| Jan 10, 2014
| 10:04 AM
Orchid blooms are beloved by many, but they can intimidate budding gardeners.
Joan Connors, retired greenhouse manager of the American Orchid Society, has a few tips to help beginners keep plants healthy, happy and blooming.
"I love growing orchids,...
| Jan 16, 2014
| 3:09 PM
Too much of anything, including water, can be a killer.
Hold that thought as we consider this week's scary headline from the PublicSource online news organization, which said, "1.5 million Pennsylvanians live close to large amounts of hazardous ammonia....
| Jan 26, 2014
| 5:47 AM
It all comes down to slowing the flow.
By training residents to be savvy environmental leaders who can inspire their neighbors to take action, a nonprofit organization hopes to reduce the flow of polluted stormwater runoff that eventually empties into...
| Dec 11, 2013
| 4:30 AM
Before The Sun and its readers start hyperventilating about the Maryland Department of Agriculture's decision to delay (not abandon) the proposed Phosphorous Management Tool regulation, it is important to share some insights into this common-sense...
| Dec 10, 2013
| 10:19 AM
Harford County Executive David Craig's ill-fated plan to repeal the so-called "rain tax" has been revealed for the campaign ploy that it was, but the problems with the law requiring the levy still need to be addressed.
Enacted by the Maryland General...
| Dec 15, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Thirty years ago, the governors in Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania; the mayor of D.C.; and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator signed the first Chesapeake Bay Agreement, solemnly pledging to stem the flow of pollutants and bring the...
| May 4, 2014
Once a week, Alex Poltorak roams the alleyways of Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood hunting for white buckets stashed here and there crammed with banana peels, avocado shells, bits of onions and other colorful vegetable scraps from his customers'...
| Apr 17, 2014
| 9:18 AM
A year after a massive explosion and fire at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, killed 15, including 12 volunteer firefighters, the city is still trying to come to grips with the disaster that has left a deep imprint on the rural town.
| Apr 22, 2014
| 2:55 PM
The deaths of 15 people, including 12 volunteer firefighters, in an explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant a year ago were preventable, federal investigators said Tuesday.
Preliminary findings from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board on the chemical...
| Apr 4, 2014
| 9:11 AM
Orchid lovers will appreciate the easy-to-grow Epidendrum radicans, also known as reed-stem epidendrum or fire-star orchid. Long-lasting clusters of tiny red-orange-and-yellow flowers on the ends of slender 2-foot stems put on a fiery show that lasts...
| Mar 6, 2014
| 9:00 PM
We have taxed nearly every Marylander to pay for significant nutrient removal at wastewater treatment plants through the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fee, known as the flush tax, amounting to $60 per year for each household. Gov. Martin O'Malley also...