The Allegheny Front for the week of

November 6-12, 2015

Your Environment Update for November 12, 2015

Developer Eve Picker is building Pittsburgh's first tiny house. And some experts say it could be a model for other Rust Belt cities looking for ways to reinvigorate struggling neighborhoods.

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EPA Panel Pans Finding of No "Widespread" Contamination from Fracking

Scientists say there is not enough evidence to support the EPA's claim that fracking doesn't cause widespread problems to water resources.

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Is Climate Change Setting the Stage for Earth's Next Great Extinction?

If you needed a reminder of how big a deal climate change is, a few minutes with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elizabeth Kolbert should do the trick.

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Could Rigging Your Toilet Up to the Internet Keep the Rivers Cleaner?

Internet-of-things engineer Robert Blackwell says his idea to rig your toilet up to the internet could keep raw sewage out of Pittsburgh's Three Rivers.

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Oil and Gas Development Dims Starry Skies

Some of the best places to stargaze also happen to be the best places to drill for oil. And as oil development has exploded, so has the amount of light pollution.

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Would You Drink Water that Used To Be in Your Toilet?

Recycling wastewater into drinking water can be a solution for the world's water shortages—if we can get over the gross-out factor.

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Pennsylvania's Mine Clean-up Laws Could Be a Model for the Nation

Federal lawmakers are trying to clean up mine pollution around the country, and they’re looking for guidance from one state with loads of experience.

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