Dear EarthTalk: Is recycling still worthwhile given the expense and emissions associated with it? —Michael Vitti, Norwalk, OH Americans generate about 254 million tons of trash and recycle and compost about 87 million tons of this material, which adds up to a 34.3 percent national […]
Questions & Answers About Our Environment
The Republican presidential candidates strike fear into the hearts of environmentalists given their disregard for reducing carbon emissions and other plans to roll back progress on conservation.
Dear EarthTalk: Where do the leading Democratic candidates for president stand on environmental issues? —Leslie Mazur, Hauppauge, NY President Obama, with his recent push to join the world in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, will be a tough act to follow on the environment. But each […]
Dear EarthTalk: My neighbor uses Roundup in her yard routinely and tells me it’s harmless to people and pets, but I’ve heard that it is carcinogenic. Can you set the record straight? —Maise Alexander, New Hope, PA Monsanto’s Roundup herbicides contain three key components: the […]
Dear EarthTalk: I’ve heard that making and installing concrete takes a big toll on the environment. What’s being done to clean up this industry? —Jenn Chadwick, Washington, DC The 20 billion tons of concrete produced around the world annually account for an estimated five to […]
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 […]
Dear EarthTalk: Do scientists have any idea why so many whales are dying in the Gulf of Alaska lately? —Michelle DiCostanzo, New York, NY Over the past four months, 33 large whales have been reported dead in the Western Gulf of Alaska, which encompasses the […]
Dear EarthTalk: What exactly is solar desalination and how can it help an increasingly thirsty world? —Maryann Dell’Amore, Howard, MN Solar desalination is a technique used to remove salt from water via a specially designed still that uses solar energy to boil seawater and capture […]
Dear EarthTalk: My company talks the talk when it comes to the environment but could do so much more to reduce paper use. Do you have any tips to help get the higher-ups on board to reduce paper use company-wide? —Elena Sepulveda, White Plains, NY […]