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12:00 am
Sun March 4, 2012

Sustainable Snow Sports

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E - The Environmental Magazine

 

Dear EarthTalk: I’m in the market for a new pair of skis. Are there skis being made today that are made with materials and processes that are kinder to the environment? -- Scott Paxton, Rutland, VT

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12:00 am
Sun February 26, 2012

Progress on Smog in Los Angeles

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E - The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: I was in Los Angeles recently and the smog was not nearly as bad as when I visited 15 years ago. Is it really better now, and if so, how did it get that way? Or did I just happen to visit on a good day?-- Marjorie Hicke, Atlanta, GA

 

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12:00 am
Sun February 26, 2012

Why Did Leading Solar Panel Maker Solyndra Fail?

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Dear EarthTalk: What caused Solyndra, a leading American solar panel maker, to fail last fall and what are the implications for U.S. alternative energy industries?     -- Walt Bottone, Englewood, NJ

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12:00 am
Sun February 19, 2012

New Automobile Fuel Economy Standards

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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

 

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12:00 am
Sun February 19, 2012

Disease Clusters

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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

 

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12:00 am
Sun February 12, 2012

BPA in Cash Register Receipts

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E - The Environmental Magazine

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

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12:00 am
Sun February 12, 2012

How Green is the State of Our Union?

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E - The Environmental Magazine

 

Dear EarthTalk: What are the environmental implications of the road ahead as laid out by President Obama in his recent State of the Union? -- Marilyn Pike, Bethesda, MD

 

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12:00 am
Sun February 5, 2012

Finding Safe Personal Care Products

The vast majority of the 12,500 chemicals used by the $50 billion beauty industry have never been assessed for safety.
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Dear EarthTalk: I know that there are many issues with personal care products being unsafe for our health, but where do I look to find out what’s safe and what’s not? --Mary Pulaski, Trenton, NJ

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12:00 am
Sun February 5, 2012

Latino Communities Hardest Hit by Air Pollution

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E - The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: How is it that Latino communities are among those hardest hit by air pollution? -- Miguel Aragones, Los Angeles, CA

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12:00 am
Sun January 29, 2012

Carbon Emissions are Making Our Waters Acidic

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Dear EarthTalk: I was horrified to read recently that our oceans are actually becoming acidic, that the continued burning of fossil fuels is changing the chemistry of our seas. What’s going on?  -- Kim Richardson, San Diego, CA

 

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12:00 am
Sun January 29, 2012

The Energy Waste of TV-Top Boxes

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Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that cable and other pay TV boxes that sit atop television sets consume massive amounts of energy, in part because they are always on, even when the TV is off? -- Sam Winston, Metarie, LA

 

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12:00 am
Sun January 22, 2012

Cutting Down Forests for Biomass Fuel

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Dear EarthTalk: I understand that some companies are now looking to cut down forests and burn them as “biomass” for generating electricity. Is nothing sacred?   -- Audrey Barklay, Newark, NJ

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12:00 am
Sun January 22, 2012

Water Usage in the Bathroom

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E - The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that the bathroom is where over half of our household water usage takes place? What are some ways to take a bite out of that? -- Shelby McIntyre, Chico, CA

Yes indeed, some 60 percent of our household indoor water usage happens in the bathroom. As such, updating old leaky fixtures and changing a few basic habits could go a long way to not only saving fresh water, an increasingly precious resource, but also money.

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12:00 am
Sun January 15, 2012

Healthy, Green-Friendly Mouthwashes

Many mainstream mouthwashes contain ingredients that you wouldn't want to swallow or rinse down the drain. Fortunately, there are many natural alternatives available now, including recipes for making your own.
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Dear EarthTalk: Are there healthy, green-friendly mouthwashes? I’ve heard that some contain formaldehyde and other nasty substances.                                           -- Marina Sandberg, Albany, NY

 

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12:00 am
Sun January 15, 2012

Cutting Emissions in Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states

Ten Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states have, in the face of federal inaction, agreed on a region-wide greenhouse gas emissions limit, enforced through the sale of pollution permits to large fossil fuel power plants there.
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Dear EarthTalk: I understand that some Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic U.S. states have banded together to reduce their own greenhouse gas emissions. Can you enlighten?   -- Bo Clifford, Cary, NC

 

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