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Archive: July, 2012

A/C on the hot seat

Monday, July 23, 2012, 5:47 PM
Just how much is our air-conditioning warming the planet? Plenty, says Stan Cox, a senior scientist at the nonprofit Land Institute in Kansas. At the same time it's cooling us -- and not entirely to our benefit, but more on that later -- it's consuming vast quantities of energy. Add in an expected... Read more

Seabird stomach contents show plastic pollution on the rise

Sunday, July 22, 2012, 6:15 AM
The northern fulmar, a relative of the albatross that forages for all its food at sea, turns out to be an excellent indicator of marine plastic pollution. To the detriment of the bird, evidently. Apparently, they eat a lot of plastic and retain it in their bodies for long periods of time. Analysis... Read more

Scavenger app for Stroud preserve debuts

Saturday, July 21, 2012, 6:05 AM
Here's a cool thing to do with your kids this weekend: Natural Lands Trust, a land conservation organization, has launched an app that, in effect, provides a tour of the 574-acre Stroud Preserve near West Chester. The app, SCVNGR, is free for iPads, iPhones and Android devices. You download it, then... Read more

Chipping in with TerraCycle

Friday, July 20, 2012, 2:58 PM
You know those crinkly snack bags? The ones made of foil or other materials that aren't easily recyclable? Well, now someone wants them. And of course it would Tom Szaky and the folks at Trenton-based TerraCycle, who have made a successful business out of taking things no one else wants and turning... Read more

Atlantic City wind farm receives final permit

Friday, July 20, 2012, 4:36 PM
Construction is a "go" for the Atlantic City wind farm, an inshore project of Fishermen's Energy. The company has announced that it received its final permit necessary, from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. While other projects are in the works for federal waters offshore, this project would be... Read more

Eagles rep at White House sustainability event today

Thursday, July 19, 2012, 5:40 AM
This morning, Leonard Bonacci, the director of event operations for the Philadelphia Eagles, will be part of a White House event on sports and sustainability. The goal, says a White House press release, is "to celebrate industry successes in saving energy, reducing waste, and adopting sustainable... Read more

Greenland glacier loses massive chunk

Wednesday, July 18, 2012, 2:32 PM
It was twice the size of Manhattan. And on Monday, the large piece of ice separated from the Petermann glacier in northwestern Greenland. University of Delaware researcher Andreas Muenchow and the Canadian Ice Service attributed the event -- the second major "calving" event for the glacier in the... Read more

The soot chronicles: EPA takes testimony today in Philly

Tuesday, July 17, 2012, 6:07 PM
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is holding public hearings in two cities to gather testimony on its proposed standard for soot, or fine particle air pollution. The first is today in Philadelphia. A fitting place. According to the American Lung Association, this region ranks tenth in the nation... Read more

Book of the Week: Beth Terry goes "Plastic Free"

Wednesday, July 11, 2012, 6:10 AM
Beth Terry freely admits that she was an addict. Her substance? Plastic. She ate plastic-wrapped junk food. She drank coffee from disposable cups with plastic lids. She wore high-tech clothing made, at least in part, from plastic. She generated bins full of plastic trash, "But what did I care? I... Read more

Wm. Penn Foundation awards $4.2 million in environmental grants

Tuesday, July 10, 2012, 12:12 PM
Watershed protection programs in the region just got a $4.2 million boost from the William Penn Foundation. Ten grants totaling that amount were announced this morning. More than $600,000 will go toward helping to restore and preserve land along the Delaware Bayshore. The Bayshore has been getting... 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.

Reach Sandy at sbauers@phillynews.com.

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