How much do energy industry jobs pay? A look at the data

Data on clean energy jobs is important in Pennsylvania, where there is tension between a robust fossil-fuel industry and what scientists say is the need to cut carbon emissions to mitigate the effects of climate change.
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U.S. Steel is challenging an Allegheny County proposed air quality regulation

In a legal brief filed on Sept. 9, the steel company is arguing that proposed regulations related to the settlement are not applicable to Clairton Coke Works' coke oven batteries.


LISTEN: EHN's Pittsburgh reporter featured on "We Can Be" podcast

EHN's Pittsburgh reporter, Kristina Marusic, is featured on this week's episode of the Heinz Endowments' "We Can Be" podcast.

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Global action on harmful PFAS chemicals is long overdue: Study

The scientific community has known for decades that a group of widely-used chemicals is causing health harms across the globe, but effective policies aimed at curbing those impacts lag far behind the research, according to a new study.

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Pa.’s RGGI rule, which would put a price on carbon dioxide, nears finish line after oversight board vote

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a cap-and-trade program among 11 northeastern and mid-Atlantic states, aims to cut carbon emissions by charging power plants for each ton of pollution they emit.

Exposure to air pollution below legal limits still linked to premature deaths

Long-term exposure to air pollution is linked to higher levels of illness and mortality even when air pollution levels are well below legal limits, according to a new study.

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Ohio to stop using AquaSalina deicer from oil, gas well water waste

The Ohio Department of Transportation plans to stop purchasing a deicer made from processed brine drawn from oil and gas wells.
Plastic Pollution

DOE urged to weigh environmental inequity from U.S. ethane boom

Efforts to expand production and exports of ethane—a natural gas byproduct used to make plastics—were criticized by groups that told the Department of Energy Tuesday that any job gains wouldn’t benefit regions bearing the brunt of environmental damage.

Who knows what they'll fish out of the Connoquenessing at the 10th annual creek cleanup?

Over the past nine years, volunteers from the Allegheny Aquatic Alliance have fished 627,074 pounds of trash and more than 7,244 tires out of Connoquenessing Creek, which flows through Butler and Beaver counties.

PA cities have a sewer-system problem. Green infrastructure can help—but comes with its own risks

Heavier rain related to climate change could make the problem worse. Some who work on these issues say green infrastructure should be part of community-based efforts in order to help residents who face the greatest environmental burdens.

Editorial: Fracking in Pennsylvania used toxic ‘forever chemicals’ as Pa. officials maintain willful ignorance

The Philadelphia Inquirer's editorial board identified the use of PFAS in eight fracking wells. Only the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection can shed light on the full scope.

Burning for Bitcoin: A waste coal-burning, crypto-mining pirate ship sets sail in PA

While Bitcoin is the shiny veneer of the operation, it's actually a means to an end—giving Scrubgrass a reason to run more than the electric grid needs so it can continue to burn waste coal.

Legal gaps leave fracking a radioactive mess

Oil and gas production including fracking can produce radioactive waste with risks to human health, say Bemnet Alemayehu and Amy Mall of the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Gassy coal mines can be environmental commodities. CNX shows how

There is so much unwanted gas coming out of American coal mines—those that still produce coal and even those that have long quit—that federal data suggests it outpaces the carbon emissions footprint of the entire U.S. petrochemical industry.

Investigation uncovers Ohio is “illegally” building radioactive mountains, affecting 26 waterways

Everyone knows that oil and gas wells produce oil and natural gas. But few people understand that these wells also produce radioactive waste, or that it's being disposed of in communities alongside household trash.

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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.

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."

Op-ed: We don’t have time for another fossil fuel bridge

Those holding up carbon capture and hydrogen as new climate solutions are leading us down the wrong path.

Climate storytelling: Creativity and imagination in the face of bleak realities

Working with youth writers on a climate-fiction screenplay has opened my eyes to the power of the arts in confronting environmental crises.

Ocean plastic pollution

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

Peter Dykstra: Protected by an alphabet soup of acronyms

CITES, CCAMLR, LDC, MBTA, CBD, Ramsar, LWCF ... they may make your eyes glaze over, but they protect our health and planet.

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