The Allegheny Front Every week, this 30-minute podcast brings you all the environmental news and stories to keep you in the know in Pennsylvania.
The Allegheny Front

The Allegheny Front

From 90.5 WESA

Every week, this 30-minute podcast brings you all the environmental news and stories to keep you in the know in Pennsylvania.

Most Recent Episodes

Exporting Pa. Shale Gas, The Future of Climate Policy and Some Advice from a Longtime Envi...

American natural gas is exported to 35 countries, including Japan. But some Pennsylvanians have been forced to give up their land in the process. We talk with Obama's chief climate negotiator on the future of climate action and a longtime environmentalist on advice to the new generation solving the climate crisis. Arrests made in a security scheme along the troubled Mariner East Pipeline construction project.

Exporting Pa. Shale Gas, The Future of Climate Policy and Some Advice from a Longtime Envi...

Grappling with the enormity of the climate crisis

From talking to kids about the uncertainty of a warming planet to educating ourselves about climate science, we hear from people grappling with the enormity of the climate crisis. Listen on: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google | TuneIn

The Good River, Ban Fracking, No More Petrochemical Plants

One community along the Ohio River is using outdoor recreation to boost its economy, kicking off a new series about the wonder and worries of the Ohio River watershed. Plus, the fallout from Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto's announcement opposing more petrochemical plants in Pennsylvania. A Philly charter school didn't notify parents when high levels of lead where found in the school's water fountains.

Pa.'s fracked gas fuels plastics in Scotland; how the border wall is bad for wildlife

While fracking is banned in Scotland, fracked gas from Pennsylvania is imported there to make plastic. The FBI is investigating the Wolf administration for its role in permitting of the Mariner East pipeline. The Pa. AG says climate change is costing the state hundreds of millions of dollars. A report from the borderlands: how the wall will impact wildlife.

Pa.'s fracked gas fuels plastics in Scotland; how the border wall is bad for wildlife

First ever EcoDistrict, living next to a toxic coal ash site, reading smokestacks for pollution

The world's first certified EcoDistrict is a former steel town along the Allegheny River. As USEPA looks to loosen regulations for coal ash waste, what it's like to live near the largest of these toxic sites in the nation. Calls for stricter rules for coke ovens in Allegheny County, while everyday people learn to monitor smokestacks for air pollution. Listen on: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google | TuneIn

First ever EcoDistrict, living next to a toxic coal ash site, reading smokestacks for pollution

Episode for November 1, 2019

A researcher is calling for solutions to keep plastic pollution out of rivers. A new report shows worrisome levels of contaminants in drinking water across the U.S. and in Pittsburgh. How indigenous communities are looking to the sun and alternatives for affordable energy. Plus the largest underground coal mining company goes bankrupt. Listen on: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google | TuneIn

Episode for October 25, 2019

Backyard fires might be fun but ultrafine particles in the smoke can get into lungs and the bloodstream. A ballot initiative in Pittsburgh to repair and maintain parks has supporters and skeptics. Outdoor Afro celebrates African American leadership and love of nature. President Trump came to town and ripped the Paris climate accord and Democratic climate change plans. Listen on: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google | TuneIn

Toxic Trash, Great Horned Owls, Rick Perry and More

This week on The Allegheny Front, how toxic trash is finally being cleaned up. Plus a host of bills in the Pennsylvania House look to boost the state's economy by encouraging natural gas development. And why birds like the Great Horned Owl could become less common in Pennsylvania's forests.

Bad news for pumpkin lovers

A group of residents keep an eye on a polluting coke plant that a judge has allowed to stay open. New rules for pig slaughterhouses may put pork and worker safety at risk. Families of cancer patients want the state to look at fracking. Actors get into character as creatures of the night for family-friendly hikes. Plus, bad news for pumpkin lovers.

Recycling oyster shells to help the Chesapeake Bay

Pittsburgh restaurants are recycling oyster shells to help restore the Chesapeake Bay. We report from Scotland about how ethane from Pa.'s fracking boom is fueling the world's thirst for plastic. Researchers are trying to figure out what's killing apple trees. Pennsylvania will join a regional cap-and-trade program for carbon emissions. Using artificial intelligence to predict landslides.

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