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Archive: March, 2012

Earth Hour: Philly stays lit while others go dark

Friday, March 30, 2012, 3:40 PM
Earth Hour has been around a few years now. And according to the organizers of the planet-wide go-dark event, a record 147 countries and territories are joining in. But not so much Philly. At 8:30 p.m. local time Saturday, iconic places of all sorts will be turning out the lights for one hour to... Read more

Condomania for Earth Day: Endangered species-themed condoms to be given away

Thursday, March 29, 2012, 6:35 AM
Events and announcements for Earth Day are rolling in. Among them, one that will certainly have people a-twitter: A plan by the Center for Biological Diversity to hand out more than 100,000 endangered species condoms that day. No, not for endangered species to use. For people to use. To the Center... Read more

Schuylkill Scrub consolidates trashy efforts

Wednesday, March 28, 2012, 6:05 AM
From its origins above Pottstville, the Schuylkill River travels 130 miles before it winds through Philadelphia and empties into the Delaware River. That's 130 miles -- plus input from tributaries -- of opportunities to collect trash, unfortunately. Every year, various groups get out onto the banks... Read more

A plan to save polar bears ... in zoos

Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 12:56 PM
Zoo officials have always said that one of the benefits of zoos is that they serve as potential arks of genetic material in case populations in the wild should decline or even wink out. That may be more the case now than ever. The Philadelphia Zoo, for instance, has been involved in a program to bring... Read more

A great day to plant a garden with Michelle Obama

Monday, March 26, 2012, 5:58 PM
This warm weather has gardeners' green thumbs twitching. Over the weekend, my husband and I tossed five truckloads of mulch over the fence into our vegetable garden, on top of a winter's worth of composted chicken droppings and food scraps. Oh boy. Sunday, we planted chard, lettuce, radishes, scallions... Read more

"You are a gas hog" -- more on green driving

Monday, March 26, 2012, 5:42 PM
My inbox is still feeling the aftershocks of last week's column about green driving. Some of the emails leave me with some explaining to do. To those who noted that carpooling and public transportation are the greener option, I couldn't agree more. The point of the column wasn't to analyze transportation... Read more

Beekeepers, others, call for ban of pesticide

Saturday, March 24, 2012, 7:06 AM
It was in the fall of 2006 that Pennsylvania beekeeper Dave Hackenberg first started noticing problems with his hives. By the next February, he figured he had lost all but 800 of his 3,000 hives. Something was killing the bees. Researchers later tagged it with a name -- Colony Collapse Disorder --... Read more

Help on the way for home energy savers

Thursday, March 22, 2012, 3:27 PM
PECO president and CEO Craig L. Adams in in Washington, D.C., today, pledging to help his company's 1.6 million residential customers in southeastern Pennsylvania save more on their home energy bills. The company has committed to providing customers access to "Green Button" data about energy use.... Read more

More tips for greener driving

Monday, March 19, 2012, 11:31 AM
Want to get better mileage? In this morning's column, I offered a few ways to game the oil companies and keep your money in your pocket instead of theirs. Which is also a way to save fuel and be a greener driver. Do a google search for hypermiling, and you can find all sorts of additional tips. Here... Read more

Emerald ash borer: More information

Saturday, March 17, 2012, 6:00 AM
Detroit in 2005 was a sobering sight. Ash tree skeletons were everywhere. The Inquirer had sent me there to write about the emerald ash borer, an insect that was killing every ash it got to, and was spreading fast. Officials figured it would make its way to Pennsylvania at some point, and the paper... 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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