Environment

The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed December 26, 2012

A New Environmental Conundrum! (Rebroadcast)

In a new book, author David Owen exposes the complexities of what it means to truly be “green”.  He says supposedly earth-friendly ideas like hybrid cars or solar panels create efficiencies which allow us to consume more!   Efficiency, Owen says, once considered the Holy Grail of our environmental problems, turns out to be part of the problem! 

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EarthTalk
11:37 am
Sun December 23, 2012

Pesticides And Children's Health

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EarthTalk
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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EarthTalk
3:27 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

The Greenest American Cities

Biking to work in San Francisco.
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Dear EarthTalk: Which are the greenest American cities, and why?        -- D. Hansen, Wichita, KS

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EarthTalk
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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Word of Mouth
9:34 am
Tue December 4, 2012

The Slopes Are Melting!

David Brooks, writer for the Nashua Telegraph, walks us through current and future threats that global warming poses to the ski industry.


EarthTalk
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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EarthTalk
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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EarthTalk
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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The Exchange
9:00 am
Thu November 15, 2012

The Fate of New Hampshire's Forests

New Hampshire is the second most forested state in the country, but according to our guest today, UNH Professor and Ecologist, Scott Olinger, our forests face serious challenges from climate change to invasive species.  Today on the Exchange, we're looking at what's happening to our trees, what cane be done to protect them and the environmental significance of our forests.

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Word of Mouth
2:26 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

The Cost of Building Beaches

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Despite arguments over effectiveness and cost, New Jersey has long practiced what is called “artificial beach nourishment”—importing and pumping tons of sand to build up its shore.  Much of that sand was swept away by super storm Sandy’s massive surge and the one that followed from the recent nor’easter. 

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Word of Mouth
1:55 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Goldfish Invaders

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A 2004 poll estimated that thirteen percent of American households keep goldfish. Nearly 500 million are sold each year just to feed other pets. How goldfish became America’s go-to pet is a matter of some debate.

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EarthTalk
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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EarthTalk
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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