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2:47 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

The Fracking Controversy

Drinking water from a well near a fracking site.
Credit Michael Fitzgerald

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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).
Credit NASA/Goddard Scientific Visualization Studio

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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.
Credit 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

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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.
KevinChang Flickr

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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.
Evan Gregg Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism

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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.
Alan Levine Flickr

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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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