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5:30 am
Mon May 21, 2012

Energy Efficiency Programs Hang in the Political Balance

RGGI seeks to curb CO2 emissions from power plants.
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Republican are working at finding common language on a bill that would weaken or repeal the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI. They will have to agree on a version that will get enough votes to overcome a governor’s veto.

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun May 20, 2012

The Gulf of Mexico Two Years After the BP Disaster

U.S. Coast Guard

EarthTalk®
E - The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: I’ve seen a lot of warm and fuzzy TV ads, some sponsored by BP Oil, urging me to vacation in the Gulf of Mexico. But are things really “back to normal?”    --Paul Shea, Dublin, OH

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun May 20, 2012

Lead in Airline Fuel

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E - The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: Lead was long ago phased out of automobile gasoline, but it is still in aviation fuel and is now the largest source of lead emissions in the U.S. What’s being done?    -- L. Eber, Rye, NY

 

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun May 13, 2012

Motorized Vehicles in Wilderness Areas.

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E - The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: I understand there is an effort underway to allow all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles, motorbikes, motorboats and other motorized vehicles into wilderness areas, which would overturn a long-standing ban. What’s behind this?              -- Harry Schilling, Tempe, AZ

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun May 13, 2012

The 2012 Farm Bill

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E - The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: How do green groups feel about the new 2012 Farm Bill draft recently released by the Senate? -- Roger Wheeler, Miami, FL

 

Like so much of the legislation coming out of Washington, D.C., green groups are mixed on the new Farm Bill now making its way toward a floor vote. No doubt there are some conservation bright spots in the bill, but the question is: Are there enough and do they go far enough?

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Word of Mouth
12:53 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Sustainability on the Home Front

Photo by Keving Matteson, courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons

 A decade ago, few people were talking about sustainability, especially in the South Bronx. It was there that Majora Carter founded programs for green-collar jobs, spearheaded policy changes, and helped transform a toxic dump into a riverside park. From a local movement to “green the ghetto,” she has inspired people across the nation to secure the environmental, educational and economic futures of their own communities.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed May 9, 2012

The Battle over Bottled Water

Recently, several communities have voted to ban bottled water in their towns,  citing concerns over plastic waste and environmental impact.  But a backlash is also emerging from those who say singling out water is silly,  given the many other sources of packaging that are just as harmful and that these efforts are “all wet”.

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun May 6, 2012

The “Fair Trade Your Supermarket” Campaign

International Fairtrade Certification Mark

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E - The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: What is the “Fair Trade Your Supermarket” campaign? -- Brian Howley, Washington, DC

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun May 6, 2012

Coming Soon: Oil Drilling on the Arctic Ocean's Outer Continental Shelf

Tom MacKensie, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

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E - The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: The oil industry is planning what some call a dangerous strategy of drilling for oil on the Outer Continental Shelf in the Arctic Ocean. What’s going on?   -- Vera Bailey, New Hope, PA

 

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NH News
4:57 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

Turkey Season Opens, Thanks to Turkey Restoration Project

In the spring, hunters are only allowed to take one tom turkey.
Flkr Creative Commons / US Fish and Wildlife

Today is the first day of a quintessential Granite State tradition: turkey hunting season.

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun April 29, 2012

"Cloud" Computing's Substantial Footprint

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E - The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: Why is Greenpeace upset with some leading tech companies for so-called “dirty cloud computing?” Can you explain?                                                          -- Jeremy Wilkins, Waco, TX

 

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun April 29, 2012

The Upcoming "Rio+20" Earth Summit

Artyom Sharbatyan

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E - The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: I understand there is to be another Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in June 2012, 20 years since the last one was held in the same city. What’s on the agenda this time?

                                                                                                -- Janet Grayson, Albuquerque, NM

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Word of Mouth
10:48 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Garbology

(Photo by Stinkenroboter via Flickr Creative Commons)

You may have heard that Americans throw away more than any other nation, but any idea of just how much? Each of us is on track to toss 102 tons of garbage in our lifetime. More than 7 pounds a day, and twice what we chucked out in 1960. Pulitzer Prize winner Edward Humes believes we are living in a state of garbage denial. His new book is called Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash. In it, he looks at the science, politics, and economics of waste.  

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun April 22, 2012

Non-Toxic Air Fresheners

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E - The Environmental Magazine

 

Dear EarthTalk: I’ve heard that many air fresheners contain toxic chemicals. Are there any green-friendly, non-toxic air fresheners out there, or how can I make my own?      -- Jenny Rae, Bolton, MA

 

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun April 22, 2012

"Catch Shares" for Saving Fish Populations

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E - The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: What are “catch shares” as a strategy for rescuing fish populations that are on the brink?                                                                                              -- Peter Parmalee, New Orleans, LA

 

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