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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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Do environmentalists consider taking Yellowstone’s grizzly bear off the Endangered Species List good news or bad news?

Dear EarthTalk: Is the federal government’s decision to take Yellowstone’s grizzlies off of the endangered species list good news or bad news for the iconic bear? — Jeffrey Elder, Los Angeles, CA It depends who you ask. The majority of environmental and wildlife advocates would prefer to keep endangered species protections in place for Yellowstone’s […]

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Greener Booze: Why Stop Caring When It’s Party Time?

  Dear EarthTalk: What’s the latest in greener booze? Are there any good organic beers, wines or liquors out there? Perhaps no other industry has responded to the greening of consumer preferences quite like beverage producers. From wine to beer to spirits, greener choices made from local and organic ingredients and packaged in lighter-weight containers […]

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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 […]

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