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No cig tax for schools? Try drink pouches!

Friday, July 11, 2014, 3:35 PM
With all the alarming news about the Philadelphia School District finances and whether the state legislature will or won't institute a cigarette tax to bolster funds, there's one lovely little ray of good news: The kids at the Shawmont School have earned more than $2,000 by collecting drink pouches... Read more

Injunction to stop offshore Rutgers study denied

Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 1:44 PM
A federal judge has denied a request by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection for an injunction to stop an offshore sea level study, the Associated Press is reporting. The state and other critics have said the study, which involves sending pulses of sound deep into the ocean floor... Read more

New pride of the zoo: Lion cubs

Monday, July 7, 2014, 3:17 PM
The Philadelphia Zoo has four new youngsters: African lion cubs born June 26. The zoo made the annoucement today. It's the first litter for the two adults - Tajiri and her mate, Makini - and the first African lion cubs born at the zoo since 1996. Visitors won't get to see the cubs for a few months... Read more

PA haze plan no good, enviro groups say

Monday, June 30, 2014, 6:01 PM
Three environmental groups sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today, contending that it improperly approved a Pennsylvania plan aimed at addressing haze pollution. They say the plan fails to limit emissions of haze-causing chemicals from major facilities in the state, and that iconic parks... Read more

Science committee says U.S. ozone limits are too high

Friday, June 27, 2014, 4:04 PM
According to the latest regional air quality forecast for today, levels of ozone are in the “green” range. The lung-searing, potentially deadly stuff -- also referred to as smog -- that forms when chemicals from fossil fuel combustion and sunlight react is not at dangerous levels, which... Read more

Region's trail network gets $7.5 million boost

Friday, June 27, 2014, 3:22 PM
Southeastern Pennsylvania's recreational trail network — already the envy of many other metro areas — is getting a $7.5 million infusion through a federal program aimed at providing alternatives to vehicle-based transportation. The money will fund 11 projects in all five counties, closing... Read more

How's YOUR beach? NRDC releases "Testing the Waters"

Wednesday, June 25, 2014, 2:35 PM
Wanna go for a swim? Seven New Jersey beaches are among 35 “superstar” beaches ntionwide — those with consistently excellent water quality — in the 24th annual ranking by the Natural Resources Defense Council. The national environmental group also flagged 17 “repeat... Read more

A blitz for bees, but is it enough?

Monday, June 23, 2014, 8:00 PM
The nation’s honey bees, whose plant pollinating services are said to contribute to one in three mouthfulls of food, are still in trouble. So on Friday, at the close of National Pollinator Week, President Obama signed a memo establishing a Pollinator Health Task Force that would study the crisis... Read more

City council passes limits for polluting sulfur

Friday, June 20, 2014, 4:16 PM
By July 2015, all home heating oil sold in Philadelphia would have to meet new sulfur limits unanimously passed Thursday by City Council. The limits would "make a tangible difference in the health of our citizens" by improving air quality, said Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, who sponsored the... Read more

Philly Greenworks making progress, city says

Friday, June 20, 2014, 2:31 PM
It’s working, city officials say. The Greenworks plan, an ambitious blueprint for making the city more sustainable, launched in 2009, is meeting its goals. Even exceeding some, Mayor Nutter and his office of sustainability announced today. Among the gains highlighted in the 2014 progress report: ... Read more
About this blog

GreenSpace is about environmental issues and green living. Bauers also writes a biweekly GreenSpace column about environmental health issues for the Inquirer’s Sunday “Health” section.

Sandy Bauers is the environment reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer, where she has worked for more than 20 years as a reporter and editor. She lives in northern Chester County with her husband, two cats, a large vegetable garden and a flock of pet chickens.

Reach Sandy at sbauers@phillynews.com.

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