Sunday, November 26, 2023

Environment & Energy Educational Opportunities For Students & Adults

Opportunities to learn more about environmental and energy issues affecting Pennsylvania for students and adults--


-- Inquirer - Frank Kummer: Princeton And Penn Scientists Win Philly Award For Their Climate Change Work

-- The Allegheny Front/WPSU: New Sign For Birthplace Of Penn State Marks The School’s Agricultural Roots

-- Inquirer: Maria Luisa Crawford, Celebrated Geologist And Professor Emerita At Bryn Mawr College, Has Died At 84 

-- Centre Daily Times: Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority Launches New App, Accepting Applications For 2024 Green Business Partnerships

-- Keep PA Beautiful Newsletter: New Local Affiliates; Litter Hawk Youth Awards; Litter Free School Zones; Waterway Steward Program; Much More!


-- Cornell Ornithology Lab Begins Accepting Land Trust Bird Conservation Grant Applications In January  [PaEN]

Upcoming Events

-- Better Path Coalition: Dec. 6 Virtual Brown Bag Briefing On Chemical Recycling, Noon. [Read more here]

-- Penn State Extension In-Person Private Water Supply Education & Water Testing Workshop Jan. 30 In Dauphin County  [PaEN]

-- Delaware Highlands Conservancy: Get Your Tickets Now For January, February  Eagle Watch Bus Tours 

-- PA Society For Ornithology Seeking Conservation Partners For 4th Bird Blitz June 7-17  [PaEN] 


-- DCNR Blog: Roving With The PA Outdoor Corps; Applications Now Being Accepted

-- Observer-Reporter: Washington & Jefferson College Project Explores Ways To Stabilize Coal Mining Sites

-- Spotlight PA: How A Proposed Solar Energy Project Prompted This Rural Township In Centre County To Face Its Mining Past

-- Bay Journal: PA Residents Rally Again To Save Beloved Montour Preserve In Montour County - By Ad Crable,  Chesapeake Bay Journal  [PaEN]

-- Brandywine Red Clay Alliance Unveils West Branch Red Clay Creek Watershed Restoration Plan

-- Chesapeake Bay Journal - Ad Crable: Snorkeling In Streams Year-Round, Pennsylvania Man Finds Hidden Worlds And Hope

-- Penn State Extension Watershed Winds: Celebrating World Toilet Day; Understanding PFAS Chemicals; Water Well Construction; Education Opportunities

-- Post-Gazette - Mary Ann Thomas: Christmas Tree Farmers Say Supplies Are ‘Shallow’ For Certain Live Firs And Pines

-- TribLive: Hunt For Ideal Christmas Tree Is On In Western PA

-- Altoona Mirror: Local Tree Farms Report There Should Be Ample Supply For Christmas

-- Warren Times Editorial: We Can All Help Prevent Wildfires [Allegheny National Forest Wildfire]

-- PA Wilds Center: Miles Welby Candle Co. Creates Line Of PA Wilds Inspired Candles  

-- Post-Gazette - John Hayes: For Many, Hunting Is Part Of A Broader Family Tradition 

-- Citizens Voice: Hunters Happy In Luzerne County On First Day Of Deer Season

-- Wilkes-Barre Times: Deer Season Gets Underway In PA

-- York Daily Record - Brian Whipkey: How To Tell If A Deer Has Chronic Wasting Disease, Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease, Deer Warts Or Something Else

-- Post-Gazette/PennLive: Drivers Warned About Dangers As One PA Hospital Sees ‘Huge Spike’ In Deer-Related Crashes

-- LancasterOnline - Ad Crable: There’s Far More To Feathers Than Meets The Eye, Naturalist Tells Bird Club

Public Participation

-- DEP Invites Participation In Last 2 Environmental Justice Policy Public Hearings Nov. 28, 30

-- PA Oil & Gas Industrial Facilities: Permit Notices/Opportunities To Comment - November 25  [PaEN] 

-- The DEP published notice in the November 25 PA Bulletin inviting comments on a revised Technical Guidance For Filter Plant Performance Evaluations. Comments due December 29.  [DEP 391-3120-001]

-- DEP Posted 47 Pages Of Permit-Related Notices In November 25 PA Bulletin  [PaEN] 

Background On Issues

-- StateImpactPA - Rachel McDevitt: Southwest PA Families Call On Gov. Shapiro To Fulfill Recommendations Of Natural Gas Grand Jury

-- The Daily Item Guest Essay: State Senator Calls Natural Gas infrastructure Public Health And Safety Bill 'Stupid' - By Scott and Jessica Mathias, Health Care Providers  [PaEN]

-- Susquehanna River Basin Commission Holds Business Meeting Dec. 14 On Water Withdrawal Requests, Including Shale Gas Drilling In Loyalsock, Pine Creek Exceptional Value Watersheds  [PaEN] 

-- Susquehanna River Basin Commission Approves 19 Shale Gas Well Pad Water Use General Permits In Bradford, Lycoming, Susquehanna, Tioga, Wyoming Counties  [PaEN]

-- The Derrick: DEP: Little Headway In Reno Oil Well Wastewater Cleanup In Venango County  [PaEN]

-- The Derrick: DEP: Little Headway In Reno Cleanup  [PDF of article

-- Bloomberg: Cooking A Big Meal With Gas Can Produce More Indoor Air Pollution Than Health Guidelines Suggest Is Safe

-- WHYY: Water, Sewer Providers: Stop Putting Turkey Grease Down Your Sinks

-- KDKA: Aliquippa Municipal Water Authority Hacked By Iranian-Backed Cyber Group

-- Chesapeake Bay Journal - Ad Crable: PA Expands Definition Of Environmental Justice Communities, Faces Criticism For Lack Of Power To Stop Harmful Projects

-- TribLive Guest Essay: Conventional Oil & Gas Well Plugging Must Continue For Health Of Pennsylvania - By Evangelical Environmental Network 

-- Post-Gazette Editorial: Reliable Power Means Applying Robust Reliability Standards To Natural Gas Infrastructure 

-- Tribune-Democrat Editorial: Reliable Power Means Shoring Up Natural Gas Infrastructure 

-- WTAE: Turtle Creek Battery Manufacturer Eos Energy Promising A Safer Environment, More Jobs For The Region

-- Post-Gazette Guest Essay: What If Environmental Groups Thought About The Costs Of Not Building Power Plants? - By Pittsburgh Regional Building Trades Council

-- TribLive Guest Essay: Don’t Believe The Hype - Hydrogen Hubs Won’t Create Jobs Or ‘Green’ Energy - By Commonwealth Foundation 

-- PennLive Guest Essay: PA Can Have Common Sense Environmental Policy And A Thriving Energy Economy - By  Allegheny/Fayette Central Labor Council

-- PennLive Guest Essay: We Must Move Beyond Platitudes On Clean Energy - By Terry Fitzpatrick, Energy Assn. Of PA [Utilities]

-- StateImpactPA - Rachel McDevitt: PA Lawmakers Look For Hydrogen Models After Hub Announcement

-- Post-Gazette - Anya Litvak: PA Natural Gas, Electric Utility Prices Are About To Be Reset For The Winter  [Range Of Changes: Natural Gas (+149% to -64.2%); Electric (+18.8% to -25.7%) ]  

-- The Center Square: Report: Pennsylvania Electricity Affordability Middle Of The Pack

-- Post-Gazette - Anya Litvak: Solar Projects On Tap For Pennsylvania: A Line Around The Block

-- MCall Guest Essay: Why Don’t We See Solar Panels On Every Warehouse Roof?

-- PA Solar Center: Guidebook On Large-Scale Solar Energy Facilities For Landowners Now Available  [PaEN]

-- Post-Gazette Editorial: It’s Time To Give Geothermal A Real Chance 

-- Shapiro Administration Announces Appeal Of RGGI Rejection To PA Supreme Court To Preserve Authority For Future Governors   [PaEN]

-- AP: PA Governor Appeals Decision Blocking Plan To Make Power Plants Pay For Greenhouse Gases

-- Pittsburgh Business Times: Industry Groups Criticize Shapiro’s Decision To Appeal RGGI Case

-- The Center Square: State Appeals Carbon ‘Tax’ Decision [RGGI]

-- PA Capital-Star: Shapiro Says State Will Appeal Commonwealth Court’s RGGI Decision

-- City & State PA: Shapiro Administration Will Appeal Court Decision On RGGI

-- PennFuture Stands With Gov. Shapiro In Fight For Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

-- City & State PA Guest Essay: To Save Our Climate, The Flight For RGGI Must Continue - By Joe Minott, Clean Air Council

-- PennLive: PA American Water Customers In Cumberland County Asked To Limit Water Use Over Pollution Worries Caused By Heavy Rain

-- York Dispatch: PA American Water Customers Under Mandatory Water Conservation Order After Company Stops Production At Water Plan Due To Possible Contamination Caused By Heavy Rain

-- WESA: Lead Testing Isn’t Required For PA School Drinking Fountains, Lawmakers Want To Change That

-- WHYY: ‘Only Rain Down The Drain’ Philadelphia Officials Remind Residents To Keep Storm Drains Clear Of Leaves

-- Delaware RiverKeeper Nov. 24 RiverWatch Video Report

-- Spotlight PA: These PA Birds Will Be Renamed As Watchers Reckon With Racism, Inclusion  

-- Williamsport Sun - Bill Bower: Reflections In Nature - Nature Puts On Many Different Spectacular Shows This Time Of Year

-- Williamsport Sun: One Way To Help Birds This Winter?  Clean The Feeders

-- Williamsport Sun: Study: Temperature Variability Reduces Nesting Success

-- Chesapeake Bay Journal: Healthy Brook Trout Population Equals A Healthy Stream 

-- WITF/AP: Wildlife Officials Work To Stop Invasive Carp Cross The Great Lakes

-- The Allegheny Front/WVIA: How A Rare Bog In PA Formed 13,000 Years Ago [Tannersville Cranberry Bog, Monroe County

-- Chesapeake Bay Journal: States Give Pollinators Pit Stops In Rights-Of-Way, No-Mow Zones Create Habitat, Save Time And Money

-- WHYY: Lima Beans Could Be Key To Climate Resilient Crop: Foodies, Scientists, Farmers Give Them A Makeover

--  The Economist: Progress On Climate Change Has Been Too Slow, But It’s Been Real

-- The Guardian: US Coal Power Plants Killed At Least 460,000 People In Past 20 Years, Report

-- NYT: Deaths From Coal Pollution Have Dropped, But Emissions May Be Twice As Deadly

-- TribLive Guest Editorial: Costs Of Climate Change Falling On States That Can’t Afford Them

-- The Guardian: World Stands On Frontline Of Disaster At COP28, Says UN Climate Chief

-- Financial Times: Global Warming On Track For 2.9C As Greenhouse Gases Keep Rising, UN Says

-- Bloomberg: World Has 14% Chance Of Keeping Warming Below 1.5C In Best Case

-- WHYY: What Is Was Like To Work At The Philadelphia Insectarium

Visit the PA Parks & Forests Foundation’s Events webpage and DCNR’s Calendar of Events for activities happening near you.

Visit DEP’s Teaching Green webpage to learn about more environmental education resources.

Visit the PA Environment Digest Calendar Of Events for more opportunities.

[Posted: November 26, 2023]  PA Environment Digest

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