Allegheny Front http://wesa.fm en Pittsburgh-Based Thread Recycles Bottles and Brings Jobs to Haiti http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-based-thread-recycles-bottles-and-brings-jobs-haiti <p>When local photographer Ian Rosenberger saw garbage piled in the street and thrown into canals untouched by a stretched public works system, he was moved to do more than take photos.</p><p>He jotted in his journal how it would be good to turn Haiti’s trash into money. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:04:00 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 27789 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh-Based Thread Recycles Bottles and Brings Jobs to Haiti Chronicling Climate Change, The Allegheny Front Begins A Year Long Series http://wesa.fm/post/chronicling-climate-change-allegheny-front-begins-year-long-series <p>Next week, the <a href="http://www.alleghenyfront.org/">Allegheny Front</a> radio program on 90.5 WESA begins <em>Climate Chronicles</em>, a year-long series about the impacts of climate change on our region.</p><p>Senior Reporter Julie Grant starts the series with a look at <a href="http://www.alleghenyfront.org/story/snowy-owl-boom-population-arctic-birds-soars">the biggest movement of snowy owls in 50 years,</a> and what it might say about climate change.</p><p>She said she started looking at the big white birds, popularized by a character in Harry Potter called Hedwig, because of some unusual sightings. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 21:49:01 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 25281 at http://wesa.fm Chronicling Climate Change, The Allegheny Front Begins A Year Long Series Passion for Pawpaws with Pittsburgh's Pawpaw Ambassador http://wesa.fm/post/passion-pawpaws-pittsburghs-pawpaw-ambassador <p>Andy Moore is a writer who lives on the North Side of Pittsburgh. In 2013, <a href="http://www.alleghenyfront.org/">The Allegheny Front</a> interviewed him about his <a href="http://www.alleghenyfront.org/story/pittsburgh-writer-shares-pawpaw-passion">proclivity for the pawpaw</a>, a fruit that's native to Pennsylvania and many other regions of the United States. The Allegheny Front recently listed the story as one of their favorites of 2013, and it's one of mine too.</p><p>AF Reporter Hal B. Klein says:</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 18:56:24 +0000 Heather McClain 22324 at http://wesa.fm Passion for Pawpaws with Pittsburgh's Pawpaw Ambassador The Ripple Effects: New Solutions for Water Pollution http://wesa.fm/post/ripple-effects-new-solutions-water-pollution <p>The Allegheny County Sanitary Authority plans to spend more than $2 billion to build miles of new underground tunnels, and to upgrade its wastewater treatment plant.</p><p>Some clean river advocates are pushing for alternatives, like green infrastructure.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.alleghenyfront.org/">Allegheny Front</a>’s Julie Grant looks at the latest in the debate over ALCOSAN’s plan to renovate the region’s sewer system in an on-going series titled <strong><a href="http://www.alleghenyfront.org/rippleeffects">Ripple Effects</a></strong>. Tue, 26 Nov 2013 20:26:24 +0000 Heather McClain 20448 at http://wesa.fm The Ripple Effects: New Solutions for Water Pollution Possible Petrochemical Plant in Beaver County http://wesa.fm/post/possible-petrochemical-plant-beaver-county <p></p><p></p><p>Deliberations are underway in Beaver County as officials discuss opening a petrochemical plant in the region. After a visit to the gulf coast and other shale-rich regions in the south, Allegheny Front reporter Reid Frazier returns to Pittsburgh to disclose <a href="http://www.alleghenyfront.org/story/shale-gas-fuels-gulfs-chemical-industry">his findings</a> about ethane, crude oil and natural gas. In Beaver County, the debate hovers between job creation and environmental concerns.</p><p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 19:40:25 +0000 Katherine Blackley 18305 at http://wesa.fm Possible Petrochemical Plant in Beaver County Tracking the "Secret" Life of Soot http://wesa.fm/post/tracking-secret-life-soot <p>Breathing in the tiny particles emitted by automobile engines and power plants has been widely accepted by scientists and the public as being something to avoid.</p><p>But for a long time it was believed that these tiny particles, known as soot, were the sole toxic ingredient entering the lungs.&nbsp; However, <a href="http://www.alleghenyfront.org/about/staff/reid-frazier">Reid Frazier </a>of the Allegheny Front has discovered quite a different story. Scientists have found that soot leads a “<a href="http://www.prx.org/pieces/99993#description">secret life</a>” after being released into the air, during which it picks up gases and other poisonous hitchhikers.&nbsp; Before the soot actually enters the lungs these particles go through a unique evolution that involves a surprising combination of molecules.</p><p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 21:51:31 +0000 Katherine Blackley 13680 at http://wesa.fm Tracking the "Secret" Life of Soot