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Interior Sec: Garden Inspires Young Conservationists

Pittsburgh's new outdoor Pittsburgh Botanic Garden is getting a high profile visitor as it opens today. U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell came to town to cut the ribbon on the garden and to inspire what she called the next generation of conservationists.

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Emerald Ash Borer May Have Arrived in Early 1990s

Emerald ash borers munch on the inner bark of the ash tree, and mess with the tree's ability to transport water and nutrients. The pest has killed tens of millions of ash trees in the states and provinces around the Great Lakes. Now, researchers know a little bit more about how the emerald ash borer ate its way around the region.  

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Pittsburgh Triathlon Plans More Water Testing

More people are taking part in triathlons in the U.S., races that include running, biking, and swimming. But in some cities jumping into the water can be a health concern, especially in places where sewage overflows in the water after it rains. This year the Pittsburgh Triathlon is increasing river testing before the event, to ensure the water is clean enough.

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Conference to Explore Climate Health Impacts in PA

A report released this month by the White House details the impact of climate change on human health. A conference in Pittsburgh Monday will explore what this might mean for people in the Pennsylvania region, and how to adapt.

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Climate Roundup: White House Issues Report; Regional Conferences

When the White House put out an 800-page climate change assessment this week, it pointed out that, yes, it IS going to get hotter. And that Northeasterners, like others, will need to adapt soon. Conferences in Ohio and West Virginia aim to let citizens know how their world is changing and how to curtail that change. 

 

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Quakers Hound PNC to Shut Out Mountaintop Mining

While most activist shareholder resolutions this year have focused on pushing companies to reveal methane emissions, the Pittsburgh-based PNC Bank continues to face pressure from a Quaker group to eliminate any investment in mountaintop removal mining.

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Shell Holds Public Meetings on Proposed Cracker Plant

Royal Dutch Shell is weighing whether or not to build a multibillion dollar petrochemical plant in Beaver County, Pennsylvania. The company hosted a pair of public meetings recently to give an update on the proposed cracker project.

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IPCC Panel Paints Dark Picture on Climate

A new report by the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change(IPCC) paints a dark picture on the impacts of climate change. The impacts are widespread, and they're already here. 

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Pittsburgh Supports Ban on Overuse of Farm Antibiotics

Pittsburgh is one of the first cities to pass a resolution trying to prevent antibiotic resistance in humans by banning factory farms from feeding antibiotics to livestock to promote growth and prevent disease.  Government agencies and nonprofits say the country is on the verge of a public health crisis because of the widespread use of these antibiotics in farming.

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Poll: 70 Percent Believe Climate Change is Real

A new poll by the Robert Morris University Polling Institute asked national and Pennsylvania participants about their beliefs on climate change.  The results by political party affiliation show that most Democrats, and many Republicans, think climate change is real. 

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