The Allegheny Front for the week of

March 7-13, 2014

Snowy Owl Boom: Population of Arctic Birds Soars

Researchers say there are more snowy owls this season than anyone has seen in 50 years.  People have reported seeing thousands of the magnificent Arctic birds, from Erie, Pennsylvania, to Washington, D.C., all the way to Bermuda.  The question for many people has been, why is it happening?

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Climate Chronicles Series Tackles Pennsylvania Climate Impacts

Climate Chronicles, a new series produced by The Allegheny Front, will tell the story of how climate change is impacting Pennsylvania now and in the future, from the state’s economy and changes to the ecosystem to the region's quality of life.

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PA's Climate Future: Little Snow, Southern-Style Summers

Pennsylvania is expected to be almost completely devoid of snow in decades to come. That's according to one of the contributors to the state's climate impacts assessment.  As The Allegheny Front series Climate Chronicles begins, we speak with Ray Najjar, oceanographer, at Penn State University.  

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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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Water Tasting Contest in West Virginia is No Joke

The 24th Annual International Water Tasting Competition took place recently in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia.  One of the judges was West Virginia Public Broadcasting Executive Director Scott Finn. He lives in Charleston, where his family had to deal with the chemical spill and water crisis earlier this year.  This gave Finn a decidedly different viewpoint as he rated the water.

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Wagner (Basically) Fine with Fracking

Jack Wagner, the newest entrant into the crowded race for Pennsylvania Governor, says he's in favor of fracking. But he wants to see it done safely. 

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EPA Finalizes Standards to Reduce Car Emissions

The Environmental Protection Agency has finalized its federal emission standards for cars and fuel, that will be rolled out starting in 2017. The EPA estimates the cleaner standards will reduce pollution, help avoid up to 2,000 early deaths per year, and save money for car owners.

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