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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

Basin commission names new executive director

Monday, March 10, 2014, 11:30 AM
The five members of the Delaware River Basin Commission, long at odds over regulations that would govern natural gas drilling in the watershed, have agreed on one thing: A new executive director. Here's the press release from the commission. Look for a short story in Tuesday's Inquirer. * * * * * The... Read more

Salt job: What are road treatments doing to our water?

Monday, March 3, 2014, 5:34 PM
Even before this big storm, PennDOT's southeastern office had surpassed its record. So far this year, salt trucks have spread 159,450 tons of salt on highways in the five-county area. The previous record – for the winter of 2009-2010 – was 142,450 tons, spokesman Charles Metzer told me... Read more

Three Philly groups get environmental justice grants

Thursday, February 27, 2014, 1:44 PM
This story ran in the Inquirer today. Congrats to the recipients. In Port Richmond, residents are exposed to air pollution from oceangoing vessels, factories, and heavy traffic along I-95. In Overbrook, toxic chemicals in area waterways and water quality overall are issues. Many in Philadelphia's... Read more

Delaware gets ready to plug in

Thursday, February 20, 2014, 6:03 PM
Good thing Delaware is small! What other state could announce that it's going to install a network of electric vehicle charging stations, none of them more than 50 miles apart, and not face astronomical costs? But Delaware is also home to alternative energy expert and electric car advocate Willett... Read more

Robins are on the move

Monday, February 17, 2014, 1:12 PM
Several people have mentioned to me recently that they saw huge flocks of robins in the snow. Huh? The popular image of a robin is that it shows up when the ground has thawed so it can find -- and eat -- tasty worms that emerge. Not so, says Audubon Pennsylvania's Keith Russell. I asked him about... Read more

B95 spotted once again! He made it to Argentina

Monday, February 3, 2014, 5:51 PM
The last we heard of a red knot known as B95 -- after his tag -- he was in Canada. It was August, and he was on his way south. As usual, scientists studying red knots figured it might be their last sighting of him. No bird lives forever, they keep telling themselves. But recently, he's been spotted... Read more

BPA linked to liver cancer in mice

Monday, February 3, 2014, 4:37 PM
A significant new study on the link between bisphenol and cancer wasn’t released in time for Sunday’s GreenSpace column about the ubiquitous chemical, also referred to as BPA. This morning, the University of Michigan School of Public Health announced the completion of “one of the... Read more

End of a migration? Monarch levels at worrying low in Mexico

Thursday, January 30, 2014, 5:36 PM
After finishing Tuesday's story about the extinction of the passenger pigeon -- the species left the planet forever 100 years ago this September -- it was disheartening to learn of yet another creature's precipitous decline. Yesterday, the World Wildlife Fund and the Mexican government announced that... 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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