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3:53 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Safer Sunscreens

Most of us assume that all we need do to prevent sunburns and skin cancer from exposure to the sun is to slather on sunscreen. But consumers should be careful about which sunscreens they trust for themselves and, even more important, for their kids.
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3:51 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Baggage-laden Biofuels

Biofuels (or agrofuels) can be a carbon-neutral energy source, but the overall process of producing them is far from carbon neutral, given the substantial amount of fossil fuels expended in growing, harvesting, processing and distributing them.
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10:38 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Are There Certain Brands or Retail Stores That Offer Sustainable Furniture Options?

Thanks to increased consumer awareness and demand, there are more “green” choices in furniture available than ever before. Pictured: A Savvy Rest organic crib mattress distributed by Furnature.
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10:34 am
Thu August 30, 2012

How Energy Efficient is Underfloor Heating?

An installation in progress. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, radiant underfloor heating is more efficient than baseboard or forced-air heating and can run off of a variety of energy sources.
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Dear EarthTalk: How energy efficient (and comfortable) is underfloor heating, sometimes known as radiant heating?                                                                                              -- Marcy Dell, Boston, MA

Underfloor radiant heating involves under laying the floor with a hot element or tubing that transfers heat into the room via infrared radiation and convection, obviating the need for forced or blowing air.

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10:34 am
Tue August 21, 2012

What is the Domestic Fuels Protection Act of 2012?

Some green groups bemoan the recently-introduced Domestic Fuels Protection Act because it would exempt highly profitable producers of fuels and fuel additives from liability for damage caused by their products and push the burden of cost onto consumers.
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Dear EarthTalk: What is the Domestic Fuels Protection Act of 2012 and why are environmental groups opposing it?                                                                            -- William Bledsoe, Methuen, MA

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10:27 am
Tue August 21, 2012

What Is The Federal Government's Recreational Trails Program?

The Congressionally mandated Recreational Trails Program was in jeopardy due to budget cuts, but its backers in Congress announced this past July that it would be retained to the tune of $85 million in funding per year.
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11:10 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Is It Too Late to Avoid the Worst Impacts of Climate Change?

The amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere today is roughly 390 parts per million (ppm), well above the 275 ppm it was before we started pumping pollution skyward during the Industrial Revolution.
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Dear EarthTalk: I read that CO2 in our atmosphere is now more than 300 parts per million. Doesn’t this mean that we’re too late to avoid the worst impacts of climate change?      -- Karl Bren, Richmond, VA

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10:58 am
Mon August 13, 2012

What Can We Do to Reduce Our Light Footprint?

The federally funded National Optical Astronomy Observatory reports that poorly-aimed, unshielded outdoor lights waste 17.4 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity in the U.S. each year.
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Dear EarthTalk: Has anyone calculated the energy wasted at night by unnecessary lighting in and around buildings? What can we do to reduce our light footprint?       -- Bill Rehkamp, via e-mail

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12:00 am
Sun August 5, 2012

Will Mt. St. Helens Become a National Park?

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Dear EarthTalk: What ever happened to the idea of turning Mt. St. Helens into a national park? -- Esther Monaghan, Boston, MA

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12:00 am
Sun August 5, 2012

The Endangered Species Act -- Success or Failure?

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Dear EarthTalk: Do environmentalists think the Endangered Species Act has been a success or failure with regard to protecting biodiversity in the U.S.?-- Ron McKnight, Trenton, NJ

While that very question has been a subject of debate already for decades, most environmental advocates are thankful such legislation is in place and proud of their government for upholding such high standards when it comes to preserving rare species of plants and animals.

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12:00 am
Sun July 29, 2012

Why Are Some Countries Still Whaling?

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Dear EarthTalk:Commercial whaling was banned around the world years ago, but some nations continue to hunt whales. Why is this and what’s being done about it? -- Jackie O’Neill, Hershey, PA

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12:00 am
Sun July 29, 2012

Genetically Engineered … Mosquitoes?

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Dear EarthTalk: I couldn’t believe my ears: “genetically engineered mosquitoes?” Why on Earth would they be created? And I understand there are plans to release them into the wild? -- Marissa Abingdon, Sumter, SC

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12:00 am
Sun July 22, 2012

Are There Alternatives to Conventional, Energy-Hogging Air Conditioners?

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Dear EarthTalk: Has an alternative to air conditioning to keep rooms cool been invented that is significantly cheaper and/or that uses significantly less energy than traditional air conditioning?--Ashutosh Saxena, Allahabad, India

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12:00 am
Sun July 22, 2012

Air Pollution in National Parks

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Dear EarthTalk: I was appalled by the pollution haze I saw on a recent visit to Acadia National Park in Maine, and was told by a ranger that it was from smokestacks and tailpipes hundreds of miles away. Is anything being done to clear the air in Acadia and other natural areas where people go to breathe fresh air and enjoy distant unobstructed views?-- Betty Estason, via e-mail

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12:00 am
Sun July 15, 2012

Meat Consumption, Health and the Environment

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Dear EarthTalk:We’ve been hearing for years how producing red meat is bad for the environment while consuming it is bad for our health. How do other types of meat, fish, dairy and vegetable proteins stack up in terms of environmental and health impacts? -- Julia Saperstein, via e-mail

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