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National Park Service Bans Drones From Flying Over Appalachian Trail

The Park Service says drones could affect resources and visitors in ways it has yet to analyze so more study is needed.

08/20/2014

(File photo: Protesters rally outside a shale gas conference taking place in the Pennsylvania Convention Center in September 2012.  Photo by John McDevitt)

Health Advocates Call For More Information About Marcellus Shale Fracking

Julie Becker, with Physicians for Social Responsibility, says fracking puts some dangerous chemicals into the environment, such as benzene.

08/20/2014

(Artist's rendering of planned apartment building at 2nd and Race Streets.  Image provided)

High-Density Old City Housing Project To Include Low-Income Units

A new apartment complex at 2nd and Race Streets will be the first development in Philadelphia to take advantage of new zoning code that provides incentives in exchange for features deemed to be in the public interest.

08/19/2014

(Workers put finishing touches on a section of Dilworth Plaza, now renamed Dilworth Park, in the shadow of Philadelphia City Hall.)

West Plaza of City Hall Readied For Reopening in Early September

The opening is about four months late and about ten percent over budget, but the public will be able to return to the plaza, on the west apron of City Hall, starting on Thursday, September 4th.

08/19/2014

(Photo by Pat Loeb)

New Fringe Arts Exhibit Is Floating Homage To Sustainability

The floating artwork-cum-living-and-performance-space, with aqua garden, is called “Wetland.”

08/15/2014

(The Washington Avenue Pier.  Photo by Cherri Gregg)

Nature Sanctuary Opens at Foot of Washington Ave. in South Philly

Tucked between the US Coast Guard Station and the Sheet Metal Workers’ union headquarters, at Washington Avenue and Columbus Boulevard, is the Washington Avenue Pier.

08/15/2014

(Construction fencing surrounds The Lincoln, a dilapidated apartment building at 12th and Locust Streets.  Photo by Cherri Gregg)

Neighbors Ecstatic That Burned-Out Center City Apartment House Will Be Rebuilt

It’s been eight years since fire gutted The Lincoln, leaving it to sit as an eyesore at 12th and Locust Streets.

08/12/2014

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Swans May Be Negatively Impacting The Local Environment

Some experts say a recent swan swarm in New Jersey is unnatural.

08/11/2014

Breaking ground on the new Camden park. (Credit: Camden County)

A New Park Is Coming To South Camden’s Waterfront

Phoenix Park is expected to open next spring.

08/10/2014

(Volunteer workers clean up debris across the street from Hessey Playground, in Kensington.  Photo by Cherri Gregg)

Volunteers Descend on a Philadelphia Neighborhood’s Persistent Grime and Crime

The Ray of Hope Project brings in strong, healthy volunteers to fight what the group’s head calls an “uphill battle” in Kensington.

08/08/2014

Senator Menendez and local officials watch as Jose Zayas, a representative from the U.S. Department of Energy, and Chris Wissemann, CEO of Fishermen's Energy, sign the official grant agreement. (Credit: The office of Robert Menendez)

Feds Step Up To Help Produce Wind Power Down The Shore

The push for alternative energy sources in New Jersey gets a four year grant to put windmills just off the coast.

08/08/2014

(Birthday girl Unna, center, leads fellow hippo Cindy to their pool at the Philadelphia Zoo.  Photo by John McDevitt)

Another Philadelphia Zoo Hippo Turns 25

Birthday girl Unna, who just turned 25, led the way to her pool party as she and her roommate, Cindy, went for a swim.

08/07/2014

(John Pomponio of the EPA, left, and Michael Roles of Clean Water Action, right, listen as Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown presents a resolution from City Council.  Photo by Mark Abrams)

Philadelphia Groups Back Effort To Clarify EPA’s Role For Clean Water

Environmentalists and activists gathered today at Boathouse Row to tout the importance of new rules clarifying the reach and control of the Environmental Protection Agency and the US Army Corps of Engineers over major waterways and the streams and creeks that flow into them.

08/06/2014

(The owner poses with a "twin" of the snake that escaped.  Photo provided by Lower Twp. PD)

Owner of Renegade South Jersey Snake Comes Forward, Easing Area Fears

The snake caused quite a scare after a neighbor snapped a picture of the snake, in a tree, eating a seagull.

08/06/2014

(A piping plover feeding on edge of wetland. Photo by Steven Tucker, USFWS)

Concern Over Protected NJ Shore Birds Postpones Drone Testing

Federal officials ordered a delay in those tests because of piping plovers and red knots, which migrate to New Jersey coastal waters this time of year.

08/05/2014

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