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A blitz for bees, but is it enough?

Monday, June 23, 2014, 8:00 PM
The nation’s honey bees, whose plant pollinating services are said to contribute to one in three mouthfulls of food, are still in trouble. So on Friday, at the close of National Pollinator Week, President Obama signed a memo establishing a Pollinator Health Task Force that would study the crisis... Read more

City council passes limits for polluting sulfur

Friday, June 20, 2014, 4:16 PM
By July 2015, all home heating oil sold in Philadelphia would have to meet new sulfur limits unanimously passed Thursday by City Council. The limits would "make a tangible difference in the health of our citizens" by improving air quality, said Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, who sponsored the... Read more

Philly Greenworks making progress, city says

Friday, June 20, 2014, 2:31 PM
It’s working, city officials say. The Greenworks plan, an ambitious blueprint for making the city more sustainable, launched in 2009, is meeting its goals. Even exceeding some, Mayor Nutter and his office of sustainability announced today. Among the gains highlighted in the 2014 progress report: ... Read more

Millions go to NJ wetlands, shorelines

Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 4:49 PM
New Jersey wetlands and shorelines will get millions of dollars worth of restoration as part of $102 million in coastal resilience grants announced Monday by the U.S. Department of the Interior. The money is funding 13 projects in New Jersey -- the state with the most projects in this round of funding... Read more

A whopper for the water department

Wednesday, May 28, 2014, 6:02 PM
On Wednesday, the Philadelphia Water Department posted a photo on Facebook of an impressively large striped bass its employees caught on the Schuylkill. Here's what the department's Lance Butler had to say about it: "Being a PWD scientist for over 15 years, very little surprises me when I'm out in... Read more

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
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.

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