Environment


Penn State report: Effects of climate change to accelerate in Pennsylvania

The report says climate change can cause more severe storms, higher risk of insect-borne illnesses and significant changes to water quality.

about 7 hours ago


 One of the two new siamangs eats in a tree at The Islands exhibit at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium on July 23.

Pittsburgh Zoo disqualified for six-figure state grant after dropping accreditation

The lack of accreditation excludes the zoo and aquarium from a state grant program that has provided $5.5 million over the past 15 years.

about 20 hours ago


Lake Michigan neighbors defend their water supply

A Wisconsin town can’t cure a contamination problem in its aquifer without an infusion of Great Lakes water, but first it needs the

1 day ago


 President Barack Obama speaks at the National Clean Energy Summit at the Mandalay Bay Resort Convention Center on Monday in Las Vegas.

Obama announces clean energy efforts, pushes for options

President Barack Obama announced fresh executive actions to expand renewable energy use.

2 days ago


 A 1-year-old loggerhead sea turtle swims in a rehabilitation tank at the Pittsburgh zoo. Because Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is no longer an accredited Association of Zoos & Aquariums facility, the zoo in Highland Park doesn’t qualify for participation in the Sea Turtle Second Chance program.

Pittsburgh Zoo loses sea turtle program, playground grant after dropping accreditation

As it is no longer an accredited Association of Zoos & Aquariums facility, the zoo doesn’t qualify for the Sea Turtle Second Chance program.

3 days ago


 Trevor Valentine of Crafton, left to right, Taiji Nelson and Jeremy Marshall,both of Lawrenceville, are part of the Friends of the Riverfront and Allegheny CleanWays cleaning up the Duck Hollow segment of the Three Rivers Heritage Trail along the Monongahela River.   Volunteers work on both land and water to remove trash that has accumulated along the riverfront, as well as painting over graffiti. The Rachel Carson, a Tireless Project pontoon boat, takes volunteers out on the water to remove debris from the riverbanks.  Photographed on August 19, 2015

Groups come together to clean up the trail, river at Duck Hollow

Volunteers with The Tireless Project collected about 260 pounds of scrap metal, 11 tires and 475 pounds of loose debris from Duck Hollow.

5 days ago


Forest Hills man, 89, has spent a lifetime caring for trees

Ted Gilbert has been working since 1955, and it doesn’t look as though he’s done, even as he approaches age 90.

6 days ago


Scientists see link between global warming, California drought

Man-made climate change is worsening California’s drought and likely to make an ever-drier future.

6 days ago


BP settlement money flows to governments in far-flung places

Millions of dollars of BP oil company settlements have gone to municipallites further than 100 miles from the coast, records show.

6 days ago


World briefs: U.S. says Iran won’t inspect its own facility

Plus: IS affiliate claims bombing, Fish kill in China, Thailand bombing probe, Corruption charges, July sets heat record

6 days ago


 The Allegheny County Health Department’s air quality monitor near U.S. Steel’s Clairton Coke Works has shown increased levels of hydrogen sulfide during nighttime hours in August.

Stagnant air brings an odor of rotten eggs to Pittsburgh suburbs

The smell of hydrogen sulfide has been worse than normal this month due to a lack of wind and rain to disperse the coke plant emission.

1 week ago


Last official charged in W.Va. chemical spill pleads guilty

Freedom Industries president Gary Southern told reporters a day after the January 2014 spill that he had had a “long day.”

1 week ago


Climate warrior Obama gives OK for Arctic Ocean drilling

The Obama administration has lifted curbs on Shell Oil’s Arctic Ocean drilling.

1 week ago


World briefs: Japanese leader skips visit to war shrine

Plus: Palestinian killed, Olympic workers treated as slaves, Bombings in Baghdad, Volcano could erupt

1 week ago


 Riverlife acting director Jay Sukernek (right) and Army Corps of Engineers' Col. Bernard Lindstrom review areas along the North Shore that should be targets of conservation projects.

Army Corps, Riverlife turn attention to banks of the Ohio River

U.S. Army Corps and Riverlife will study shoreline restorations and other changes between the Carnegie Science Center and West End Bridge.

2 weeks ago


EPA administrator visits Colorado spill site

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy on Wednesday toured a major Colorado toxic spill.

2 weeks ago


Federal hearings on proposed stream protection rule set for Pittsburgh, five other locations

The Pittsburgh hearing is scheduled for Sept. 10.

2 weeks ago


 The cherry scallop shell moth, an insect pest native to Pennsylvania and the eastern United States, has defoliated cherry trees on more than 17.000 acres in the Allegheny National Forest.

Destructive moth damaging cherry trees in Allegheny National Forest

Voracious moths are defoliating commercially valuable cherry trees in the Allegheny National Forest.

2 weeks ago


Zimbabwe suspension on some big game hunting ended

Zimbabwe also banned the hunting of collared animals and said those involved in illegal hunts would be banned from hunting for life.

2 weeks ago


Demonstration gardens new addition at North Park

At the entrance to the park’s Marshall Lake, the gardens have five sections, each of which highlights different plants.

2 weeks ago


Dormont looks to storm water user fee

Council created a storm water authority, responsible for collecting the fee and using proceeds for improvement projects.

2 weeks ago


State settles lawsuit with mining firm over fish kill on Dunkard Creek

Suit claims discharges from Consol’s mines in W.Va. killed about thousands of fish and other aquatic life on a 30-mile stretch of the creek.

3 weeks ago


Nation briefs: Wildfire forces more evacuations

Plus: Algae threatens fisheries, 7 dead in N.Y. outbreak, Circus tent collapses, Illegal immigration down, FDA battles ‘superbugs’

3 weeks ago


 Jan Seski poses with a hippopotamus that he killed in Africa.

Murrysville doctor denies being part of illegal lion hunt in Zimbabwe

Dr. Jan. C. Seski proclaimed his innocence in a statement since the accusations were made against him — he said he wasn’t even there.

3 weeks ago


Residents near coke plant join potential lawsuit against ArcelorMittal Monessen facility

The “notice of intent to sue” details more than 300 emissions limit violations since the plant was reopened in April 2014.

3 weeks ago


 The entrance to the office of Dr. Jan Casimir Seski, is seen Sunday in Pittsburgh. The Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority accused Dr. Seski of being involved in an illegal bow and arrow lion hunt in April.

Murrysville doctor faces mounting scrutiny over lion hunt

Jan Seski, the Murrysville doctor tied to an illegal lion hunt in Zimbabwe, is best known for his work in so-called bloodless surgery.

3 weeks ago


 The final version of Mr. Obama’s plan imposes stricter carbon dioxide limits on states than was previously expected.

Gov. Wolf praises president’s plan to slash power plant emissions

The president said the unprecedented carbon dioxide limits are the “single most important step” America has taken to fight climate change.

3 weeks ago


Obama issuing stricter plan to curb industrial emissions

The Environmental Protection Agency will finalize measures that promise to upend a century of electrical power generation.

3 weeks ago


 Matt Peters of Hazelwood joins about 100 people for a Pittsburgh Chapter of the Sierra Club rally to support the EPA's Clean Power Plan on Thursday in the courtyard of the Allegheny County Courthouse, Downtown.

Rally urges elected officials to support Obama's Clean Power Plan

Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is expected to be announced Monday.

3 weeks ago


Nation briefs: Prison officer charged with raping inmates

Plus: Jail releases Bland footage, Dad defends Colo. shooter, Co-pilot broke spacecraft, Federal pollution regulation

4 weeks ago


 The morning sun peers through the heavy haze and the Pittsburgh skyline early this morning in this view from Grandview Avenue on Mount Washington.

State issues pollution alert for Pittsburgh area today

The State Department of Environmental Protection issues a code orange for ozone Tuesday as temperatures approach 90 degrees.

1 month ago


Tests find radiation in Clyde Mine water in Washington County

Testing found evidence of radiation contamination in water discharges likely related to past dumping of shale gas drilling wastewater.

1 month ago



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