The Allegheny Front for the week of

August 10, 2013

High Cost of Cleaner Vehicles

The co-director of the Manufacturing, Engineering, and Technology Group with the Center for Automotive Research says the industry is making cars that are much more fuel-efficient.  But the change is incremental.

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New Study Finds High Methane Emissions from Gas Drilling

A new study has found “alarmingly high” levels of methane leaking out of natural gas wells in Utah, adding fodder for a simmering debate over the fracking boom’s potential to alleviate climate change.

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Campers Witness Collapse of PA Bat Population

White-Nose Syndrome is decimating bat populations across the Northeast.  Naturalists at Shaver's Creek Environmental Center in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania have seen a huge drop-off in the bats that return to bat boxes on the property for the spring and summer seasons.

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Pittsburgh's Downtown Office Buildings Take On 2030 District Efficiency Challenge

People who take shorter showers at home, or keep heating and cooling to a minimum, often notice a big difference in their household budgets.  Applying this idea to huge office buildings and Downtown high rises is the goal of the Pittsburgh 2030 District.

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Greenpeace Protests Fishing Practices of StarKist Tuna

Greenpeace is pointing an angry fin at Pittsburgh-based tuna producer StarKist. The environmental activists staged a protest on boats up and down the Allegheny River, asking the company to reform fishing methods they say are unnecessarily destructive.

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Fox-check: Interview with Josh Fox on Gasland II and Fracking

Josh Fox's first movie, Gasland, made fracking a household name. Three years later, the sequel is re-focusing attention on the fracking controversy.  We caught up with Josh Fox at his premiere in Pittsburgh. Because his movies are so controversial, we added some links to fact-check of many of Fox's claims.

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The Organic Gardeners: Invasives From Water Gardens Escaping Into Waterways

Water gardens and ponds have become popular additions to home landscapes. But some non-native, invasive species growing and living in these features are making their way into local streams, rivers and lakes. There are ways to make sure invasives stay put, and better options, like planting natives.

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