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.
The author of the Aberdeen Bestiary cataloged living things known—and in some cases imagined—to 12th century Britons. Mixing fact with fancy, the Bestiary gives us little indication whether the author even knew the difference. In the new book, The Urban Bestiary: Encountering the Everyday Wild, nature writer Lyanda Lynn Haupt gives a modern version of a bestiary.
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.
An environmental group wants to see details about a drilling plan for Loyalsock State Forest. But it says the independent state agency charged with managing public records is keeping too much of the plan a secret.
Do we Americans love our garbage? With our plastic bags and "waste managers," we sure do, says journalist Edward Humes, author of Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash. He will be at the Pittsburgh Health and Environment Conference on October 25, and he spoke with The Allegheny Front's Julie Grant about the book.
West Virginia’s high mountain country looks unlike anything else in Appalachia. This unique beauty and wildlife is one reason the Nature Conservancy booked a tourist train ride into mountain country celebrating their 50th year working in the state. They also showed off their conservation successes.
The Carrie Blast Furnaces, outside of Pittsburgh, were once the site of major iron production. Since their closing three decades ago, nature has rebounded, giving the industrial site new life.
It's been a busy week in Marcellus shale development news. Headlines included new data on whether fracking is making people in western Pennsylvania sick, reports about supressed science on fracking, and news about a state official moonlighting as a leasing agent.
For decades, deer have been blamed for mowing down sections of forests. Research suggests lower numbers of deer through management efforts are making a difference—but it's unclear if other factors are also holding forests back.
When many people hear the name “Frick” it sparks turn-of-the-century memories of black, billowing smoke stacks of an industry long past—the product of Henry Clay Frick. Despite thousands of visitors to Pittsburgh’s Frick Park each year, few consider another Frick, Henry Clay's daughter Helen, who established the park.