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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 Now that...
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?           ...
Earth Talk: Global Climate Agreement in the Works

Earth Talk: Global Climate Agreement in the Works

Dear EarthTalk: What are the prospects for reaching an international agreement to rein in carbon emissions significantly at the upcoming Paris climate talks at the end of the 2015?  — Jason Cervantes, Los Angeles, CA Delegates from hundreds of nations will meet...
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  If...
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 Studies have concluded that American kids consume very few fruits and vegetables...
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 Sweden topped the recently released environmental sustainability 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 The explosion in palm oil use, largely to replace unhealthy trans fats in food, has wreaked havoc...
Ethanol’s Unrealized Promise

Ethanol’s Unrealized Promise

Photo: Michael Cote Dear EarthTalk: I thought that putting ethanol in our gas tanks was going help fight climate change, but lately I’ve heard reports to the contrary. Can you enlighten?       –– Bill B., Hershey, PA Ethanol and similar “biofuels” made...
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