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12:00 am
Sun April 28, 2013

Asian Carp Woes

A pair of silver carp in Shedd Aquarium's invasive species exhibit.
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Dear EarthTalk: What exactly are Asian carp and why are they such a big problem lately?

                                                                                                            -- Lori Roudebush, Portland, OR

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11:37 am
Sun December 23, 2012

Pesticides And Children's Health

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11:35 am
Sun December 23, 2012

The Benefits Of Public Transportation

Washington, DC Metro station
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Dear EarthTalk: It might seem obvious, but what would be the primary benefits of public transit as an alternative to the private automobile if our country were to make a major commitment to it?-- James Millerton, Armstrong, PA

The benefits of making a major commitment to building up and efficiently managing a larger and more comprehensive public transit network are many.

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3:25 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

The Growing Green Awards

Pictured: Andrea Northup, winner of the 2012 Young Food Leader award for her work with the D.C. Farm to School Network, which links regional farmers with local schools in order to transform cafeteria lunch menus.
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1:34 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Perchlorate in Drinking Water

Eleven million Americans live in areas where concentrations of perchlorate -- a chemical used in the production of rocket fuel, missiles, fireworks, flares and explosives -- are significantly higher in public drinking water supplies than what is considered safe.
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1:48 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Has Recycling Lived Up To Its Promises?

Recycling today is considered by many to be a huge success, though Americans could be recycling more than they do. Well managed recycling systems that focus on profitable resources like glass, paper and metals have had the most success.
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Dear EarthTalk: Has recycling lived up to its promise to reduce waste and pollution, save energy and provide jobs in our ailing economy?                                                 

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1:33 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

A Greener, Healthier Laundry Room

Three steps to a healthier, greener laundry room: Use natural, nontoxic detergents free of harsh chemicals, dyes and perfumes; lose the fabric softener in favor of vinegar; and swap out your old equipment for EnergyStar rated appliances that are more energy-efficient and will save money over time.
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Dear EarthTalk: How can I have a greener, healthier laundry room?  

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12:56 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Clean Energy Victory Bonds

The Clean Energy Victory Bonds Act of 2012, if enacted, would generate some 1.7 million new jobs in and around the renewable energy sector across the U.S.
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12:51 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

California's Proposition 37 (labeling genetically-modified foods) Defeated…For Now

Proposition 37, or the “California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act,” defeated by a narrow margin this past Election Day, called on food makers to label foods containing genetically modified ingredients on their packages -- and to not label such foods as “natural.”
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Dear EarthTalk: What was Proposition 37 in California that concerns the labeling of genetically modified foods and that was just voted down in that state?                         -- Peter Tremaine, Euclid, OH

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12:45 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

The Controversy Over The Federal Government's "Predator Control" Program

The U.S. government kills 100,000 carnivores each year under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA's) Wildlife Services program, mainly to protect livestock.
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Dear EarthTalk: A friend of mine told me that our government kills thousands of wild animals like bears and wolves every year in the name of protecting livestock. How can the government, which is supposed to protect dwindling numbers of animals, instead be killing them?       -- Amy Pratt, Troy, NY

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12:36 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

New Nutrition Standards For School Lunches

New school meal standards hope to sway American children away from unhealthy foods, which have led to 32 percent being overweight and 17 percent obese.
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12:28 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Green Friendly "Bluesign" Clothing

Consumers can feel confident in buying clothing items with the Bluesign label that they are getting the most green, friendly, socially conscious garments on the market.
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Dear EarthTalk: What is the “Bluesign” standard for textiles? Which if any well known manufacturers are embracing it?                                                                                -- Karin Romano, Bristol, CT

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12:20 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Deforestation and Global Warming

Cattle in a clear cut portion of the Amazon Rainforest.
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Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that cutting and burning trees adds more global warming pollution to the atmosphere than all the cars and trucks in the world combined?                   -- Mitchell Vale, Houston, TX

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12:14 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

The Burrowing Owl Conservation Network

Once a common species in California and across North America, the Western burrowing owl has become a rarer and rarer sight over the last three decades given habitat loss and other environmental perils the bird faces.
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12:06 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Keeping Groundwater Safe and Abundant.

About half of U.S. drinking water comes from groundwater sources. Regulation and enforcement of industry and agriculture are important for protecting our limited supplies, but consumers must also play a role.
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Dear EarthTalk: What is currently being done in the U.S. to ensure the wise use and safety of our nation’s groundwater?                                          -- Kevin Orr, Baton Rouge, LA

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