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DEP says Greene County stream poses ‘no radiation concern’

Testing at a Greene County stream once suspected of contamination shows it has “no radiation concern,” the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced Thursday. In April 2014, tests taken by the state showed Ten Mile Creek had high levels of radium, a radioactive material that is naturally occurring. But in a study released in December [...]

Marketplace: EPA’s last minute changes to fracking report downplayed risks

New documents have emerged that show the EPA downplayed the risks of fracking in a landmark report on the process used to extract oil and gas from shale. The last minute changes made by the EPA are documented in a story by the public radio show Marketplace and APM Reports. The news outlets obtained documents [...]

Lebanon County judge reverses ruling on Sunoco pump station

A Lebanon County judge has reversed the West Cornwall Township Zoning Hearing Board’s decision on a natural gas liquids pump station, bolstering efforts to challenge the public utility status of a Sunoco Pipeline. The case centers around a pump station Sunoco built in 2014 off Route 322 near Butler Road, but the dispute over its [...]

As drought persists, DRBC steps up efforts to repel salt front in Delaware River

A months-long drought in the Delaware River Basin has prompted officials to declare a drought watch, giving them more power to conserve water in reservoirs in an effort to keep salty water from the Delaware Bay away from drinking water intakes in Philadelphia and New Jersey. In the current dry conditions, the Delaware River Basin [...]

Do Trump’s climate comments signal U.S. will remain in Paris accord?

Comments by President-elect Donald Trump suggesting that he might not pull out of the Paris climate accord after all fueled some hopes that the latest global effort to curb climate change could retain crucially important U.S. participation. In an interview with The New York Times Tuesday, Trump refused to repeat his campaign promise to pull [...]

Pennsylvania academics find inspiration at climate conference

The climate change conference in Morrocco ended over the weekend with an urgent message to president-elect Donald Trump – join the battle against global warming or risk contributing to catastrophe and moral failure. About 25,000 people attended the gathering aimed at keeping the earth from over-heating, and staving off the impacts like rising seas, droughts [...]

U.S. cities and states poised to take on new role in climate diplomacy

A gathering of about 200 nations working to combat climate change wrapped up on Friday in Morocco with a call to U.S. president-elect Donald Trump to join the fight against global warming. Trump’s election shocked delegates and activists assembled in Marrakech for two weeks of talks. Trump has said he would pull the U.S. out [...]

New fracking reports clash over effects on health, environment, climate change

A long-running fight over whether unconventional oil and natural gas development harms air, water and human health entered its latest round with the simultaneous release of reports from both camps claiming accumulating evidence for their arguments. Two groups of physicians on Thursday released their latest compilation of scientific studies, government and industry reports, and journalistic investigations [...]

Secretary of State John Kerry says market forces will drive U.S. to meet Paris goals

Speaking at the United Nations climate change conference in Morocco on Wednesday, Secretary of State John Kerry struck a defiantly optimistic tone about the continued U.S. role in reducing global emissions. He addressed a crowd that had come to Marrakech elated by the success of last year’s Paris Agreement, but who are now worried that [...]

Natural gas demand will outpace other fossil fuels, IEA says

This story has been updated with an additional statement issued by the IEA’s Executive Director, Dr. Fatih Birol. Demand for natural gas will grow faster than for coal or oil over the next quarter-century,  whether or not the world meets carbon-reduction targets set in last year’s Paris agreement on climate change, the International Energy Agency [...]

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