Fracking linked to rare birth defect in horses: Study

The implications for human health are "worrisome," say researchers.

A new study has uncovered a link between fracking chemicals in farm water and a rare birth defect in horses—which researchers say could serve as a warning about fracking and human infant health.

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Pittsburgh region is a hotspot for air pollution and COVID-19 deaths: Report

PITTSBURGH—Allegheny County, which encompasses Pittsburgh, is among the 10 percent of U.S. counties that have both high relative density of major air pollution sources and high relative rates of COVID-19 deaths, according to a new report.

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Oil and gas methane emissions in US are at least 15% higher than we thought

Methane emissions are vastly undercounted at the state and national level because we're missing accidental leaks from oil and gas wells, according to a new study.

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When coal plants decrease pollution or shut down, people have fewer asthma attacks

Asthma attacks decreased significantly among residents near coal-fired power plants after the plants shut down or upgraded their emission controls, according to a new study.

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Western Pennsylvania environmental groups seek more monitoring of cancer-causing benzene

PITTSBURGH—Environmental groups are calling on the local health department to seek federal funding for additional monitoring of benzene, a cancer-causing chemical, near one of the region's most notorious sources of air pollution.

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Kids with asthma who live near heavy air pollution face greater risk from coronavirus

PITTSBURGH—Kids who have asthma and live near industrial polluters may face higher risk from novel coronavirus and its resulting disease COVID-19 in the coming months.

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Financial fallout from coronavirus could devastate the fracking and plastics industries

PITTSBURGH—As the U.S. braces for the social and financial impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic, some financial analysts predict that two markets will be among those hit hardest: Fracking and plastics manufacturing.

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Pittsburgh's air was unsafe to breathe for 3 months in 2018

PITTSBURGH—The air in Pittsburgh was unsafe to breathe for three months in 2018, according to a new report from the PennEnvironment Research and Policy Center.

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