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5:00 am
Mon January 23, 2012

Top Stories Read Online

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

1) North Country: As Purchase Falls Through, Groveton Paper Plant Eyed for Demolition - A deal to bring the closed Groveton paper mill in the North Country back to life has fallen through raising the possibility it will be demolished.

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun January 22, 2012

Cutting Down Forests for Biomass Fuel

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E - The Environmental Magazine

 

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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EarthTalk
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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Here's What's Awesome
10:36 am
Fri January 20, 2012

Friday is for Memes: Sad Packers Fan

The Green Bay Packers are not going to repeat as Super Bowl Champions this year. That you surely already know. But it's not because Eli Manning and the New York Giants managed to contain the Packers' offense or outplay the Pack's defense. It's because of some sparkly nail polish and an Aaron Rodgers jersey that sat at home, unworn, during the most important playoff game of the year.

So explains our senior sports analyst, Sad Packer Fan:

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Most Read Online
10:49 am
Tue January 17, 2012

Top Stories Read Online

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

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EarthTalk
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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E - The Environmental Magazine

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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EarthTalk
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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E - The Environmental Magazine

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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Blogs
1:01 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

The Latino perspective on the NH Primary

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In this latest podcast from the series Feet in Two WorldsLa Opinion's Pilar Marrero and freelance journalist Valeria Fernandez talk about the mood and opinions of Latino immigrants on the eve of the New Hampshire Primary. 

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Here's What's Awesome
10:06 am
Mon January 9, 2012

Packing Tape Art Shines on the Street, and Then Helps You Move Into Your New Place

Max Zorn is a packing tape artist. No, I don't mean he's really good at taping up moving boxes, I mean he makes really intricate pieces of art by slicing up bits of brown packing tape and arranging them into people and scenes. Packing tape is translucent, of course, so Max hangs the finished pieces next to streetlights in Amsterdam.

Check out the timelapse below of Max doing his thing, set to hip hop. And resist the urge to ask him to help you move on the first of the month.

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun January 8, 2012

How Safe is Food Coloring?

The Center for Science in the Public Interest found compelling evidence that ingestion of artificial food dyes can contribute to hyperactivity, restlessness and attention problems in some children, especially those with ADHD.
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E - The Environmental Magazine

 

Dear EarthTalk: Ever since the red dye #2 scare in the 1970s I’ve been wary of using food colorings or buying food that appears to contain them. Are there natural and healthy food colorings?

 -- Nancy McFarlane, Methuen, MA

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun January 8, 2012

Global Warming and Water Shortages

One out of three counties across the contiguous U.S., says a recent study commissioned by the Natural Resources Defense Council, should brace for water shortages by mid-century as a result of human induced climate change.
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E - The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: How is it that global warming could negatively impact water supplies in the U.S.?

-- Penny Wilcox, Austin, TX

 

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Here's What's Awesome
1:53 pm
Fri January 6, 2012

Friday is for Memes: Wikipedia "Please Read" Banners Remixed

Please read: a special remix of an urgent appeal by Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales.

We all go to Wikipedia, which means we've all seen those banners. "Please Read: A Message from Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales." Where the "face of Wikipedia" has his face all over Wikipedia, asking for donations to keep the system running.

That alone was meme fodder, but then the late 2011 drive included new faces along with Jimmy's - programmers, server managers and other staff. All of which led to a sometimes disturbing but sometimes very funny series of revisions to the "please read" banner ads.

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun January 1, 2012

Is Echinacea Effective at Preventing or Treating Colds?

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E - The Environmental Magazine

 

Dear EarthTalk: What’s the story with Echinacea? Many herb teas contain it, and many people swear by it as a cold remedy. But I’ve also seen headlines saying that the herb has no medicinal value whatsoever. Can you set the record straight?  -- Arlene Hixson, Portland, ME

 

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun January 1, 2012

Home Energy Audits

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E - The Environmental Magazine

 

Dear EarthTalk: There are a number of companies out there now doing “energy audits” for the home, after which they try to sell you attic insulation and other products and services. Is this just a scam or would it be wise for me to look into this?                            -- Bill Richards., New York, NY

 

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Here's What's Awesome
1:35 pm
Fri December 30, 2011

Friday is for Memes: The North Korean Hearse

Keyboard Cat somehow gets mixed up in a North Korean funeral procession. Remix culture strikes again.

Kim Jong Il's funeral was probably not intended to give birth to any memes, but when the hearse in the military procession featured a giant picture frame, the Photoshoppers' eyes got wide and the ideas started to flow.

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