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Archive: August, 2012

Sunken treasure off NJ: Crab sculpture to go 80 feet under

Thursday, August 30, 2012, 6:00 AM
Note: Here's an update to the story below that ran in this morning's paper. *** Chris Wojcik spent months building a 46-foot long replica of a horseshoe crab. It’s made of cement, and he lavished attention on every detail, measuring an actual horseshoe crab so he could get the proportions... Read more

Monarchs on the move: Report your sightings

Monday, August 20, 2012, 7:55 AM
Another southbound migration season is about to begin, and Journey North, the nonprofit citizen science program, wants your help. They want people to report when and where they see monarch butterflies flying. That should be easy along the Jersey coast in a few weeks, when you can see dozens -- or... Read more

See who's giving $$ in the battle over labeling GMO food

Sunday, August 19, 2012, 7:30 AM
If money were votes, the California battle over whether to require labeling of food products made from genetically modified organisms -- or GMOs -- would have a clear winner. We have the folks at Maplight, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization that reveals money's influence on politics, to... Read more

Building a better toilet

Saturday, August 18, 2012, 7:35 AM
And I thought my dual-flush toilet was cool ... Ha! One of the toilets that got funding earlier this week from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation uses microwaves to transform our you-know-what into energy. Others turn solids into charcoal and use urine for flushing. California Institute of Technology... Read more

A shark in your soup and a lion on your plate?

Friday, August 17, 2012, 4:35 PM
Recently, the Pew Environment Group did a DNA study of shark fin soup at restaurants in 14 states and found, to officials' dismay, that they contained shark species considered endangered, vulnerable or "near-threatened." The idea is that people might unwittingly eat one of these species, thinking... Read more

$58,000 to stem the flow in NE Philly

Friday, August 17, 2012, 4:16 PM
I can't think of an urban stream that doesn't have flooding problems. Earlier this week, the situation got a little sunnier for the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford watershed in Northeast Philadelphia. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced $58,000 in grants from its urban waters program to the... Read more

And the recycling winner is ...

Friday, August 10, 2012, 12:50 PM
In an effort to boost recycling in the city, the Streets Department and RecycleBank, the rewards program, have been running a sweepstakes. Every time a participant put out their bin on recycling day, or every time they got someone to sign up for the program, or every time they went online to redeem... Read more

New charging stations, EV exhibits ... Philly gets juiced.

Thursday, August 9, 2012, 11:31 AM
They were dancing the electric slide yesterday at Temple University. That was to celebrate the unveiling of two new PhillyCarShare electric car charging stations at the corner of North Broad and Diamond streets. And two new Chevy Volts to plug into them. This brings the number of PhillyCarShare charging... Read more

Green power takes to Academy stage

Thursday, August 9, 2012, 3:56 PM
Has your power gone green yet? If not, the city and the Clean Air Council hope you switch soon. In June, Philadelphia became the largest city in the nation to joined a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency program aimed at getting more people and businesses and institutions to buy green power -- electricity... Read more

Hordes of purple martins put on their show

Tuesday, August 7, 2012, 12:30 PM
Every year about this time, thousands ... No, tens of thousands ... No, upwards of a HUNDRED thousand purple martins swarm above the marshes that border the Maurice River in Cumberland County. This weekend, it's all being celebrated in a purple martin festival. Viewing platforms will be set up at... 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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