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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 ‚Äúgreen‚ÄĚ choices in furniture available than ever before. Pictured: A Savvy Rest organic crib mattress distributed by Furnature.
Savvy Rest

EarthTalk¬ģ
E - The Environmental Magazine

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Blogs
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.
Zoonar/Thinkstock

EarthTalk¬ģ
E - The Environmental Magazine

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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Top Stories
3:07 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Top Stories: Candidate For Sheriff Says He'd Use Office To Stop Abortions, On The Road: Cars & Bikes

http://www.szaboforsheriff.com/

A list of the top-ten most-read stories on nhpr.org and stateimpact.npr.org/new-hampshire.

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Blogs
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.
Hemera Collection

EarthTalk¬ģ
E - The Environmental Magazine

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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Blogs
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.
iStockPhotos

EarthTalk¬ģ
E - The Environmental Magazine

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Top Stories
9:02 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Top Stories: Free State Activist Found Guilty, and A Year Later, Still Coping With Irene's Damage

Irene work crew.
Chris Jensen NHPR

A list of the top-ten most-read stories on nhpr.org.

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Top Stories
1:54 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Top Stories: Internet Outage Resolution, First Day at State's First Magnet School

Students file into school on the first day of the state's first magnet school.
Sam-Evans Brown NHPR

A list of the top-ten most-read stories on nhpr.org and StateImpact- NH website.

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EarthTalk
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.
350.org

EarthTalk¬ģ
E - The Environmental Magazine

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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EarthTalk
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.
Brand X Pictures

EarthTalk¬ģ
E - The Environmental Magazine

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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Events
11:12 am
Fri August 10, 2012

North Country Moose Festival: We'll See You There!

This year's upcoming Moose Festival 2012 in Colebrook, NH.
North Country Moose Festival

Join NHPR on August 24, in Colebrook, N.H. during the 21st North Country Moose Festival. Visit the NHPR table at the street fair to meet a member of NHPR's team!  The festival which will take place August 24, 25 and 26 and is established to gather and celebrate the historic creature of the moose.

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Top Stories
2:44 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Top Stories: South Sudanese / Granite Stater's Story Spreads, Olympic Kayak Paddles Made in NH

Olympic Track
Stewart Cutler Flikr Creative Commons

A list of the top-ten most-read stories on nhpr.org and StateImpact- NH website.

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun August 5, 2012

Will Mt. St. Helens Become a National Park?

iStock Photo

EarthTalk¬ģ
E - The Environmental Magazine

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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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun August 5, 2012

The Endangered Species Act -- Success or Failure?

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

EarthTalk¬ģ
E - The Environmental Magazine

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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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun July 29, 2012

Genetically Engineered … Mosquitoes?

USDA

EarthTalk¬ģ
E - The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: I couldn‚Äôt believe my ears: ‚Äúgenetically engineered mosquitoes?‚ÄĚ 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¬ģ
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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Inside NHPR
11:42 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Webstream Service Disruption Expected this Evening

We are expecting a brief service disruption to our webstream this evening for approximately 30 minutes between 9:00 and 10:00 p.m. ET. resulting from webserver maintenance.

While this disruption will affect the listen live player at the top of the page, (illustrated in the image to the right) you can listen using either of the streaming links below. The outage will also temporarily disrupt streaming and content distributed to the NHPR iPhone app.

iTunes, Quicktime

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Most Read Online
12:52 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Top Stories: Best Books Off Hot Indie Presses, And A Fast Track To Law School

Photo by Henry via Flickr Creative Commons

A roundup of the top-ten most-read stories on nhpr.org and StateImpact - NH website.

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun July 22, 2012

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

Photos.com

EarthTalk¬ģ
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

iStock Photo

EarthTalk¬ģ
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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Most Read Online
1:37 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Top Stories: Who's On Welfare? Start-Up Entrepreneur Brings High-Tech Talent To Rural N.H.

Daquella Manera Flickr

A roundup of the top-ten most-read stories on nhpr.org and StateImpact - NH website.

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun July 15, 2012

Meat Consumption, Health and the Environment

iStock Photo

EarthTalk¬ģ
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
iStock Photo

EarthTalk¬ģ
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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Most Read Online
3:35 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Top Stories: 'Roller Skiing' Summer Training for Winter Athletes, A Monadnock Farmer's Challenge

Sam Evans-Brown

A roundup of the top-ten most-read stories on nhpr.org and StateImpact - NH website.

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Fireworks
2:22 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Where To Find Fireworks in N.H. for Independence Day

(Photo by Amani Hasan via Flickr Creative Commons)

Looking for 4th of July fireworks in New Hampshire? Check out the interactive map below.

Map provided by NH.com

Most Read Online
12:12 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Top Stories: White Mountains Innkeeper Struggles With Shifting Economic Landscape, Summer Books 2012

Amanda Loder StateImpact NH

A roundup of the top-ten most-read stories on nhpr.org and StateImpact - NH website.

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun July 1, 2012

Japanese Tsunami Debris

Wolfram Burner, courtesy Flickr

EarthTalk¬ģ
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¬ģ
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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Most Read Online
1:40 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Top Stories: Summer Books 2012, What's in Your Water? High Arsenic in 1 out of 5 NH Wells

A roundup of the top-ten most-read stories on nhpr.org and StateImpact - NH website.

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun June 24, 2012

Clean Air Ambassadors

Thinkstock

EarthTalk¬ģ
E - The Environmental Magazine

 

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun June 24, 2012

Making Renewable Energies Competitive

Thinkstock

EarthTalk¬ģ
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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