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Archive: June, 2012

Delaware Bayshore: residents say they care

Thursday, June 28, 2012, 6:23 PM
A recent survey of residents who live within 15 miles of the Delaware Bayshore -- the ribbon of marshes and beaches along both side of Delaware Bay -- holds good news for those who want to bring more attention to this special landscape and its creatures. More than 80 percent of those surveyed said... Read more

Jersey beaches still beset by pollution, report finds

Wednesday, June 27, 2012, 6:06 PM
New Jersey saw a spike in beach closings last summer, a national environmental group has found. It blamed, in part, the wet weather of last year. Heavy rainstorms can overwhelm sewer systems, resulting in discharges to waterways. In coastal areas, the stuff can wind up in the ocean and along beachfronts... Read more

Vinegar vets share tips

Monday, June 25, 2012, 4:53 PM
I've been getting a big response to this morning's column about using vinegar to clean. One caller wanted to know if he could use it on grout -- yes. Another asked about marble -- no, it will stain the stone. One woman said she uses vinegar after washing her rugs to remove any soap residue. Another... Read more

Howling success? Philly gets a few more spokesdogs

Saturday, June 23, 2012, 6:45 AM
Congrats to Joey Bag-o-Donuts. And Scooter. Both are the newest spokesdogs in the Philadelphia Water Department's campaign to get dogs to teach humans how to handle canine waste: pick it up and put it in the trash or the toilet. Don't leave it on the street to be washed by the next rainfall into... Read more

Guest column: A millennial reports on sustainability

Friday, June 22, 2012, 6:10 AM
Today, I'm featuring a guest column by Sara Allan, a sophomore at Penn, majoring in environmental studies. I've heard from her a few times over the past year -- she originally was trying to drum up support for Earth Hour -- and the word energy comes to mind. She's also the founder and director of... Read more

PhillyCarShare goes electric

Thursday, June 21, 2012, 5:11 PM
As Mayor Nutter mentioned on Monday's Greenworks event at Sister Cities Park, PhillyCarShare “is launching the nation’s largest publicly accessible network of American-made electric vehicles.” And there, curbside, was one of them. In cherry red. This is part of what they're calling... Read more

Books of the week: What the robin knows, and how it migrates

Wednesday, June 20, 2012, 6:30 AM
Note to reader: I've been a tad lax in keeping up with what I intend to be a regular feature. Sorry! So, today, here are TWO books that have come across my desk recently that look especially interesting. -------- On many spring and early summer mornings, I can't sleep. There's just too much interesting... Read more

Do we have enough TVs?

Tuesday, June 19, 2012, 2:33 PM
Has the western world maxed out on TVs, cars and other stuff of the modern, consumer-oriented lifestyle? Maybe. In advance of the worldwide sustainability Rio+20 summit, the head of the United Nations Development Programme told Agence France-Presse, a global news agency based in France, that we've... Read more

Philly air pollution hearing tonight

Tuesday, June 19, 2012, 5:14 PM
This afternoon, the state sent out an air alert. Tomorrow, the forecast is for unhealthy levels of ozone in the region, and moderate levels of particulates. I know plenty of people with asthma and other respiratory ailments, and there something very sad about having to think that they might be having... Read more

Greenworks gets a thumbs-up from the city

Monday, June 18, 2012, 5:02 PM
It had to be the feel-green event of the year. At the mid-point of the city‘s Greenworks plan -- three years after Mayor Nutter announced it, and three years before the 2015 goal of most of the initiatives -- officials gathered earlier today to retweak the plan laud their progress. Yes, I grant... 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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