New on the Blog
- Despite the impending advent of driverless cars, we'll still need good transit systems.
- Blog series on auto lending: The automobile credit market has loosened, creating the potential for a new credit bubble. Getting into an expensive car has never been cheaper, and yet leasing may be killing individual car ownership.
- October saw two important actions to reduce the overuse of antibiotics on livestock.
- Evidence is mounting about the dangers fracking poses to pregnant women and newborn babies.
- Millennials are playing a growing role in shaping local transportation policies, but much state and federal work remains to be done.
- The Pope talked a lot about global warming during his recent U.S. visit. The climate has been delivering a message, too.
New Report: Dangerous and Close
Since 2007, more than 9,000 wells employing fracking have been drilled in Pennsylvania - many of them in close proximity to schools, day care facilities, hospitals and nursing homes. Dangerous and Close: Fracking Near Pennsylvania's Most Vulnerable Residents tracks the spread of fracking ever closer to Pennsylvania's most vulnerable residents and details the environmental and health threats fracking poses to Pennsylvanians. (photo: Kelly Finan) (10/2015)
New Report: Toxic Ten in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
Residents of the Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, which includes Pittsburgh, suffer from among the worst air quality in the nation. For example, the county ranks in the top 0.3 percent of all counties in the U.S. for cancer risk from air pollutants discharged from point-source facilities. Toxic Ten: The Allegheny County Polluters That Are Fouling Our Air and Threatening Our Health profiles the top 10 emitters of toxic industrial air pollution in Allegheny County. The facilities are ranked by the relative toxicity of the air pollution they reported releasing in 2013, according to EPA data. (Photo credit: Brian Cohen) (10/2015)