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Ecosystem Damage from Beach Resorts

Ecosystem Damage from Beach Resorts

What are the environmental risks associated with beach resorts? — Shine Shoukkathali, via e-mail While they may put up with a lot of stress from wind, waves and weather, beaches and the coastal environments surrounding them are surprisingly fragile. The...
Concerns over Essential Oils

Concerns over Essential Oils

What’s the skinny on essential oils? I love them, but a friend told me they are no good for the environment. — Mary M., via e-mail Essential oils are more popular than ever for medicinal and therapeutic purposes as well as in fragrances and flavorings for food...
Solar Geo-Engineering

Solar Geo-Engineering

What is solar geo-engineering and how can it help stave off global warming? — Jamie Renquist, Salem, OR Solar geo-engineering is a term describing any of various techniques for reducing the amount of sunlight that reaches the Earth and its atmosphere....
Rises in Early Puberty May Have Environmental Roots

Rises in Early Puberty May Have Environmental Roots

Is it true that American kids are going through puberty earlier today than in previous generations, and are there any environmental causes for this? — Paul Chase, Troy, NY Research indicates that indeed Americans girls and boys are going through puberty earlier...
A Fierce Green Fire (new film)

A Fierce Green Fire (new film)

What is the new documentary film A Fierce Green Fire about and what does the title refer to? — Gloria Howard, Washington, DC A Fierce Green Fire is a new film documenting the rise of the modern environmental movement from the 1960s through the present day. It...
Environmental Internships

Environmental Internships

I understand that there are many internships available at environmental organizations, some involving working outdoors, some year-round with expenses paid. Where do I find these? — Jason Baar, Los Angeles, CA Internships can provide professional experience and...
Food Waste to Energy

Food Waste to Energy

Might another possible source for ethanol be discarded pastries from bakeries? For that matter, wouldn’t fermenting unsold bananas, oranges and apples from grocery store produce departments be able to provide an ample supply of fuel? — Curious in Warren, PA Food...
Sharing is Caring

Sharing is Caring

Some green groups are promoting the simple notion of sharing as a way to green communities and combat waste. Can you explain? — Becky Lipscomb, Centereach, NY The convergence of environmental awareness and consumer culture has created a whole new movement today...
Green Home Renovation

Green Home Renovation

I’m planning a major home renovation and want to include as many green-friendly features as possible. Where do I begin to look? — Matthew Glaser, Queens, NY There has never been a better time to renovate green, given the abundance of Earth-friendly building...