• <span class="entry-title-primary">Pests: Can’t We Just Kill Them All?</span> <span class="entry-subtitle">The Pros of Letting Creepy Crawlies Be</span>

    Pests: Can’t We Just Kill Them All? The Pros of Letting Creepy Crawlies Be

    I escort spiders out of my house, use humane traps to relocate attic rats, and save honey bees from drowning in pools. Yet I’ve been known to hunt with a vengeance a mosquito that’s ruining my sleep, repeatedly buzzing in earshot in search of exposed skin. At such moments, I might push a button, if […]

  • <span class="entry-title-primary">Is Our Tundra In Trouble?</span> <span class="entry-subtitle">Shrinking Permafrost Gone by 2100</span>

    Is Our Tundra In Trouble? Shrinking Permafrost Gone by 2100

    Dear EarthTalk: How much of a threat does climate change pose to the tundra ecosystems of the far north? — Seamus Hall, via EarthTalk.org   The tundra biome is among the coldest of the planet’s ecosystems. Its harsh climate means that plant life is unable to grow more than a few centimeters above the ground. The name […]

  • <span class="entry-title-primary">Green Home Picks</span> <span class="entry-subtitle">Cooking, Painting, Sleeping</span>

    Green Home Picks Cooking, Painting, Sleeping

    Cleaner Cooking Pot and pan purveyor WearEver has a new line of eco-friendly cookware called Pure Living (10 Piece Set, $79.99). Instead of toxic Teflon-coated pans which contain perfluorooctanoic acid or PFOA, a “likely human carcinogen,” WearEver uses ceramic as a non-stick coating. Pans are also free of PTFE and cadmium and are scratch- and stain-resistant, […]

  • <span class="entry-title-primary">Globalization: The Crucial Phase</span> <span class="entry-subtitle">New book explores anthropological roots of globalization</span>

    Globalization: The Crucial Phase New book explores anthropological roots of globalization

    Globalization: The Crucial Phase (University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, $62.01), a new collection of essays edited by University of Pennsylvania anthropologist Brian Spooner, explores the anthropological roots of current globalization trends. “The number of people interacting in a single arena has continually increased and now that over 50 percent of world population lives […]

  • <span class="entry-title-primary">Artificial Turf Issues</span> <span class="entry-subtitle">Could exposure to artificial turf really be linked to cancers and other health problems?</span>

    Artificial Turf Issues Could exposure to artificial turf really be linked to cancers and other health problems?

    Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that playing on artificial turf fields can cause cancer? If so, how can I minimize exposure for my sports-loving kids? — Melanie Witmer, Syracuse, NY   Just when you thought it was safe to play soccer on that brand new synthetic turf field, it may be time to think again. Those little […]

  • <span class="entry-title-primary">City Green / Country Green</span> <span class="entry-subtitle">Does Where You Live Affect How Much You Care About Environmental Issues?</span>

    City Green / Country Green Does Where You Live Affect How Much You Care About Environmental Issues?

    The virtues of living in a city are practically endless. Culture, businesses, food, the mix of so many people with different stories and views, I could go on forever! In a way, city-living represents the pinnacle of human civilization, a hive of human activity, the ultimate cross-section of culture and different ideas and views, of large organizations, awe-inspiring […]

  • <span class="entry-title-primary">A National Food Policy?</span> <span class="entry-subtitle">Foodies Recommend Stricter Dietary Guidelines</span>

    A National Food Policy? Foodies Recommend Stricter Dietary Guidelines

    Dear EarthTalk: What is the “National Food Policy” that environmentalists and foodies are asking President Obama to enact by Executive Order, and how would it affect American diets? — Justin Brockway, Los Angeles, CA   A November 2014 op-ed piece in The Washington Post entitled “How a National Food Policy Could Save Millions of American Lives” makes the case for President Obama to sign into […]

  • <span class="entry-title-primary">Bonaire: Adieu Diesel, Hello Renewables</span> <span class="entry-subtitle">Rocky Mountain Institute & Carbon War Room Help Ease Transition</span>

    Bonaire: Adieu Diesel, Hello Renewables Rocky Mountain Institute & Carbon War Room Help Ease Transition

    Two cutting edge non-profits, Amory Lovins’ Rocky Mountain Institute and Richard Branson’s Carbon War Room, have teamed up on a project called Creating Climate Wealth—The Ten Island Renewable Challenge. The goal is to show the world what’s possible and set an example for moving toward a renewable energy future. More than a dozen Caribbean islands—Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, […]

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  • 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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