Environment

EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun July 29, 2012

Genetically Engineered … Mosquitoes?

USDA

EarthTalk®
E - The Environmental Magazine

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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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun July 29, 2012

Why Are Some Countries Still Whaling?

Thjurexoell

EarthTalk®
E - The Environmental Magazine

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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The Exchange
9:00 am
Mon July 23, 2012

The Future of Great Bay

Conservation Law Foundation

Often called New Hampshire’s “hidden coast, the Great Bay is considered an estuary of national significance. Yet, its future seems in question both because pollution has taken a toll on its ecosystem and because nearby communities, activists, and officials can’t agree on how best to eradicate it, even as all realize something must be done. We'll look at the Great Bay debate and see if some sort of compromise can be made?

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun July 22, 2012

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

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EarthTalk®
E - The Environmental Magazine

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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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun July 22, 2012

Air Pollution in National Parks

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EarthTalk®
E - The Environmental Magazine

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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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun July 15, 2012

Meat Consumption, Health and the Environment

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EarthTalk®
E - The Environmental Magazine

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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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun July 15, 2012

Challenging Canada's Prime Minister's Efforts to Weaken Environmental Protections

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper
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EarthTalk®
E - The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: Why were some environmental websites blacked out all day back on June 4? Was this some sort of protest, or did they get hacked? -- Ned Cooper, Detroit, MI

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Conscientious Consumerism?

"Socially Responsible", its a catchword used by many businesses these days whether they want to promote their environmental friendliness, political awareness or by the way they treat their employees.  "We talk to the author of a new book who says there are many issues to consider when deeming a business socially responsible, both for the consumer and for the companies themselves. In some cases, there are uncomfortable tradeoffs, it’s nearly impossible to fulfill every ideal. And then there’s making a profit still a necessity, even if you’re eco-friendly.

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The Exchange
2:33 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Room for Improvement on Energy Efficiency

Matti Mattila via Flickr Creative Commons

 

How energy efficient is the Granite State? A new reports says not very, at least in terms of our buildings. Three years after Governor Lynch issued a Climate Action Plan, which included a call for more efficient homes and offices, UNH researchers find the state is way behind where it had hoped to be. We're examining what the problems are, as well as the prospects for future improvement.

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun July 1, 2012

Japanese Tsunami Debris

Wolfram Burner, courtesy Flickr

EarthTalk®
E - The Environmental Magazine

 

Dear EarthTalk: Is there any environmental risk from all that Japanese tsunami debris that is starting to wash up on the U.S. west coast? -- Bailey Thigerson, Seattle, WA

 

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun July 1, 2012

Natural Gas for Automotive Fuel

LA Wad, courtesy Flickr

EarthTalk®
E - The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: I recently saw an article extolling the virtues of natural gas as an abundant, inexpensive and domestically produced automotive fuel. Is this going to be the automotive fuel of the future and how green is it? -- Jason Kincaide, New Bedford, MA

 

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Fri June 29, 2012

New Hampshire Reacts to the Supreme Court Decision on Health Care

Yesterday, in a 5-4 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court decided to uphold most of President Obama's signature health care law.  The decision came with mixed reactions in New Hampshire. Some applauded the ruling while others plotted political revenge. Both Democrats and Republicans have called it a political 'leg up' for their hopes in November, but only time will tell who is right?  Today we'll look at this decision, how it will affect Granite Staters and how it may play out politically both nationally and here in New Hampshire.

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun June 24, 2012

Clean Air Ambassadors

Thinkstock

EarthTalk®
E - The Environmental Magazine

 

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun June 24, 2012

Making Renewable Energies Competitive

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E - The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: Renewable energy production in the solar and wind markets currently receives about $7 billion in government subsidies annually, but is still not competitive against fossil fuels on a large scale. To what extent should the U.S. continue to prop up these industries as they compete against dirty energy?-- Jack Morgan, Richmond, VA

 

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun June 17, 2012

Defining "Sustainable Communities"

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E - The Environmental Magazine

 

Dear EarthTalk: The term “sustainable communities” gets bantered around quite a bit today. Could you define it for me?-- Holly Parker, Mechanicsburg, PA

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