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Report: Reduced Meat And Dairy Consumption Crucial To Fighting Climate Change

We can have our planet, or we can have our meat and dairy, new research alleges.

04/01/2014

(The Delaware River, photographed from Neshaminy State Park, looking toward center city Philadelphia.  Photo by John Ostapkovich)

$35-Million Research Project Aims To Protect Del. River Drinking Water

This is a watershed moment — for the 13,500-square-mile Delaware River watershed, that is.

04/01/2014

(A downed tree in Lansdowne, Pa.   File photo by Jim Melwert)

Advocates Urge Delaware Valley To Replant Trees Lost to Recent Storms

The worry is that after so many fallen trees and branches caused all kinds of headaches this winter, homeowners or communities may be hesitant to replant.

03/31/2014

(Two voodoo lilies at the Morris Arboretum are almost ready to bloom.  Photo provided)

Morris Arboretum Says Strong-Stomached Visitors Might Like Impending Event

“It’s called the voodoo lily. Some people call it the ‘carrion lily’ because when it blooms it smells like dead flesh,” says an arboretum worker.

03/28/2014

(Images in red, green, and blue show the location of the newly discovered dwarf planet nicknamed "Biden."  Image by Scott S. Sheppard, Carnegie Institution for Science.  Used with permission)

Astronomers Announce Discovery of New ‘Dwarf’ Planet at Edge of Solar System

It’s official designation is 2012 VP113. The “VP” in the name inspired its nickname: Biden.

03/27/2014

(A structure sits in ruins in the aftermath of a mudslide and related flooding on March 25, 2014 in Oso, Wash.  Photo by David Ryder/ Getty Images)

Philadelphia Red Cross Volunteers Help at Scene of Wash. State Mudslide

The local Red Cross chapter now has two volunteers — one a mental health counselor and the other a communications representative — working in the Washington state disaster zone.

03/27/2014

(Photo by Ed Fischer)

Philadelphia and Surrounding Counties’ Population Again Inching Upward

Census Bureau demographer Ben Bolender says the city picked up about 4,500 more residents in 2013.

03/27/2014

(Mike Innocenzo, CEO of Peco, testifies before the Pa. House Consumer Affairs Committee.  Photo by Tony Romeo)

Peco CEO Expresses Pride Over Ice Storm Power Recovery Effort

Peco CEO Mike Innocenzo told the Pa. House Consumer Affairs Committee that 715,000 customers lost power — 40 percent of the Peco system and 70 percent of Peco customers in the suburbs — due to the February 5th ice storm.

03/27/2014

(The empty lot that the Spring Garden Civic Association wants to turn into a dog run.  Photo by John McDevitt)

Plan For Gated, Leash-Optional Dog Park Divides Spring Garden Community

A community organization in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia wants to acquire a vacant lot and turn it into a private dog park.

03/26/2014

Eastern Hemlock trees in northeastern Pennsylvania (credit: Michael P Gadomski/Getty Images)

Cold Weather Takes A Bite Out Of Invasive Insect Population

This “winter that just won’t end” has been trying for us humans, but it’s been murder on a type of bug that’s devastating Pennsylvania’s state tree.

03/26/2014

(Branches placed curbside for collection along Cynwyd Circle in Bala Cynwyd.  Photo by Jim Melwert)

Lower Merion Township To Collect Tree Branches Felled By Winter Weather

This isn’t the first time Lower Merion has done a special pick-up of tree debris, but township officials say it will rival the Hurricane Sandy cleanup.

03/24/2014

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United Nations Declares Saturday World Water Day

On a planet 2/3 covered with water, it may boggle the mind that so little of it is fit to drink, or use in industry or agriculture.

03/22/2014

("The Cat Crew" sets traps for a wild cat catch-spay-release program in Norristown, Pa.    Credit: Dan Wing)

In Norristown, Pa., An Ongoing Effort To Control Town’s Wild Cat Population

The self-designated “Cat Crew” usually sets their traps twice each week, bringing in about ten strays each time.

03/21/2014

(The lot in North Philadelphia where the animal remains were found. Credit: CBS3)

New York State Man Fined in North Phila. Mutilated Animal Probe

A New York hunter has been cited by the Pennsylvania Game Commission following the discovery earlier this month of the mutilated remains of a bobcat in a vacant lot at 31st and Jefferson Streets in the Brewerytown section of North Philadelphia.

03/20/2014

(Members of the Pa. House Consumer Affairs Committee share a light moment during proceedings.  Photo by Tony Romeo)

Pa. Lawmaker Says Variable-Rate Electric Plans Need Caps To Protect Consumers

“I agree with most of your comments on the free market,” Rep. Robert Goshall told an electric industry representative who testified. “Unfortunately, that hasn’t worked.”

03/20/2014

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