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Earth Talk: Are E-Bikes Greener than Human-powered Bikes?

Earth Talk: Are E-Bikes Greener than Human-powered Bikes?

Dear EarthTalk: Is there any truth to the assertion that e-bikes recharged off the fossil-fuel grid actually generate fewer carbon emissions overall than conventional human-powered bikes? — Sandy McClave, New York, NY Well, actually, there could be … E-bike pioneer...
EarthTalk: How to Recycle Paint, Primer and Stains?

EarthTalk: How to Recycle Paint, Primer and Stains?

Dear EarthTalk: What is the best way to recycle my old and/or unwanted paint, primer and stains? – Kim Beeler, Lake Oswego, OR Has one of the many popular shows on HGTV inspired you to renovate your own home? If so, you’re not alone! Home renovations have been on the...
Earth Talk: Should I Recycle My Disposable Batteries?

Earth Talk: Should I Recycle My Disposable Batteries?

Dear EarthTalk: Can I throw my old disposable batteries in the trash or is there a way to recycle them?                                                                                                            — Jennifer Brandstrom, Chicago, IL Truth be told,...
Earth Talk: Is backyard firepit smoke a health hazard?

Earth Talk: Is backyard firepit smoke a health hazard?

Dear EarthTalk: Now that summer is coming, my neighbors will be firing up their backyard fire pits again, and I’m wondering if the wood smoke drifting in my open windows is a health hazard for my family and if I have any standing to require them to refrain?           ...
EarthTalk: E-waste Blizzard

EarthTalk: E-waste Blizzard

Dear EarthTalk: The collective impact of all the iPhones and other devices we buy, use and then discard must be mind-boggling at this point. Has anyone quantified this and what can we do to start reducing waste from such items? — Jacques Chevalier, Boston, MA  With a...
EarthTalk: Improving School Lunches

EarthTalk: Improving School Lunches

Dear EarthTalk: I hear that many school cafeterias have nutrition standards no better—even worse—than those of fast food chains. What can be done about this? — Betsy Edison, Nashville, TN Americans have done a great job making sure that our kids have something to eat...
EarthTalk: Sweden’s Environmental Leadership

EarthTalk: Sweden’s Environmental Leadership

Dear EarthTalk: I recently heard that Sweden is the greenest country in the world. Is this true and, if so, by what standards? And where does the U.S. rank? — Raul Swain, New York, NY It’s true that Sweden came out on top in the recently released ranking of 60...
EarthTalk: Artificial Turf Issues

EarthTalk: Artificial Turf Issues

Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that playing on artificial turf fields can cause cancer? If so, how can I minimize exposure for my sports-loving kids? — Melanie Witmer, Syracuse, NY Just when you thought it was safe to play soccer on that brand new synthetic turf field, it...
EarthTalk: Palm Oil Production and Rainforest Destruction

EarthTalk: Palm Oil Production and Rainforest Destruction

Dear EarthTalk: How is it that some food purveyors are contributing to the destruction of tropical rainforests by ditching unhealthy “trans fats?” — Billy S., Salem, OR Most public health advocates applaud efforts by processed food producers, restaurants and fast food...