reporter for WHYY in Philadelphia
Susan Phillips appears in the following:
Tuesday, July 12, 2022
The Postal Service plans to replace about 160,000 gas-guzzling delivery trucks, but just a fraction will be electric. Advocates and states say going electric is aligned with climate change goals.
Tuesday, September 28, 2021
The Biden administration has opened the East Coast to massive offshore wind development. But it will happen in some of the country's most fertile fishing grounds, and that's set up a growing battle.
Tuesday, December 29, 2020
Fifteen states are challenging the decision, arguing that the risk of explosion puts lives in danger. For one project, highly flammable gas will travel 200 miles through a busy East Coast corridor.
Thursday, November 12, 2020
U.S. cities are facing an increase in the number of homeless residents. The housing crisis in Philadelphia led to an unusual agreement to allow some homeless people to move into vacant houses.
Friday, October 09, 2020
Pennsylvania is a major state for drilling natural gas. President Trump has made fracking a significant issue of his campaign in the swing state, but it's unclear how much it may help him.
Wednesday, December 25, 2019
Across the country, new gas pipelines have met political opposition, protests and lawsuits. In Pennsylvania, one major project has also sparked criminal investigations.
Friday, July 19, 2019
Chemical experts say recent refinery explosions could have been far more devastating if deadly hydrogen fluoride was released. Some are calling for a ban on the chemical.
Monday, March 18, 2019
Japan doesn't think battery electric cars are the only future for transportation. It is investing millions to ramp up production of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, citing their convenience for consumers.
Thursday, February 14, 2019
The chemicals, which are linked to health problems, have contaminated drinking water and soil in many parts of the United States. Critics say the EPA is not acting fast enough to limit them.
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Many major airports are on low-lying coastal land where flooding is getting worse. They're building walls, berms and other barriers to try to keep planes and people moving.
Sunday, September 02, 2018
Close to 800,000 records from about a dozen plant collections or "herbaria" are being digitized, allowing researchers broad access to data on plant species collected and preserved in past centuries.
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
International shipping sometimes brings unwanted guests: invasive species. The latest invader, the spotted lanternfly, threatens fruit and hardwoods. It's recently spread to Pennsylvania.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
With quiet persistence and an eye on economic solutions, businessman turned activist Jay Butera has helped usher in a small but truly bipartisan climate caucus on Capitol Hill.
Thursday, April 13, 2017
The Environmental Protection Agency is a big target as President Trump aims to cut back the federal budget and workforce. Now some agency employees are organizing to defend the agency's work.
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
The Obama-era "Waters of the United States" rule defines which small bodies of water are subject to U.S. authority. Opponents such as farmers, homebuilders and golf course owners say it goes too far.
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
President Trump will sign an order on Tuesday that aims to roll back the Obama administration's Waters of the U.S. rule. It applies only to small bodies of water, but it has some big opponents.
Sunday, December 25, 2016
The EPA spent years investigating whether the fracking process pollutes nearby drinking water. To the frustration of many, its final report leaves a lot of questions unanswered.
Friday, November 18, 2016
Negotiators had hoped the meeting would be the first step in implementing last year's Paris agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But the U.S. election has cast their plans into doubt.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
The Obama administration has announced new fuel efficiency standards for trucks and buses.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
In preparation for sea level rise, vulnerable cities are building infrastructure to protect themselves. But as a look at New Orleans and Philadelphia shows, the strategies are unique to each city.