay cleanup program failing grade; 30 percent of farms have manure management and runoff reduction plans.

1 week ago

 From left, the reactor containment building, cooling tower and spent fuel storage building. First Energy's modifications, which have been made as a response to the March 2011 disaster that unfolded at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power complex, which had meltdowns in three of its reactors.

At Beaver Valley, upgrades are underway in response to Fukushima disaster

Four years after the Japanese nuclear disaster, U.S. nuclear operators have stepped up plant modifications and altered their philosophy.

1 week ago

Challenge brings high school students together at Pitt to discuss water problems

Students from Chartiers Valley, Elizabeth Forward, Mt. Lebanon and McKeesport Area took part in the two-day session this month at Pitt.

1 week ago

Obama order focuses on cutting federal greenhouse gas emissions

An Obama executive order signed Thursday sets new goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by federal agencies.

1 week ago

Gigantic glacier of East Antarctica may be melting from beneath

Melting of the great ice sheet in West Antarctica appears to be mirrored in a gigantic glacier in East Antarctica.

2 weeks ago

 “When I have a plant shut down with 175 to 200 jobs, I have a problem with that,” said state Sen. Jim Brewster, a former mayor of McKeesport.

Where do Pennsylvania oil and gas drillers get their pipe?

State Sen. Jim Brewster believes the oil and gas industry should increase the amount of American-made steel pipe it uses.

2 weeks ago

Pa. records on oil and gas wells are incomplete

Pipe data flow slowed by overwhelmed Department of Environmental Protection inspectors.

2 weeks ago

 Crews work to clear tanker cars from the tracks Feb. 18 in Mount Carbon, W.Va.

Casey urges better training of responders to oil train incidents

Derailments of oil trains have caused several explosions and fires in the past few years, including one last month in West Virginia.

2 weeks ago

DEP says Murrysville gas spill posed no threat

The spill occurred when a customer filling his vehicle's gas tank at the Sunoco station at 3980 William Penn Highway noticed a leak.

2 weeks ago

 The contractor, Wildlife Specialists, has been hired to kill 150 deer by the end of March.

Four deer killed in first week of Mt. Lebanon cull

"To report once a week was a decision made jointly by our manager and our commission president," a commission spokesman said.

2 weeks ago

 The Center for Sustainable Landscape building at Phipps Conservatory.

Phipps Conservatory's Center for Sustainable Landscapes one of the 'greenest' in the world

A ‘living building,’ it’s the first to meet all of the requirements for four sought-after certifications given to green buildings.

3 weeks ago

 Carrie Pavlik, shown with Nigerian dwarf goats Lovesong, left, and Primrose, is managing a crowdfunding campaign  to launch Steel City Grazers, a business that will rent out a herd of goats to clear property inaccessible or dangerous for people and mowers.

Weed-eating goats for hire? One Pittsburgh woman hopes to turn them into eco-stewards

Carrie Pavlik wants to start Steel City Grazers, a goats-for-hire business to put the animals to work clearing overgrowth.

3 weeks ago

Earthquake strikes off Indonesia island; no reports of damage

The quake was felt by people on land, but there was no panic, Indonesia's disaster agency said.

4 weeks ago


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