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12:00 am
Sun April 28, 2013

Asian Carp Woes

A pair of silver carp in Shedd Aquarium's invasive species exhibit.
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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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11:37 am
Sun December 23, 2012

Pesticides And Children's Health

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11:35 am
Sun December 23, 2012

The Benefits Of Public Transportation

Washington, DC Metro station
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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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3:25 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

The Growing Green Awards

Pictured: Andrea Northup, winner of the 2012 Young Food Leader award for her work with the D.C. Farm to School Network, which links regional farmers with local schools in order to transform cafeteria lunch menus.
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1:34 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Perchlorate in Drinking Water

Eleven million Americans live in areas where concentrations of perchlorate -- a chemical used in the production of rocket fuel, missiles, fireworks, flares and explosives -- are significantly higher in public drinking water supplies than what is considered safe.
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1:48 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Has Recycling Lived Up To Its Promises?

Recycling today is considered by many to be a huge success, though Americans could be recycling more than they do. Well managed recycling systems that focus on profitable resources like glass, paper and metals have had the most success.
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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?                                                 

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1:33 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

A Greener, Healthier Laundry Room

Three steps to a healthier, greener laundry room: Use natural, nontoxic detergents free of harsh chemicals, dyes and perfumes; lose the fabric softener in favor of vinegar; and swap out your old equipment for EnergyStar rated appliances that are more energy-efficient and will save money over time.
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Dear EarthTalk: How can I have a greener, healthier laundry room?  

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12:56 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Clean Energy Victory Bonds

The Clean Energy Victory Bonds Act of 2012, if enacted, would generate some 1.7 million new jobs in and around the renewable energy sector across the U.S.
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12:51 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

California's Proposition 37 (labeling genetically-modified foods) Defeated…For Now

Proposition 37, or the “California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act,” defeated by a narrow margin this past Election Day, called on food makers to label foods containing genetically modified ingredients on their packages -- and to not label such foods as “natural.”
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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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12:45 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

The Controversy Over The Federal Government's "Predator Control" Program

The U.S. government kills 100,000 carnivores each year under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA's) Wildlife Services program, mainly to protect livestock.
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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

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12:36 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

New Nutrition Standards For School Lunches

New school meal standards hope to sway American children away from unhealthy foods, which have led to 32 percent being overweight and 17 percent obese.
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12:28 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Green Friendly "Bluesign" Clothing

Consumers can feel confident in buying clothing items with the Bluesign label that they are getting the most green, friendly, socially conscious garments on the market.
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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

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12:20 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Deforestation and Global Warming

Cattle in a clear cut portion of the Amazon Rainforest.
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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

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12:14 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

The Burrowing Owl Conservation Network

Once a common species in California and across North America, the Western burrowing owl has become a rarer and rarer sight over the last three decades given habitat loss and other environmental perils the bird faces.
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12:06 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Keeping Groundwater Safe and Abundant.

About half of U.S. drinking water comes from groundwater sources. Regulation and enforcement of industry and agriculture are important for protecting our limited supplies, but consumers must also play a role.
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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

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2:47 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

The Fracking Controversy

Drinking water from a well near a fracking site.
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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?                              

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2:39 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

A National Park For Maine

Baxter State Park
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2:22 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Arctic Summer Sea Ice At Lowest Levels

Satellite data reveal how the new record low compares to the average minimum extent over the past 30 years (in yellow).
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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

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2:03 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Greening Professional Sports

The San Francisco Giants' AT&T Park, which has saved substantial amounts of energy through a series of lighting retrofits.
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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

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2:21 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Lead in Hunting Ammo and Fishing Tackle

According to the Center for Biological Diversity, lead is an extremely toxic element that is entering the food chain through widespread use of lead hunting ammunition and fishing tackle, poisoning wildlife and even threatening human health.
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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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2:17 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Significant Senate and House Races Around the Country

Environmentalists are watching several key electoral races around the nation.
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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

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2:41 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

National "Blueways"

In May 2012 the Obama administration designated the Connecticut River and its 7.2 million-acre watershed as the first segment of a new National Blueways System. Pictured: The Connecticut River in Franklin County, Massachusetts.
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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?                 

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2:25 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Obama And Romney On The Environment

Environmentalists have mixed feelings about both Obama's and Romney's environmental track records.
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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.

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3:05 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Impact Of Human Polulation Growth

Pictured: A person surviving on waste in the Philippines.
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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

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2:56 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Greening Up The Hotel Industry

Those little cards urging you to reuse towels and linens may seem like token environmentalism, but they actually result in significant water and waste reductions.
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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

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12:11 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Toxic Perfumes and Colognes

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics commissioned independent laboratory tests that revealed 38 secret chemicals in 17 leading fragrances.
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1:55 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

The "Green Scissors" campaign

Green Scissors was launched to call attention to programs that both harm the environment and waste tax dollars, including environmentally damaging public lands, water projects, agricultural and fossil fuel subsidies.
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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?     

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1:42 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Saving "BioGems"

The Natural Resources Defense Council launched its BioGems Initiative in an effort to safeguard special places that face an imminent threat of destruction, such as pristine coastlines, old forests, unspoiled habitats and the wildlife that thrive in them.
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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?     

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11:48 am
Wed September 12, 2012

How Safe Is Cat Litter

Many cat litters contain significant amounts of silica dust, chemical fragrances and, in "clumping" cat litters, sodium bentonite clay, derived from destructive strip mining and can cause gastrointestinal distress in cats that can lead to death.
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11:47 am
Wed September 12, 2012

American Consumption Habits

With less than 5 percent of world population, the U.S. uses a third of the world’s paper, a quarter of the oil, coal and aluminum, and 19 percent of the copper. The U.S. ranks highest by a considerable margin in most consumer categories as well.
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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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