New marine reserves declared in Maryland, Mich.

The new protected waters in the United States are the first to be designated as such in 15 years, the White House said in a statement.

1 day ago

 A sign that reads "Not in My Yard *No Bows & Arrows * No Hunting * No Way" sits in a yard near the intersection of Twin Hills Drive and Meadowcroft Avenue in Mt. Lebanon.

Details of Mt. Lebanon deer hunting remain private by law

Some residents want information on where archers are shooting deer in Mt. Lebanon.

3 days ago

 Construction continues Friday on the Frick Environmental Center at the Beechwood Boulevard entrance to Frick Park. The 15,000-square foot three-story structure uses the footprint of the former center, which burned in 2002, and will be a LEED Platinum and fully certified Living Building.

New Frick Environmental Center to feature water, energy savings

The $18.4 million Frick Environmental Center in Frick Park will be the world’s 6th self-sustaining Living Building when it opens next year.

4 days ago

Conference explores ties between ethics, religion and global warming

A group of about 250 gathered Thursday for the conference, “Integrity of Creation: Climate Change” at Duquesne University.

5 days ago

EPA announces lower standard for ozone

Levels will be reduced from 75 parts per billion to 70 parts., which industry leaders say will be too costly to meet.

5 days ago

 Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy speaks during a news conference in August near the Durango, Colo., toxic waste spill site. In announcing the new rules on waste disposal standards, she said the limits on power plant water discharges will be phased in and provide public health benefits.

New federal rules target waste disposal standards

EPA administrator says the limits on power plant water discharges will be phased in and provide public health benefits.

6 days ago

 Air emissions from power plants and factories in Pennsylvania contribute to hazy conditions in several parks and wilderness areas in the East and New England, according to environmental officials.

Appeals court rules state air pollution plan for parks is insufficient

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals said the state didn’t require the strongest pollution controls on industry to protest national parks.

6 days ago

Final EPA hearing today on proposed regulations to reduce methane emissions for oil and gas industry

The rules, proposed in mid-August, would include requiring the capture of flare emissions and reduce leaks from pipelines.

1 week ago

 Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., ranking member on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Committee questions Janet McCabe, the EPA's acting assistant administrator for air and radiation, on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday.

EPA sets stricter emission standards for oil refineries

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said the rules would protect the health of more than 6 million people who live within 3 miles of a refinery.

1 week ago

 A Big Belly Solar waste and recycling station on Smithfield Street near Sixth Avenue, Downtown.

Pittsburgh launches app for trash and recycling

Residents can sign up to receive text messages for reminders and holiday delays, as well as check pick-up schedules by address.

1 week ago

Shell move dims oil prospects, delights environmentalists

The company couldn’t find much in the way of oil reserves despite drilling to a depth of 6,800 feet in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea.

1 week ago

 Craig Marcus stands on the roof of his rental property on Hamilton Avenue in East Liberty.

Larimer landlord sees solar energy as way to cut costs for tenants

An array of 54 solar panels on the roof of the building and 52 panels on a shed behind it are expected to pay for themselves in six years.

1 week ago

EPA to begin tougher testing of all diesel cars after VW scandal

The EPA sent automakers a letter announcing expanded efforts to uncover “defeat devices” and other mechanisms to thwart air-pollution laws.

1 week ago

Hard-to-recycle, chemical collections set

Collections scheduled Oct. 3 and 10 for hard-to-recycle items and household chemicals.

1 week ago

Judge dismisses lawsuit seeking to end opposition to fracking near Mars Area schools

The plaintiffs, Dewey Homes and Investment Properties LLC and 12 individual landowners, have 20 days to file an amended complaint.

1 week ago

 FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2011 file photo, President Barack Obama listens as China's President Hu Jintao speaks during a state arrival on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington.  Another visited Disneyland and Hollywood. Chinese President Xi Jinping’s trip to the U.S. mid-September, 2015, is the latest in a string of visits made over the years by China’s leaders since formal diplomatic relations were established between Washington and Beijing in 1979.  (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

China, U.S. to collaborate to develop clean technology

China’s president Xi Jinping has arrived in Seattle for a U.S. tour that will initially focus on collaborative clean-energy efforts.

2 weeks ago

 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton greets audience members Tuesday following a community forum at Moulton Elementary School in Des Moines, Iowa.

Clinton opposes construction of Keystone XL pipeline

The leading Democratic presidential candidate breaks her longstanding silence on the contentious project.

2 weeks ago

Nation briefs: Dems push for anti-abortion group at Planned Parenthood hearing

Plus: Child cancer victims get apology, Peanut exec sentenced, Attempted drowning, Alaskans get oil money, Wildfire continues

2 weeks ago

DEP gathering public input on how to reduce greenhouse gas

Federal mandate requires emissions reductions of 32 percent nationwide from 2012 levels by 2030, and 33 percent in Pennsylvania.

2 weeks ago

Body found after new blaze flares in California

A new wildfire damaged 10 homes in Monterey County after two other blazes killed five people and destoryed at least 1,400 homes.

2 weeks ago

 John Wargula, 7, from Hopewell, talks about his favorite fish with his younger brother Ben, 5, pictured in the reflection. The fish were all locally caught from the near by Ohio River and will be returned to the river at the end of the day. The fish are used to teach kids about the biodiversity of the water and to talk about the importance of keeping the watershed clean.

At Alcosan, this day’s for fun as well as clean water

Hundreds of visitors attended the sewage treatment plan’s open house, taking tours and playing games to learn about clean water.

2 weeks ago

 Witold "Vic" Walczak

ACLU urges judge to dismiss drillers' legal action in Butler County as 'SLAPP suit'

Defendants protesting the drilling plans say the suit is an attempt to intimidate their Constitutional right to free speech.

2 weeks ago

Climate change negotiators meet

Chinese and U.S. negotiators, meeting Tuesday in Los Angeles, jointly announced actions to cut greenhouse gases.

3 weeks ago

 Robert Hooper, exhausted after several days with little sleep, is overcome with emotion Monday while surveying his property that was burned by the so-called Valley fire near Middleton, Calif.

Rain unable to slow fire in Northern California

A fire above Napa Valley’s wine country has claimed an elderly women, forced the evacuation of 13,000 people, and razed hundreds of houses.

3 weeks ago

 Verna Presley covers her nose to block out the smell of rotting fish as she walks along Dunkard Creek in 2009 with her husband, Ed, on their property near the village of Brave in Greene County.

Murray Energy, PFBC agree on $2.5 million settlement related to 2009 fish kill at Dunkard Creek

Fine will be used to fund account for recreational fishing and boating activities.

3 weeks ago

Regulators question cost of proposed rules change on water pollution from mining

The Interstate Mining Compact Commission, says the proposed Stream Protection Rule would substantially increase the cost of enforcement.

3 weeks ago

 The Butte Fire’s damage, shown Sunday near San Andreas, Calif., has led California governor Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency in the Amador and Calaveras counties. The 100-square-mile wildfire is threatening the historic Gold Country of the Sierra Nevada foothills.

At least 1,000 homes destroyed in huge California blazes

Thousands of people were forced to flee, and a state of emergency was declared in Napa and Lake counties.

3 weeks ago

Both sides sound off at hearing on new federal stream protection rule

The OSMRE says adoption of the rule would protect about 6,200 miles of streams nationwide over the next two decades.

3 weeks ago

Allegheny County tells Neville Island coke plant to address emissions

County says DTE Energy’s Shenango Coke works flaring and smoky emissions are violations but Shenango says no

3 weeks ago

 Deer in Mt. Lebanon in February.

Mt. Lebanon to hear about sterilization to curb deer

The Humane Society proposes a five-year program of surgical sterilization, immunocontraception or a combination instead of archery hunting.

4 weeks ago

 Megan Palomo, the nursery manager for Tree Pittsburgh's 5-acre tree farm in Lawrenceville, sets trees upright that were blown over by high winds last week.

Tree Pittsburgh looks to grow in new space in Lawrenceville

Danielle Crumrine, Tree Pittsburgh’s executive director, said she hopes eventually to negotiate a 20-year lease.

1 month ago