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Archive: March, 2012

Another metric on energy efficiency

Thursday, March 15, 2012, 6:49 PM
It's hardly a surprise that making energy efficiency improvements to buildings saves money and can benefit the environment in terms of reduced fossil fuel burning and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. Study after study tells us that, and now here's another one. Last week, Environment America released... Read more

Book of the Week: "Frozen Planet"

Wednesday, March 14, 2012, 6:12 PM
It's big and it's beautiful. It's got polar bears, wolves, whales, seals, foxes, albatrosses, the aurora and ice bergs the size of New York skyscrapers. This is the world of the planet's two poles. An exploration, "Frozen Planet," starts this Sunday on the Discovery Channel, as the third installment... Read more

And now...an egg in the Franklin Institute hawk nest

Wednesday, March 14, 2012, 5:30 PM
Yesterday, there was news of one or more chicks in the Tinicum eagle nest. Now comes the first egg in the nest of the hawks who have taken up residence on a ledge of the Franklin Institute. So viewership of the webcam feed, popular well beyond the region, is bound to skyrocket. Read more

Bald eagle chick hatches in Tinicum nest

Tuesday, March 13, 2012, 5:49 PM
The timing is right. The feeding behavior of the adults is unmistakable. The conclusion: Bald eagle chicks have arrived! Or, perhaps just one bald eagle chick. But either way, the news is good, as Debbie Beer of the Friends of the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum reports: It's a thrill... Read more

Who cares about the DRBC?

Friday, March 9, 2012, 1:57 PM
Today could be a big day in the ongoing drama of the Delaware River Basin Commission, a one-of-a-kind interstate and federal agency that oversees water quantity and quality in the vast watershed that provides drinking water for nearly 16 million people. Of late, the commission has been the topic of... Read more

DRBC: Still working on natural-gas regulations

Wednesday, March 7, 2012, 1:57 PM
The Delaware River Basin Commission is meeting this afternoon, and the federal representative has just given an update on the attempt to develop regulations to govern natural gas activity in the basin. Lt. Col. Philip M. Secrist of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers just said: "Back in November, the... Read more

Book of the Week: "More" for kids

Wednesday, March 7, 2012, 6:30 AM
Here's a magpie. He's looking a little downcast, if that's not to anthropomorphic. A mouse gives him a marble, and he flies off with it. "Something" reads the first word of this odd and enchanting children's picture book, called "More." Sure enough, the magpie gets more and more and more. Soon,... Read more

Getting around: What's mine is yours

Tuesday, March 6, 2012, 5:25 PM
What's wrong with this picture: I drive my Prius to work in the morning. I work all day at my desk. (Okay, as a reporter, I frequently go out, but let's just say ... ) Then I drive home at night. And all that time, the car is just loitering out there in the parking lot. When, instead, IT COULD BE... Read more

Soapbox Monday: How important is it to steer power use to off-peak times?

Monday, March 5, 2012, 11:52 AM
I struggled with this morning's column about off-peak power use. Somehow, I wasn't getting the logic worked out with one of the things I wanted to say. So I'll try it here: I wanted to make the point that a lot of people are against new nuclear power plants. They're against coal. They're against natural... Read more

Eagles and NRG team up to green the stadium with solar, wind

Thursday, March 1, 2012, 4:02 PM
A year and a half after first announcing plans for solar power at the Philadelphia Eagles stadium, the franchise announced today that it was teaming up with a new partner — solar giant NRG of Princeton — and tweaking the plan. NRG will design, build and operate an array of more than 11... 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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