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Archive: December, 2009

Resolved: A greener 2010

Tuesday, December 29, 2009, 10:25 AM
Lots of studies flood my email inbox, and it's difficult to sort them all out. But I thought this one was interesting. Losing weight aside, one of the big items for improvement in 2010 is getting greener, according to a study by Tiller, LLC, which touts itself as one of the nation's leading consultancies... Read more

It's a wrap

Tuesday, December 22, 2009, 7:15 AM
Along the eco-gift-wrapping spectrum, there are all sorts of stops. Some people use plain paper and draw on it. Some people use newspaper. If you choose to use store-bought, keep recycling in mind. The folks at Republic Services, which operates a King of Prussia recycling facility that takes much... Read more

Veteran traveler spotted again

Monday, December 21, 2009, 12:51 PM
For those who have been following the plight of the rufa subspecies of red knots, there's good news. The birds have one of the planet's longest migrations, flying from their winter territory at the southern tip of South America to their breeding grounds in the Arctic. Along the way north, they arrive... Read more

The counts are in

Friday, December 18, 2009, 2:04 PM
Hawk Mountain's fall results are in. The Berks County mountaintop sanctuary, which just happens to be a natural funnel for migrating raptors, completes a count of the birds spotted there every year between Aug. 15 and Dec. 15. This year, the 75th year the sanctuary has been in existence, watchers tallied... Read more

They're on the bus

Thursday, December 17, 2009, 7:50 AM
Two area residents, Jeremy Stadlin, 31, of Penn Valley and Rachel Playe, 23, of Philadelphia's Fairmount section, are on a veggie-oil-powered school bus as part of a public awareness initiative, the Jewish Climate Change Campaign. The bus looks like a regular yellow school bus...except for the upside... Read more

The Prius of bikes

Wednesday, December 16, 2009, 6:30 AM
Electric bicycles have become more and more popular. I rode one not long ago, and the rush of the power assist was spectacular. The gist is that you plug the bike in to charge a battery, and when you opt for a little help -- say, when going up a hill -- you flip a switch on the handlebar and the power... Read more

CO2 emissions: All bets are on

Tuesday, December 15, 2009, 1:32 PM
Apparently, you can bet on just about anything at Paddy Power, said to be Ireland's largest bookmaker. Even climate change. In addition to the usual sports bets, the bookmaker also has betting categories for politics, TV specials and the weather. In the "current affairs" category, you can... Read more

A greener tree

Friday, December 11, 2009, 12:15 PM
Santa, Santa, lest we fall, What’s the greenest tree of all? Mother Jones magazine recently took up the question as one of its “Econundrums” features. “Real cut evergreens are awfully Christmasy, but isn't it wasteful to grow and then harvest a tree for the express purpose... Read more

The downside of feeding birds

Friday, December 4, 2009, 6:40 AM
Bird-feeding is considered a great pleasure for the humans who do it -- promoting an interest in and concern for our feathered friends. It's also considered great for the birds, who may need a bit of help finding food in the region of our overly pristine suburban lawns. But a group of researchers... Read more

BPA on cash register receipts?

Thursday, December 3, 2009, 6:10 AM
People have long been concerned about bisphenol A in plastic baby bottles, inside cans that food comes in and so many other consumer items. Thousands of things made from clear, hard plastics have BPA, as it is called, as an ingredient because it makes them tough and all but unbreakable. Although... Read more
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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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