Susan Phillips

reporter for WHYY in Philadelphia

Susan Phillips appears in the following:

USPS plans to replace about 160,000 delivery trucks. Only a fraction will be electric

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.


Advocates Say Wind Farm Plans Interfere With Fertile Fishing Areas

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.


'That Terrifies Me': Trump Rule Allows Natural Gas Transport By Rail In Dense Areas

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.


Philadelphia Agrees To Provide About 60 Vacant Houses To Unsheltered Residents

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.


Pennsylvania Voters Don't Think Fracking Is A Big Issue Despite Trump's Focus On It

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.


Pennsylvania Prosecutors Investigate Pipeline

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.


Refinery Explosions Raise New Warnings About Deadly Chemical

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.


Japan Is Betting Big On The Future Of Hydrogen Cars

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.


EPA Says It Plans To Limit Toxic PFAS Chemicals, But Not Soon Enough For Critics

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.


Airports At Water's Edge Battle Rising Sea Levels

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.


Centuries-Old Plant Collection Now Online — A Treasure Trove For Researchers

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.


Spotted Lanternfly Could Be Worst Invasive Species In 150 Years

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.


Climate Activists Court Hill Republicans With 'Civil Conversations'

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.


EPA Employees Organize Against Proposed Budget Cuts

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.


Trump Aims To 'Eliminate' Clean Water Rule

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.


Trump To Sign Order Rolling Back Another Environmental Regulation

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.


Short On Data, EPA's Final Report On Fracking Leaves Many Disheartened

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.


As Marrakech Climate Talks End, Worries Remain About U.S. Pullout

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.


White House Announces New Fuel Efficiency Standards For Trucks, Buses

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The Obama administration has announced new fuel efficiency standards for trucks and buses.


Adapting To A More Extreme Climate, Coastal Cities Get Creative

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.