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Frequent flyer Moonbird, B95, back on bay another year

Wednesday, May 28, 2014, 5:55 PM
He's been called the toughest four ounces on the planet. He's just a bird, true, but he flies about 20,000 miles a year, bucking headwinds, and dodging storms - a death-defying trip he has been making for at least 21 years. Each time researchers spot him, identifiable by the number B95 on an orange... Read more

Ozone: with no emissions cuts, worst is yet to come

Monday, May 5, 2014, 6:11 PM
Last week, the American Lung Association released a report about the state of the nation’s air. In this region, ground-level ozone — also known as smog — remains a stubborn problem. Many areas see levels that exceed federal health standards, and experts said they are concerned that... Read more

Hawks moving north. Come see!

Friday, April 18, 2014, 1:46 PM
Saturday is supposed to be cloudy. Bummer, right? Not for the folks who will be out on a deck overlooking a wide open space at Fort Washington State Park. They’ll be happy for the white clouds that provide a better contrast for spotting and identifying raptors flying by on their spring migration... Read more

US greenhouse gas emissions: Down again

Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 5:41 PM
Emissions of greenhouse gases in the U.S. fell nearly 10 percent between 2005 and 2012, according to the latest tally from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. That puts the nation more than halfway toward its pledge of reaching a 17 percent reduction by 2020. The EPA, which published its report... Read more

Business leaders: Addressing climate change makes cents

Thursday, April 10, 2014, 2:09 PM
As business leaders and members of a Congressional bicameral task force on climate change met this morning to discuss the issue -- the gist was that it helps them make money -- the IKEA Group, in particular, had a big announcement. The U.S. division, based in Conshohocken, is making its first wind... Read more

Time for the toads to cross the roads...

Friday, April 4, 2014, 5:02 PM
The sign is already up in the small Chester County village of Birchrunville near a lovely big wetland area. It warns drivers to watch out. Toads are crossing! Likewise, the cadre of volunteers that usher toads across the road for a reservoir in Roxboro are back on the alert. On rainy nights, especially... Read more

More chances to comment on red knot proposal

Thursday, April 3, 2014, 2:42 PM
Well, it’s certainly a busy news day for the red knot. First, the shorebird, along with the horseshoe crab, was identified as the impetus for habitat restoration along the Delaware bayshore in South Jersey. That story ran this morning. Now, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife is announcing that the... Read more

An eco 3-fer to benefit beaches, marshes, creeks

Thursday, April 3, 2014, 1:49 PM
This is the kind of thing I love: three environmental problems, and one innovative solution! The problems are on the Delaware Bayshore in South Jersey, and I learned about them yesterday when I was talking with biologist Larry Niles about the beach restoration project there. That story ran this morning... Read more

Post-Sandy beach restoration begins on bayshore

Thursday, April 3, 2014, 1:46 PM
Below is a story that ran this morning, copied here for wider access. There's also an update: This morning, I got a call back from Constant Mahon, a Middle Township official. I had asked if residents were angry that habitat restoration was getting the funds, when their own appeals for money beach... Read more

Citizen science rocks!

Monday, March 31, 2014, 3:21 PM
All of you who have been counting frogs, logging the first blooms of daffodils and noting whether the house finches at your bird feeders have eye problems, give yourself a big pat on the back. Citizen science has new respect. Professional scientists naturally have their expertise. But what citizen... 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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