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Archive: March, 2010

Hospitals take on bottled water

Tuesday, March 30, 2010, 1:07 PM
Four of the region's hospital and health care facilities have agreed to spend at least the next month -- until Earth Day -- educating visitors and staff about bottled water and trying to wean them off of disposable plastic and onto the tap. The Christiana Care Health System plans to serve water in... Read more

Species slugout at CITES: Sharks and tuna not protected

Friday, March 26, 2010, 2:03 PM
Apparently it's been a wild 13 days in Doha, Qatar, where officials from around the world have been debating whether to take extra measure to protect some of the planet's species and, if so, what to do. Polar bears, sharks, Atlantic bluefin tuna and corals did not get further protections at the Conference... Read more

World water: a woeful day

Monday, March 22, 2010, 3:40 PM
I suppose I could say, "Happy World Water Day!" But the reason for such an international day, and the news around it, isn't all that swell. Indeed, environmental advocates are saying we're in the midst of a water crisis, never mind the abundant rain -- today and lots of days -- in the Philadelphia... Read more

Franklin's hawks: An egg

Monday, March 15, 2010, 2:08 PM
Spring is, by far, my favorite season of the year, so fecund and full of possibility. My goal this year is to attract a pair of bluebirds my husband saw recently near the apple tree. We had a pair nesting for a few years, but the last two years they haven't graced us with their presence. So I'm going... Read more

Sea birds and climate change

Friday, March 12, 2010, 5:18 PM
In the last few years, I've seen a cascade of reports about the sad state of birds. Rare birds are declining. Common birds are declining. They're losing habitat. They stand to be heavily impacted by climate change. So the release of yet another may sound like just more hand-wringing. On the other... Read more

Philly bike routes now on Google Maps

Wednesday, March 10, 2010, 11:50 AM
This morning, Google announced that it has added bicycle maps for 149 cities in the U.S. -- including Philadelphia -- to its mapping function. Cycling advocates had been asking for this, and Google delivered. You can see more about, including a tutorial on how to use it, at this official Google blog... Read more

Endangered Hawaiian plants listed, turtles proposed

Wednesday, March 10, 2010, 4:39 PM
Birds, plants and insects native to the fragile ecosystems of Hawaii are, alas, well-represented on the federal endangered species list. And now there are more. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has just announced the addition of 48 species unique to the island of Kaua'i. The bulk of them -- 45... Read more

Solar plus wind = energy and jobs

Tuesday, March 9, 2010, 2:10 PM
Advocates of both solar and wind power took to their soap boxes earlier today, urging policy-makers to clear a path that would allow more growth in both renewable energy arenas. In Philadelphia, representatives of PennEnvironment teamed up with a full ensemble -- IBEW Local 98, Solardelphia, Sunpower... Read more

China makes, we take: a new carbon calculus

Tuesday, March 9, 2010, 10:43 AM
Mostly, countries tend to look at their carbon emissions as a tally of what's actually released inside their borders. Now, however, researchers at the Carnegie Institution have recalculated things, factoring in emissions of products consumed in one country, but produced in another. They found that... Read more

Dolphins: An Oscar, and more deaths?

Monday, March 8, 2010, 1:45 PM
"Best documentary" may not be an Oscars category that people are sitting on the edge of their seats for. But last night's winner, "The Cove," about the annual killing of dolphins in cove near a small Japanese town, has been gaining attention. An Environment News Service story today... 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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