In this episode, we take a look ahead to the opening of Pittsburgh’s new uber-green environmental center and investigate whether Shell’s new petrochemical facility could erase western Pennsylvania’s recent gains in air quality.
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Stories in this episode
- Could Shell’s Ethane Cracker Erase Recent Gains in Air Quality?
Shell's new petrochemical facility in western Pennsylvania could bring emissions of some air pollutants back to levels the region hasn't seen since the 1990s.
- This is Exactly How Natural Gas Gets Turned Into Plastics
Our energy reporter Reid Frazier digs into how Shell's new ethane cracker will turn natural gas into one of the building blocks of modern life.
- Hey, Pittsburgh. You Now Have the Greenest City Building in the World.
Geothermal heating, a parking area covered in solar panels and a rainwater collection system are just a few of the bells and whistles that make Pittsburgh's new Frick Environmental Center a marvel of green design.
- In Coal Country, A Town is Wary of Candidates’ Big Campaign Promises
The ever-shifting debate over energy policy has many in a Pennsylvania coal town fired up–and worried–about the outcome of this year's presidential election.
- ‘Mighty’ Etna: The Greening of a Blue-Collar River Town
When a flood devastated the river town of Etna in 2004, the community set in motion a radical plan to cope with its stormwater problems using green infrastructure.