• <span class="entry-title-primary">A Climate Change Fix Both the Left and Right Can Embrace</span> <span class="entry-subtitle">Citizens Climate Lobby Proposes "Carbon Fee-and-Dividend" Plan</span>

    A Climate Change Fix Both the Left and Right Can Embrace Citizens Climate Lobby Proposes "Carbon Fee-and-Dividend" Plan

    Studies abound linking the increase in extreme weather-related catastrophes in recent decades, like droughts, floods, hurricanes and blizzards, to global climate change. Some climate experts stress the urgency of addressing the problem now, predicting cascading economic and political, social and environmental upheavals worldwide if action is delayed. Since the dawn of the industrial revolution, the […]

  • <span class="entry-title-primary">Interview: Oceana’s Jackie Savitz</span> <span class="entry-subtitle">Speaking Out Against Offshore Drilling in the Atlantic & Arctic</span>

    Interview: Oceana’s Jackie Savitz Speaking Out Against Offshore Drilling in the Atlantic & Arctic

    EarthTalk’s Ethan Goffman interviews Jackie Savitz, Oceana’s Vice President for U.S. Oceans, on the dangers of drilling for oil off the Atlantic coast and in the Arctic . . . If you’d rather read it than watch it, the full transcript of our discussion with Jackie is below… EarthTalk: The Obama administration has recently put a […]

  • <span class="entry-title-primary">Sunscreens Gets Safer</span> <span class="entry-subtitle">Mineral-based Formulas Kinder to Bodies & Environment</span>

    Sunscreens Gets Safer Mineral-based Formulas Kinder to Bodies & Environment

    Dear EarthTalk: I’ve been hearing a lot about the dangers of sunscreens. What is the latest on efforts to make them safer and more effective? — Phyllis Lothran, Tallahassee, FL Greater awareness about what’s in everyday products and increased interest in healthy living means there has never been a better time to re-evaluate which sunscreens you […]

  • <span class="entry-title-primary">The Real Cost of Fracking</span> <span class="entry-subtitle">New book pulls back the curtain on dirty fracking industry</span>

    The Real Cost of Fracking New book pulls back the curtain on dirty fracking industry

    The Real Cost of Fracking: How America’s Shale Gas Boom Is Threatening Our Families, Pets, and Food pulls back the curtain on how this toxic process endangers the environment and harms people, pets, and livestock. Michelle Bamberger, a veterinarian, and Robert Oswald, a pharmacologist, combine their expertise to show how contamination at drilling sites translates into […]

  • <span class="entry-title-primary">How to End World Hunger</span> <span class="entry-subtitle">Timmer Shows The Way in New Book</span>

    How to End World Hunger Timmer Shows The Way in New Book

    Harvard development studies professor Peter Timmer’s new book, Food Security and Scarcity: Why Ending Hunger Is So Hard (University of Pennsylvania Press, $51.80), shows how so many countries are mismanaging their food and agriculture programs, in the process leaving billions of people around the world without access to enough food or proper nutrition. Taking into account decades […]

  • <span class="entry-title-primary">Could Paris climate talks produce a real agreement?</span> <span class="entry-subtitle">Greens worry "pledge & review" approach might not be enough</span>

    Could Paris climate talks produce a real agreement? Greens worry "pledge & review" approach might not be enough

    Dear EarthTalk: What are the prospects for reaching an international agreement to rein in carbon emissions significantly at the upcoming Paris climate talks at the end of the 2015? — Jason Cervantes, Los Angeles, CA   All eyes will be on Paris this coming December when climate delegates from around the world gather there for the 21st annual session […]

  • <span class="entry-title-primary">Cohousing: An Idea Whose Time Should Have Come</span> <span class="entry-subtitle">The suburbs never looked so good</span>

    Cohousing: An Idea Whose Time Should Have Come The suburbs never looked so good

    The contemporary American suburban community is wasteful, with cars for every individual and guest rooms, exercise rooms, weed eaters, snow-blowers and other equipment severely underused. With the planet under severe environmental stress and the average American using some four times their fair share of resources, wouldn’t it be great if there were a way to […]

  • <span class="entry-title-primary">Solar’s Uncertain Future</span> <span class="entry-subtitle">Greens Boo Expiring Investment Tax Credit</span>

    Solar’s Uncertain Future Greens Boo Expiring Investment Tax Credit

    Dear EarthTalk: What’s going to happen to the U.S. solar industry when the federal solar investment tax credit expires next year? — Victoria Chase, Washington, DC   In the U.S., a new solar project was installed every three minutes in 2014, and jobs in the solar industry rose from 15,000 employees in 2005 to nearly 174,000 today. […]

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Under Water

  • Tide Turning Against Plastic Microbeads in ToiletriesTide Turning Against Plastic Microbeads in Toiletries
    There are signs that the era where plastic microbeads from personal care products pollute bodies of water worldwide and aquatic food chains might be drawing to a close. Microbeads are miniscule spheres of plastic commonly added as abrasives to personal care products like face scrubs, shower gels and toothpaste. They’re designed to wash down the […]

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Green Tech

  • <span class="entry-title-primary">The Internet of Vegetables?</span> <span class="entry-subtitle">Sensors on Plants Could Revolutionize Agriculture</span>The Internet of Vegetables? Sensors on Plants Could Revolutionize Agriculture
    That in the future plants will be able to “talk” to us, broadcasting their water state or signaling s.o.s. in the presence of “unwelcome” parasitic guests is not an extract from a futuristic science fiction novel nor does it border on the insane. The fundamental notion that plants are inherently inexpensive, sustainable sensors for monitoring […]

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  • <span class="entry-title-primary">The Real Cost of Fracking</span> <span class="entry-subtitle">New book pulls back the curtain on dirty fracking industry</span>The Real Cost of Fracking New book pulls back the curtain on dirty fracking industry
    The Real Cost of Fracking: How America’s Shale Gas Boom Is Threatening Our Families, Pets, and Food pulls back the curtain on how this toxic process endangers the environment and harms people, pets, and livestock. Michelle Bamberger, a veterinarian, and Robert Oswald, a pharmacologist, combine their expertise to show how contamination at drilling sites translates into […]

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