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Pennsylvania’s Climate Change Future: Read The Missing Report

A pair of legally-mandated reports outlining how climate change will affect Pennsylvania are currently a year overdue. The state’s Climate Change Act required the publication of both reports in 2009, followed by an update every three years. Both documents were due last year, but they’re still under review, and the state Department of Environmental Protection [...]

DEP Attempted To Suppress Controversial Study That Criticized Shale Gas

A state report outlining how climate change will impact Pennsylvania is currently a year and a half late – and there’s still no indication of when it will be released publicly. The Department of Environmental Protection missed its legally-mandated deadline to publish the report in the spring of 2012. Today at a meeting of the DEP’s Climate [...]

Climate Scientists Emphasize Human Role In Climate Change

An international panel of climate scientists has found that the human influence on temperature increases and other benchmarks of global warming is “extremely likely” and is predicting a three-foot rise in seal level if emissions go unchecked. Their findings are from a leaked draft of the next United Nations Climate report which will be finalized [...]

Corbett Administration Ignoring Pennsylvania’s Climate Change Law

Despite widespread scientific agreement about the risks of climate change, the issue has become highly politicized. After President Obama recently announced his plans to tackle global warming, Governor Corbett called the proposal a war on coal and jobs. While the Corbett administration is critical of federal action on the issue, it’s also been ignoring a [...]

FirstEnergy Corp Shuttering Two Western PA Coal Plants

Reuters reports a pair of Western Pennsylvania coal plants will close by early October. FirstEnergy Corp cited the increased cost of complying with environmental regulations. The company expects the closings will impact 380 employees at the Hatfield’s Ferry plant in Masontown and the Mitchell Power Station in Courtney. From Reuters: Together, the company said the plants [...]

Obama Administration Releases State-By-State Climate Reports

A day after President Obama unveiled his plans to tackle climate change, the White House has released regional reports, outlining the issue state-by-state. According to the Obama administration, Pennsylvania’s power plants and industrial facilities released 150 million metric tons of carbon pollution in 2011, which is the annual equivalent of 32 million cars. The report [...]

Obama Touts Role of Natural Gas in Addressing Climate Change

President Obama has unveiled his plans to tackle climate change, while highlighting the role natural gas plays in addressing greenhouse gas emissions and pointedly criticizing climate change skeptics. “Those who are already feeling the effects of climate change don’t have time to deny it,” he said, “They’re busy dealing with it.” In a closely-watched speech [...]

Scientists Fear Losing Ground on Climate Change As Carbon Dioxide Levels Rise

The New York Times reports scientific monitors reveal the average daily level of carbon dioxide in the air has surpassed the long-feared milestone of 400 parts per million: The best available evidence suggests the amount of the gas in the air has not been this high for at least three million years, before humans evolved, and [...]

Gardening in an Age of Climate Change

It’s Earth Day, which means different things to different people. For Gov. Corbett, it’s a day to hand out more than $300,000 to 92 separate groups and schools to do environmental education. As a reporter my inbox fills up with everything from “Insurance Companies Eat Green,” (waste-free picnics) to an industry explanation of the “Tremendous [...]

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