Dear EarthTalk: I read that car makers had agreed to up fuel economy standards to an average of about 55 miles per gallon by the year 2025, and that specifics were due to be hammered out by the end of 2011. Did this happen and where do things stand now?-- Scott Ellis, Norwalk, CA
EarthTalk® E - The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: There are many areas around the U.S. where “disease clusters” have occurred, whereby unusually large numbers of people have gotten sick, usually because of proximity to a polluter. What if anything is being done to remedy the situation?-- Michael Sorenson, Natick, MA
NHPR and the New Hampshire Union Leader are proud to sponsor The 59th Annual New Hampshire State Spelling Bee scheduled for March 3, in Concord. The best spellers from around the Granite State will gather to compete.
The top speller will go on to represent New Hampshire at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, DC.
This week has been an incredibly fast one- I can’t believe it’s Friday already! I really need to start writing down what I do here every day… because come Friday… I do what I’ve been doing for the past 10 minutes or so… sitting here trying to remember what I did the last couple days… and drawing a complete blank. Maybe if I just start writing…
Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that Bisphenol A (BPA)—which is harmful to human health—was found to be present in retail cash register receipts and that, since those receipts get recycled, the chemical may also be present in toilet paper and other paper products? -- Jocelyn Mitchell, via e-mail
1) Word of Mouth: America's Funeral Industry Sees New Life - With demand for cremation, secular services, and environmentally friendly burials rising, funeral directors are adapting what could be called new end-of-lifestyle choices.
So, things are still going great. It’s great to finally be a part of something relevant to my interest in “the real world.” Aside from the fact that I’ve scored an amazing opportunity to work with NHPR, just the thought of contributing to something that will become a part of many lives within thought and conversation is that amazing feeling of accomplishment, success, and of course, who doesn’t like to feel a little “important?”
Brady Carlson, NHPR's host of All Things Consideredand digital host, is recognized as a Union Leader40 under Forty 2012 honoree, joining the ranks of an annually selected class of up-and-coming New Hampshire residents.
1) Word of Mouth: Return of the Darkroom - The mass market for film has dwindled in the digital age, but renewed interest in the tangible, nostalgic qualities of old formats may keep shutterbugs snapping film for years to come.