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Podcast title The Allegheny Front
Website URL https://www.alleghenyfront.org...
Description The Allegheny Front, hosted by Kara Holsopple, has the environment covered, from energy and food to the birds that visit your backyard. Listen to this podcast and see the world around you differently.
Updated Fri, 17 Jan 2020 23:07:21 +0000
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1. Future of coal, mining impacts and living on a Lake Erie island
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The Trump administration's policies couldn’t keep the largest privately-held coal company from bankruptcy. A new report details impacts from coal mining in Pa., while state park officials say they can't keep up with maintenance needs. Plus, living on a Lake Erie island.



2. Saving lives from the switch to coal to gas, air quality in Pittsburgh, Louisville's riverfronts
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A study shows thousands of lives saved from switching from coal to natural gas for power. Air quality in Pittsburgh and a settlement with U.S. Steel. A proposed EPA rule would limit the kinds of scientific studies used to create environmental and public health regulations. Our Good River series about the Ohio continues.



3. Revisiting 2019: Three Mile Island, criminal investigations into fracking and PFAS in water
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Some of our biggest stories of 2019: 40th anniversary of the partial meltdown at Three Mile Island and links to thyroid cancer; environmental investigations involving the fracking boom; and a court order not publish the details of an agreement between a gas driller and residents. Plus, PFAS contamination of drinking water.



4. Stories about saving bats, mussels, insects and birds
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Some of our best conservation stories of 2019: Surveying Pittsburgh rivers for a salamander important for an endangered mussel. Hope for bats devastated by white-nose syndrome. What we know about insect die-offs. Plus, friendship in birdwatching.



5. Pa. gas and the connection to plastic in the ocean; climate change and strip mining equals flooding; hemp growers with high hopes
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In Scotland, efforts to keep plastic produced from Pa. shale gas out of the ocean. Climate change means more rain in our region. Will aging infrastructure protect towns from flooding? The strip mining and flooding connection in a warming world. Hemp growers have high hopes of turning a profit...someday. 



6. A focus on the Ohio River: plastic pollution, green infrastructure, sustainability
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Shell’s ethane cracker in Beaver County will produce tiny plastic pellets that can spill or escape the plant. Will the Ohio River be protected? RiverWise is embracing sustainability in Beaver County. Plus, there's a new plan to keep sewage overflows out of Pittsburgh's three rivers. A CMU study finds economic value from natural gas in the region, but also premature deaths.



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



8. Grappling with the enormity of the climate crisis
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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.

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9. The Good River, Ban Fracking, No More Petrochemical Plants
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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. 



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



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

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12. Episode for November 1, 2019
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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.

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13. Episode for October 25, 2019
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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.

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14. Toxic Trash, Great Horned Owls, Rick Perry and More
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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.



15. Bad news for pumpkin lovers
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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. 



16. Recycling oyster shells to help the Chesapeake Bay
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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.



17. Who's listening when it comes to fracking in Ohio?
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A special series looks at how fracking is impacting people there, from complaints about strange odors and traffic, to a push to establish a health registry for people who live near gas infrastructure. 

 



18. Episode for September 20, 2019
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We're focusing on climate change this week with a look at the state of climate education in Pa. schools. One student grapples with her questions about climate change. Plus, we talk with a philosopher about how to combat climate denial.  In Ohio, "secret" chemicals were injected nearly 11,000 times into fracking wells in a 5-year period. 

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19. Episode for September 13, 2019
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How a loophole in the law allowed fracking pollutants to go to a landfill, through a sewage plant and into the Mon River. Democratic candidates laid out their climate plans at a town hall. We asked an environmental politics professor to evaluate them. A federal appeals court deals a blow to the PennEast Pipeline. Plus, when chimney swifts roost, it's quite a sight.

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20. Episode for September 6, 2019
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A clover thought to be extinct was discovered in the region and has rebounded. One Pennsylvania town passed a single-use plastic ban, despite a state law prohibiting local bans for a year. The Amazon is burning, and that's bad for birds. Pa lawmakers propose a cap-and-trade bill that could take years to pass.

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21. Episode for August 30, 2019
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For this Labor Day weekend: An epidemic of fatal black lung disease among coal miners, a ride along with a wildlife officer and a profile of an energy auditor. Hundreds of parents petition Pittsburgh's school district to stop spraying a controversial weed killer. News about Beaver County pipelines and the Clairton Coke Works.

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22. Episode for August 23, 2019
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This week on The Allegheny Front, coal fields are fertile ground for fast growing grasses that can be used for biofuel. And a fungus is changing the behavior of infected cicadas. Plus, renewable energy is making up a larger share of energy production as aging nuclear plants are decommissioned.

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23. Episode for August 16, 2019
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President Trump visits the Shell ethane cracker to tout his energy and economic policies. The secretary of the California EPA talks about Trump's roll back of fuel efficiency standards. PFAS contamination is likely at the Pittsburgh International Airport. Climate activists take stock after a tree falls on their car. Pennsylvanians support taxing gas drillers to pay for infrastructure upgrades.

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24. Episode for August 9, 2019
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A conservation group is working to keep purple martins in our region, but loss of habitat, invasive species and now climate change threaten the bird. A pioneering mussel researcher reflects on her career trying to save this freshwater animal.  A study links fracking with anxiety and depression in pregnant women. Climate change will cause people to have to leave their homes. We have the story of two brothers.

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