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Climate Friendly Farms: Agriculture Adapts to Global Warming

Dear EarthTalk: How are farms and farmers dealing with climate change? —Michael Harris, Lorton, VA Agriculture may well be one of the industries hardest hit by the effects of global warming. The non-profit Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a leading environmental advocacy group, reports that warming-related drought and flooding is already behind tens of billions […]

At their Vatican meeting in late May, Pope Francis gave U.S. President Donald Trump a copy of the 2015 papal encyclical calling for urgent, drastic fossil fuel emissions cuts to stave off climate change. Credit: DonkeyHotey, FlickrCC.

Did Pope ask Trump to keep US in Paris climate accord?

  Dear EarthTalk: I heard that the Pope urged President Trump to keep the U.S. in the Paris climate accord. Since when has the Catholic church been involved in environmental politics? — Janine Morse, Rome, NY Concern for the health and well-being of the planet has always been part of the biblical tradition. “Sacred Scripture […]

A Boston-based start-up is developing “solar skin” photovoltaic panels that match the underlying rooftop. While these “camouflaged” solar panels cost about 10 percent more than typical photovoltaics, some homeowners would gladly pay an aesthetics premium so their houses don't stick out like sore thumbs in the neighborhood. Credit: Sistine Solar.

EarthTalk: Solar Panels

Why do rooftop solar panels have to be so big and unsightly? Are there any better-looking alternatives out there? — Maise Lipscomb, Helena, MT If aesthetics is the reason you’ve been holding off on converting your home to solar power, 2017 just might be the year for you to take the renewables leap. For starters, […]


EarthTalk: Fuel Cells

      Is it true that fuel cell cars are finally available for mainstream drivers in the U.S.? — Jack Mixson, Wilmington, DE For years, green car enthusiasts have been heralding the dawn of a new era of pollution-free driving powered by fuel cells, which combine readily available hydrogen with oxygen to fire up […]

The melting of the ice sheets around Illulissat, Greenland and elsewhere in the Arctic is accelerating thanks to global warming. Credit: UN Photo/Mark Garten, FlickrCC.
 Ilulissat Greenland

EarthTalk: Global warming

Is it true that the Paris climate accord as it stands won’t be enough to stave off cataclysmic global warming anyway, even if the U.S. and the other participating countries honor their commitments? To date, 197 countries have signed onto 2015’s landmark Paris climate accord (“The Paris Agreement”), which aims to limit global warming to […]

EarthTalk: Environmental justice

What is meant by “environmental justice” and how is it under assault in the new Trump administration? Environmental justice is defined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as “the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin or income, with respect to the development, implementation and enforcement of […]


EarthTalk: Myth of Climate Change 97%

What exactly is the “Myth of the Climate Change 97%” mentioned by Senator Inhofe during recent confirmation hearings Trump’s cabinet post nominations? The so-called “Myth of the Climate Change 97%” refers to the argument made by climate skeptics who dispute the notion that 97% of climate scientists have achieved consensus that global warming is occurring […]

One way people are using social media to further the environmental cause is by sharing their mountain-top selfies, engendering public support for the conservation of wild lands. Credit: Daniel Patman, FlickrCC.

EarthTalk: Environmentalists on social media

What are some ways environmentalists are using social media to further their causes? Environmental advocates and organizations have embraced the revolution in online networking in no small way to raise awareness about climate change and the need for conservation of wild lands and animals—and to generate support for specific campaigns and the green movement in […]


EarthTalk: Self-driving autonomous cars

Are self-driving cars good for the environment? You know the future is here when you see that the car beside you at a red light has nobody at the helm. That’s already happening in California where a few companies (Uber, Google, Apple, Tesla) have begun testing autonomous vehicles on the open road—albeit with human drivers […]


EarthTalk: Donald Trump’s environmental policies

What kinds of changes to federal environmental policies can we expect to see from Donald Trump when he assumes the presidency? Like many Americans, environmental advocates are alarmed at the results of the 2016 election. What worries them most is Trump’s call for reneging on the landmark Paris climate accord which secured commitments from the […]