More than 30 Pittsburgh environmental groups stand behind this statement on justice, race and responsibility

During the COVID-19 crisis, the people of southwestern Pennsylvania have learned much about who we are, who we want to be, and the need for unity and leadership in the face of loss and uncertainty.

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31 Pittsburgh environmental groups on justice, race and responsibility

A responsible path forward ensures a healthier region, including clean air, clean water, access to outdoor green spaces and a stable climate — for all.

Leandra Mira speaks for Pittsburgh's youth on the need to declare an Earth Day climate emergency

The coronavirus pandemic has illuminated how certain communities are less protected from contagious diseases. These are the very same communities that are less protected from pollution and environmental injustices.

Marine life photographer Cristina Mittermeier protects our ‘blue gold’ oceans

For National Geographic photographer Cristina Mittermeier, protecting the blue in our blue marble of a world has become her life's work.

PA: Rep. Mike Doyle picks up Sierra Club endorsement, but challenger says he never received a questionnaire

Doyle's primary election opponent, Jerry Dickinson, says he's disappointed with the Allegheny Group's endorsement and feels the process was not fair to his campaign.
Plastic Pollution

Bill potentially allocating billions in subsidies to future petrochemical facilities clears Pa. legislature

The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue estimates that the tax credit program will cost the state approximately $22 million per plant per year, until 2050.

As forests burn around the world, drinking water is at risk

Fabric curtains stretch across the huge Warragamba Dam to trap ash and sediment expected to wash off wildfire-scorched slopes and into the reservoir that holds 80% of untreated drinking water for the Greater Sydney area.

Rep. Mike Doyle backs the CLEAN Future Act. How does it compare to the Green New Deal?

A group of U.S. Representatives from the House Energy and Commerce Committee, including local Rep. Mike Doyle, released details on Wednesday about the CLEAN Future Act, a plan to tackle the causes and effects of climate change.

35 vintage photos reveal what Los Angeles looked like before the US regulated pollution

Before the EPA, the US environment was not federally protected. Here are 35 vintage photos showing Los Angeles before regulations limited the damage.

Pittsburgh received 50+ inches of precipitation for first time ever in consecutive years

Last year was the third wettest year on record in Pittsburgh history. More than 52 inches of precipitation fell over Southwestern Pennsylvania.

Pittsburgh’s fracking industry cut more than 400 jobs in 2019, with more cuts likely on the way

Last year, Pittsburgh's fracking industry cut hundreds of jobs, and the outlook for 2020 could be even worse for the natural gas extraction field.

How 3 Pittsburgh architects are fighting climate change right now

Buildings create 80% of our city’s greenhouse gas emissions. These three architects are fighting climate change each day as they design good buildings.

Where do Allegheny County’s elected officials stand on the fight over fracking and cracker plants?

Two factions are wrestling over the future of the natural-gas and petrochemical industries in the region, and whether to support their growth or to transition away.

California is becoming a nightmare. Here's why the state is getting unlivable, according to science

In the past decade, California has seen a devastating drought, deadly earthquakes and fires, and skyrocketing homelessness.

Fact checking Gov. Tom Wolf’s KDKA radio interview on cracker plants and natural gas

Wolf claimed in the roughly six-minute interview that cracker plants and continuation of the natural gas industry would be a net good for the environment, and disagreed with Peduto's denouncement of the petrochemical industry. City Paper has identified three major claims made by Wolf and has fact-checked them to determine their accuracy.

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The dangers of opinion masquerading as fact in science journals: Jerrold J. Heindel

A call for unbiased, honest science in peer-reviewed journals.

Join the “Agents of Change” discussion on research and activism

Four of the fellows who participated in the program this year will discuss their ongoing research, activism, and experiences with publishing their ideas in the public sphere.

Beyond the “silver lining” of emissions reductions: Clean energy takes a COVID-19 hit

With job loss and stifled development in the renewable energy sector, economists, politicians, and advocates say policy action is necessary to stay on track.

Blaming the COVID-19 messengers—public health officials under siege: Derrick Z. Jackson

The pandemic has put public health officials in a perilous place—caught between the common good and the often-toxic American drive for personal freedom.

Cutting edge of science

An exclusive look at important research just over the horizon that promises to impact our health and the environment

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