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Archive: April, 2012

Trees, trees -- new plantings everywhere

Friday, April 27, 2012, 6:57 PM
It's certainly been a busy Arbor Day. By day's end, thousands of newbies will be in the region and not far beyond, beginning to soak up carbon dioxide, shade our streets and generally make things prettier. One of the coolest projects I learned about was the American Chestnut Foundation planting 1... Read more

Ozone season -- cough, cough -- begins today

Thursday, April 26, 2012, 12:42 PM
How nice to have cloudy weather today, which is the first day of ozone season. Maybe it will be auspicious and we'll have fewer red alert days in the region this year for ground-level ozone, more commonly known as smog. The stuff forms when the chemicals from fossil fuel combustion are exposed to... Read more

"Rock snot" blooms in Upper Delaware

Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 6:00 AM
Look out fishermen. "Rock snot" appears to be distressingly alive and well in the Upper Delaware. Officials knew the stuff, an algae more properly known as Didymo, was in the river. But nothing like this: Last week, an aquatic biologist with the Delaware River Basin Commission found extensive mats... Read more

Three hatchlings in Franklin Institute hawk nest

Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 2:36 PM
Let the distractions begin! The red-tailed hawks that for several years have inhabited a nest on a third-floor window ledge of the Franklin Institute now have three young cuties in the nest. Just bits of white fluff and beaks that open impossibly wide, they are stars of their own webcam and have... Read more

Act 13: State official disputes "plain language" analysis

Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 6:13 PM
On Monday, the state environmental group, Citizens for Pennsylvania's Future, issued an analysis of the state's new natural gas law, Act 13, saying it was an attempt at an unbiased "plain language" translation of the lengthy, complex document. Today, the governor's chief energy executive, Patrick... Read more

Springside, Radnor named national green schools

Monday, April 23, 2012, 2:59 PM
Earlier today, the Obama Administration named 78 schools as winners in the inaugural "Green Ribon Schools" program sponsored by the education department. Two in this region made the cut: Radnor Middle School and Springside Chestnut Hill Academy in Philadelphia. The program is meant to showcase schools... Read more

"Plain language" guide to PA's natural gas law

Monday, April 23, 2012, 3:24 PM
Act 13, the Pennsylvania legislature's first attempt to update its old oil and gas regulations to incorporate the new frontier of natural gas activity, is nothing if not lengthy and complex. Its provisions _ and what they may or may not mean _ have been debated vigorously. Today, Citizens for Pennsylvania's... Read more

Earth MONTH? Okay. So check out Enviro Fair

Monday, April 9, 2012, 3:32 PM
We are now, apparently, deep into "Earth Month." I vaguely recall that "Earth Day" became "Earth Week" because when April 22 didn't fall on a weekend, people and organizations were keen to stretch the "day" to give them a little more leeway. How this morphed into "Earth Month" is beyond me, and for... Read more

What now for bisphenol A?

Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 9:39 AM
On Friday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration denied a petition asking it to ban the controversial chemical, bisphenol A, from food and food packaging. But it said its studies of the chemical, also known as BPA, are not complete. So, in other words, stay tuned. How this ultimately plays out is... Read more

Philly recycling grand prize: A year of free groceries

Tuesday, April 3, 2012, 12:51 PM
Philadelphia is upping the recycling ante. After instituting a RecycleBank program that gives household recyclers points that they can redeem for groceries, gift cards, merchandise and other things -- or donate to charitable projects -- the city and RecycleBank have now launched a sweepstakes. Between... 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.

Reach Sandy at sbauers@phillynews.com.

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