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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.

2 days ago


 Kobe, a female polar bear, takes a swim at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium.

Captivity may cause stress for polar bears, but Arctic also poses problems

Polar bears evolved to range hundreds of miles — something they can’t do in zoos and won’t be able to do as the Arctic shrinks.

1 week ago


 The CSX Corp train that derailed, ignited and spilled into the Kanawha River in Mount Carbon, W. Va., can be seen from across the river.

In West Virginia, a collective sigh after the chaos

After a fiery train derailment Monday, firefighters went door to door evacuating residents during an unrelenting snowfall.

2 weeks ago


 Typically, a large portion of the meteor is lost to light and heat in the atmosphere that produces the fireball.

500-pound meteor streaks through Western Pennsylvania sky, captured on cameras

The sonic boom and explosion produced a burst of light that, for an instant, was comparable in size to the sun.

2 weeks ago


 Jared Jones, 14, watches snowfall from a window with his brother Cayden Carelli, 6, at the Holiday Lodge Hotel and Conference Center in Oak Hill, W.Va. Jared and Cayden’s family lives in Adena Village, and were evacuated after the CSX train derailment.

Displaced families try to adjust after West Virginia oil train derailment

About 100 to 125 people displaced by the derailment are staying in hotels in Oak Hill and Charleston, officials say.

2 weeks ago


 The female eagle tends to her egg.

Resident eagle in Pittsburgh’s Hays community lays another egg

At about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday the female eagle laid her fifth egg, the first of 2015.

2 weeks ago


 Biodiesel pump at Baum Blvd. Automotive.

Pittsburgh looks to add biofuel systems to trucks

If City Council agrees, 20 trucks will get systems by Optimus Technologies to allow them to cut pollution using biofuel.

2 weeks ago


DEP: Shale producers hit 4 trillion cubic feet of gas in 2014

Pennsylvania has another record-setting year of production amid low natural gas and liquids prices.

2 weeks ago


 A CSX Corp. train burns Monday night after a derailment in Mount Carbon, W.Va., as seen from across the Kanawha River in Boomer, W.Va. The train was hauling crude oil from North Dakota. The accident set at least 14 tankers ablaze, destroying a house and forcing the evacuation of two towns.

West Virginia train derailment sends oil tanker into river

The incident sent sending at least one into the Kanawha River, igniting at least 14 tankers and sparking a house fire, officials said.

2 weeks ago


 Colcom founder Cordelia Scaife May, at left in 1965, had a lifelong interest in population issues inspired by Margaret Sanger, a family friend who launched America’s family planning movement. As for the envioronmental side of Colcom, John Rohe, the organization’s vice president of philanthropy, right, said he sees no conflict. Sustainability is all about limits, he said, whether it’s protecting clean water or  controlling the impact of immigration on natural resources. “To maintain quality of life, you have to maintain a balance with your surroundings,” he said. “That is the consistent theme.”

Pittsburgh's Colcom Foundation plays major role in immigration-control debate

Colcom, founded by Cordelia Scaife May and headquartered Downtown, advocates limits — on depletion of natural resources and on immigrants.

2 weeks ago


Colcom's roots in population control don't resonate with immigration groups it funds

Pittsburgh’s Colcom Foundation is passionate about population limits, but the immigration groups it supports don’t emphasize it

2 weeks ago


Fossil-fuel limits emerge as goal for deal on global warming

U.N. climate talks in Geneva yield draft text full of options that will be debated ahead of December concluding session for new treaty in

2 weeks ago


 The American Lung Association says Pittsburgh is the most polluted city east of California.

How polluted is the Pittsburgh region? CMU professor helps shed light on air quality

Albert Presto has been monitoring air pollution levels in the area for two years and will share his maps at a public forum tonight.

3 weeks ago


  House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa.

New water system proposal draws criticism from Republicans

Republicans say the regulations are an overreach that will harm farmers and developers while usurping powers that should be left to states.

4 weeks ago



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