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My fridge freeze may be over!

Monday, September 15, 2014, 3:51 PM
My 15-year-old refrigerator has begun to leak somewhere inside. Otherwise, it works okay ... except that its efficiency is nowhere near what a refrigerator's should be. For several years, I've been plugging the info for my fridge into the Energy Star program's refrigerator calculator, designed to... Read more

Holy hotspot! Govt. recycles 26.5 TONS of computer gear

Thursday, September 11, 2014, 5:21 PM
To borrow a phrase: if you collect it, they will bring it. Recently, the U.S. General Services Administration -- which basically is the aquisitions arm of the government -- recently held a free electronic recycling event for local, state and federal agencies. The agencies had a lot of excess stuff... Read more

Recycling champs are recognized

Friday, August 29, 2014, 1:18 PM
Every time I turn around, it seems someone else is recycling something new and different. In Pottstown, Jim Crater is using a fresnel lens to cast glass and metal. In Abington, community members are holding virtual yard sales to get stuff to someone who can use it. A West Chester company is recycling... Read more

Groups seek U.S. protection for monarch butterflies

Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 1:49 PM
In a little less than 20 years, monarch butterflies -- those orange icons of the garden -- have declined more than 90 percent. On Tuesday, several groups and long-time monarch scientist Lincoln Brower filed a legal petition to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeking Endangered Species Act protection... Read more

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
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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