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Archive: July, 2012

IKEA plugs in: Three regional facilities go solar

Tuesday, July 31, 2012, 11:43 AM
Earlier today, IKEA officially plugged in solar energy systems atop its stores in South Philadelphia and Conshohocken, as well as at its U.S. service office, also in Conshohocken. Together, the three rooftop arrays -- made up of 9,198 panels -- are expected to generate 2,654,000 kilowatt hours of... Read more

RE China-made Olympics wear: What's in YOUR closet?

Friday, July 27, 2012, 6:20 AM
Amid the fuss about the Olympics uniforms being made in a Chinese factory, here's a new take from Joel Cervelloni corporate environmental sustainability expert at PA Consulting Group. To him, it's proof that U.S. consumers' purchasing decisions are powerful. That's a little wry. He means that we've... Read more

Philly bloggers push for plastic bag ban

Thursday, July 26, 2012, 10:06 AM
Philadelphia area bloggers are on a one-day blitz today to push for a plastic bag ban in the city. The idea comes from Beth Funari and Julie Hancher, who write the Green Philly Blog. Beth got her start in the green world as a kid. She was appalled by litter. Now, she writes, "My philosophy is that... Read more

More on the Safe Chemicals Act

Thursday, July 26, 2012, 9:18 AM
Chicago Tribune reporter Michael Hawthorne has a story this morning giving more background and more context on Senate Environnment and Public Works Committee's passage of the Safe Chemicals Act, which would update the 35-year-old toxic substances rules. (See below for original blog post.) He explains... Read more

Safe Chemicals Act gets committee nod

Wednesday, July 25, 2012, 6:07 PM
Legislation to raise the bar for federal approval of chemicals, proposed by democratic N.J. Sen. R. Frank Lautenberg, passed the Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee earlier today. If ultimately passed by the full legislature, it would update the 35-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act... Read more

Nation's first commercial, grid-tied tidal turbine deployed

Tuesday, July 24, 2012, 2:29 PM
For a while, the tidal turbines in New York City's East River were making all the news. Today, Maine is in the spotlight. The Ocean Renewable Power Company launched a tidal energy project in Cobscook Bay, which is connected to the Bay of Fundy, famous for its tides. The first of several turbines was... Read more

Tsunami debris widens Pacific Garbage Patch

Tuesday, July 24, 2012, 2:06 PM
Researchers making their first trip through the so-called Giant Pacific Garbage Patch since the 2011 Japan tsunami have concluded that plastic debris from the tragic event is making the patch bigger than ever. They say it is now 2,000 miles wide. “The entire North Pacific Gyre is now one giant... Read more

Enviro groups to Obama: Let it blow, baby, blow

Tuesday, July 24, 2012, 1:34 PM
A coalition of 217 environmental and other groups delivered a letter to President Obama today, urging him to accelerate offshore wind development along the Atlantic Coast. The groups applauded the administration's efforts so far -- including the Department of the Interior's "Smart from the Start"... Read more

Christie signs bill to boost solar

Monday, July 23, 2012, 12:53 PM
New Jersey Gov. Christie and the state's environmental groups have landed on common ground _ a highly unusual occurrence. That's because earlier today Christie signed a bill that would encourage the growth of the solar industry in the state. New Jersey already is a leader. It is second in the nation... Read more

Plants are much better pollution-eaters than thought

Monday, July 23, 2012, 6:45 AM
Chalk up yet another amazing feat for plants. Scientists have long touted trees and other inner-city greenery for their cooling shade, property-enhancing beauty and, yes, their ability to absorb air pollution. But apparently the greenery has been doing a much better job of it than anyone realized... 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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