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August 24, 2013

Build-Your-Own Cabin (Or reassemble this one)

Church pews, pianos, and toilets are the typical items that one would find at Construction Junction, a local business that resells used building materials in an effort to promote conservation. Recently, however, they're selling slightly different item: An entire, disassembled 30-year-old cabin.

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Proposals Would Change Oversight of PA Endangered Species List

Proposals in the Pennsylvania House and Senate would change the way the list of endangered species is created in the state.  The proposals would open up the process to committees outside of the state agencies which have been responsible for maintaining the list for years.

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Research Examines Links Between Runoff and Phosphorus Pollution

Farmers in the Champlain Valley of New York often use tile drains in their fields. They help the region’s clay soil drain faster and produce higher crop yields.  But for years, Lake Champlain has had high levels of phosphorus pollution, which can result in toxic blue-green algae blooms. And farm runoff is one of the primary contributors.

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Rare Corpse Flower 'Romero' Makes a Stink at Phipps Conservatory

After weeks of speculation about the rare plant, Romero, the odorous Corpse flower, finally bloomed at Pittsburgh's Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh. Visitor reactions were mixed. 

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Farm-to-Freezer: Locally Made Popsicles Popping Up Around Pittsburgh

You’ve probably heard of farm-to-table by now, but what about farm-to-freezer? There is a Pittsburgh farmer who’s helping pioneer that movement by taking a familiar summer treat in an unexpected direction.

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Is Fracking Shaking Up the Mountain State?

According to the West Virginia Geological Survey there have been about 20 measurable earthquakes in the state in the past five years, and more than half of those were in Braxton County.  That's where Chesapeake Energy was disposing fluid via deep well injection. 

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PA Fracking Waste at New York Dumps Cause Radiation Concerns

Questions about the integrity of official water tests are stirring the latest controversy over New York State’s embattled policy of allowing imports of radioactive waste from natural gas drilling operations in Pennsylvania.

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County Fairs: A Slice of Life on the Land

Our farms can be the source of environmental problems, but they often yield the fruits of celebration, especially in late summer. It's the season of county fairs! The Pennsylvania State Association of County Fairs says over five and a half million people attend these agricultural showcases every year.

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