In this episode of the Allegheny Front, we investigate why a slowdown in the coal industry may lead to fewer abandoned mine clean ups, and explore the subversive environmental legacy of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.
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Stories in this episode
- Mister Rogers, the Quiet Environmentalist - If you thought Mister Rogers' Neighborhood was just a wimpy kids show about feelings, think again. According to a new book, it was subversive social commentary that took on all kinds of political issues.
- Wild Elk are Heading (Back) to West Virginia - West Virginia will soon be getting back a species it hasn't seen since the time of the Civil War. And elk could also be a key engine for rehabilitating old mine lands across the country.
- Why Coal’s Recent Slide Makes it Harder to Clean Up its Dirty Past - Because clean-up funds for old mines are tied to revenues from current mining operations, a slow-down in the industry could delay the clean-up of hundreds of abandoned mines in Pennsylvania.
- As the Planet Warms, Extreme Cold is Still a Bigger Killer - Usually when extreme weather hits, we think of heat waves as being the biggest threat. But according to many scientific studies, cold is still a bigger killer.
- City’s Bid to Pump Great Lakes Water Could Be a Precedent Setter - Under the complex laws governing Great Lakes water, Pennsylvania will have veto power over whether a Wisconsin city can pull its drinking water from Lake Michigan.