Tag: Pittsburgh

Blue Hydrogen and Carbon Capture Hype

Hydrogen and carbon capture talk visits Pittsburgh during the Global Clean Energy Action Forum. The Infrastructure Act’s provision of  $8 billion in subsidies for four hydrogen hubs has set off a race among fossil fuel states to position themselves as the leaders for blue hydrogen and CCUS technologies. … Continue Reading “Blue Hydrogen and Carbon Capture Hype”

New Allegheny County PA Sustainability Report Provides Overview of Efforts Since 2009

Expanded report also provides a historical overview of efforts since 2009 when the first Sustainability Manager was hired By David E. Hess | PA Environment Digest Blog | September 1, 2022 On August 31, the Allegheny County Office of Sustainability issued the 2022 Allegheny… Continue Reading “New Allegheny County PA Sustainability Report Provides Overview of Efforts Since 2009”

‘Landmark’ climate law turns up the power on Pa. solar, wind, hydropower energy projects

Today’s story by Laura Legere in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette trumpets “Green energy is bracing for growth.” Solar, wind, hydropower and energy storage industries are major beneficiaries of the Inflation Reduction Act, which analysts expect will cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions 40% by 2030 from… Continue Reading “‘Landmark’ climate law turns up the power on Pa. solar, wind, hydropower energy projects”

Pittsburgh PA | Allegheny County 2021 Air Quality Review

The Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) released an Annual Air Quality Review yesterday covering 2021. “The Air Quality Program publishes an air quality dashboard on the ACHD website, showing hourly air quality readings throughout Allegheny County. It shows the AQI at select monitoring locations… Continue Reading “Pittsburgh PA | Allegheny County 2021 Air Quality Review”

2022 National Ambient Air Monitoring Conference in Pittsburgh, PA sponsored by the EPA

August 22-25, 2022 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center (Google map) The 2022 National Ambient Air Monitoring Conference, sponsored by EPA in conjunction with the Association of Air Pollution Control Agencies (AAPCA) and the National Association of Clean Air Agencies (NACAA) is a… Continue Reading “2022 National Ambient Air Monitoring Conference in Pittsburgh, PA sponsored by the EPA”

URBAN FORESTS: Hot Paris vs. Cool Pittsburgh

A Reuters story by Manuel Ausloos yesterday, Heatwave in Paris exposes city’s lack of trees, caught my attention since it mentioned increasing heat from climate change along with the importance of city trees. As a third heatwave baked France this week, the heat radiating… Continue Reading “URBAN FORESTS: Hot Paris vs. Cool Pittsburgh”

Doctors Report: When Shell Cracker Plant Opens Soon

In a new YouTube video, two local doctors ‘spell it out’ for those wondering about all the air pollution that will be generated by the new Shell Cracker Plant in Monaca, PA, and what to expect in: “Eyes on Shell Watchdog Meeting – July… Continue Reading “Doctors Report: When Shell Cracker Plant Opens Soon”

Pittsburgh Meets Nurdles Following Train Derailment

It was only a matter of time before plastic nurdles began polluting Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers, but we didn’t think it would happen prior to the grand opening of Shell’s Pennsylvania Petrochemicals Complex in Monaca, Beaver County, PA, where they will make trillions of nurdles… Continue Reading “Pittsburgh Meets Nurdles Following Train Derailment”

Goodbye Gas Stations!

One of the beauties of driving an electric vehicle (EV) is driving past gas stations without stopping, and filling up with electricity at home! Since I just got my Energy Efficiency report from MyChevy on our 2019 Bolt, I thought it would be a… Continue Reading “Goodbye Gas Stations!”

SHELL Cracker Plant

The huge Pennsylvania Petrochemicals plant in Monaca, Pennsylvania (Beaver County) is due to begin production of plastic nurdles this year. This December 8, 2021 webinar video features several speakers who describe what this plastic production plant will mean to the local area, with the… Continue Reading “SHELL Cracker Plant”

Clarion call for renewables NOW

The invasion of Ukraine, a dastardly war which has caused 2 million Ukrainians to leave their homeland, and brings heart wrenching news of residential areas –even a maternity hospital yesterday– being bombed and shelled by Russia, is a clarion call to break our addiction… Continue Reading “Clarion call for renewables NOW”

Spectacular Orchid Show

My photos of colorful and spectacular orchids at the 2022 Phipps Orchid Show in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Enjoy! Bob

Ditching Gasoline for Rechargeables

I got tired of messing around with gasoline, petrol as they call it outside the U.S., so it was time to convert our lawn and garden landscaping equipment to rechargeable units. It began with the snowthrower and has proceeded nicely from there! What I… Continue Reading “Ditching Gasoline for Rechargeables”

Whack That Bradford Pear

A recent story in the New York Times created a new hubbub over Callery Pears, specifically the popular ornamental Bradford Pear. The Bradford Pear was one of the trees we avoided planting in home landscapes, primarily due to its weak branching structure — those… Continue Reading “Whack That Bradford Pear”

Fear This Insect Pennsylvania!

A new threat to Pennsylvania is the SPOTTED LANTERNFLY (Lycorma delicatula) which is a one-inch-long, red, black and white planthopper that’s native to Southeast Asia and was first identified in Berks County, PA in 2014. What’s at stake with Spotted Lanternfly (SLF)? Your Maple… Continue Reading “Fear This Insect Pennsylvania!”

Green to Halloween

Fall weather has both extended the life of potted flowers on our deck and muted a colorful fall foliage season. Yin and yang. As darkening days remind us that winter is just around the corner, it’s lovely to still see colorful and full-grown potted… Continue Reading “Green to Halloween”

First Frost

After years of observing the weather in our Pittsburgh area, October 10th became the average date for our first frost, marking the end of the growing season for frost-sensitive plants. It also marks the date to bring houseplants indoors. Recently, when I mentioned this… Continue Reading “First Frost”

One Step Forward

In a hard-fought bid to make Pennsylvania the first major fossil fuel state to adopt a carbon pricing policy, Governor Tom Wolf’s plan to fight climate change passed its last regulatory hurdle yesterday with the IRRC (Independent Regulatory Review Commission). The 3-2 party-line vote… Continue Reading “One Step Forward”

Solar Energy In The Rain

It’s hard to believe that you can get a sunburn on a cloudy day, even though it’s true. Even harder to believe, is that you can produce solar energy on a rainy morning, but that’s also true! That’s right, even though it rained all… Continue Reading “Solar Energy In The Rain”

Hardening Off

When we schedule outdoor plant maintenance activities, using certain annual holidays as reminders really helps. For the 4th of July, Independence Day holiday, two things come to mind. The first regards daffodils and narcissus Following the Spring blossoms of these hardy bulbs, gardeners are… Continue Reading “Hardening Off”

Pittsburgh’s Best Kept Secret

Packed with beautiful annual flowers, perennials, trees, shrubs and vines, this roadside garden center in the South Hills has it all. Shrubs ‘n Stuf on Library Road (Route 88 in Bethel Park), just south of the entrance to South Park and the first McDonald’s… Continue Reading “Pittsburgh’s Best Kept Secret”

Dragging Hose

Since a great, all day, soaking rain on Mothers Day, our Pittsburgh area weather has been hot and dry, so this is the precise time when watering your outdoor plants can make a real difference. While all the trees and shrubs in the Pittsburgh… Continue Reading “Dragging Hose”