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Archive: February, 2013

Reactions to Obama's energy, climate change comments

Wednesday, February 13, 2013, 12:21 PM
Was Obama forceful enough in the environment and energy portion of his State of the Union address last night? Did he say what environmental groups wanted to hear about climate change and other environmental issues? What now? One observer pointed out that Obama issued the goal for Americans to reduce... Read more

President Obama's remarks on energy, climate change

Wednesday, February 13, 2013, 11:48 AM
For the record, I'm posting here the portion of President Obama's State of the Union Address that relates to energy and climaite change: Today, no area holds more promise than our investments in American energy. After years of talking about it, we’re finally poised to control our own energy... Read more

Philly mom of two arrested in act of civil disobedience at White House

Wednesday, February 13, 2013, 3:01 PM
Eileen Flanagan has come to realize that composting banana peels and taking shorter showers isn't enough. So earlier today, she stood with nearly 50 other activists outside the White House. Some chained themselves to the black iron fence. They unfurled a banner: "Lead on climate. Reject KXL pipeline... Read more

"pOrnithology" and other matters of birds and birds and bees

Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 6:15 PM
Science is getting snazzier (and, perhaps, sexier) by the minute. Witness: Wednesday night's Valentine's Day-related program at the Wagner Free Institute of Science in Philadelphia is about the courtship rituals of birds. George Armistead, of the American Birding Association, "will review the interesting... Read more

EPA releases data on 7,674 chemicals

Monday, February 11, 2013, 6:09 PM
As publicly-accessible databases go, the U.E. Environmental Protection Agency's chemicals reporting area is a tad mind-boggling. The 2012 "Chemical Date Reporting" set released today lists 7,674 chemicals that were manufactured, imported or used in quantities over a particular threshold. It related... Read more

New Calif rule would get toxins out of our couches

Saturday, February 9, 2013, 6:05 AM
For four decades, the state of California has been affecting what chemicals are put in our couches. Their flammability standards required dosings with flame retardants, and since manufacturers by and large don’t like to make different products for different states, everyone got the flame retardants... Read more

Skip the Sat mail ... and the Philly cab TVs

Friday, February 8, 2013, 4:39 PM
Oh, goody. The mail just came. Let’s see...... - PennDOT wants money for car registration. - Bloomingdale’s wants me to spend money in their store. - The Library of Congress wants me to buy tickets to a concert. - A vision company wants me to buy their eyeglasses. ... Read more

A chorus of voices: more greenhouse gas cuts

Wednesday, February 6, 2013, 1:47 PM
After yesterday's release of data about the major emitters of greenhouse gases in the U.S., numerous environmental groups called for action to reduce the emissions. Today, the World Resources Institute released a report showing that, while the U.S. government has pledged to reduce emissions to a level... Read more

New data set shows largest greenhouse gas emitters

Tuesday, February 5, 2013, 3:36 PM
Want to know what kinds of facilities — and which facilities in particular — are emitting the most greenhouse gases? The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has just updated its database with information from the year 2011. As might be expected, power plants top the list. That’s... Read more

Soapbox Monday: What's under YOUR kitchen sink?

Monday, February 4, 2013, 11:37 AM
Today, Lauren E. Leonard of and I are are hoping to start a conversation about chemicals in everyday products ... by ‘fessing up about what’s under our kitchen sinks. Many cleaners contain caustic, even toxic, chemicals that may be bad for our health. There are alternatives... 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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