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With Arctic ice melt, ships now ply the Northern Sea Route

Tuesday, July 23, 2013, 6:12 PM
Here is possibly one of the rare pluses of climate change. Melting sea ice means that Arctic shipping is set for a record year, reports the Financial Times. As of Tuesday, 232 ships had received permission from Russia's Northern Sea Route Administration to transit what used to be called the Northeastern... Read more

Barrels of fun: It's all about rain water

Monday, July 22, 2013, 4:04 PM
I’d always figured that since I live on a large piece of property and have a private well with ample water, I didn't really need a rain barrel to catch water. I don’t have either storm water or water supply issues. SO NOT TRUE! Last week, after lugging buckets of water — or dragging... Read more

BPA banned from infant formula packaging

Friday, July 12, 2013, 2:18 PM
First, it was taken from baby bottles. Now, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has banned the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in in the packaging for infant formulas. This was a marketplace reality anyway. According to the agency, all the producers of infant formula have already voluntarily removed BPA... Read more

Court upholds action limiting Portland coal plant's emissions

Friday, July 12, 2013, 4:58 PM
The owners of the coal-fired Portland plant on the Delaware River north of Easton have already announced that the plant is closing. But a court decision today that reaffirms the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's role in limiting air pollution from the facility is nonetheless being hailed as signficant... Read more

PA legislators plead the case of coal

Thursday, July 11, 2013, 5:09 PM
Coal-fired power plants, under increasing pressure to clean up their stacks, have friends in Pennsylvania legislators. U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey and 12 of his Pennsylvania Congressional colleagues -- all Republicans -- have written to President Obama, urging him to stop the Environmental Protection Agency... Read more

Groups support EPA rule for coal plant discharges

Friday, July 5, 2013, 3:26 PM
If you were in Philadelphia near the Delaware River today and happened to see a big rendition of a fish going down the street....it was all about support for cleaner water. The Sierra Club, Delaware Riverkeeper Network, Clean Air Council and others gathered riverside to show their support for rules... Read more

National symbol soars to new heights in PA

Wednesday, July 3, 2013, 5:54 PM
I always look forward to the Pennsylvania Game Commission's annual bald eagle report, which they release just before July 4. It's always such good news. Sure enough, this year the commission reports another population increase for the national symbol. A year ago, there were 206 confirmed eagle nests... Read more

Philly trees remove air pollution, improve health. study finds

Saturday, June 22, 2013, 6:00 AM
Philadelphia's recent Greenworks progress update noted that nearly 90,000 trees have been planted in the city since 2008. According to the tree math of a new U.S. Forest Service study, that would mean fewer deaths from air pollution. The study, published online by the journal, Environmental Pollution... Read more

Greenworks: How far we've come

Friday, June 21, 2013, 6:00 AM
Philly's getting greener! Nearly 90,000 trees have been planted since 2008. Driving is down. Alternative energy use is up. Last night at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, the city's director of sustainability, Katherine Gajewski, delivered the fourth annual update on the Greenworks... Read more

Got a barrel? Let it rain!

Thursday, June 20, 2013, 2:15 PM
Every time I write about rain barrels -- how they help slow the flow of rainwater by capturing the first gushes that come out of your rain gutter, which in turn minimizes runoff to streams -- people want to know where they can get one. And why, if the city thinks they're so important, they can't get... 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.

Reach Sandy at sbauers@phillynews.com.

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