It’s been a big week for environmental news out of Harrisburg. Governor Tom Corbett's controversial pick for the state's lead environment regulator was confirmed. Corbett is the only Republican governor to sign a petition for "good neighbor" air pollution rules. And a PA power plant doesn't want to buy costly environmental controls sues the U.S. EPA.
The federal Endangered Species Act turns 40 on Dec. 28, 2013. The legislation's had some big successes, like bringing back the bald eagle. Now there are some attacks on the federal law, and similar state-level species preservation efforts. Reporter John R. Platt blogs for the Scientific American about endangered species. He talks with The Allegheny Front as part of our reporting package on animals at risk.
The Blanding’s turtle has a bright yellow neck and long chin and reaches up to 10 inches in adulthood, making it among Pennsylvania’s largest and most recognizable pond turtles. Found only in Erie County, it is a threatened species in Pennsylvania due to habitat destruction, urbanization that causes road kills, and predation
The bald eagle could be removed from the Pennsylvania Threatened and Endangered Species List in 2014, marking a milestone in the bird’s recovery across the state. Meanwhile, another bird of prey—the peregrine falcon—is also flying in the right direction to become a conservation success story.
If you're thinking of environmentally themed books to curl up with by the fireside or to give as gifts, we're here to help. At the recent Society of Environmental Journalists annual conference, we talked with the author of Cows Save the Planet, as well as some other writers and a publisher, who shared more about their latest efforts.