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Archive: June, 2012

Enviros want more focus on Philly trash

Thursday, June 14, 2012, 4:23 PM
Last week, when city council approved Philadelphia's new $256 million solid waste contracts, environmental groups complained that they had not been consulted -- nor had the city's solid waste advisory committee, which apparently is more of an informal group than anything. Here's the story previewing... Read more

Federal soot standards due soon

Wednesday, June 13, 2012, 1:37 PM
Today and tomorrow will be good air days, according to the region's Air Quality Partnership, which predicts levels of ozone and small particles. But that's within federally-specified levels, and that may soon change. The Obama administration is likely to announce later this week new standards for... Read more

Busted! Sewage is indicator of cocaine use

Tuesday, June 12, 2012, 5:11 PM
Look out, Lubbock, you've been busted. A Texas Tech researcher has used sewage water to track cocaine use in the city, concluding that it's used up to a third more on weekends than on weekdays. Researchers find a lot of amazing things in sewage. And apparently levels indicating use of illegal drugs... Read more

Understanding climate change: As easy as walking the dog

Friday, June 8, 2012, 4:01 PM
Yesterday, I saw one of the most engaging -- and yes, entertaining -- presentations on climate change yet. It showed how understanding the science can be as easy as walking your dog. The speaker was Richard B. Alley, a geoscientist at Penn State, and he was the lead speaker at a climate change hearing... Read more

Trash plan -- and pellets -- approved; more talk about all

Thursday, June 7, 2012, 5:33 PM
I love trash. Every time I think I’m starting to understand it pretty well, along comes something else to intrigue. This morning, Philadelphia City Council gave its approval for new waste contracts that determine how the refuse will be handled for potentially seven years down the road. The... Read more

The crab, the bird and the bay: More about all

Monday, June 4, 2012, 2:00 AM
In this morning's newspaper, I wrote about a shorebird called the red knot and efforts to save it. Here's more: -------------- This year, as they have so many times before, the bird researchers converged on Delaware Bay. In early May, as the crabs began moving ashore and the birds began swooping... 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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