Pittsburghers hold second climate strike

Pittsburghers hold second climate strike

Across the state students and advocates hosted climate strikes Friday to once again call on elected officials to take action on climate change.

Armed with signs and bundled for the chilly weather outside the city-county building, people gathered to share their concern over how climate change has already impacted Pittsburgh, their own lives, and their futures.  
Monday, December 9, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
First round of PFAS tests find at least one site with potentially harmful amounts

First round of PFAS tests find at least one site with potentially harmful amounts

The Department of Environmental Protection released its first round of statewide tests for PFAS Thursday, with only one location of the 96 sampled having elevated levels above federal guidelines.

The Wolf Administration announced in September of 2018 that it would begin statewide PFAS testing at high risk locations. PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl contaminants, can originate in manufacturing or wastewater treatment facilities. The chemicals can cause cancer and other health problems in high concentrations.
Thursday, December 5, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Auditor General says the state should do more to address climate change

Auditor General says the state should do more to address climate change

Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale on Wednesday outlined a series of recommendations designed to address the threat posed to the state by climate change.

DePasquale’s 40-page report suggested that state and local entities are ill-prepared for the potential effects of climate change and that Pennsylvania will endure increased financial and health impacts if state lawmakers fail to act. 
Wednesday, November 13, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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HDPC discusses next steps on RGGI

HDPC discusses next steps on RGGI

House Democratic Policy Committee members met Friday in Havertown to learn more about the state’s options with the regional greenhouse gas initiative Governor Tom Wolf (D) committed to last month.
 
Pennsylvania will join nine others, including three neighboring states, in placing a cap on carbon dioxide emissions and inducing power plants to purchase allowances based upon their emission levels through a common market. Wolf announced an executive order October 3 to enter the “cap-and-trade” program.
Friday, November 1, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
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Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and business leaders clash over petrochemical companies

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and business leaders clash over petrochemical companies

On Wednesday at a Climate Action summit, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto announced his opposition to bringing additional petrochemical companies to Western Pennsylvania.

In his remarks Peduto stated that his objections stem from concern over the impact of fossil fuels on climate change, the economy, and public health.
Thursday, October 31, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
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