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Inspired Lives
7:00 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Inspired Lives: David Carroll

Turtle Nesting in Moonlight
David Carroll, courtesy of the artist

Naturalist-artist David M. Carroll is the author of three acclaimed natural histories.  Swampwalker's Journal, for which he received the John Burroughs medal for distinguished nature writing, The Year of the Turtle, and Trout Reflections. David graduated from the School of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University, and received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the University of New Hampshire and an Honorary Masters in Environmental Science from New England College. In 2006 he was named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow.

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Word of Mouth
10:52 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Look, Don't Touch: The Problem With Environmental Education

Tiggywinkle via Flickr Creative Commons

If you want to learn about the earth, you’re gonna have to get your hands dirty.   That’s the philosophy of environmental educator David Sobel: senior faculty member at Antioch University New England, and author of the book "Beyond Ecophobia".

EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun July 29, 2012

Why Are Some Countries Still Whaling?

Thjurexoell

EarthTalk®
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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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun July 29, 2012

Genetically Engineered … Mosquitoes?

USDA

EarthTalk®
E - The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: I couldn’t believe my ears: “genetically engineered mosquitoes?” 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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Something Wild
12:00 am
Fri July 27, 2012

The World Brought Close

Photo Courtesy jlcwalker via Flickr

A Something Wild listener recently asked for a recommendation for binoculars—preferably in the low- to medium-price range. It's a great subject. My favorite word heard on field trips is "Ohmygod," an exclamation involuntarily emitted when someone sees a bird or butterfly—or just about anything—up close through good binoculars.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Mon July 23, 2012

The Future of Great Bay

Conservation Law Foundation

Often called New Hampshire’s “hidden coast, the Great Bay is considered an estuary of national significance. Yet, its future seems in question both because pollution has taken a toll on its ecosystem and because nearby communities, activists, and officials can’t agree on how best to eradicate it, even as all realize something must be done. We'll look at the Great Bay debate and see if some sort of compromise can be made?

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun July 22, 2012

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

Photos.com

EarthTalk®
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

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EarthTalk®
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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Something Wild
12:00 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Natural Design

We continue to evolve and learn from Nature itself. The Missoula Montana-based "Biomimicry Institute" promotes the study and integration of natural design principles and serves as a resource for students and researchers through workshops and curricula.

Bio-mimicry adapts natural systems which have evolved over 3.8 billion years of evolution to create more sustainable human technologies. Elegant and functional designs found in Nature have been used to create structures, complex machines, electronics and even transportation and communication networks.

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun July 15, 2012

Meat Consumption, Health and the Environment

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EarthTalk®
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
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EarthTalk®
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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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Conscientious Consumerism?

"Socially Responsible", its a catchword used by many businesses these days whether they want to promote their environmental friendliness, political awareness or by the way they treat their employees.  "We talk to the author of a new book who says there are many issues to consider when deeming a business socially responsible, both for the consumer and for the companies themselves. In some cases, there are uncomfortable tradeoffs, it’s nearly impossible to fulfill every ideal. And then there’s making a profit still a necessity, even if you’re eco-friendly.

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The Exchange
2:33 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Room for Improvement on Energy Efficiency

Matti Mattila via Flickr Creative Commons

 

How energy efficient is the Granite State? A new reports says not very, at least in terms of our buildings. Three years after Governor Lynch issued a Climate Action Plan, which included a call for more efficient homes and offices, UNH researchers find the state is way behind where it had hoped to be. We're examining what the problems are, as well as the prospects for future improvement.

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun July 1, 2012

Japanese Tsunami Debris

Wolfram Burner, courtesy Flickr

EarthTalk®
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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