This week on The Allegheny Front, we talk with local researchers about a fungus that’s devastating frog populations across the globe and its impact locally. A citizen science project enlists nature lovers, including kids, to head to their local ponds to gather data on frogs. Plus, how the past might help us act more boldly on climate change. An update on a state investigation into a rare cancer.
LISTEN to the episode (29:00 minutes)
- That Time We Almost Stopped Climate Change… - Forty years ago, we almost stopped climate change. What happened? And more importantly, where does that leave us now? Author Nathaniel Rich has some answers.
- Counting Croaks to Help Science - FrogWatch is a citizen science project that even kids can do. All you need is some training, a clipboard, a stopwatch, and a little patience.
- The Fungus That’s Wiping Out Frogs and Salamanders - Pitt researchers are studying the Chytrid fungus that's causing catastrophic loss to frogs. It's been called an "amphibian apocalypse."
- State: No cancer cluster in Washington County school district - The higher-than-expected rates of a rare bone cancer at Cannon-McMillan School District weren’t “statistically significant.”
- Methane hearing draws concern over state rules, talk of new technology - Methane is a potent greenhouse gas. Environmentalists say proposed state rules are too lenient, industry says they're too costly. But they might bring new technology and jobs to the state.