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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun March 17, 2013

The 'De-Extinction' Movement

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Granite Seen
12:57 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Photos: Week of March 15th

Vivian Beer works on her Anchored Candy series
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Inside NHPR
11:10 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Top Stories: New Fiction Of 2013; Another Wind Farm Eyes The Lakes Region

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1. The Exchange: New Fiction Of 2013

For our special March Fund Drive kick-off, we bring you an extra program with our "Book Buffs." Two New Hampshire independent booksellers talk about the latest literary offerings, including some from New England authors.

2. Environment: Another Wind Farm Eyes The Lakes Region

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun March 10, 2013

Addressing Global Food Scarcity

According to Oxfam, the world’s poor spend three-quarters of their income on food. A survey by Save the Children found that 24 percent of families in India, 27 percent in Nigeria and 14 percent in Peru now have foodless days. Pictured: A young girl in India cries for food.
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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun March 10, 2013

Attracting Backyard Pollinators

Attracting bees and butterflies to a garden is a noble pursuit, given that we all depend on these species and others to pollinate the plants that provide us with so much of our food, shelter and other necessities of life.
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Granite Seen
2:53 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Photos: Week of March 8th

The Evans-Brown Weather Contingency Plan: Reporter Sam Evans-Brown bikes to work - with his cross-country skis.
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Inside NHPR
10:44 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Top Stories: Seacoast Firm Stores Energy With Air; Video Game Industry Could Keep NH Tech-Savvy

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1. Environment: Who Needs Batteries? Seacoast Firm Stores Energy With Air

Solar and wind power are intermittent, and if enough of them are powering the grid, some kind of storage will be necessary. And storage means batteries, right? Not necessarily. In Seabrook New Hampshire, a start-up is doing it with compressed air.

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Granite Seen
4:45 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Photos: Week Of March 1st

The main hall of the Museum of the White Mountains
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Inside NHPR
11:40 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Top Stories: Gun Owners Cite Constitutional Rights In Objection To Open Carry Bill; The Ice Harvest

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1. NH News: Gun Owners Cite Constitutional Rights In Objection To Open Carry Bill

Gun owners came out to the capitol in force Thursday to object to a bill that would make it illegal to open carry a pistol or revolver in a public building without a permit.

2. Environment: Reaping What Winter Sows: The Ice Harvest

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun February 24, 2013

The Environmental Justice Movement

Many low income or minority groups have learned to raise their voices and stand up against the discriminatory locating of hazardous waste sites, polluting factories and other sources of bad air quality and compromised waterways and soils. Pictured: an environmental justice rally in the Rogers-Eubanks community of North Carolina.
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Dear EarthTalk: I understand that the “environmental justice” movement seeks to protect the poor and non-white communities from being unfairly targeted to host activities like sewage treatment plants, landfills and polluting factories. Have there been notable victories? -- P. Silver, Peekskill, NY

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun February 24, 2013

Is Organic Food Any Healthier Than Conventionally-Grown Food?

Some studies show organic foods to be no healthier and only marginally safer with regard to individual exposure to pesticides than non-organic foods. Nonetheless, choosing organic is a wise "better safe than sorry" strategy which also reduces pollution and conserves water and soil quality.
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Dear EarthTalk: There’s been a lot of coverage on the topic of organic foods and how they aren’t actually any healthier than conventional foods. Is this true? -- Gina Thompson, Salem, OR

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Granite Seen
3:33 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Photos: Week of February 22

David White from Sandwhich sashays across the ice, finishing the cut that the big radial saw started.
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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun February 17, 2013

Fisheries On The Brink Of Collapse

Many of the world’s fisheries are in crisis today due to years of overfishing, pollution and habitat destruction. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, some of the most popular fish -- including cod (pictured here), snapper and tuna, are dangerously depleted yet continue to be overfished.
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Dear EarthTalk: I understand that many of the world’s fisheries are on the brink of collapse, “fished out,” to put it bluntly. How did this happen and what is being done about it? -- Mariel LaPlante, New Orleans, LA

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun February 17, 2013

Non-Stick Cookware Dangers

When Teflon is exposed to high heat it can release its constituent chemical, PFOA, as a gas. There are no known cases of direct health problems for consumers, but workers producing Teflon are at increased risk for certain cancers, prompting the U.S. government to call for a complete phase-out of Teflon and related products by 2015.
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Correction: In the recent EarthTalk Q&A about non-stick cookware, it was incorrectly stated that the U.S. government called for a phase-out of polytetrafluorethylene (PTFE) and related products, when in fact the phase-out concerns only the chemical PFOA, a processing agent used in the manufacture of non-stick cookware and other products.

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Granite Seen
2:49 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Photos: Week of February 15

Freshly forged pistol blanks at Sturm, Ruger
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Inside NHPR
1:04 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Top Stories: Storm Makes Its Arrival, Drops Nearly Two Feet; The Battle Against Chemical Restraints

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1. NH News: Storm Makes Its Arrival, Drops Nearly Two Feet Of Snow On N.H.

Last weekend's storm brought a whole lot of snow but few major problems for New Hampshire. The NHPR newsroom covered the entirety of the storm with photos and updates from around the state.

2. Health: The Battle Against ‘Chemical Restraints’ Inside Nursing Homes

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun February 10, 2013

The Greening of ... McDonald's?

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Dear EarthTalk: Has the McDonald’s restaurant chain made significant improvements in recent years with regard to the environment?                           -- Max Andria, Laval University, Quebec

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun February 10, 2013

Global Warming, Droughts And Wildfires

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Dear EarthTalk: How are droughts and wildfires caused by global warming? I thought warming mostly brought on wet and flooded conditions. -- David Mossman, Albuquerque, NM

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Granite Seen
1:32 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Photos: Week of February 8

As part of next week's series, A Loaded Issue, reporter Amanda Loder visited Sturm Ruger, taking a look at firearms manufacturing in New Hampshire.
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Inside NHPR
11:28 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Top Stories: A Decade Of Deregulation; The Best Used Mini Cooper Ad In History

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1. Environment: A Decade Of Deregulation

Prior to 2001, New Hampshire utilities built power lines, supplied electricity and simply passed along the cost to consumers. But that all changed a little more than a decade ago as most New England states chose to deregulate, meaning utilities had to sell their power plants, and just be in charge of operating power lines.

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun February 3, 2013

Saving Energy And Money With Home Automation

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12:00 am
Sun February 3, 2013

Biomass Controversies

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Dear EarthTalk: What is “biomass” and why is it controversial as a potential source of energy?-- Edward White, New Bedford, MA

Biomass is plant matter that is burned as a source of energy. Fallen or cut wood that is burned for heat is one primary form of biomass, but another includes plant or animal matter that is converted into biofuels.

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Granite Seen
2:06 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Photos: Week of February 1

Clay Mitchell of Revolution Energy surveys a solar array his company owns and operates at East Kingston Elementary School. Despite cold temperatures, the panels gave off enough heat that the snow had slid right off.
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Inside NHPR
10:36 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Top Stories: Flu Fever Hits The Granite State; Running Through Time On The Sandwich Notch Rd.

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1. The Exchange: Flu Fever Hits The Granite State

The influenza season started much earlier this year and the strain is considered more severe.  Many worry how much of a toll this will take. In New Hampshire, at least twenty people have died from the flu already.

2. Arts & Culture: Running Through Time On The Sandwich Notch Rd.

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun January 27, 2013

National Wildlife Week, March 18-24

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Dear EarthTalk: What is the purpose of National Wildlife Week, which I understand will take place in March 2013? -- Melissa P., Burlington, NJ

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun January 27, 2013

Allerigies And Unhealthy Indoor Air

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Dear EarthTalk: My family has bad allergies and I’d like to improve our indoor air quality. What are some steps I should take?-- Marcia Lane, Scranton, PA
 

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Granite Seen
1:41 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Photos: Week of January 25

Alexej Siren, UNH graduate student, atop Mount Kelsey to study the resurgence of the American Marten.
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EarthTalk
1:01 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Keeping Pets Healthy

Pets ingest pollutants and pesticide residues and breathe in an array of indoor air contaminants just like children do -- and since they develop and age seven or more times faster than children, pets develop health problems from exposures much faster.
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Dear EarthTalk: What are some tips for keeping my dogs and cats healthy?-- Kim Newfield, via e-mail

Believe it or not, our pets may be exposed to more harsh chemicals through the course of their day than we are. Researchers at the non-profit Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that pet dogs and cats were contaminated with 48 of 70 industrial chemicals tested, including 43 chemicals at levels higher than those typically found in people.

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EarthTalk
12:58 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Airplane Exhaust

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports that CO2 emitted by jets can survive in the atmosphere for upwards of 100 years, and that its combination with other gas and particulate emissions could have double or four times the warming effect as CO2 emissions alone.
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Dear EarthTalk: Why is it that airplane exhaust is so much worse for the environment than engine emissions on the ground?-- Winona Sharpe, New York, NY

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Inside NHPR
11:53 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Top Stories: The White Mountains: Training Ground For The Greats; Innovation Comes To Ice Fishing

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1. Environment: The White Mountains: Training Ground For The Greats

Conditions in New Hampshire’s White Mountains are notoriously harsher than their altitude suggests. But for World Class mountaineers this makes the Whites a perfect training ground.

2. Environment: Innovation Comes To Ice Fishing

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