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The Allegheny Front Environmental Podcast

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Every week, our 29-minute podcast brings you all the environmental news and stories to keep you in the know in Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania.

Every week, our 29-minute podcast brings you all the environmental news and stories to keep you in the know in Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania.

Location:

Pittsburgh, PA

Description:

Every week, our 29-minute podcast brings you all the environmental news and stories to keep you in the know in Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania.

Language:

English

Contact:

67 Bedford Square Pittsburgh, PA 15203 412-697-2933


Episodes

Ohio River restoration, turning Pa.'s Legislature Blue, what Pa.voters want on climate

10/23/2020
A sweeping new plan for restoration, recreation and commerce in the Ohio River watershed. This election season, we hear from voters on actions they want from lawmakers on climate change, and from an environmental group hoping to turn Pa.'s Republican-led legislature blue. Plus, climate change could already be impacting the safety of boats, barges and their operators on the the Ohio River.

Duration:00:28:57

Restoring the American Chestnut, Mariner East investigation, Coping with climate change

10/16/2020
Researchers are hoping a genetically modified American chestnut can help restore this giant to eastern forests. Others are opposed. Emergency planners in communities along the Mariner East pipeline say they've been left in the dark. A psychologist discusses how to cope with the anxiety of climate change. Plus news about radioactivity from gas wells.

Duration:00:28:57

Trump vs The Courts, fracking in the elections, a coal magnet gets deadly mining disease

10/9/2020
Why Trump keeps losing in court. How will the issue of fracking influence the 2020 election? A coal magnet who fought mine safety rules filed for black lung benefits. Allegheny County improves its handling of applications for air pollution permits.

Duration:00:28:57

A rare bird, a more conservative Supreme Court and climate migration

10/2/2020
A rare bird, both male and female, is banded during fall migration. What a more conservative Supreme Court means for climate and environmental cases. How cities should prepare to welcome people escaping climate-related disasters. Plus, Ohio's complaint system for gas industry is 'impossible' to use.

Duration:00:28:57

What losing RBG means for the environment

9/25/2020
Remembering the environmental legacy of RBG. Will massive wildfires finally convince the public climate change is real? Plus, one way to get office buildings to reduce their carbon footprints could be to make energy use public. Proposed Ohio cracker plant to get ethane from Pa. driller.

Duration:00:28:58

Is the plastics boom a bust for Appalachia?

9/18/2020
How realistic is a petrochemical boom in the Ohio Valley? Authors of Appalachian Fall say lessons from coal country can help what's ailing America. Groups challenge new federal air rules for ethane crackers. Plus, a study links air pollution and risk of stroke in heart patients. Pa. is a step closer to joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

Duration:00:28:58

Reimagining Appalachia, gutting methane rules, reviewing cap-and-trade

9/11/2020
How Appalachia reimagines itself, with an equitable, carbon neutral future. An Obama-era climate rule that Big Oil actually liked is gutted by the EPA. Why? Will a controversial cap-and-trade program reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Pennsylvania?

Duration:00:28:57

An epidemic of Black Lung disease; Coalition of labor & enviro groups endorse Biden

9/4/2020
This Labor Day: Why a coalition of environmental groups and unions endorsed Joe Biden. Coal miners are suffering from an epidemic of Black Lung disease, COVID is making it worse. Federal judges throw out Pa.'s air rules for coal plants that address smog. Rare bipartisan support for community solar projects.

Duration:00:28:57

Are plastic bags safer than reusables; farmworkers face heat, smoke and Covid

8/28/2020
What's better in a pandemic -- plastic or reusable bags? Farmworkers' jobs are becoming more dangerous from heat, coronavirus, and smoke from wildfires. Despite decreasing emissions, climate change is making air quality worse. "Bomb trains" get federal go-ahead.

Duration:00:28:57

Engaging communities of color in nature, enviro research on hold due to pandemic, drilling in the arctic

8/21/2020
The pandemic is delaying climate and environmental research at Penn State. Outdoor Afro works to connect Black people to nature, while one expert says nature groups need to do more to engage communities of color. Opening up the National Arctic Wildlife Refuge to drilling.

Duration:00:28:57

Drilling mud spill, PA legislature's inaction on climate, landscaping with goats

8/14/2020
Drilling mud from Mariner East pipeline construction gets into a state park lake. Why Pennsylvania's GOP-led legislature isn't acting on climate. EPA rolls back rule on methane emissions, a potent greenhouse gas. Meanwhile, a TIME journalist says 2020 may be our last best chance to stop climate change. Landscaping with goats.

Duration:00:28:57

A bribery scandal, voters's views on environmental issues & a one-of-a-kind prairie in PA

8/7/2020
An alleged bribery scandal at the highest levels of Ohio politics produced a clean air bill that benefitted nuclear and coal plants over renewables. Plus, how important are environmental issues for voters as they head to the polls in November? And a one-of-a-kind prairie habitat in Pennsylvania is home to an endangered rattlesnake and a lot of wildflowers.

Duration:00:28:57

Following Pennsylvania shale gas to Scotland

7/31/2020
Following Pennsylvania shale gas to Scotland, where ethane is being made into plastic. We also delve into the Scottish fracking debate and how they're dealing with plastic pollution. News about a green stimulus plan for Pennsylvania and reimagining Appalachia with a clean, sustainable future for all.

Duration:00:28:57

Racist bird names, major pipeline rulings, and a trip to Ice Mountain

7/24/2020
Changing bird names tied to racism and colonialism. What recent court rulings against major pipelines mean for 'energy dominance,' the environment and Indigenous rights. A trip to Ice Mountain where rare plants grow and cool air seeps out of ice vents deep in the rocks.

Duration:00:28:57

Native plants, invasive shrubs and Pennsylvania's future forests

7/17/2020
The race to save a plant so rare, few have ever seen it. Native plants can create habitat yard by yard. The combo of an invasive shrub and mice could be bad for future forests. News about the Ohio ethane cracker, tax breaks for natural gas and one of Trump’s biggest environmental rollbacks yet.

Duration:00:28:57

Navigating fracking-related health problems; regulating coke ovens; divesting from fossil fuels

7/10/2020
Environmental health advocates weigh in on the grand jury report that says the state didn’t do enough to protect residents from the industry. Plus a court says the federal government needs to step up to regulate coke ovens. And climate activist Bill McKibben on why divesting from fossil fuels makes financial sense.

Duration:00:28:57

Kayaking the Kiski; Outdoor Tourism and Covid, Plus the History of Moraine State Park

7/2/2020
Kayaking gives a new appreciation for rivers. Coal communities banking on recreation face the pandemic. How Moraine State Park was formed out of the ashes of industry. Pa. Department of Health reacts to a scathing grand jury report on fracking and U.S. Department of Energy touts coal and natural gas. Plus, Mud Day!

Duration:00:28:57

Fracking Grand Jury report; environmental groups respond to racial justice

6/26/2020
The results of a grand jury investigation into Pa.'s natural gas drilling industry calls out the entire state government in both parties for the last 12 years for being negligent on fracking. How the environmental movement, from organizations to funders, are responding for calls for racial justice.

Duration:00:28:57

Tracking Trump's 100 environmental rollbacks; Criminal charges for fracking companies

6/19/2020
What's the legacy of the Trump administration's 100 environmental rollbacks? We talk with a lawyer tracking the changes. Pennsylvania attorney general charges two companies with crimes related to their fracking operations. Minerworkers' unions sue Trump admin. over a lack of safety rules for COVID-19.

Duration:00:28:57

Reforesting minelands, and why the Yough River is 'endangered'

6/12/2020
Reforesting minelands, a second time around. Why the Yough River is on the Most Endangered Rivers list. A 16-year old activist says there's no time left for moderate climate policies. Pa. GOP wants to stop the state from joining a trading for carbon emissions.

Duration:00:28:57