The Allegheny Front for the week of

March 14-20, 2014

Climate Change Could Melt Outdoor Ice Skating Traditions

A  group of Canadian scientists started RinkWatch, asking backyard ice skating rink owners in North America to engage in a little citizen science.  They think the data they collect will help them see how the climate and weather patterns are changing, and whether backyard ice rinks will become a thing of the past.

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Student Green Dream Team Wins Conservation Prize

Sixth graders from McKeesport, Pennsylvania's South Allegheny Elementary created a sustainability plan which won a prize from Polar Bear International's Project Polar Bear.  They shared their climate change-busting ideas with The Allegheny Front’s Justin Brown.

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Stephen Lacey: Is PA Trying to Dial Back Solar?

Solar panel owners can sell their excess solar energy back to the grid through net metering. Pennsylvania is proposing changes to its net metering system, and some solar advocates are worried it could put a drag on the installation of new solar panels. Stephen Lacey, senior editor at Greentech Media, explains how utilities and government are dealing with a still small solar sector. 

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Court Bars Anti-fracking Activist from More than 300 Square Miles of Pa.

A judge has signed off on an order which bars an anti-fracking activist from setting foot on more than 300 square miles–or nearly 40 percent–of Susquehanna county. It’s all the land owned or leased by the area’s biggest driller, Cabot Oil and Gas.

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