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Word of Mouth
2:26 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

The Cost of Building Beaches

Credit U.S. Army Corps of Engineers via Flickr Creative Commons

Despite arguments over effectiveness and cost, New Jersey has long practiced what is called “artificial beach nourishment”—importing and pumping tons of sand to build up its shore.  Much of that sand was swept away by super storm Sandy’s massive surge and the one that followed from the recent nor’easter. 

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Word of Mouth
1:55 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Goldfish Invaders

Credit piddy77 via Flickr Creative Commons

A 2004 poll estimated that thirteen percent of American households keep goldfish. Nearly 500 million are sold each year just to feed other pets. How goldfish became America’s go-to pet is a matter of some debate.

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EarthTalk
2:47 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

The Fracking Controversy

Drinking water from a well near a fracking site.
Credit Michael Fitzgerald

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
Credit Numbphoto / Flickr

EarthTalk®
E - The Environmental Magazine

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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).
Credit NASA/Goddard Scientific Visualization Studio

EarthTalk®
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.
Credit Michael Fitzgerald

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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Word of Mouth
12:06 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Gorilla Tourism's Downside

Credit gLangille via Flickr Creative Commons

More than three decades ago, the Mountain Gorilla project started a tourism project to save the threatened gorilla population from poaching. The project hired poachers as park rangers and demonstrated that live gorillas were much more valuable as tourist attractions than dead ones. Since then, gorilla tourism has added hundreds of millions of foreign tourist dollars to state coffers in Central Africa, and the great ape populations have seen a modest rebound.

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Something Wild
12:00 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Azure Crescendo

Bluebirds reside in tree cavities or manmade nestboxes.
Photo by Francie Von Mertens.

Generations ago, when people lived closer to the natural world, more outdoors than in, mild October days were called "bluebird weather. "The eastern bluebirds' gentle, quizzical notes were familiar and their distinctive habits recognized. A bluebird family remains together this time of year when most other bird species disperse. They favor field or open habitat, and typically perch on branches at field edge when they feed. Family members take turns dropping down to the ground then return to perch, one after another, most likely in pursuit of grasshopper or cricket.

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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

EarthTalk®
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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Word of Mouth
10:00 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Word of Mouth 10.06.2012

623 via Flickr Creative Commons

Part 1: Data's Dirty Little Secret

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Something Wild
12:00 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Thoreau Remembered

Henry David Thoreau's death 150 years ago has inspired memorial events in Concord - the Massachusetts Concord - but Thoreau passed through our Concord on a trip by boat and foot that led to his first book.

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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.
Photos.com/Thinkstock

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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Something Wild
12:00 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Goldfinches, The Late Nesters

Courtesy byard via Flickr/Creative Commons

The bird world quiets down by late summer - but not the American goldfinch, one of the most common backyard birds. September brings the chatter of young goldfinches as they follow their male parent. They beg noisily, perched with head thrown back and trembling wings.

Most songbirds switch their diet to high-protein insects when feeding their young, and they nest earlier when insects are most bountiful. For example, chickadees that keep bird-feeders busy in winter disappear in summer as they forage for insects not birdseed.

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Environment
1:42 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Towns Sue E.P.A. Over Nitrogen Emissions In The Great Bay

Amy Quinton NHPR

Top municipal officials of three Seacoast region communities are continuing their fight against tough new environmental regulations for their wastewater treatment plants.

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Something Wild
12:00 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Comments from Mt. Monadnock

This stream-of-consciousness postcard was assembled from random entries in the Marlboro Trail hiker register on Mount Monadnock, most-climbed mountain in the Western Hemisphere. A year of scrawled fragments…

Winter:

  • Happy New Year!
  • Today is my half-birthday!
  • Lost crampons on hike, if found please call…
  • Played hooky from work, a great choice.
  • Made pee-pee in the woods! 
  • Happy Spring!

Spring:

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