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Dear EarthTalk: What exactly are Asian carp and why are they such a big problem lately?

                                                                                                            -- Lori Roudebush, Portland, OR

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Dear EarthTalk: It might seem obvious, but what would be the primary benefits of public transit as an alternative to the private automobile if our country were to make a major commitment to it?-- James Millerton, Armstrong, PA

The benefits of making a major commitment to building up and efficiently managing a larger and more comprehensive public transit network are many.

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Perchlorate in Drinking Water

Dec 14, 2012
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Has Recycling Lived Up To Its Promises?

Dec 7, 2012
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Dear EarthTalk: Has recycling lived up to its promise to reduce waste and pollution, save energy and provide jobs in our ailing economy?                                                 

A Greener, Healthier Laundry Room

Dec 7, 2012
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Dear EarthTalk: How can I have a greener, healthier laundry room?  

Clean Energy Victory Bonds

Nov 28, 2012
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Dear EarthTalk: What was Proposition 37 in California that concerns the labeling of genetically modified foods and that was just voted down in that state?                         -- Peter Tremaine, Euclid, OH

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Dear EarthTalk: A friend of mine told me that our government kills thousands of wild animals like bears and wolves every year in the name of protecting livestock. How can the government, which is supposed to protect dwindling numbers of animals, instead be killing them?       -- Amy Pratt, Troy, NY

New Nutrition Standards For School Lunches

Nov 28, 2012
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Green Friendly "Bluesign" Clothing

Nov 28, 2012
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Dear EarthTalk: What is the “Bluesign” standard for textiles? Which if any well known manufacturers are embracing it?                                                                                -- Karin Romano, Bristol, CT

Deforestation and Global Warming

Nov 28, 2012
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Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that cutting and burning trees adds more global warming pollution to the atmosphere than all the cars and trucks in the world combined?                   -- Mitchell Vale, Houston, TX

The Burrowing Owl Conservation Network

Nov 28, 2012
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Keeping Groundwater Safe and Abundant.

Nov 28, 2012
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Dear EarthTalk: What is currently being done in the U.S. to ensure the wise use and safety of our nation’s groundwater?                                          -- Kevin Orr, Baton Rouge, LA

The Fracking Controversy

Nov 2, 2012
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Dear EarthTalk: I have heard that fracking is becoming a major environmental issue in the U.S. Which parts of the country are already hosting fracking operations? Are there efforts underway to stop the practice in specific states or across the country?                              

A National Park For Maine

Nov 2, 2012
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Arctic Summer Sea Ice At Lowest Levels

Nov 2, 2012
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Dear EarthTalk: I heard that the Arctic summer sea ice is at its lowest level since we began recording it. What are the implications of all this melting?]

-- Jo Shoemaker, Bowie, MD

Greening Professional Sports

Nov 2, 2012
Michael Fitzgerald

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Dear EarthTalk: How eco-friendly are professional sports leagues and their teams? Which stand out especially for their green efforts?                     -- Al Simpson, Medina, OH

Lead in Hunting Ammo and Fishing Tackle

Oct 19, 2012
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Dear EarthTalk: What's the big deal about lead in hunting ammunition and fishing tackle? If an animal is going to die anyway, it's not going to get lead poisoning, right?                

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Dear EarthTalk:Besides the presidential election,what other electoral races are environmentalists keeping an eye on this coming November?                 --Matt Sloan, Sacramento, CA

National "Blueways"

Oct 12, 2012
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Dear EarthTalk: The federal government recently designated the Connecticut River watershed as the nation’s first “National Blueway.” What is a National Blueway and does such a designation come with any funding for conservation or other purposes?                 

Obama And Romney On The Environment

Oct 12, 2012
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Dear EarthTalk: Given that the presidential election is just around the corner, what can you tell me about each candidate’s environmental track record and positions?      

-- Jane Miller, Chicago, IL

Just because the environment is getting short shrift this election season due to our nation’s lingering economic woes doesn’t mean that candidates Obama and Romney can ignore the issue.

Impact Of Human Polulation Growth

Oct 3, 2012
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Dear EarthTalk: The world added its seven-billionth person in 2011, but the news came and went quickly while Charlie Sheen news kept on and on. But isn’t population growth the “elephant in the room” that needs serious attention? Can you outline the major impacts of unchecked population growth and what if anything is being done to try to arrest it?                   -- Aaron Rodriguez, Tucson, AZ

Greening Up The Hotel Industry

Oct 3, 2012
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Dear EarthTalk: In recent years the hotel industry began to green up operations, but has it yet gone beyond leaving out little cards to encourage you to re-use your towels and linens?               -- Mason Singer, St. Louis, MO

Toxic Perfumes and Colognes

Sep 26, 2012
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The "Green Scissors" campaign

Sep 21, 2012
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Dear EarthTalk: What is the “Green Scissors” campaign, which I understand can help the environment and has support from both liberals and conservatives?     

Saving "BioGems"

Sep 21, 2012
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Dear EarthTalk: I heard of an effort to save what are being called “BioGems.” What are BioGems and what is being done about them?     

How Safe Is Cat Litter

Sep 12, 2012
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American Consumption Habits

Sep 12, 2012
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Dear EarthTalk: I read that a single child born in the U.S. has a greater effect on the environment than a dozen children born in a developing country? Can you explain why?   

-- Josh C., via e-mail

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