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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 Restoring the American Chestnut, Mariner East investigation, Coping with climate change | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:58

Researchers are hoping a genetically modified American chestnut can help restore this giant to eastern forests. Others are opposed. Emergency planners in communities along the Mariner East pipeline say they've been left in the dark. A psychologist discusses how to cope with the anxiety of climate change. Plus news about radioactivity from gas wells. 

 Trump vs The Courts, fracking in the elections, a coal magnet gets deadly mining disease | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:58

Why Trump keeps losing in court. How will the issue of fracking influence the 2020 election? A coal magnet who fought mine safety rules filed for black lung benefits. Allegheny County improves its handling of applications for air pollution permits. 

 A rare bird, a more conservative Supreme Court and climate migration | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:58

A rare bird, both male and female, is banded during fall migration. What a more conservative Supreme Court means for climate and environmental cases. How cities should prepare to welcome people escaping climate-related disasters. Plus, Ohio's complaint system for gas industry is 'impossible' to use.

 What losing RBG means for the environment | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:58

Remembering the environmental legacy of RBG. Will massive wildfires finally convince the public climate change is real? Plus, one way to get office buildings to reduce their carbon footprints could be to make energy use public.  Proposed Ohio cracker plant to get ethane from Pa. driller. 

 Is the plastics boom a bust for Appalachia? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:58

How realistic is a petrochemical boom in the Ohio Valley? Authors of "Appalachian Fall" say lessons from coal country can help what's ailing America. Groups challenge new federal air rules for ethane crackers. Plus, a study links air pollution and risk of stroke in heart patients. Pa. is a step closer to joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

 Reimagining Appalachia, gutting methane rules, reviewing cap-and-trade | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:58

How Appalachia reimagines itself, with an equitable, carbon neutral future. An Obama-era climate rule that Big Oil actually liked is gutted by the EPA. Why? Will a controversial cap-and-trade program reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Pennsylvania?

 An epidemic of Black Lung disease; Coalition of labor & enviro groups endorse Biden | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:58

This Labor Day: Why a coalition of environmental groups and unions endorsed Joe Biden. Coal miners are suffering from an epidemic of Black Lung disease, COVID is making it worse. Federal judges throw out Pa.'s air rules for coal plants that address smog. Rare bipartisan support for community solar projects. 

 Are plastic bags safer than reusables; farmworkers face heat, smoke and Covid | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:58

What's better in a pandemic -- plastic or reusable bags? Farmworkers' jobs are becoming more dangerous from heat, coronavirus, and smoke from wildfires. Despite decreasing emissions, climate change is making air quality worse. "Bomb trains" get federal go-ahead.

 Engaging communities of color in nature, enviro research on hold due to pandemic, drilling in the arctic | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:58

The pandemic is delaying climate and environmental research at Penn State. Outdoor Afro works to connect Black people to nature, while one expert says nature groups need to do more to engage communities of color. Opening up the National Arctic Wildlife Refuge to drilling. 

 Drilling mud spill, PA legislature's inaction on climate, landscaping with goats | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:58

Drilling mud from Mariner East pipeline construction gets into a state park lake. Why Pennsylvania's GOP-led legislature isn't acting on climate. EPA rolls back rule on methane emissions, a potent greenhouse gas. Meanwhile, a TIME journalist says 2020 may be our last best chance to stop climate change. Landscaping with goats.

 A bribery scandal, voters's views on environmental issues & a one-of-a-kind prairie in PA | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:58

An alleged bribery scandal at the highest levels of Ohio politics produced a clean air bill that benefitted nuclear and coal plants over renewables. Plus, how important are environmental issues for voters as they head to the polls in November? And a one-of-a-kind prairie habitat in Pennsylvania is home to an endangered rattlesnake and a lot of wildflowers.

 Following Pennsylvania shale gas to Scotland | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:58

Following Pennsylvania shale gas to Scotland, where ethane is being made into plastic. We also delve into the Scottish fracking debate and how they're dealing with plastic pollution. News about a green stimulus plan for Pennsylvania and reimagining Appalachia with a clean, sustainable future for all. 

 Racist bird names, major pipeline rulings, and a trip to Ice Mountain | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:58

Changing bird names tied to racism and colonialism. What recent court rulings against major pipelines mean for 'energy dominance,' the environment and Indigenous rights. A trip to Ice Mountain where rare plants grow and cool air seeps out of ice vents deep in the rocks.

 Native plants, invasive shrubs and Pennsylvania's future forests | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:58

The race to save a plant so rare, few have ever seen it. Native plants can create habitat yard by yard. The combo of an invasive shrub and mice could be bad for future forests. News about the Ohio ethane cracker, tax breaks for natural gas and one of Trump’s biggest environmental rollbacks yet. 

 Navigating fracking-related health problems; regulating coke ovens; divesting from fossil fuels | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:58

Environmental health advocates weigh in on the grand jury report that says the state didn’t do enough to protect residents from the industry. Plus a court says the federal government needs to step up to regulate coke ovens. And climate activist Bill McKibben on why divesting from fossil fuels makes financial sense.


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