Farms and wastewater have gotten a lot of attention for contributing nutrients that create harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie and the Chesapeake Bay. More recently, the spotlight has focused on lawn care. International regulators and others are pushing Pennsylvania to ban some lawn fertilizers.
Big, ugly algal blooms have become a regular occurrence in the western, and sometimes the central basin, of Lake Erie. The blooms happen when excess nutrients—mostly phosphorus—run off into the lake from farms and sewage treatment plants. And scientists predict climate change could make the problem worse.
Increasing reliance on nuclear power is one of the key ways of curtailing future climate change. That’s according to the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. But as older nuclear plants reach the end of their operational life, managing the waste left behind has become an ongoing national issue.
While most activist shareholder resolutions this year have focused on pushing companies to reveal methane emissions, the Pittsburgh-based PNC Bank continues to face pressure from a Quaker group to eliminate any investment in mountaintop removal mining.
When you take a walk in the woods, it's easy to miss all the plants and flowers just a few inches away—especially wildflowers, which are often tiny and blend into the landscape. But with an interpreter like Shane Miller of Raccoon Creek State Park at the helm, the world of southwestern Pennsylvania's wildflowers is wide open.