• Elephant’s Tusks Don’t Just ‘Drop Out’

    Elephant’s Tusks Don’t Just ‘Drop Out’

    An elephant is killed every 15 minutes, statistics say. For a little bit of ivory that sits on the mantelpiece, an innocent life is stolen. When the poachers dash in, with their AK47s, all they leave behind are blood stained grey bodies and bereft calves. I spoke to Virginia McKenna, actress and founder of the Born Free Foundation about the current global […]

  • <span class="entry-title-primary">Avoiding Harmful Food Additives</span> <span class="entry-subtitle">Hidden Dangers Could Be Lurking in Foods We Love</span>

    Avoiding Harmful Food Additives Hidden Dangers Could Be Lurking in Foods We Love

    Dear EarthTalk: What is the “Dirty Dozen Guide to Food Additives?” — Meredith LaGarde, New Orleans, LA The Environmental Working Group (EWG), a non-profit dedicated to protecting human health and the environment through research, education and advocacy, launched its “Dirty Dozen Guide to Food Additives” in November 2014 to educate consumers about which food additives […]

  • <span class="entry-title-primary">Still in Denial About Climate</span> <span class="entry-subtitle">Doubting Thomases Remain in Congress and Media</span>

    Still in Denial About Climate Doubting Thomases Remain in Congress and Media

    Dear EarthTalk: Are there still outspoken global warming deniers in Congress or the mainstream media? If so, what do they say when presented with scientific facts and anecdotal evidence pointing to an increasingly warming atmosphere?                                                                 – Ben Charles, Cary, NC Given the preponderance of data showing rising temperatures around the globe in recent […]

  • <span class="entry-title-primary">Time to Engage China on Sustainability</span> <span class="entry-subtitle">So Says Jennifer Turner of China Environment Forum</span>

    Time to Engage China on Sustainability So Says Jennifer Turner of China Environment Forum

    EarthTalk’s Ethan Goffman interviews Jennifer Turner of the Woodrow Wilson Center’s China Environment Forum on why now is the time for us to engage with China on sustainability… Check out the text transcript of the interview of the blog of the Sustainability: Science, Practice & Policy Blog.

Oceans

  • <span class="entry-title-primary">Disappearing Ocean Plastics</span> <span class="entry-subtitle">Nothing to Celebrate</span>Disappearing Ocean Plastics Nothing to Celebrate
    December 3, 2014
    You’d think that finding far less plastic pollution on the ocean’s surface than scientists expected would be something to cheer about. The reality, however, is that this is likely bad news, for both the ocean food web and humans eating at the top. Ingestion of tiny plastic debris by sea creatures likely explains the plastics […]

Wild & Wooly

  • Elephant’s Tusks Don’t Just ‘Drop Out’Elephant’s Tusks Don’t Just ‘Drop Out’
    December 27, 2014
    An elephant is killed every 15 minutes, statistics say. For a little bit of ivory that sits on the mantelpiece, an innocent life is stolen. When the poachers dash in, with their AK47s, all they leave behind are blood stained grey bodies and bereft calves. I spoke to Virginia McKenna, actress and founder of the Born Free Foundation about the current global […]

House & Home

  • Five Reasons to Pee in Your GardenFive Reasons to Pee in Your Garden
    November 1, 2014
    I confess, my husband and I both pee in our backyard garden, waiting until nightfall so as not to surprise neighbors. We’ve always been comfortable relieving ourselves alongside lonely highways, even in daylight when waiting for the next bathroom seems unreasonable. But peeing in our own garden started as something of a lark, a combo […]

Politics

Books

  • <span class="entry-title-primary">Jules Pretty Looks Over the Edge</span> <span class="entry-subtitle">New book shows hope in old ways</span>Jules Pretty Looks Over the Edge New book shows hope in old ways
    November 15, 2014
    In his new book The Edge of Extinction, University Essex Environment and Society professor Jules Pretty documents his visits to 12 different environments around the world where traditional human cultures are hanging on despite the pressures to modernize. Pretty does an admirable job showing that we would be wise to pay attention to the ancient […]