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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 from corn and...

Antarctica’s Melting and its Impact on Coastlines

Researchers from NASA and UC Irvine studying ice in an area of West Antarctica roughly the size of Texas called the Amundsen Sea Embayment report a “continuous and rapid retreat” of glaciers there. They worry that, perhaps as soon as two centuries from now, the area...
Safer and More Effective Sunscreens

Safer and More Effective Sunscreens

With summer officially here now, what can you tell us about which sunscreens are safe and which are not? – Clara Rosen, New York, NY Skin cancer is by far the most common form of cancer in the United States, with more new cases each year than breast, prostate,...

Keeping Polluters out of our Neighborhoods

Communities need to be vigilant about plans to site incinerators, landfills, waste transfer stations, sewage treatment plants or other toxic facilities nearby where they might threaten the health of residents. Pictured: Unwitting children play at a local waste dump....
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