The Allegheny Front for the week of

May 22-28, 2015

Your Environment Update for May 28

It's tick season. And state officials are warning it could be a bad year for the Lyme-carrying variety.

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What's Driving the Drop in Monarch Butterfly Numbers?

Monarch butterflies are one of the hallmarks of spring. But their populations have dropped by 90 percent over the past 20 years.

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How to Help Monarch Butterflies (Without Poisoning Them)

Scientists say you can help monarchs by planting milkweed. But if you’re not careful, you could also accidentally end up poisoning them.

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Philadelphia Derailment Raises Questions about Crude Oil Trains

A rash of oil train crashes, spills and explosions in recent years has some people concerned about crude oil and passenger trains sharing the rails.

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Public Health Advocates Push for Marcellus Shale Registry

Public health advocates are urging the state to do a better job of tracking health complaints related to natural gas development.

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Bird Files: The Shy Henslow's Sparrow

Grassland habitat has declined across the country, and that’s made life difficult for the Henslow’s Sparrow.

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Cleaning Up Coal's Legacy of Fires and Landslides

There are thousands of old problem mines throughout Appalachia. Sometimes, they even catch fire.

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