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In Kentucky, A Prairie Made by Coal

Coal is in a long decline in Central Appalachia. Coal mining jobs are disappearing there—but the imprint of coal on the landscape is everywhere. More than a million acres of strip-mined land—an area the size of Rhode Island—are now deforested.

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Breathe Cam Empowers Citizens to Track Air Pollution

Pittsburgh’s air quality is consistently rated some of the worst in the nation, because of industry, transportation and its unique topography. But new technology called Breathe Cam is trying to give area residents a tool to monitor—and help solve—air quality problems. 

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No Place Like a Passive Home

Sometimes the best way to be active about the environment is to use some passive practices. Lucy De Barbaro and her husband are currently constructing a new, enery-efficient passive house in Pittsburgh.

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Measuring the Climate Trade-off Between Coal and Natural Gas

President Obama's Clean Power Plan, to cut carbon emissions from existing power plants, relies heavily on replacing coal plants with natural gas. But natural gas comes with it’s own climate problems: methane.

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Pennsylvania Pushes Tougher Fracking Regs

The Department of Environmental Protection proposed ratcheting up several regulations for the oil and gas industry this week, showing another facet of Gov. Tom Wolf’s approach to the state’s gas industry.

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Wolf’s Environmental Chief Questioned on Gas Tax, New Drilling Rules

Governor Tom Wolf’s pick to head the state Department of Environmental Protection is defending the administration’s recent decision to disband an advisory committee that oversees oil and gas regulations.

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In Shale Country, a Boom in Noise Reduction

Businesses that help dampen the noise from oil and gas development are thriving.

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Drones Could Help Monitor Methane from Fracking

Can technology keep an eye on the fracking industry? Some think drones could help detect pollution and dangerous leaks from oil and gas fields. The technology is taking flight, but federal regulations could hold back the use of these drones.

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Wolf Budget Includes Energy Efficiency and Renewables

The biggest headline grabber from Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s budget proposal is a new severance tax on the oil and gas industry, with much of the revenue going to schools. Leaders in state’s environmental community say they’re pleased with other pieces of the budget plan as well.

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Journal Issue Examines Fracking and Health

The Journal of Environmental Science and Health published a special issue on fracking and health. The collected papers cover a range of issues, from mercury contamination in river ecosystems to access to information about drilling activity.

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