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Archive: May, 2012

Plan to green school yards and rec centers announced

Thursday, May 10, 2012, 12:48 PM
This press release just came out from the city: In a major step forward for the “greening” of public spaces in Philadelphia, Mayor Michael A. Nutter formally announced today that the City and a national conservation group will partner with the School District to green as many as 10 school... Read more

NJ authors honored in Green Book Festival

Wednesday, May 9, 2012, 10:18 AM
Looking for some green books for your reading list? The Green Book Festival in San Francisco has named its award winners for 2012, and at least two books by local authors were named. "Encyclopedia of Pollution" by Rutgers prof Alexander Gates and north Jerey environmental consultant Robert Blauvelt... Read more

State of bee-ing: Pesticides contine to be a concern

Tuesday, May 8, 2012, 3:06 PM
Now that pollination season has begun in earnest, I've been thinking more and more about bees. Will we have enough this year -- and in years to come -- for our agricultural crops? Will I have enough in my own garden? Probably no one would have given this a moment's thought before 2006, when Pennsylvania... Read more

Franklin hawk plot thickens: Female accepts a new male

Monday, May 7, 2012, 5:28 PM
The new and surprising news about the red-tailed hawk nest on a window ledge at the Franklin Institute keeps mounting. Today, there's the extraordinary development that the female has accepted a new male, who has begun to help her feed the three hatchlings. The drama began more than a week ago, when... Read more

Enviro report card gives Christie a D

Friday, May 4, 2012, 1:27 PM
The New Jersey Environmental Federation has issued an environmental report card for the NJ Guv, and Christie gets a D. "We're grading the Governor because it's time for him to begin living up to his promises and get serious about protecting our water, air, and health," the group said. The federation... Read more

After Krancer doggy comment, Delaware lobs back

Friday, May 4, 2012, 12:45 PM
Back atcha, Delaware is saying to Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Mike Krancer. On Tuesday, Krancer said at a meeting in Wayne County that Delaware "smells like the tail of a dog" because of its opposition to natural gas drilling regulations proposed for the Delaware... Read more

Do Wyoming pronghorns give clues to PA wildlife's response to drilling?

Friday, May 4, 2012, 6:15 AM
As natural gas drilling activity continues to escalate in Pennsylvania -- as of April 27, the state had issued 10,675 Marcellus permits and 5,314 wells had been drilled -- the question remains as to what impact this industrial activity will have on the state's wildlife. Plenty of concerns have been... Read more

Geisinger Health System to assess shale health effects

Thursday, May 3, 2012, 1:41 PM
Geisinger Health System is planning to mine its database of hundreds of thousands of medical records to assess whether natural gas development in Pennsylvania has health effects, Bloomberg Business News is reporting. Gov. Corbett's Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission had recommended that the state... Read more

Delaware gets bit by Krancer "dog" remark

Thursday, May 3, 2012, 11:05 AM
Ouch! Is the contentious world of natural gas drilling taking a nasty turn? Speaking at a meeting of the Wayne County Builders Association Tuesday afternoon, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Michael Krancer apparently had strong words for the state of Delaware. “Sometimes... Read more

Penn is a champ when it comes to green power

Thursday, May 3, 2012, 6:15 AM
Once again -- for the fifth year in a row -- the University of Pennsylvania has emerged at the top of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's list of green power champions at colleges and universities. Penn beat 72 other schools across the country by purchasing more than 200 million kilowatt hours... 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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