Governor Corbett’s nominees for Pennsylvania’s two most important environmental jobs have been approved by a Senate committee. StateImpact Pennsylvania’s Marie Cusick has more on the candidates tapped to head of the Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
While many seed banks preserve the building blocks of commodity plants like corn, wheat, and soy, we recently visited a different kind of seed bank—one that holds onto the elements of native ginseng and black cohosh. Joanne McCoy, director of the North Carolina Arboretum's Germplasm Repository, walks us through her lab in Asheville, North Carolina.
Big game is a big deal in Pennsylvania, with more than three quarters of a million hunters of the state’s white tailed deer and bear populations. That’s why a new report from the National Wildlife Federation, which details climate change threats to big game herds across the country is recommending that hunters and others take steps to help sustain wildlife as temperatures rise.
Outspoken environmental activist and author Bill McKibben recently talked with The Allegheny Front. He's the founder of the climate action group 350.org. McKibben will be in Pittsburgh Nov. 4 to receive the Thomas Merton Center's annual award for his work in social justice.
People have been fighting to protect the environment from human progress for decades. A movie scheduled for the Three Rivers Film Festival in Pittsburgh portrays the history of the movement, from the founding of the Sierra Club, to families fighting for justice in Love Canal, to the current concerns over climate change.
About a thousand young environmental protestors chanted lines like "keep the oil in the soil" in Pittsburgh this past week, capping off an event known as Power Shift 2013. They were met by a CONSOL Energy barge piled high with coal parked near their rally, with a sign reading "Welcome to Coal Country." The Allegheny Front covered the lively, but nonviolent march and rally.
After a year and a half delay, which Governor Corbett’s administration hasn’t explained, the state quietly made its report public. And even as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s warnings get more dire about what to expect in the future, the report indicates no real problems in our part of the world
Seth Bush sees a gathering of thousands of activists in Pittsburgh as a way to galvanize social justice causes as seemingly disparate as gay rights and climate change. He and thousands of young activists will gather for Power Shift 2013.
Yellow perch are a staple of firehouse and church fish fries, and the popular fish is often sourced from the Great Lakes. But warmer lake waters in a changing climate threaten the yellow perch population as well as other popular cool water fish, like walleye.
It's now described as "extremely likely" that we humans are warming the planet, according to scientists who make up the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. And that's a big and sobering statement coming from what Penn State University's Michael Mann describes as hundreds of "conservative scientists." Mann was previously on the IPCC. The panel is in Stockholm to roll out their fifth big assessment report.