Environment


 Gov. Tom Wolf signs an executive order restoring a moratorium on new drilling leases involving public lands, Thursday, January 29, 2015, at the Benjamin Rush State Park in Philadelphia.

Gov. Wolf bans new leases for drilling on state lands

Gov. Tom Wolf officially ending plans by the Legislature to raise dollars for the budget this fiscal year through new drilling deals.

about 7 hours ago


People trust science but disagree with scientists, Pew says

A new survey shows scientists and the public are divided over climate change, using animals in research and genetically modified foods

about 7 hours ago


Suits take aim at factory farm air pollution

Federal lawsuits aim to get the EPA to control noxious chemicals and odors produced by factory farms.

1 day ago


 Gov. Tom Wolf signs two executive orders at the Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg.

Gov. Tom Wolf to reinstate moratorium on drilling in parks, forests

Wolf plans to reinstate a moratorium on leasing new oil and gas wells in the state’s forests and parks, thus fulfilling a campaign pledge.

1 day ago


Development project uses art to control water flow in Larimer

Green infrastructure advocates and water artists say timing’s perfect for stormwater management to merge with a new development in Larimer.

4 days ago


Obama to seek wilderness designation for Alaska refuge

The state’s elected officials oppose the proposal.

4 days ago


 A Big Belly Solar waste and recycling station on Smithfield Street near Sixth Avenue is one of 10 stations in Downtown Pittsburgh.

Big Belly stations are trash cans of the future

A $65,000 Alcoa Foundation grant funded 10 of the stations throughout Downtown in late November.

4 days ago


Study raises concerns over wastewater from drilling

Duke University study finds hazardous chemicals related to oil and gas driling in Appalachian region waterways

1 week ago


 Jim Rodgers, principal contrabassonist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, plans to replace the bell ring of his instrument, which is made of ivory, with another material.

How tiny bits of ivory snare classical musicians crossing borders

The Obama administration has enforced stiff restrictions on the transport of elephant ivory, but the law has had unintended consequences.

1 week ago


 The European starling was imported to America in the 1890s, a noble gesture gone wrong.

Why starlings are still the unwelcome avian guest

Brought to America in the 1890s, the invasive species may be declining in number, but sympathy for the bird is hard to find.

1 week ago


Agencies say 2014 was warmest year on record

Both the NASA and NOAA calculated that 2014 was the hottest year in 135 years of record-keeping.

1 week ago


 Pennsylvania Gov.-elect Tom Wolf will take office in less than a week.

Gov.-elect Wolf makes slew of selections for Cabinet-level positions

Mr. Wolf expects to have a full Cabinet announced by the time he's sworn in Jan. 20, spokesman Jeffrey Sheridan said.

2 weeks ago


Study: High levels of pollutants from drilling waste found in Pa. rivers

The study identifies contaminants in wastewater discharges from spills and treatment plants, including three in Allegheny River watershed.

2 weeks ago


 Vicki Strod, a member of the Orchid Society of Western Pennsylvania, at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Oakland with a lush Brassocattleya orchid plant.

Everyone can love orchids

A Phipps workshop gives tips on the plant once the province of snobs but now widely popular for home gardeners.

2 weeks ago


 Threaded drilling pipes are stacked at a hydraulic fracturing site owned by EQT Corp. located atop the Marcellus Shale rock formation in Washington County.

Lawsuit filed in effort to close loophole on fracking emissions

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., is the next step in a process that started 2½ years ago.

3 weeks ago


Pollution costs China firms $26 million

A court in eastern China has ordered six companies to pay fines totaling about $26 million for discharging waste acid into two rivers.

4 weeks ago



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