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'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

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
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.

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