The Allegheny Front for the week of

October 12-18, 2013

Destructive Pigweed Found in PA

A prolific weed that has destroyed many crops in the southern U.S. has made its way to southeastern Pennsylvania.

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Frack Waste Pollutes Allegheny Tributary with Radiation

A new study finds that gas exploration is polluting waterways. Researchers at Duke University say Black Lick Creek, a tributary to the Allegheny River, has elevated levels of radioactivity and other chemicals because of wastewater from fracking.

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Power Shift 2013 Brings Young Activists to Pittsburgh

Seth Bush sees a gathering of thousands of activists in Pittsburgh as a way to galvanize social justice causes as seemingly disparate as gay rights and climate change.  He and thousands of young activists will gather for Power Shift 2013.  

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Climate Change Threatens Great Lakes Perch

Yellow perch are a staple of firehouse and church fish fries, and the popular fish is often sourced from the Great Lakes. But warmer lake waters in a changing climate threaten the yellow perch population as well as other popular cool water fish, like walleye.

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Nature Conservancy Celebrates Success in West Virginia by Train

West Virginia’s high mountain country looks unlike anything else in Appalachia. This unique beauty and wildlife is one reason the Nature Conservancy booked a tourist train ride into mountain country celebrating their 50th year working in the state.  They also showed off their conservation successes.

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Endangered Species Act Slights Reptiles and Amphibians

A new report suggests that only about 60 species of reptiles and amphibians are protected under the Endangered Species Act because they just aren't cuddly enough. Mammals and birds have been far more successful at capturing public attention.

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