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StateImpact
10:30 am
Mon December 12, 2011

How Defense Cuts Hurt New England Lobstermen–And Maybe Even Lowered Lobster Prices

Defense spending comes to states in many forms…including lobster.
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Late last week, we posted a cool infographic, courtesy of the journalists at Stateline, taking a look at the percentage of each state’s GDP that’s made up by federal spending.  The group then subdivided federal spending into defense-related spending and everything else.

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun December 11, 2011

Oil vs. Natural Gas for Home Heating

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Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that gas furnaces cost less to run and burn cleaner than their oil counterparts? If I make the switch, how long should I expect it to take for me to pay back my initial investment? And are there any greener options I should consider?  -- Veronica Austin, Boston, MA

 

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun December 11, 2011

How Does Mercury Get Into Fish?

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Dear EarthTalk: I know that large fish contain a lot of mercury, but where does it come from? And what are we doing to prevent this contamination? -- Alison Bronner, Atlanta, GA

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North Country
4:02 pm
Fri December 9, 2011

2300 Acres Conserved in North Country

A large tract of some of the North Country’s most beautiful terrain has been protected from development. 

A new conservation easement is going to protect land around Pittsburg and the Connecticut River.

“We just today finalized a conservation easement on 2,300 acres up in Pittsburg up around First and Second Connecticut Lakes.”

That’s Jack Savage. He’s a spokesman for The Society for The Protection of New Hampshire Forests.

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun December 4, 2011

Meat and the Environment

David Pimentel of Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences says that the grain currently fed to some seven billion livestock in the United States could feed nearly 800 million people directly.
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Dear EarthTalk: I heard that the less meat one eats, the better it is for the environment. How so?

                                                                                                                          -- Jason K., Sarasota, FL

 

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Something Wild
12:00 am
Fri December 2, 2011

Naturally Curious

The natural world quiets down in December, both visually and audibly. Fall's riot of colors is long gone, and the bird song chorus is a distant memory. Not everyone embraces winter, but there is a positive way to view the impending season of cold, ice and snow. Without the overload of spring, summer and fall distractions, we're freed up to notice and appreciate the subtle winter world.

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New Hampshire's Great Bay
2:55 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

Development Plays Key Role in Pollution of the Great Bay Estuary

Amy Quinton, NHPR

This week NHPR’s Amy Quinton has been taking an in-depth look at the New Hampshire’s Great Bay.

The estuary is one of the state’s natural treasures.

But it’s in trouble.

Yesterday, Amy told us about the role wastewater treatment plants have played in polluting the bay and how they now face tougher clean water standards.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:50 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

An Experiment in "Cleaner Coal"

(Photo by Simple Rich via Flickr Creative Commons)

“Clean Coal,” refers to technologies that reduce heavy metal, carbon and other emissions from the burning of coal. The development of technologies that could, potentially, filter greenhouse gasses and store CO2 permanently is moving ahead. This week, a large demonstration of clean coal technology is being staged in Illinois, testing the viability of so-called “carbon sequestration,” an important step in testing the potential of clean coal technology. 

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun November 27, 2011

Green Walls

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Dear EarthTalk: I’ve heard of green roofs, but what are “green walls?” --P. Spencer, Alcoa, TN

 

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun November 27, 2011

Can Using Thorium Instead of Uranium Make Nuclear Energy Safer?

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Dear EarthTalk: Thorium is a naturally occurring element that is supposedly more available, more efficient and safer to use than uranium for generating nuclear energy. Is this true and, if so, why haven’t we made the switch?                                                                    -- Jane Westermann, Austin, TX

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Something Wild
12:37 am
Fri November 25, 2011

Learning to Love November

The stark beauty of New Hampshire's November

Robert Frost's poem My November Guest begins:

My Sorrow, when she's here with me,

            Thinks these dark days of autumn rain

Are beautiful as days can be;

She loves the bare, the withered tree;

            She walks the sodden pasture lane.

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun November 20, 2011

Green Holiday Gifts

Organic Bug

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Dear EarthTalk: I would like to make my holiday gifts matter this year. Where can I find ideas for green gifts?                                                                                            --Mary Baumgartner, via e-mail

 

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Something Wild
12:00 pm
Fri November 18, 2011

Crows of November

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Here's a bird song we all recognize, the familiar crowing of, yes, crows, a species with many vocalizations. Crows are one of the most intelligent animals in the wild, and a lot of intelligent people have come up with theories to explain why.

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Environment
3:29 pm
Tue November 15, 2011

Study Shows RGGI Saves Consumers Money

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative faces an uncertain future in some states. New Jersey plans to end its participation and New Hampshire has considered legislation that would do the same.

But a new analysis shows the carbon dioxide cap and trade program has saved consumers money and created jobs. Under the program, power producers buy pollution allowances at auction for each ton of carbon dioxide they emit.

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