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The Allegheny Front

Philadelphia neighborhoods

Episode for February 19, 2021

A racist government policy enacted decades ago has led to fewer green spaces in many communities across the country. Grow Pittsburgh has a new executive director. People in counties with drilling activity haven't seen the economic benefits of the industry. Counting penguins from your couch.
OMNI Energy Group

Episode for February 12, 2021

Some in Ohio say frack waste injection wells are being permitted in places where they don’t belong. Activists want a permit revoked for an injection well near Pittsburgh. A local practitioner shows us his version of ski ballet. There may be snow on the ground, but we're planning for that summer garden now. 
New River Gorge

Episode for February 5, 2021

What you need to know about Allegheny County meeting federal air standards for the first time ever. Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf's budget address doesn't mention climate, a gas well spews wastewater in Ohio, and New River Gorge rock climbers reckon with racist route names. US Supreme Court to hear a pipeline case.
Illegally dumped tires

Episode for January 29, 2021

Reports of illegal dumping are up in Pennsylvania. Why? A wastewater authority is promoting solar energy in Centre County. A report criticizes DEP for allowing coal mining to damage streams. Allegheny County finally meets air quality standards.
Solar Energy

Episode for January 22, 2021

Fears of harms from solar panels have been disproven by scientists. The Biden administration's policies on public lands will be very different from Trump's. We look at environmental issues in the Pennsylvania legislature for the coming year. Climate scientist Michael Mann discusses new tactics by climate deniers, and why he's so optimistic for the future.

Episode for January 15, 2021

We've come to the end of our Trump on Earth podcast. After four years and 100 episodes, we take a look at the biggest rollbacks of the Trump administration, and the impacts on climate change, science and public lands. It's an episode you don't want to miss!
Anti-solar sign in yard

Episode for January 8, 2021

Pennsylvania is on the cusp of a solar boom, but are some against rows of solar panels in their backyards. Efforts in Ohio to create heavier penalties for trespass of infrastructure like gas pipelines. A former Trump EPA official shares his story and concerns about the role of science at the agency.
Belmont County, Ohio cracker plant site

Episode for January 1, 2021

A look back at environmental stories of 2020. Blaming the pandemic, some people doubt that a petrochemical boom will come to the Ohio Valley. The boom and bust of the coal industry means Appalachia needs new economic solutions to undo decades of neglect. And the massive protests against racial discrimination last year brought more attention to environmental justice. 

Episode for December 25, 2020

We slow down and revisit some stories from 2020. Researchers hope to restore the iconic American chestnut with the help of genetic engineering. We take a hike that learn what to see and hear in winter. A car accident causes climate activists to hit "pause" and explore their feelings of anger and hope. An author discusses the last frontier of the farm-to-table movement: local flour.
The Allegheny Front

The Allegheny Front

The Allegheny Front is an environmental reporting outlet covering issues in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.