Environment


 Graffiti can be seen on the walls near the river walk under the Fort Duquesne bridge ramp.  This area of the river walk is targeted for some upgrading this summer with plans for a public art installation.

Riverlife pushes for improvements on Downtown side of Allegheny River trail

Riverlife has started a walking loop from Market Square to the Allegheny River trail to highlight the need for visual improvements there.

about 13 hours ago


Public, private partnership sees energy use drop

Reductions begin to show as Pittsburgh works toward goal of reducing energy and water use 50 percent by 2030.

2 days ago


Agencies open review of environmental crime

U.S. Attorney David Hickton will determine if his office should refocus its efforts and increase operations to enforce environmental laws..

2 days ago


 U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, shown here in March, said lessons should be learned from the Ebola scare last fall.

Sen. Casey: More funding needed to fight Lyme disease across Pa.

Pennsylvania has had the most cases of Lyme disease nationwide for the last five years.

3 days ago


 Allegheny County also received an “F” grade on daily soot emissions despite reducing the number of unhealthy fine particulate days from 19.2 to 10.

Experts say Pittsburgh's air is improving, but rank among metro areas is not

The air is getting cleaner but earns poor grades because of still unhealthy levels of soot and smog.

5 days ago


75 percent of extreme weather due to climate change, study finds

Heat waves and heavy storms are occurring four times more often than they did before carbon pollution started driving up thermometers.

6 days ago


 A new mechanical system is going to be installed at Lake Elizabeth in Allegheny Commons Park on the North Side, saving the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority $129,000 per year in maintenance costs.

Lake at North Side's Allegheny Commons Park will use less water

Over the past two years, PWSA metered 238 million gallons of water used in Lake Elizabeth.

6 days ago


World briefs: Kerry meets with Iranian counterpart

Plus: Gaza conflict report; Pope to address climate; Afghanistan fighting

6 days ago


Plant flares emit more pollutants than previously thought, the EPA reports

Pollution emissions from flares at refineries and chemical plants are higher than previously thought, according to a new federal formula.

1 week ago


World Malaria Day

United Methodists, led by Bishop Thomas Bickerton of Western Pennsylvania, continue to raise millions to combat malaria worldwide.

1 week ago


Findlay gets federal waste water grant for upgrades

The grant also aims to help the township’s industrial parks attract and retain businesses and investments in the community.

1 week ago


DEP awards grants for environmental, education programs

About 110 schools, universities, conservation districts and nonprofit organizations received the grants.

1 week ago


Wolf finds more opposition to plan to replace drilling fee

The governor wants to replace the 3-year-old fee with an annual payment of $225 million.

1 week ago


South Side's CCI Center to be renamed for Whitehall native instrumental in development

Ann Jones Gerace was an elementary school teacher before quitting to raise four children and re-entering the workforce at CCI in 1987.

1 week ago


 Marijke Hecht, project manager and director of education for the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, works at the drill site at the Frick Park Environmental Center in Squirrel Hill.

Drilling in Frick Park mines heating source for new center

The new Frick Park Environmental Center is taking shape in Squirrel Hill as Pittsburgh’s newest green building.

2 weeks ago


 DEP regulators took this photo of a puddle of fuel on fire near an oil or gas well head during an inspection of the well site.

At well sites across Pa., pictures help tell the story

Industry says photos don’t represent standard practices but rather show moments where regulators appropriately enforced existing rules.

2 weeks ago


 In this photo from 2010, an oil-drenched bird struggles to climb onto a boom out of the waters of Barataria Bay, La., which are filled with oil from the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Gulf health 5 years after BP spill: Resilient yet scarred

There’s more than surface shimmering blue and emerald to the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon spill. And it’s not as pretty a picture.

2 weeks ago


 Jeff Kozar of the Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry, helps volunteers plant a tree seedlings in April 2012 at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Stonycreek, Somerset County. Three years later, hundreds of volunteers are planting more seedlings today and Saturday at the site.

Hundreds planting 22,000 seedlings at Flight 93 memorial to reforest strip mine

About 22,000 seedlings will be planted today and Saturday at the site in Stonycreek Township.

2 weeks ago


Proposed EPA rule to slow climate change challenged

Federal judicial panel appeared skeptical of the initial challenge to the Obama administration’s effort to forestall climate change.

2 weeks ago


Permit limiting hazardous emissions at McConway & Torley Foundry could reduce production, employees

The last steelmaking plant in Pittsburgh may be forced to significantly reduce production and lay off some of its more than 400 employees.

2 weeks ago


Montour Woods tree planting to fight knotweed

The event is part of an effort to curtail an infestation of Japanese knotweed, an invasive non-native plant, in the area around Meeks Run.

3 weeks ago


 Throughout North America, more than 5.7 million bats have died due to white-nose syndrome since 2006.

Mysterious fungal disease threatens major Pennsylvania bat species

White-nose syndrome has decimated the northern long-eared bat, which was listed as “threatened” by a federal agency last week.

4 weeks ago


 Dorothy, the 16-year-old peregrine falcon at the University of Pittsburgh, laid her first egg this year at 6:42 a.m. on April 2.

Peregrine falcon Dorothy continues to surprise, lays second egg

The mother of 42, who resides on Pitt’s Cathedral of Learning, could bring more falcon chicks into the world this spring, but risk is high.

4 weeks ago



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