Environment


A university graduate student holds a female blue jay in her open hand to release it in Silver Spring, Md., after removing it from a mist net used to capture birds for banding or other research projects. A mysterious ailment has sickened and killed thousands of songbirds in several mid-Atlantic states since late spring. (AP File Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
EXPLAINER: What’s Killing Mid-Atlantic Songbirds?

A mysterious ailment has been killing fledgling blue jays, American robins, European starlings, and common grackles.

An acid mine drainage well was located on the bank of a tributary to Montgomery Creek. DEP successfully plugged the abandoned well. (PA Department of Environmental Protection)
Why Are Abandoned Wells Such a Problem in Pennsylvania?

Sealing off abandoned oil and gas wells throughout the commonwealth might sound like a boring topic, but it could bring thousands of jobs to the state while helping the environment.

Nominee for EPA Administrator, Michael Regan, speaks at the Queen theater on December 19, 2020 in Wilmington, DE.  (Photo by Joshua Roberts/Getty Images)
Michael Regan Could Become the First Black Man to Head Up the EPA

Pennsylvania generates more coal ash than any other state. Michael Regan—who's poised to become the next Administrator of the EPA—has a history of cleaning up coal ash pollution.

Bob McAdams, left, of Barnegat Light, New Jersey, carries a freshly cut tree with Mario DeMarco, Mara DeMarco, and Addie DeMarco, 7, of Philadelphia, at Tuckamony Farm, in Bucks County, on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020. Tuckamony Farm sold out a few days later. (Keystone Photo/Michele C. Haddon)
Why It’s Hard to Find a Darn Good Christmas Tree This Year

This extraordinarily challenging year made more and more folks head to cut-your-own farms and strip mall parking lots in search of real evergreens to bring home for the holidays. And fewer farmers are selling because it's getting harder to grow trees.

A recent study found that people making $109,000 and higher must adjust their carbon-emitting habits by a factor of 30 in order to stave of the most disastrous effects of climate change.
The World’s Wealthiest 1% Are Killing the Planet

Unless people making the equivalent of $109,000 and higher drastically change their habits, the world will be unable to prevent the most dire consequences of climate change.

(Shutterstock Photo/Jon Bilous)
The Top 10 Places to See Fall Foliage in PA, According to the State

“This season is shaping up to be perhaps the best season [for fall foliage] I’ve ever had the pleasure to report,” a state expert said.

Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks about climate change and wildfires affecting western states, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Biden’s Plan for the Climate Is Focused on Clean Jobs. Trump Says ‘It Will Start Getting Cooler.’

Both presidential nominees spoke about the environment as wildfires burn throughout the West Coast. Only Biden has released a plan to fight climate change.