Environment

EARTHTALK: Why recycle?

Recycling can be a somewhat time-consuming task; so can you please provide some benefits of taking the time to separate my trash?–Joseph Jiminez, Houston, TX Recycling, which turns materials that would otherwise be incinerated or become landfill-clogging waste into valuable resources, has become second nature for many Americans. As many as four out of five 

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ENVIRONMENT: Slow food, slow money

Putting our money where our month is EarthTalk® Dear EarthTalk: I’ve heard of the slow food movement, but what is “slow money” all about?– Phil Nimkoff, New York, NY “Slow Money” is the name for a movement started by socially conscious investing pioneer and author, Woody Tasch, who essentially borrowed the conceptual framework of “Slow 

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ENVIRONMENT: Eating less meat, good for environment

EarthTalk® Dear EarthTalk: I heard that the less meat one eats, the better it is for the environment. How so?– Jason K., Sarasota, FL Our meat consumption habits take a serious toll on the environment. According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), the production, processing and distribution of meat requires huge outlays of pesticides, fertilizer, 

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EARTHTALK: Green walls

Dear EarthTalk: I’ve heard of green roofs, but what are “green walls?”– P. Spencer, Alcoa, TN Green walls (also known as biowalls, vertical gardens or vertical vegetated complex walls) are wall structures partly composed of or filled in with growing plant matter. More than just easy on the eyes, green walls work like green roofs 

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EARTHTALK: Is there safe nuclear energy?

Dear EarthTalk: Thorium is a naturally occurring element that is supposedly more available, more efficient and safer to use than uranium for generating nuclear energy. Is this true and, if so, why haven’t we made the switch?–Jane Westermann, Austin, TX Thorium, a naturally occurring radioactive element found in abundance in the Earth’s crust all around 

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EARTHTALK: Chemicals, pollution…and cancer

Dear Earthtalk: How clear (or not) are the links between the rising incidents of cancers around the world and the prevalence of synthetic chemicals in modern society?–Alberto Buono, Lee, MA With the World Health Organization hinting that cancer could unseat heart disease as the leading cause of death around the world, it’s no surprise that 

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EARTHTALK: Will eating garlic and onions prevent cancer?

Dear EarthTalk: Given the preponderance of carcinogenic chemicals out there today, is it true that eating certain foods like garlic or onions can actually help prevent cancer?– M. Stone, Boston, MA Natural healers have extolled the cancer-preventing virtues of garlic and onions for years, but only recently do we have enough scientific research to draw 

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EARTHTALK: Wet cleaning vs dry cleaning

Dear EarthTalk: Some drycleaners I’ve seen offer “wet cleaning” as opposed to dry cleaning. What’s the difference? Is it better for the environment?–Elizabeth Connelly, Tampa, FL The dry-cleaning industry has come under attack in recent years for its use of perchloroethylene (“perc”), a noxious chemical solvent that does a good job cleaning and not damaging 

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EARTHTALK: Gold mining with cyanide

Dear EarthTalk: Most gold mining operations use cyanide to extract gold from surrounding rock. What are the environmental implications of this, and are there alternatives? — J. Pelton, via e-mail Although “cyanidation”—the use of a sodium cyanide compound to separate a precious metal from finely ground rock—has become less common in other forms of mining, 

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EARTHTALK: Will U.S. limit its Greenhouse gas emissions?

Dear EarthTalk: What’s the latest in regard to putting limits on greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S.? Is there any hope that Obama can get something done? – Bradley Johnson, Helena, MT Our best hope to date was 2009’s American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES), a bill that called for the implementation of a 

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