This week on The Allegheny Front, Pennsylvania goes old-school to prevent forest fires while controlled burns on game lands create habitat for a threatened songbird. The UN warns of mass extinction, a new study says the Ohio River has more fish and Three Mile Island nuclear plant will close in September.
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- UN Warns We’re Headed Toward A Mass Extinction of Wildlife - Nearly one million species could disappear due to human activity. Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Elizabeth Kolbert helps us understand what we'll lose.
- Burning the Forest to Protect One of its Most Threatened Visitors - Normally starting a blaze on public land is frowned upon by the Game Commission, but these fires could help save a warbler from extinction.
- Native Fungi Found to be Deadly to Invasive Pest in Pa - A particular strain of the fungus may be killing spotted lanternflies. Researchers say there is a chance it could stabilize the population of the pest in the future
- Fish Species in Ohio River Have Substantially Increased Since ’60s, Study Finds - Researchers looked at 60 years of fish survey and credit the Clean Water Act, less agriculture near the river and modified dams.
- With New Lookout Towers, Pennsylvania Goes Old-School to Detect Wildfires - Many states have ended lookout programs, but Pennsylvania just built 16 new fire towers. Officials say it's a cost-effective way to monitor remote, rugged terrain.
- Three Mile Island Will Close Sept. 30, as Nuclear Rescue Legislation Stalls in Harrisburg - Some 600 workers will be out of a job. The company says nuclear energy should be valued as a source of carbon-free electricity.