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Archive: February, 2012

Soapbox Monday: Power at a premium

Monday, February 20, 2012, 6:05 AM
I'm one of those annoying people who thinks we should actually be paying more for household electricity. That way, we might use less of it. So poor people wouldn't be penalized, the system could be weighted. The first X number of kWh would come cheap. It would be a family baseline. The next X would... Read more

Looking for Delaware River ambassadors

Saturday, February 18, 2012, 6:30 AM
Are you a river rat? Do you boat or fish or scan for water birds? After a successful inaugural year, the Pennsylvania Environmental Council is looking for a second group of people to serve as Delaware River ambassadors. The idea is that the ambassadors will will organize activities and tours along... Read more

Show 'em what ya got -- Great Backyard Bird Count begins

Friday, February 17, 2012, 3:26 PM
The count only began this morning, and already 2,282 reports have come in, detailing 338 species and 153,792 total birds already seen. The Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual, four-day event that has birders of every stripe and feather outside, checking to see what kinds of birds and how many are... Read more

Spring is headed this way, and you can track it

Thursday, February 16, 2012, 10:52 AM
I’m longing for spring. I look for it with every birdsong I hear, with every blossom of the snowdrops outside my front door, with every slight warming of the breeze I feel on my check. But no, spring is not here yet. However, you can watch it coming via Journey North, an innovative online science... Read more

Book of the Week: Prince Charles on farming and food

Wednesday, February 15, 2012, 6:10 AM
The setting was a conference about the future of food at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. As the keynote speaker began to talk, people in the room took special note, and not just because they were listening to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales. “Honestly, as I was listening to... Read more

Philly launches tree give-away program

Tuesday, February 14, 2012, 12:29 PM
Want a new tree for your property? This afternoon, Mayor Nutter is expected to announce a new tree-planting initiative in Philadelphia, through which 2,000 trees will be given to residents who agree to water them, protect them and otherwise pamper them so that they can grow up strong and better clean... Read more

Soapbox Monday: Is beef still on the table?

Monday, February 13, 2012, 2:26 PM
Interesting things have been going on with the nation’s meat consumption. In December, a U.S. Department of Agriculture livestock report indicated that “another sharp drop in U.S. domestic meat and poultry consumption is coming in 2012.” It also said the news should come as no surprise... Read more

Lights, cameras ... birds!

Friday, February 10, 2012, 6:00 AM
The birds are back. And the cameras are on. Philly’s red-tailed hawks, which have attracted a web cam following from around the world, have just gone live for their spring season of nesting, mating and raising their young in a perilous urban world. Likewise the cam view of the reknowned peregrine... Read more

Leaded lipstick: How much is too much?

Thursday, February 9, 2012, 5:55 AM
Lead is in many lipsticks. But is that okay? Yesterday, the national Campaign for Safe Cosmetics highlighted an analysis of lead in lipsticks done for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The study found lead in all 400 lipsticks tested, with levels of up to 7.19 parts per billion. Safe Cosmetics... Read more

Book of the Week: This will make you long for a cloudy day

Wednesday, February 8, 2012, 1:42 PM
I spotted "The Cloud Collector's Handbook" in a bin of shamelessly disregarded books near my editor's desk. I snapped it up. "Mind if I take a look?" "Sure." What a gem! So even though it's not new on the market -- I DO try to be current -- it's so delightful I had to give it book-of-the-week status... 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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