County fines U.S. Steel more than $360K for violations at Clairton plant

The Allegheny County Health Department on Wednesday fined U.S. Steel $361,400 for over 300 air pollution and permit violations at the Clairton Coke Works dating back to October.

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Joe Biden weighs new climate proposals, despite GOP attacks

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A 16-year-old climate activist says she is trying to find “ways that we can continue to push Joe Biden … to adopt the progressive and bold policies that we know are necessary if he’s going to get the strength and the power of of young voters.”

Forests vs. climate change: Researchers race to understand what drought means for the world's trees

We’re already seeing signs of accelerated forest mortality around the world. And it’s not just arid regions that may see forest die-offs, new research finds.

Volkswagen ordered to offer compensation for emissions scandal

Thousands of German motorists can now claim damages from the carmaker.

COVID-19 is changing the face of the energy business

Even once the world picks up again, the basics of the energy business will reflect the legacy of the 2020 pandemic.

How the coronavirus is impacting 4 environmental issues in Pittsburgh

From less traffic to more plastic, how the coronavirus shut-down has impacted Pittsburgh.

This 'quantum dot' tech helps grow more plants indoors

Indoor farms can grow more food than fields by using special recipes of LED lights to induce more plant growth. This new technology lets a regular greenhouse achieve the same effect.

Do bike share programs actually increase bike commuting?

Daily commuter routes are difficult to track, and no one knew for what purposes people rented the bikes.
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