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EarthTalk: Is now the right time to install solar panels?

Dear EarthTalk: I’m finally ready to join the 21st century and commit to putting solar panels on my roof. Where do I start? — Henry Hughes, Washington, DC Good things may in fact come to those who wait. There’s never been a better time to go solar, given how much prices for panels have come […]

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EarthTalk: What is ‘green patent sharing?’​

What is so-called green patent sharing and how does it work? —Bill  The idea behind so-called green patent sharing is that researchers, inventors and companies can share the rights to make, use or incorporate certain patented technologies that benefit the environment, theoretically expediting the development of energy efficiency, pollution prevention, recycling, water conservation and other advances […]

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EarthTalk: Could global warming really already be a factor in the evolution of wildlife species?

Dear EarthTalk: Could global warming really already be a factor in the evolution of wildlife species?                                                                                        — Vince Dominick, Camden, NJ No doubt the quickly changing climate is already triggering various evolutionary shifts in a wide range of species. And while we can’t be sure just how different wildlife species will adapt (or not), […]

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EarthTalk: Michael Bloomberg to the Rescue

Dear EarthTalk: Since when did Michael Bloomberg become a great environmentalist? —Jackie Miller, New York, NY Michael Bloomberg was primarily known as a financier and media tycoon long before he became one of the most beloved mayors in New York City history. But what most people still don’t know about Bloomberg is that he is fast becoming […]

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EarthTalk: Was Hurricane Harvey caused by global warming?

Was Hurricane Harvey caused by global warming? The short answer is no. No single hurricane or weather event can be directly linked to the general phenomena known as climate change. “Climate change does not cause things, because climate change is not a causal agent,” writes David Roberts on Vox.com. “‘Climate change’ is a descriptive term […]

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EarthTalk: Why do antibacterial soaps get such a bad rap?

Dear EarthTalk: Why do antibacterial soaps and other products with triclosan get such a bad rap from health and environmental advocates?                                                — Wanda Caravan, Hartford, CT Antibacterial soap products aid in killing bacteria. But rumors that they are no more effective in doing so than traditional soap and water, coupled with concerns that such products […]

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EarthTalk: How does Canada’s newly released “Food Guide” differ from the food recommendations offered up by the U.S. government?    

Dear EarthTalk: How does Canada’s newly released “Food Guide” differ from the food recommendations offered up by the U.S. government?                                    — J. Wheeler, Albany, NY These days, many countries around the world produce food guidelines periodically to help improve nutrition and encourage healthy lifestyles among their populaces. The most recent update for Americans came in […]

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EarthTalk: What exactly is Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project and how does it work to train activists?

Dear EarthTalk: What exactly is Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project and how does it work to train activists?                                                                                                       — Kelly G., Washington, DC The Climate Reality Project (CRP) is a non-profit launched in 2011 by Nobel laureate and former U.S. Vice President Al Gore to address climate change following up on the release of […]

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EarthTalk: What are some ways companies are using plastic waste from the ocean in their products to take a stand for the environment?

Dear EarthTalk: What are some ways companies are using plastic waste from the ocean in their products to take a stand for the environment?                                    —Simone LaTourneau, Boston, MA  A recent study published in the journal Science estimates that there are some 86 million metric tons of plastic in the world’s oceans today—and that every year […]

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EarthTalk: Volvo EV Plans – Another Nail in the Coffin of the Internal Combustion Engine

  Dear EarthTalk: Does Volvo’s embrace of electric cars signal the beginning of the end of the gas-powered internal combustion engine? ­– Macy Vigneault, New Orleans, LA Volvo has announced that it will only sell hybrid and electric cars beginning in 2019, signaling a shift in the auto industry as a whole toward more fuel-efficient […]

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