The Allegheny Front Environmental Podcast show

The Allegheny Front Environmental Podcast

Summary: Each week, The Allegheny Front, an award-winning public radio program hosted by Matthew Craig, explores environmental issues and the natural history of Western Pennsylvania and beyond with interviews, feature stories and commentary.

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 Loving the Delaware, Bald Eagles Bring Joy, Ecological Mismatch | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:58

Bald eagles are bringing joy to Philadelphians, while one artist shows off her love of the Delaware. Climate change is causing many plants to leaf out or bud early. This mismatch could wreak havoc on the ecosystem. Why a new air permit at the Clairton Coke Works could increase pollution emissions.

 Fracking wastewater, a pipeline whistleblower, and life along the Delaware | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:58

Why fracking wastewater injected deep underground could come back to the surface. A whistleblower claims there are safety issues with the pipeline that will supply Shell's ethane cracker.  A look at life along the Delaware River.

 New projects protects biodiversity; Energy companies agree to pay landowners, protect a preserve | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:58

Sales of special license plates help fund research for rare species. Conservationists plant a red spruce forest for northern flying squirrels, ready in 50 years. Settlements with energy companies will pay some landowners and protect a nature preserve. And one man's love of wetlands.

 Fracking chemicals found in the bodies of people living near gas wells | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:58

An investigation finds fracking chemicals in the bodies of people living near gas wells in SW Pa. Fossil fuel reps say gas and coal are part of the climate solution. Some Pa. Democratic lawmakers agree. For our First Person series, we talk with a young forester about how she came to love the outdoors. News about plastic bag bans, a tax on gas, and the Revolution pipeline. 

 Banning fracking in the Delaware watershed; farming to help the climate; cooking with gas | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:58

Fracking is banned in the Delaware River watershed. Farmers can help reduce carbon in the atmosphere. But what's in it for them? A contentious budget hearing for the Pennsylvania DEP brings up RGGI and falsehoods. The plot to get Americans to cook with gas. We head out for some winter fun. 

 Episode for February 19, 2021 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:58

Redlining has led to fewer green spaces in many communities across the country. We kick off a new series talking with Black leaders in environmental organizations with Grow Pittsburgh's new executive director. People in counties with drilling activity haven't seen the economic benefits of the industry. Citizen science projects you can do from your couch. 

 Frack waste injection wells; Ski ballet; and Sowing seeds for summer gardens | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:56

Some in Ohio say frack waste injection wells are being permitted in places where they don’t belong. Activists want a permit revoked for an injection well near Pittsburgh. A local practitioner shows us his version of ski ballet. There may be snow on the ground, but we're planning for that summer garden now. 

 Clean air in Pittsburgh, a gas well leak in Ohio, and climbers reckon with racism in New River Gorge | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:58

What you need to know about Allegheny County meeting federal air standards for the first time ever. Meanwhile, Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf's budget address doesn't mention climate, a gas well spews wastewater in Ohio, and New River Gorge rock climbers reckon with racist route names. 

 In PA: Illegal trash dumping; solar energy; mine damage to streams | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:58

Reports of illegal dumping are up in Pennsylvania. Why? A wastewater authority is promoting solar energy in Centre County. A report criticizes DEP for allowing coal mining to damage streams. Allegheny County finally meets air quality standards.

 Solar fears; public lands; and a climate scientist's hope | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:58

Fears of harms from solar panels have been disproven by scientists. The Biden administration's policies on public lands will be be very different from Trump's. We look at environmental issues in the Pennsylvania legislature in the coming year. Climate scientist Michael Mann discusses new tactics by climate deniers, and why he's so optimistic for the future.

 The Trump on Earth Series Finale! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 38:32

We've come to the end of our Trump on Earth podcast. After four years and 100 episodes, we take a look at the biggest rollbacks of the Trump administration, and the impacts on climate change, science and public lands. It's an episode you don't want to miss!

 A solar boom for Pa, anti-protest bill for Ohio, EPA insider on role of science | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:58

Pennsylvania is on the cusp of a solar boom, but are some against rows of solar panels in their backyards. Efforts in Ohio to create heavier penalties for trespass of infrastructure like gas pipelines. A former Trump EPA official shares his story and concerns about the role of science at the agency.

 Top stories of 2020: A plastics boom on hold, Appalachian Fall and Environmental Justice | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:58

A look back at environmental stories of 2020. Blaming the pandemic, some people doubt that a petrochemical boom will come to the Ohio Valley. The boom and bust of the coal industry means Appalachia needs new economic solutions to undo decades of neglect. And the massive protests against racial discrimination last year brought more attention to environmental justice. 

 The last frontier of the farm-to-table movement; a winter hike; the iconic American chestnut | File Type: audio/x-wav | Duration: 29:00

We slow down and revisit some stories from 2020. An author discusses the last frontier of the farm-to-table movement: local flour. Researchers hope to restore the American chestnut with the help of genetic engineering. We take a hike that learn what to see and hear in winter. A car accident causes climate activists to hit "pause" and explore their feelings of anger and hope.

 Local communities take climate action; hungry beetles eat hemlock woolly adelgid | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:58

Local communities take climate action, with the help of a state program. Scientists combat an invasive insect killing hemlocks by introducing a new beetle. The sounds of nature are good for our health.  


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