Sierra Club Lake Erie Group: New plant won't 'recycle' plastics, just perpetuate pollution

The benefits that IRG claims would accrue to the community and the environment if its plant were built, even if accurate, are heavily outweighed by the foreseeable long-term human health costs and environmental damage of operating the proposed plant.

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Joanne Kilgour: Together, we can choose a different future for Appalachian communities

We need an ambitious national policy agenda that supports the people and places hit hardest by our changing economy.

Alison L. Steele: Drilling down into air quality

The American Lung Association recently released its 2021 State of the Air report.The report shows Allegheny County with some of the worst air quality in the nation, receiving failing grades in every category.


Edward Ketyer: ‘Better than before’ is not good enough

Pittsburghers old enough to remember the first Earth Day in 1970 would agree with the assertion in the April 27 letter "Natural Gas's Positive Effect on Our Air" that the air looks cleaner now than it did before.


Under Trump, our public lands are spewing carbon dioxide

This administration promotes oil and gas drilling at all costs. As leaders of the Natural Resources panel, we will pursue a better path.


Lindsey Carmichael: PFAS contamination of our water supplies is real and costly

A thriving economy depends on a productive workforce and a productive workforce requires a healthy population. A healthy population depends on safe, clean drinking water.


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Common plastics emit global warming pollution

Six-pack rings, plastic bags, and similar products are among the culprits.

John Abraham: some of the countries leading on climate change might surprise you

Iran is tackling the potential water supply crisis exacerbated by climate change


Dana Nuccitelli: The Trump administration has entered Stage 5 climate denial

At least the Trump administration doesn't deny basic climate science in this report. But they've taken the nihilistic viewpoint that we're screwed and nothing we do matters.


John Abraham: Victims of Hurricane Michael voted for climate deniers

Elections have consequences. Denying science has consequences. And we are reaping what we sow.

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We’re dumping loads of retardant chemicals to fight wildfires. What does it mean for wildlife?

As western wildfires become bigger and more intense, state and federal fire agencies are using more and more aerial fire retardant, prompting concerns over fish kills, aquatic life, and water quality.

LISTEN: Why is it taking so long for Pennsylvania to regulate toxic chemicals in drinking water?

The chemicals, known as PFAS, are linked to health effects including cancer, thyroid disease, high cholesterol, pregnancy-induced hypertension, asthma, and ulcerative colitis.

Researchers, doctors call for regulators to reassess safety of taking acetaminophen during pregnancy

The painkiller, taken by half of pregnant women worldwide, could be contributing to rising rates of reproductive system problems and neurodevelopmental disorders like ADHD and autism.

Ocean plastic pollution

Too much plastic is ending up in the ocean — and making its way back onto our dinner plates.

LISTEN: Azmal Hossan on the sociology of climate crises in South Asia

"If we look at the rate of carbon emissions, most is emitted by the developed and industrialized countries, but the problem is poor countries like Bangladesh are the main sufferers."

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