• What’s the difference between a carbon tax and “cap-and-trade” system for reducing greenhouse gas emissions?

    What’s the difference between a carbon tax and “cap-and-trade” system for reducing greenhouse gas emissions?

    Dear EarthTalk: What’s the difference between a carbon tax and “cap-and-trade” system for reducing greenhouse gas emissions? —Marina Brown, New York, NY                         Most of us can agree that reducing greenhouse gas emissions is a must given the rapid warming of the planet; just how to […]

  • What’s on the horizon in terms of new solar power technologies?

    What’s on the horizon in terms of new solar power technologies?

    Dear EarthTalk: What’s the latest in cutting-edge, hyper-efficient solar cells? Are we really moving beyond huge photovoltaic panels anytime soon?    —Michael Williams, Hartford, CT                         Many people still consider environmentalists’ favorite black panels as the cutting edge of renewable energy. However, the burgeoning solar industry has […]

  • Peanut Allergy Rise Worries Environmentalists

    Peanut Allergy Rise Worries Environmentalists

    Do scientists think there’s a big environmental component to the huge rise in peanut allergy cases in the U.S. and beyond in recent years?

  • How can kids get involved in environmental advocacy?

    How can kids get involved in environmental advocacy?

    Dear EarthTalk: Do you have any tips for helping me get my kids involved in environmental protection advocacy? — Jeanine Black, Charlotte, NC   There’s no time like the present to teach kids to respect their environment and be willing to stand up to protect it. Of course, any good environmental education starts at home: parents should […]

  • The New Skinny on Dietary Fat

    The New Skinny on Dietary Fat

    Dear EarthTalk: What’s the skinny on fat these days? I saw a major magazine cover image recently that was suggesting fat wasn’t so bad for us after all?                         — Marcy Bellwether, Taos, NM Going “fat-free” might seem like an effective, safe way to lose weight when considering that fat contains nine calories per gram, […]

  • Grizzlies on the Ropes

    Grizzlies on the Ropes

    Dear EarthTalk: What is being done to safeguard grizzly bears now? I heard that their numbers are dwindling and they could vanish from the Lower 48 if we don’t protect them. – Jim Meth, Akron, OH Before European colonization of North America, upwards of 50,000 grizzly bears—also known as brown bears—roamed free across what is […]

  • What can I do to stop wildfires?

    What can I do to stop wildfires?

    Dear EarthTalk: Why are wildfires on the increase and what can be done to stop them from happening? —  Sandy Heffran, Albuquerque, NM There’s no question that wildfires are on the increase across the American West and other fire-prone regions of the world, and most environmental leaders agree that global warming is largely to blame. In a […]

  • Microbeads & Marine Pollution in the Great Lakes & Beyond

    Microbeads & Marine Pollution in the Great Lakes & Beyond

    Plastic microbeads are a concern because sewage treatment facilities are not designed to capture them, and during rainy days sewage can overflow into waterways. Once they enter waterways, microbeads move into fish, which confuse them for food, then into those who eat the fish, including wildlife and humans.

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  • Cultivating Disaster: A Tale in Song of the Dust BowlCultivating Disaster: A Tale in Song of the Dust Bowl
    A scramble for land, money, and resources ends in ecological disaster and snatches away everything people have worked for. Does this sound like the situation threatening us today? It has happened before, in the Great Plains in the early twentieth century, when land ecologically unfit for farming was plowed under, culminating in the Dust Bowl of the 1930s.

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  • Demand Sustainably Produced Cut FlowersDemand Sustainably Produced Cut Flowers
    Flowers add color and gaiety to any special occasion and are a time-honored way to say thank you or beautify living spaces. However, cut flowers have become a multi-billion dollar global trade industry with a not so pretty underbelly rooted in where and how they are grown.