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Archive: May, 2011

Soapbox Monday: Should child products be treated with flame retardants?

Monday, May 30, 2011, 11:21 AM
In this morning's Greenspace column, I wrote about a recent Duke University study that analyzed flame retardants in children's products that contain foam. Researcher Heather Stapleton checked foam samples from 101 products and found flame retardants in 80 of them. The problem is that many have ill... Read more

Buggy biters? Shrimp to the rescue!

Sunday, May 29, 2011, 6:40 AM
This spring's rain has created a bumper crop of mosquitoes around my house. If you live in New Jersey, you might not be seeing as many. Officials there have an aggressive program that includes the use of fish that eat mosquito larvae. This year, they added a new weapon to the arsenal: Macrocyclops... Read more

Is every day FryDay at the beach?

Saturday, May 28, 2011, 6:30 AM
Oh, how I wish I was going to be at the beach this weekend, worrying about sunburn. Instead, I'll be working in the garden, mostly. But that's kind of good, too. I love to mux around in the dirt. And I guess I should be careful about the sun in the garden, too. The federal Environmental Protection... Read more

Green gauntlet: Pancake flippers from soda bottles

Friday, May 27, 2011, 11:49 AM
To tell you the truth, I have never given one iota of thought to whether my kitchen utensils are green. I have a few spoons, some of those plastic-ey scraper things to get the last bit of peanut butter out of the jar, a whisk, and that's about it. But if I were starting out as a cook, and I wanted... Read more

New traffic hazard: Breathing the air

Thursday, May 26, 2011, 4:52 PM
As someone who drives Route 422 and the Schuylkill Expressway every day, I can attest that highways are dangerous. There's always someone speeding, tailgating, zipping across several lanes at once, you name it. And I always knew the pollutants I was breathing -- the various exhausts -- were not good... Read more

Guzzlers B Gone: New fuel economy labels for cars

Wednesday, May 25, 2011, 2:31 PM
We've had great efficiency labels for washing machines, for refrigerators, for dishwashers and more. Today, federal officials unveiled new efficiency labels for cars. They'll show not only the miles per gallon the ar is expected to get, but how much a year's worth of fuel will cost (based on certain... Read more

Soapox Monday: What do we do about coal?

Monday, May 23, 2011, 8:52 AM
Coal-fired power plants are dirty. No question about that. But in Sunday's paper, I wrote a story about the PSEG plant south of Trenton, which has installed $600 million in air pollution controls and reduced emissions by more than 90 percent. (An interesting tidbit that didn't make it into the story:... Read more

Time for chicks

Friday, May 20, 2011, 3:27 PM
If it's spring, it's chick time. All the Agways and similar stores have them. These year, according to one I went to, there's been a big run on chicks. Maybe it's part of the back-to-the-land ethic. Or the locavore movement: Eat more from your yard. As is often the case, I got some this year, too... Read more

The brightest bulbs: New LEDs unveiled at Philly Lightfair

Wednesday, May 18, 2011, 3:09 PM
The technology of super energy-efficient LED light bulbs has been surging along. Seems like only a year or so ago, the best that was out there was nightlights. Then came bulbs you could only use as mood lights. Now, the industry is getting ever-closer to actual reading lights! This week at a lighting... Read more

PA DEP fines natural gas drilling company more than $1 million

Tuesday, May 17, 2011, 12:19 PM
Chesapeake Energy has agreed to pay more than $1 million in fines for violations related to natural gas drilling. Look for a story online shortly by my colleage, Andy Maykuth. He'll also write for tomorrow's print edition of the Inquirer. Meanwhile, here's the content of a press release from the... 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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