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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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EarthTalk®
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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EarthTalk®
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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EarthTalk®
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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Here's What's Awesome
12:21 pm
Wed December 28, 2011

Hockey Announcer Don Cherry is the Greatest Invisible Piano Player in Canada

If you're a hockey fan, you know Don Cherry, or at the very least you've seen his amazing collection of suit jackets.

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun December 25, 2011

New Standards for Light Bulb Efficiency

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EarthTalk®
E - The Environmental Magazine

 

Dear EarthTalk: What do I need to know about the new U.S. energy efficiency standards for light bulbs that take effect in January 2012? Will certain bulbs be unavailable? And am I supposed to switch out my older inefficient bulbs with newer efficient ones?   -- Melissa McCarthy, Aptos, CA

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun December 25, 2011

Safe and Green-Friendly Hair Care

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E - The Environmental Magazine

 

Dear EarthTalk: I always hear about hair products and sprays that claim to be natural and organic based. What are some hair products that can be purchased that are legit and cause no harm to the environment? -- Penny Siegel, Milwaukee, WI

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Here's What's Awesome
1:14 pm
Tue December 20, 2011

Kim Jong Il Didn't Just Look at Things, Says the Web

The famous Tumblog Kim Jong-Il Looking At Things has already updated its "about" section to read in the past tense - it now says "the dear leader liked to look at things." Now the remixers have found a whole new side of the North Korean leader - as a DJ. Check out Kim Jong-Il Dropping the Bass to see him in action.

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Inside NHPR
12:57 pm
Tue December 20, 2011

A Little Like a Radio Concierge

Vermin Supreme at the Lesser Known Candidates forum at Saint Anselm College, December 19, 2011.
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Yesterday on All Things Considered a read a story about the Lesser Known Candidates forum at Saint Anselm College, which hosted a number of candidates who are on the New Hampshire presidential primary ballot but not on the national political radar. This was shortly after I made my usual mention of how NHPR's All Things Considered is now on Facebook and Twitter.

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