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Soapbox Monday: Tell us about your fave green apps

Monday, November 14, 2011, 5:00 AM
Green apps, anyone? We want to hear about your favorites. Please tell us about them in the “comments” section below. This morning’s GreenSpace column is about two winners in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s green apps contest. The Light Bulb Finder, developed by... Read more

Soapbox Monday: Tell us what you think about highway trees

Monday, August 15, 2011, 11:26 AM
In this morning's newspaper, I wrote a story about the conflict over trees along highways. Highway engineers and agencies look at them as safety hazards that must be removed. That view has always rankled those who love trees, but perhaps never more so than now, when the public has an increased awareness... Read more

Soapbox Monday: Can anyone escape energy-guzzling TV?

Monday, August 8, 2011, 10:58 AM
I have a television, although just one. And I like a few shows. But I don't want televisions following me through my day, clamoring for my attention and using valuable energy in the process. Sadly, that's what is happening in our society today. Last Friday, a family member underwent a procedure at... Read more

Soapbox Monday: What to do about Tim DeChristopher?

Monday, July 25, 2011, 2:06 PM
On Tuesday, activist Tim DeChristopher is due to be sentenced in a Salt Lake City federal court after being convicted for disrupting a federal sale of of oil and gas leases and making false statements on forms that gained him entry to the auction of the leases. Since being convicted in March, DeChristopher... Read more

Soapbox Monday: Can you top this green wedding?

Monday, July 18, 2011, 6:00 AM
It would be so easy to suspend sustainability for one big day -- a wedding. So isn't it wonderful that so many couples are thinking of ways to make a greener wedding? Not that it has to be a political statement. But if a wedding is a day to honor those things that are important -- traditions, loved... Read more

Soapbox Monday: Does TV have to be instant-on?

Monday, June 27, 2011, 6:00 AM
That box with your TV that transforms the signal from the cable or satellite or whatever into something you can view comes with a big price: It's an energy hog. In this morning's GreenSpace column, I look at just how much they use -- in some cases, when it's combined with a recorder, more than a newer-model... Read more

Soapbox Monday: What's up with weather mayhem?

Monday, June 20, 2011, 6:17 AM
A five-story brick and glass structure in Norman, Oklahoma, is what Inquirer reporter Anthony Wood calls "the national firehouse for all severe weather alerts." There, officials make the crucial decisions about when and where to sound the sirens. "And the sirens have been going off as never before... Read more

Soapbox Monday: A reconsideration of chemicals

Monday, June 13, 2011, 1:09 PM
Just how much should we trust chemicals? In this morning's Greenspace column, I wrote about insect repellents and some of the "natural" alternatives to DEET. In Sunday's newspaper, garden writer Virginia Smith wrote about how growers of roses -- some of the most persnickety and bug-prone plants in... Read more

Soapbox Monday: Should child products be treated with flame retardants?

Monday, May 30, 2011, 11:21 AM
In this morning's Greenspace column, I wrote about a recent Duke University study that analyzed flame retardants in children's products that contain foam. Researcher Heather Stapleton checked foam samples from 101 products and found flame retardants in 80 of them. The problem is that many have ill... Read more

Soapox Monday: What do we do about coal?

Monday, May 23, 2011, 8:52 AM
Coal-fired power plants are dirty. No question about that. But in Sunday's paper, I wrote a story about the PSEG plant south of Trenton, which has installed $600 million in air pollution controls and reduced emissions by more than 90 percent. (An interesting tidbit that didn't make it into the story:... Read more
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