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Archive: February, 2012

Earth Quakers call for PNC withdrawals

Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 4:01 PM
The Earth Quaker Action Team, which has been engaging in acts of civil disobedience against PNC Bank, has stepped up its campaign. The group wants officials there to stop financing companies engaged in mountaintop coal mining. Earlier today, the group launched a website ( and gathered... Read more

Solar panels added to eye care center, mushroom farm

Tuesday, February 28, 2012, 6:25 AM
Never mind the concern about the lowered value of renewable energy credits and the dimming of other programs that were meant to add to the allure of solar. The panels keep popping up. Among the latest: an eye care center in Burlington County and a mushroom farm in Chester County. The New Jersey... Read more

Vitali hearing now: Marcellus shale and air emissions

Monday, February 27, 2012, 10:00 AM
In moments, a hearing about air emissions from Marcellus shale operations, held by state Rep. Greg Vitali and the House Democratic Policy Committee, will begin at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church. On the agenda are George Jugovic, a senior attorney with PennFuture and former southwest regional director... Read more

Abandoned eagles nest a boon for birds

Friday, February 24, 2012, 2:17 PM
It's fun to entertain the impossible notion that the eagles could have planned things this way: In 2007, a pair of eagles builds a nest in a remote area of the Philadelphia Navy Yard. They are the first eagles to nest within city limits in two centuries. That year, the nest fails. But they return... Read more

Red knot declared endangered in NJ

Friday, February 24, 2012, 11:33 AM
The red knot, a small shorebird whose 10,000-mile migration brings it to Delaware Bay each spring, has been designated an endangered species in New Jersey, the state Department of Environmental Protection announced Thursday. Wildlife officials said that the new status, a change from threatened, did... Read more

Ultimate recycling: artificial joints, post-cremation

Friday, February 24, 2012, 11:13 AM
It was fun and interesting -- but also a little weird -- to report and write this morning's story about artificial joint recycling. More crematoria are doing it because of a confluence of three factors -- more people are living longer and dying with artificial joints, more people are being cremated... Read more

Swallows and sewage water: Who'd have thought?

Wednesday, February 22, 2012, 11:48 AM
The story about a group of northern rough-winged swallows who have defied their biological imperative to fly far south for the winter, and instead have taken up residence at a sewage treatment plant in northeast Philly, has been getting a lot of attention. It's the wildlife factor plus the weird factor... Read more

Book of the Week: A "Conundrum" from a curmudgeon

Wednesday, February 22, 2012, 6:35 AM
“Thought-provoking” is what some are calling David Owen’s new book, The Conundrum, which is about how scientific innovation and energy efficiency aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. Good choice of words. Because the more I read and thought, the more provoked I became... Read more

Lisa Jackson headlines Stockton energy conference

Tuesday, February 21, 2012, 1:24 PM
New Jersey's Stockton College is holding an energy symposium Wednesday, and the keynote speaker will be U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. The all-day event is intended to look back briefly at where we were 40 years ago, and then look forward to 40 years ahead. It's... Read more

Putting in a plug for PA wind

Tuesday, February 21, 2012, 1:08 PM
Earlier today at the Union League, wind proponents unveiled a new website,, which is intended to convince anyone who hasn't already to sign up for a power plan that supports Pennsylvania wind farms. Many of the wealth of options open to consumers in PECO territory include wind... 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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