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Archive: February, 2013

Plastic bag recycling: How are we doing?

Wednesday, February 27, 2013, 2:32 PM
Those involved in the plastic bag issue -- how to handle the litter problem, whether the bags are a good use of resources in the first place -- are generally split along two lines. Do we discourage use of the bags by taxing or banning them? Or do we encourage re-use of the bags by recycling them? Industry... Read more

What's in YOUR socket? Better bulbs are trending

Tuesday, February 26, 2013, 1:00 PM
Years ago, when I first started writing about bulbs, and an expert advised switching from an incandescent to a CFL, I said, "You mean, I should do it when the incandescent burns out, right?" Wrong. I was thinking about not wasting the resource - the glass, the metal, etc. But the expert said efficiency... Read more

$25,000 to local environmental ed projects

Tuesday, February 26, 2013, 6:05 AM
Five environmental education projects have been awarded a total of $25,000 in grants from the National Nursing Centers Consortium, which in turn got the money from a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant. “NNCC’s environmental education programs have a proven track record of reducing... Read more

PA DEP's Krancer: Climate change is real

Monday, February 25, 2013, 4:02 PM
Yes, Pennsylvania legislators, Michael Krancer, secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection, does think that climate change is real. He said he agrees with the science, and he feels mitigation is important. This was in question after a budget hearing last Tuesday. Two democratic state... Read more

How air pollution can hurt your heart

Thursday, February 21, 2013, 12:05 PM
This morning, the Inquirer published a special section on heart health. I wrote one of the stories, which was about how air pollution affects the heart. I'll copy it below. The story is a focused look at heart health, of course, but air pollution affects so much more. I've been keeping a folder of... Read more

Crab conundrum: The unintended consequences of a moratorium

Thursday, February 21, 2013, 6:23 PM
The poor horseshoe crab has long been a political football. Efforts to limit its harvest — in order to save a bird — have rippled through the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, the state legislature and a multi-state fisheries commission. Now, the ripples have extended... Read more

Senators call for closer look at flame retardants

Wednesday, February 20, 2013, 5:16 PM
Earlier today, New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg and 22 other senators -- all Democrats -- called for the Environmental Protetion Agency to to take a closer look at flame retardants and evaluate whether the chemicals, which are found in many household products, are harmful. The action followed the... Read more

Sign of spring: TreePhilly begins giveaway

Monday, February 18, 2013, 3:54 PM
The buds are thickening on my lilac bush. The daffodil leaves are poking out of the ground. And I would swear that the birdsong in my backyard is intensifying. Especially among those chatty house finches! Why, it's almost time to plant trees. To that end, TreePhilly has officially begun its annual... Read more

Philly voices at today's climate change rally in D.C.

Sunday, February 17, 2013, 12:21 PM
More than 500 people headed out this morning from Southeastern Pennsylvania and central New Jersey, planning to take part in a climate change rally in Washington, D.C. I'll be posting some of their quotes here throughout the afternoon. Meanwhile, a bit of background: Organizers are expening about... Read more

GAO calls climate change "high risk" for U.S. gov't

Thursday, February 14, 2013, 12:17 PM
Earlier today, the Government Accountability Office added the financial liability of climate change to its list of "high risk" areas for the federal government. And at mid-day two Senators announced climate change legislation. They were joined by environmental leaders, including some of the activists... 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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