This week, we explore how tourism impacts local communities and their natural resources like the Canaan Valley in West Virginia. It's become a trendy tourist destination, which is good for business, but it's straining the resources of a county with just 7,000 year-round residents. We take a trip to Appalachia's Ice Mountain, where rare plants have existed since the Ice Age, and cool air seeps out of ice vents deep in the rocks. Plus, a conversation with Pennsylvania's first director of outdoor recreation.
We have a special show about Indigenous people, land, water, and culture. We look at how the pawpaw, a fruit that grows in the eastern US, continues to live in the memories and language of Indigenous people forced to move west. Then, we talk with an Indigenous scientist about her book that contrasts conservation science with Indigenous knowledge about the natural world. Plus, a paddler from the Seneca Nation takes a journey down the Allegheny River to draw attention to protecting waterways.
We talk with three families who are leaving or have left Beaver County because of Shell's ethane cracker, fearing pollution, and looking for better opportunities. Pennsylvania is looking at bringing American martens, a small weasel, back to the state's forests. Plus, we visit a one-of-a-kind prairie habitat in Pennsylvania, home to an endangered rattlesnake and wildflowers.
Greene County residents who say their water has been contaminated from a fracking incident want action. We'll also hear about a PR campaign by natural gas companies that targets people of color. A farmer says a gas well is as loud as a jet engine. But the noise isn’t from fracking. It’s from supercomputers mining cryptocurrency.
Residents of a tiny coal town in West Virginia went without clean water for a decade until a California nonprofit stepped in. We revisit the story of a volunteer who tried to restore a stream until Sunoco began building the Mariner East pipeline. A new study finds urban woodlands are filled with invasive plants. Plus, how to spot poison hemlock, and news about a fracking incident.
We talk with one reporter who says the Supreme Court EPA decision could result in more expensive regulations for power plants. We also take a closer look at why Pennsylvania and other states are suing the US Postal Service over a lack of electric vehicles in its plan to replace its fleet. And, researchers are using a program trained to identify bird species from hours of birdsong recorded in the forest to help with conservation.
Pennsylvania environment and energy leaders react to the Supreme Court’s EPA climate ruling. Plus, we revisit our stories in the series Farmers Wanted, which examines the challenges of cultivating a new generation of farmers in Pennsylvania. We also replay our conversation with the author of a speculative novel about survival after climate disaster and plastic pollution.
Will a new regulation that curbs air pollution in the Mon Valley give residents more clean air days? And, a new study shows black lung disease in younger coal miners is caused by silica dust. A discussion on the catastrophe that coal has left behind. Plus, a look at what could make agriculture a more sustainable job choice in the future.
We visit a property in Butler County that was once plagued by acid mine drainage, but now it’s a paradise for migrating birds and art. We also talk with the author of a new bird guide that's for enthusiasts and beginners alike. Plus, a massive new proposal to build an LNG plant along the Delaware faces environmental justice concerns.
It's been years in the planning and building stages. Now, Shell's ethane cracker along the Ohio River is finally going online this summer. This week, we're talking to people in the communities surrounding the massive plant -- from neighbors who are fearful of pollution to others who are hopeful for new jobs. And, how one activist is looking to protect public health while others are preparing to keep an eye on the Ohio for plastic pollution from the plant.
Pittsburgh is helping residents prepare for a rainier future. And community advocates want racist housing policies taken into account when planning for green infrastructure. Plus, the author of a new book says facing our emotions about the climate crisis is just as important as taking action.
Conservationists are working hard to save a plant so rare, few have ever seen it. And entomologist Doug Tallamy wants people to ditch half of their manicured, green lawn in favor of native plants to feed bees and other pollinators. We'll also meet members of a garden group who are gently encouraging people to retire their lawnmowers.