Environment

Electric bikes, scooters

Dear EarthTalk: Are there any electric bicycles or scooters that make for a nice cheap, green-friendly commute? –Sean Foley, Nashua, NH Bicycle commuting has long been a symbol of greener living, and it is great exercise, too. But most people are probably not up to commutes much beyond five or 10 miles one-way in the 

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Natural headache remedies

Dear EarthTalk: Are there natural headache remedies that can get me off of Tylenol, Advil and other medicines whose side effects can be as bad as or worse than the pain that led me to use them?–Jan Levinson, Portland, ME Many of us may be too dependent on over-the-counter painkillers to treat the occasional headache, 

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Is non-dairy milk good enough?

From the Editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: There seems to be a large selection of soy and other non-dairy milks out there today, even right in the dairy sections of major supermarkets. Why should I opt for soymilk over cow’s milk and how do I get the calcium I would lose?– Barbara Conant, 

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Smart Cars

From the Editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: I’ve suddenly been seeing a lot of those tiny “Smart Cars” around. Who makes them and what is their fuel efficiency? And I’m all for fuel efficiency, but are these cars safe?- David Yu, Bend, OR Originally the brainchild of Lebanese-born entrepreneur/inventor Nicolas Hayek of Swatch 

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Global warming and allergies

From the Editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that global warming can exacerbate allergies? — Alex Tibbetts, Seattle, WA Global warming can make allergies worse simply because the major pollen producers that trigger allergic reactions thrive and flourish in warmer air. A recent report from the nonprofit Natural Resources Defense Council 

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State measures to combat global warming

From the Editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: In lieu of federal action in the U.S. to combat global warming, have any states taken local measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions?–David, Monterey, CA Though the Bush administration has been slow to even admit that global warming is a serious issue, and has rejected the 

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Paving roads – scourge to nature

From the Editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: The impacts of all the paving that is done for new roads and parking lots must be considerable. Other than Joni Mitchell’s “They paved paradise and put up a parking lot” issue, what else is this activity doing that will come back to haunt us? –Libby 

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Where do medical wastes go?

From the Editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: Where does all the medical waste from labs, doctor’s offices and hospitals go? Does it just get put in a barrel and buried? Do they dump it in the oceans? With all the waste that is probably generated, it would be interesting to know where all 

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EARTH TALK: New Year’s resolutions for fighting global warming

From the Editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: My New Year’s Resolution is to reduce my “carbon footprint” to help fight global warming. Do you have suggestions for ways I can make good on my promise? — Carrie, via e-mail There’s never been a more urgent time to reduce your carbon footprint. With the 

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