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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 Americans discard about 10 percent of the house paint they purchase — some 65 to 69 million gallons — every year. Credit: U.S. Army...
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...
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