This week on The Allegheny Front, we continue our series, Wild PA by going down into a cave, and out to the woods, where researchers are worried about how climate change is affecting some bird species. Plus, a mother who lost her son to a toxic chemical asks the government and hardware stores to ban it. (Photo: Reid Frazier)
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Stories in this episode
- Could ‘Herd Immunity’ Save Ash Trees in the Allegheny National Forest?- Emerald ash borers are wiping out ash trees across the country. Researchers are trying to see how many ash trees need to be treated in a forest to protect them all.
- Study Finds Health Threats From Oil and Gas Wastewater Spread on Roads- Spreading oil and gas wastewater has been a cheap way for municipalities to suppress dust on unpaved roads in parts of Pennsylvania for years. But the waste can contain high levels of radioactive materials and other pollutants that are bad for water quality and human health.
- Spring Birdsong Could Change with a Changing Climate- Birds come north in the spring to feed on the explosion of insects and plant life that takes place during North American summers. But a warming planet is changing what we see at our bird feeders and in our forests.
- Building a Better Bat Cave to Combat White-Nose Syndrome- Researchers in Pennsylvania have a plan to make an old roadside attraction into a cooler cave for bats.
- Voices of Energy: Mike Chicka- When something goes wrong in the natural gas fields like a spill or an explosion — somebody has to clean up the mess. This is the guy to call.