Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Red knot news: DE officials arrest horseshoe crabber

Thursday, November 13, 2014, 5:49 PM
The horseshoe crab has become a celebrity species in New Jersey and Delaware. So the arrest of a waterman in Delaware who was illegally harvesting them — and who had at least 167 on hand when he was caught, officials say — is notable. The crab’s helmet-like shape, it’s sword-like... Read more

Latest Dirt on Philadelphia: Council explores composting food waste

Thursday, November 13, 2014, 12:56 PM
Authorized by City Council in June to hold hearings on the benefits - and feasibility - of pursuing residential food waste recycling in the city, two council committees waded in Wednesday afternoon with witnesses, bags of finished compost, and paeans on the virtues of dirt. City recycling director... Read more

"The Boom" gets boon: Penn State selects book for frosh

Monday, November 10, 2014, 5:45 PM
Penn State's incoming students in the fall of 2015 are going to learn a whole lot about fracking. Russell Gold's book about the technique, which has revolutionized the energy industry, has been selected as the book that all incoming first-year students will be encouraged to read before arriving at... Read more

Conservation update: Parcels in Mercer, Chester counties preserved

Thursday, November 6, 2014, 5:23 PM
Two major pieces of property have been added to the bank of conserved land in this region. One is 159 acres of woodlands and other prime turf that surrounds, of all things, a Chester County landfill that is a Superfund site. The other property, across the river is Mercer County, is a 148-acre farm... Read more

GMOs gone wrong. Bees run amok. Can Doyle Carrick save the day?

Tuesday, November 4, 2014, 3:01 PM
For my recent beach vacation, I decided that, for once, I was going to read for pure fun and pleasure. I was NOT going to merely slog through the stack of New Yorkers that piles up, causing angst and guilt. Okay, I read the New Yorkers as well. But, boy, were the two Jon McGoran novels I read a delight!... Read more

'Burbs as the new biodiversity frontier

Friday, October 17, 2014, 1:38 PM
Perhaps we’ve villified the suburbs for long enough. Some of the latest thinking holds that all these myriad small properties would well be the key to our biodiversity future. Consider what Rick Darke told the Inquirer’s garden writer, Virginia Smith, for her excellent story this morning... Read more

Subirdia: Where the birds are

Monday, October 13, 2014, 5:34 PM
I recently wrote a review of the book, Welcome to Subirdia: Sharing Our Neighborhoods with Wrens, Robins, Woodpeckers, and Other Wildlife. A portion of it ran in the Inquirer's book coverage in recent Sunday paper. Following is the full-length version. * * * * * When my husband and I moved to Chester... Read more

What's wrong with giving money for breast cancer research?

Sunday, October 12, 2014, 9:39 AM
This morning's GreenSpace column is about outrage among critics over the nation's premier breast cancer foundation, Susan G. Komen, accepting money from a Texas company that provides services and equipment for natural gas and oil fields. The company also painted 1,000 of its drill bits pink and is... Read more

Your personal fish guide: How much can/should you eat?

Thursday, September 18, 2014, 1:18 PM
Federal agencies announced earlier this year that people should eat more fish. In a break with the past, they even recommended minimum amounts for children and pregnant or nursing women, and they warned against a few species that are generally high in mercury. But the agencies didn't go nearly far... Read more

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
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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.

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