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EarthTalk
12:06 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Keeping Groundwater Safe and Abundant.

About half of U.S. drinking water comes from groundwater sources. Regulation and enforcement of industry and agriculture are important for protecting our limited supplies, but consumers must also play a role.
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E - The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: What is currently being done in the U.S. to ensure the wise use and safety of our nation’s groundwater?                                          -- Kevin Orr, Baton Rouge, LA

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Inside NHPR
12:29 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Top Stories: The Story of the Bhutanese; N.H. Schools Stocking Their Virtual Shelves With E-books

1. The Exchange: The Story of the Bhutanese

For the past few years they’ve been our state’s largest incoming refugee group with hundreds coming every year.  A new documentary explores their journeys from nearly twenty years in refugee camps to new lives in the Granite State.

2. Education: N.H. Schools Stocking Their Virtual Shelves With E-books

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Inside NHPR
6:12 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Top Stories: NH House Swings To Democrats, Republicans Hold Senate; NH Elections Live Blog

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1. Elections 2012: N.H. House Swings To Democrats, Republicans Hold Senate 13-11

There was a big surprise waiting for New Hampshire politicos this morning. As the final votes were tallied in the four hundred races for the State House of Representatives, the Democrats had won a 221 to 178 majority with one race still undecided.

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Inside NHPR
6:27 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Top Stories: Cleaning Up After Sandy, Appraisal Triggers Latest Dispute Over Northern Pass

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1. NH News: Cleaning Up After Sandy

Clean up has commenced after the edge of Hurricane Sandy swept over the Granite State, depositing 1-3 inches of rain, and knocking out power to hundreds of thousands of New Hampshire residents.

2. North Country: Appraisal Triggers Latest Dispute Over Northern Pass

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EarthTalk
2:47 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

The Fracking Controversy

Drinking water from a well near a fracking site.
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EarthTalk®
E - The Environmental Magazine


Dear EarthTalk: I have heard that fracking is becoming a major environmental issue in the U.S. Which parts of the country are already hosting fracking operations? Are there efforts underway to stop the practice in specific states or across the country?                              

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EarthTalk
2:39 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

A National Park For Maine

Baxter State Park
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EarthTalk
2:22 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Arctic Summer Sea Ice At Lowest Levels

Satellite data reveal how the new record low compares to the average minimum extent over the past 30 years (in yellow).
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E - The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: I heard that the Arctic summer sea ice is at its lowest level since we began recording it. What are the implications of all this melting?]

-- Jo Shoemaker, Bowie, MD

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EarthTalk
2:03 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Greening Professional Sports

The San Francisco Giants' AT&T Park, which has saved substantial amounts of energy through a series of lighting retrofits.
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EarthTalk®
E - The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: How eco-friendly are professional sports leagues and their teams? Which stand out especially for their green efforts?                     -- Al Simpson, Medina, OH

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Inside NHPR
6:31 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Top Stories: Gov. Lynch Declares State of Emergency; UNH Poll Points To Hassan To Win

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1. NH News: Gov. Lynch Declares State Of Emergency, Many Flights Canceled

Gov. John Lynch declared a state of emergency as the National Weather Service forecast wind gusts of up to 70 mph. New Hampshire National Guard troops were at the ready.

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Top Stories
12:27 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Top Stories: Harvesting Chestnuts in the Granite State, Quake Hits Maine, Rattles N.H.

Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

The top ten stories on nhpr.org for the week of October 15 - October 21, 2012.

1.) Word of Mouth: Harvesting Chestnuts in the Granite State

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EarthTalk
2:21 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Lead in Hunting Ammo and Fishing Tackle

According to the Center for Biological Diversity, lead is an extremely toxic element that is entering the food chain through widespread use of lead hunting ammunition and fishing tackle, poisoning wildlife and even threatening human health.
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EarthTalk®
E - The Environmental Magazine


Dear EarthTalk: What's the big deal about lead in hunting ammunition and fishing tackle? If an animal is going to die anyway, it's not going to get lead poisoning, right?                

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EarthTalk
2:17 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Significant Senate and House Races Around the Country

Environmentalists are watching several key electoral races around the nation.
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EarthTalk®
E - The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk:Besides the presidential election,what other electoral races are environmentalists keeping an eye on this coming November?                 --Matt Sloan, Sacramento, CA

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Top Stories
4:28 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Top Stories: The World Cup of Sandwich, NH; But is Poe Still Scary?

Leo Greene

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

1) Word of Mouth: The World Cup of Sandwich, NH

Sandwich may be yesterday on the outside, but it’s tomorrow on the in.  As Sean Hurley reports, this dichotomy finds an unusual expression on the town soccer field a few days before the annual Sandwich Fair. And while many towns see carnies as an invading force, to residents of this town, they’re welcome competitors.

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EarthTalk
2:41 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

National "Blueways"

In May 2012 the Obama administration designated the Connecticut River and its 7.2 million-acre watershed as the first segment of a new National Blueways System. Pictured: The Connecticut River in Franklin County, Massachusetts.
Evan Gregg Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism

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E - The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: The federal government recently designated the Connecticut River watershed as the nation’s first “National Blueway.” What is a National Blueway and does such a designation come with any funding for conservation or other purposes?                 

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EarthTalk
2:25 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Obama And Romney On The Environment

Environmentalists have mixed feelings about both Obama's and Romney's environmental track records.
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EarthTalk®
E - The Environmental Magazine


Dear EarthTalk: Given that the presidential election is just around the corner, what can you tell me about each candidate’s environmental track record and positions?      

-- Jane Miller, Chicago, IL

Just because the environment is getting short shrift this election season due to our nation’s lingering economic woes doesn’t mean that candidates Obama and Romney can ignore the issue.

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Top Stories
10:54 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Top Stories: Gubernatorial Forum On Healthcare, State Workers: Overpaid, Underpaid, Or Just Right?

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

1) North Country: Kayaker Who Died Was Official With National Whitewater Organization   ​The kayaker who died recently in the Franconia Notch State Park was the Northeast Stewardship director for the American Whitewater organization.

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EarthTalk
3:05 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Impact Of Human Polulation Growth

Pictured: A person surviving on waste in the Philippines.
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EarthTalk®
E - The Environmental Magazine


Dear EarthTalk: The world added its seven-billionth person in 2011, but the news came and went quickly while Charlie Sheen news kept on and on. But isn’t population growth the “elephant in the room” that needs serious attention? Can you outline the major impacts of unchecked population growth and what if anything is being done to try to arrest it?                   -- Aaron Rodriguez, Tucson, AZ

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EarthTalk
2:56 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Greening Up The Hotel Industry

Those little cards urging you to reuse towels and linens may seem like token environmentalism, but they actually result in significant water and waste reductions.
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EarthTalk®
E - The Environmental Magazine


Dear EarthTalk: In recent years the hotel industry began to green up operations, but has it yet gone beyond leaving out little cards to encourage you to re-use your towels and linens?               -- Mason Singer, St. Louis, MO

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Folk Show
10:14 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

In The Studio: Novelist Scott Alarik And "Revival, A Folk Music Novel"

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I don’t know what came over me as I sat across from novelist Scott Alarik while he read from his new book, Revival, a Folk Music Novel in the studio at NHPR.  My throat closed up as my eyes started to well while he spoke from the heart of his character, Nathan Warren, a singer/songwriter, now open mic host who never quite got his shot at the big time.

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Top Stories
11:52 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Top Stories: Kayaker Who Died Was With National Whitewater Organization, Toxic Perfumes and Colognes

American Whitewater

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

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EarthTalk
12:11 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Toxic Perfumes and Colognes

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics commissioned independent laboratory tests that revealed 38 secret chemicals in 17 leading fragrances.
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EarthTalk
12:00 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Climate Change and Extreme Weather

A large majority of Americans believe that global warming made several high profile extreme weather events worse.
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EarthTalk®
E - The Environmental Magazine


Dear EarthTalk: What is the scientific consensus on all the extreme weather we’ve been having—from monster tornadoes to massive floods and wildfires? Is there a clear connection to climate change? And if so what are we doing to be prepared?                                     -- Jason Devine, Summit, PA

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Inside NHPR
1:10 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Top Stories: Kayaker Who Died Was An Official National Whitewater Organizer, Candidates Debate

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

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EarthTalk,
1:55 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

The "Green Scissors" campaign

Green Scissors was launched to call attention to programs that both harm the environment and waste tax dollars, including environmentally damaging public lands, water projects, agricultural and fossil fuel subsidies.
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EarthTalk®
E - The Environmental Magazine


Dear EarthTalk: What is the “Green Scissors” campaign, which I understand can help the environment and has support from both liberals and conservatives?     

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EarthTalk
1:42 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Saving "BioGems"

The Natural Resources Defense Council launched its BioGems Initiative in an effort to safeguard special places that face an imminent threat of destruction, such as pristine coastlines, old forests, unspoiled habitats and the wildlife that thrive in them.
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EarthTalk®
E - The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: I heard of an effort to save what are being called “BioGems.” What are BioGems and what is being done about them?     

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Top Stories
10:06 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Top Stories: Higher Ed And The Candidates For Governor, Reflecting On A Decade Of N.H. Reporting

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

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EarthTalk
11:48 am
Wed September 12, 2012

How Safe Is Cat Litter

Many cat litters contain significant amounts of silica dust, chemical fragrances and, in "clumping" cat litters, sodium bentonite clay, derived from destructive strip mining and can cause gastrointestinal distress in cats that can lead to death.
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EarthTalk
11:47 am
Wed September 12, 2012

American Consumption Habits

With less than 5 percent of world population, the U.S. uses a third of the world’s paper, a quarter of the oil, coal and aluminum, and 19 percent of the copper. The U.S. ranks highest by a considerable margin in most consumer categories as well.
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EarthTalk®
E - The Environmental Magazine


Dear EarthTalk: I read that a single child born in the U.S. has a greater effect on the environment than a dozen children born in a developing country? Can you explain why?   

-- Josh C., via e-mail

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EarthTalk
3:53 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Safer Sunscreens

Most of us assume that all we need do to prevent sunburns and skin cancer from exposure to the sun is to slather on sunscreen. But consumers should be careful about which sunscreens they trust for themselves and, even more important, for their kids.
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Blogs
3:51 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Baggage-laden Biofuels

Biofuels (or agrofuels) can be a carbon-neutral energy source, but the overall process of producing them is far from carbon neutral, given the substantial amount of fossil fuels expended in growing, harvesting, processing and distributing them.
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