Environment

Birth control chemicals in drinking water

EARTHTALK Dear EarthTalk: Is there any truth to the rumor about high levels of birth control chemicals being found in some cities’ drinking water? If so can these be filtered out?– Elizabeth Yerkes, via email It is true that trace amounts of birth control and other medications-as well as household and industrial chemicals of every 

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ENVIRONMENT: Military sonar exercises kill marine wildlife

From the Editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that military sonar exercises actually kill marine wildlife?– John Slocum, Newport, RI Unfortunately for many whales, dolphins and other marine life, the use of underwater sonar (short for sound navigation and ranging) can lead to injury and even death. Sonar systems-first developed by 

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ENVIRONMENT: Microwave vs gas or electric stove

EARTHTALK From the Editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: How does the microwave compare in energy use, say, to using a gas or electric stove burner to heat water for a cup of tea?– Tempie, Dexter, MI The short answer is that it depends upon several variables, including the price of electricity versus gas, 

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ENVIRONMENT: Fur industry hurting

From the Editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: How is the fur industry doing these days? Has it been impacted by activism from PETA and similar groups?–Clara Andrews, Edmonds, WA An accurate source of up-to-date numbers is hard to come by, but it’s safe to say that the fur industry has been hurt by 

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ENVIRONMENT: Nanoparticles in food

From the Editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: What is “nanotechnology?” I’ve heard that nanoparticles are already in consumer products, yet we haven’t really studied their potential health impacts–Dan Zeff, San Francisco, CA Nanotechnology makes use of minuscule objects-whose width can be 10,000 times narrower than a human hair-known as nanoparticles. Upwards of 600 

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ENVIRONMENT: Ash spill leads to birth defects

From the Editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: What were the environmental impacts of the huge coal ash spill in Tennessee this past December?–Dave S, Lynnfield, MA Environmentalists’ call for an end to the age of coal-one of the dirtiest and most common of all the fossil fuels we now use-took on new urgency 

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ENVIRONMENT: Paper dust = asthma, bronchitis, etc.

Dear EarthTalk: I run a sorting machine at the post office, and am worried about all the paper dust swirling around the building. I asked both management and our union if this was a health or safety problem and both said no, but I’m not sure they really know. Can you set the record straight?– 

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ENVIRONMENT: Green house gutters

Dear EarthTalk: We will need to replace our house gutters soon. What are our best options from an environmental perspective?–Jodie Green, Dallas, TX First understand clearly why your gutters need to be replaced. Are they rusted or broken? Are the fasteners no longer holding them in place? Or have the gutters leaked and failed to 

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ENVIRONMENT: Living close to gas stations

Dear EarthTalk: I am looking at possibly buying a house that is very close to a gasoline station. Is it safe to live so close to a gas station? What concerns should I have? I have toddler and infant babies.–Ranjeeta, Houston, TX Despite all the modern health and safety guidelines they must follow, gas stations 

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ENVIRONMENT: The ‘green cities’ movement

From the Editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: What is the “green cities” movement? — John Moulton, Greenwich, CT Best described as a loose association of cities focused on sustainability, the emerging “green cities movement” encompasses thousands of urban areas around the world all striving to lessen their environmental impacts by reducing waste, expanding 

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