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The Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon in southeastern Iceland.

Can social media actually help curb partisanship around issues like climate change?

New research shows social media platforms can be designed to help people with different political views learn about and discuss complex, controversial topics.

By Marie Cusick

In this July 27, 2018, photo the Dave Johnson coal-fired power plant is silhouetted against the morning sun in Glenrock, Wyo.

New study finds climate change will dramatically alter Earth’s ecosystems

The study showed landscapes across the globe will change dramatically — threatening biodiversity and many natural systems humans rely on.

By Marie Cusick

Homes damaged along the New Jersey Shore after Hurricane Sandy in 2012. (b0jangles via Flickr Creative Commons: https://bit.ly/1mhaR6e)

Study: Sea level rise already hurting coastal real estate prices

Homes exposed to rising seas are selling for about seven percent less than similar properties that aren’t at risk.

By Marie Cusick

Talen Energy's Brunner Island plant in York County.

Environmental groups say they’ll sue Brunner Island plant to stop pollution

The groups say the Brunner Island plant is discharging toxic pollutants including arsenic, boron, sulfate, and lithium from its unlined coal ash waste ponds.

By Marie Cusick

Construction on the Mariner East 2 pipeline has faced myriad problems, including damaged water supplies and sinkholes in a residential neighborhood in Chester County.

Risk assessment quantifies Mariner East hazards for residents in two counties

The study says a pipeline “release” such as a small leak or a major rupture was likely to occur once every 79 years along a 35-mile stretch of pipeline such as that through Chester and Delaware counties.

By Jon Hurdle

 Mariner East 2 pipeline work in Delaware County in July. Sunoco says the line is to be operational by the end of September.

Three arrested at Mariner East 2 pipeline protest near Delaware County school

Women charged with criminal trespass after refusing to leave pipeline easement
By Jon Hurdle

A specimen of Arethusa bulbosa, an orchid commonly known as dragon's mouth, was collected in flower on May 29, 1909.

Centuries-old plant collections could answer questions about impact of urbanization

“If we find a rare plant and it exists in Pennsylvania and it’s extinct in every other state, then that becomes a valuable piece of information,” a researcher said. Such discoveries could help protect vulnerable species.

By Susan Phillips

The Cumberland Mine in Greene County, Pa.

Greene County coal mine seeks increased seasonal pollution limit

After water quality in Monongahela River improves, company requests regulations relaxed
By Reid Frazier

Lancaster is among the first cities in the world to achieve the new LEED certification for cities.

Lancaster, Pa. among first cities in the world to get LEED certification

LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, has been used to signify green buildings. The certification now includes cities focused on sustainability.

By Marie Cusick

In this photo made on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, a worker walks on top of a container of chemicals used in the making of a brine water that is then pumped below the surface in a hydraulic fracturing process to release natural gas from shale deposits at a gas well site in Zelienople, Pa.

Fracking industry water use rises as drills extend, study says

In the Marcellus Shale region, the increases were the smallest among six areas studied. Researchers expect water use to keep going up.

By Jon Hurdle