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Archive: January, 2012

Soapbox Monday: The eco-sins of hotels

Monday, January 30, 2012, 4:19 PM
It’s true that hotels, motels and inns have made efforts to lessen their impact. Rare is the bathroom these days that doesn’t have a little sign telling guests to hang up their towels if they don’t want them replaced. The environmental cost of washing and drying all that terrycloth... Read more

Power from the water

Friday, January 27, 2012, 6:10 AM
Looks like it’s a go for a tidal turbine system in New York City’s East River. Earlier this week, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved the commercial license for the project — the first of its kind in the U.S. Verdant Power will install perhaps 30 underwater turbines... Read more

Gentlemen, unplug your engines

Thursday, January 26, 2012, 5:34 PM
Electric vehicles keep charging ahead — maybe not as fast as some would like, but it seems as if every week I hear something new an interesting about electric vehicles. On Tuesday, the Pennsylvania Senate passed Sen. Stewart J. Greenleaf’s (R-Montgomery) bill that would allow people to... Read more

Book of the Week: What's Gotten Into Us?

Wednesday, January 25, 2012, 6:25 AM
Meet McKay Jenkins, University of Delaware prof, who’s feeling just fine but one day goes to the doctor and learns he has a tumor the size of a navel orange growing in his abdomen. The doctors start grilling him. They want to know what chemicals he’s been exposed to. What toxins. Not industrial... Read more

Mercury limits may benefit wildlife, too

Tuesday, January 24, 2012, 12:20 PM
New rules limiting the amount of mercury emitted from coal-fired power plants are expected to have a significant impact on human health. In a report released today, researchers say those rules also could benefit wildlife -- from bats to songbirds. The study, "Hidden Risk," was by the Biodiversity... Read more

Household lighting: How do you measure up?

Tuesday, January 24, 2012, 4:50 PM
It’s rare that a government report provides such fascinating reading. But there are true gems in the 2010 lighting report the Department of Energy released today. Mostly, I was scanning it to see what was up in the residential area — plenty, it turns out — and how I measured up... Read more

Clothing: What to do with it all?

Monday, January 23, 2012, 1:21 PM
I tried. Honest I did. I had the best of intentions. After writing a column in this morning’s paper about a women’s clothing swap — people bring what they want, take what they want and, along the way, make a donation to charity if they want — I was so impressed that I went... Read more

Is it good to feed wild birds?

Friday, January 20, 2012, 5:13 PM
I have feeders hanging outside a large dining room window, and when I'm sitting there eating my breakfast, the finches and sparrows and cardinals -- occasionally, even a large red-bellied woodpecker -- are eating, too. They queue up in a nearby holly tree, and then swoop in. The feeders are just far... Read more

Local voices at mpg hearing: Philly taxis would benefit

Thursday, January 19, 2012, 2:20 PM
Officials expect today's hearing on proposed fuel economy standards that would boost the nation's average to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025 are expected to continue through the evening. So far, comment has moved along at a fast clip, with many industrial, environmental and religious perspectives. Plus... Read more

Clean Air's Joe Minott: Fuel standards would double auto efficiency

Thursday, January 19, 2012, 1:33 PM
A federal proposal to have the nation’s cars and light trucks reach an average fuel efficiency of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025 would “effectively double the fuel efficiency” of the vehicles, said Joseph O. Minott, executive director of the Clean Air Council, a regional nonprofit... 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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