This week on The Allegheny Front, environmental activists are wrestling with the demand for cheap natural gas. Plus, scientists look at novel ways to stop an invasive pest from killing hemlock trees. And many of us love glitter. But it’s spreading more than holiday cheer in our waterways
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- New York’s Heralded Fracking Ban Isn’t all it’s Cracked up to be- You can’t frack for natural gas in New York. But that ban doesn’t apply to pipelines carrying Pennsylvania gas or the building of natural gas power plants that need fuel.
- Turns Out Birds Like to Eat Local, Too- A new study finds that native plants are better "food hubs" for birds than non-native plants.
- Scientists Try to Fight Back Against Tree-Killing Bug- The hemlock woolly adelgid is almost impossible to see with the naked eye. But the tiny insect causes lots of damage to hemlock trees and their surroundings.
- Glitter Spreads More than Holiday Cheer- This time of year, glitter is everywhere: holiday cards, decorations -- and in our waterways.
- Fracking Linked to Low Birth Weight in Infants Born in Pennsylvania- The study tried to answer, "How close do we have to be to the fracking before there is a health effect?"
- Hunting With the Grandparents- "While my grandmother Olive and I stood ready on the back porch, guns in hand, blaze orange vests and hats pulled down, my grandfather sorted through his various hunting supplies in the house, looking for a different orange hat than the one he had on."