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And the green finalists are ...

Friday, August 30, 2013, 3:20 PM
"Dryer balls" that will eliminate the need for scented dryer sheets and help your dryer work more efficiently. A student-led project for a house that, just maybe, is smarter than its inhabitants. A group that is figuring out how to best use vacant lots in Kensington. These are three of the "green... Read more

Climate panel: More certainty that humans are cause

Wednesday, August 21, 2013, 6:00 AM
A draft report by an international group of hundreds of scientists finds with more certainty than ever that human activity is largely responsible for the warming of the earth's average surface temperature, leading to altered weather patterns, the melting of glaciers and sea ice, and more. The group... Read more

PA Audubon: "No concerns" about downlisting bald eagle

Tuesday, August 20, 2013, 3:45 PM
Last week, I wrote about the Pennsylvania Game Commission's plans to downlist the bald eagle. New Jersey may take similar steps, beginning its process next year. All of this is a testament to restoration efforts, cleaner streams and the environment's gradual recovery from DDT and similar pesticides... Read more

Will panels atop White House boost solar industry?

Tuesday, August 20, 2013, 3:27 PM
President Obama's 2010 promise is taking shape. Officials confirmed last Friday that solar panels -- made by a U.S. company -- will be installed atop the White House. I haven't seen any photos yet, but supposedly workers are atop the building this week, installing the panels. The White House used... Read more

Camden County gets seven new auto charging stations

Monday, August 19, 2013, 6:00 AM
Libraries have long been about more than books. Some rent out artwork. In more eco-minded communities, they loan Kill-A-Watt meters for measuring how much juice a particular devices uses. Camden County has topped them all. Two libraries now have charging stations for electric cars. It's part of a... Read more

Tacony Creek: A plastic bag mess

Sunday, August 18, 2013, 6:50 AM
About a year ago, Philadelphia resident Kelly O’Day took a tour of the Tacony Creek Park. He’d been a resident of Philadelphia most of his life, but he’d never been there. He thought it would be a beautiful nature spot. Instead, the retired environmental engineer, who spent much... Read more

You’re either on the climate bus, or ...

Friday, August 16, 2013, 6:15 AM
If you’re near Independence Hall this morning, look for a big bus depicting wind turbines and such. Philly is today’s stop for the “I Will Act on Climate” bus tour, a nationwide effort to rally support for climate change legislation. It will pull up at People’s Plaza... Read more

Nursery plants contain pesticide harmful to bees, study finds

Thursday, August 15, 2013, 3:39 PM
How can we help the bees? During my recent research for a column about bees, an expert told me that people who buy plants from garden centers should ask if the plants have been treated with neonicotinoids — a pesticide that has been implicated in honey bee declines. I was incredulous. Garden... Read more

The Wissy's weed-eating goats: On to greener pastures

Wednesday, August 14, 2013, 6:10 AM
They came. They ate. And, yes, they conquered more than a few weeds. Yvonne Post's goats have been chomping their way through several Wissahickon areas, joining a national trend of weed control by goat. No fossil fuels! No herbicides! Just Rodin, Wyeth, Kandinsky, Caravaggio, Goodwin, and the late... Read more

Climate change in NJ: State report details what's happened, what's coming

Tuesday, August 13, 2013, 4:10 PM
How is the climate already changing in New Jersey? Higher temperatures in both summer and winter. Different rainfall patterns. Sea level rise. More “extreme events” such as storms, floods and hot spells. On Monday, the New Jersey Sierra Club drew attention to a state climate change report... 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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