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A Regenerative Grazing Revolution Is Taking Root in the Mid-Atlantic

By Lisa Held Photo: Mary Kathryn Barnet

In western Maryland this March, the proverbial lion and lamb seemed to be running circles around each other. Instead of warming up gradually, the temperature rose and fell unpredictably. Warm sun alternated with freezing rain. In response, Ron Holter’s Jersey cows seemed to be clinging cautiously to their winter coats. A patchwork of fuzzy spots remained on top of their emerging summer hides, as they nursed a group of calves testing out wobbly legs.

03/30/22
                                                               

Democrats spar over climate crisis, Supreme Court at U.S. Senate debate in Pittsburgh

By Lucy Perkins Photo: Matt Rourke , AP Photo

Four of the Democratic candidates hoping to represent Pennsylvania in the Senate sparred over climate change policy and the structure of the nation’s Supreme Court at Carnegie Mellon University on Sunday afternoon — the first major debate of the Democratic primary. But throughout the afternoon, candidates also tried to answer a question that wasn’t asked: In a tough election cycle for Democrats, who can actually win?

03/21/22
                                                               

Hydropower Eyes Bigger Energy Role, Less Environmental Harm

Rye Development, a Boston-based hydropower company, is retrofitting the dams with turbines to generate electricity and says the upgraded structures will limit damage to the rivers’ water quality and fish.

03/20/22
                                                               

PENNSYLVANIA IS REVISING ITS ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE POLICY. HERE’S WHAT’S CHANGING

By Sophia Schmidt Photo: Emma Lee , WHYY

It’s your last chance to comment on the state’s policy for engagement with residents of poor communities and communities of color that face disproportionate environmental hazards.
Officials with the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) released a final draft revision of the state Environmental Justice Public Participation Policy last week.

03/18/22
                                                               

How Pa. trees can counter the effects of climate change

By Eric Finkenbinder and Avery Van Etten

Scientists are certain they know what is causing an increase in weather extremes, and their warnings about the need for action are dire. Fuel-efficient or no-fuel vehicles make a difference, but there is an easier solution that doesn’t require charging stations: trees.

03/14/22
                                                               

Pa. House Republicans call for gas drilling on state lands to end reliance on foreign sources

By Jan Murphy Photo: Jan Murphy

House Republican lawmakers are calling on Gov. Tom Wolf to end the moratorium on natural gas drilling on state lands as part of a multi-pronged agenda for leading Pennsylvania and the United States toward energy independence.

03/08/22
                                                               

Backlog hampers renewable energy projects, industry group says | Five for the Weekend

By Cassie Miller Photo: Anatoliy-gleb , Stock.adobe.com

A recent release by Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), an association of energy-industry businesses, reported that renewable energy projects across the country – and especially in Pennsylvania, Virginia and Ohio – are getting stuck before they can even get started, costing jobs, money and business opportunities.

02/26/22
                                                               

Pennsylvania Electricity CO2 Emissions Increased 9.6 Percent

By Laura Legere

Carbon dioxide emissions from Pennsylvania’s electricity generators increased 9.6 percent between 2020 and 2021, a sharp rebound driven by the economic recovery from the depths of the pandemic, according to figures released last week by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

02/24/22
                                                               

Recap of Climate Promises to Action, Green Philly’s Virtual Symposium

By Julie Hancher

Green Philly hosted our second annual virtual sustainability symposium, Climate Promises to Action, on Thursday, February 17th.
Throughout the day, experts discussed the importance of coming together to improve our communities and environment. As Judy Wicks talked about the importance of working together, riding the urban and rural divide, and Terrill Haigler talked about communities coming together to better their neighborhoods, the fight against climate is a group effort.

02/18/22
                                                               

Majority of Philadelphians with flood insurance to see rates increase

By Taylor Allen

More than 70% of Philadelphians with flood insurance can expect to see their rates increase after the Federal Emergency Management Agency changed the way it prices the coverage this month.

10/04/21