Category: EarthTalk

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

Well, actually, there could be … E-bike pioneer Justin Lemire-Elmore argues that e-bikes are better for the environment, at least if you compare the carbon emissions associated with producing enough extra food to fuel the rider of a standard bicycle against the emissions from coal-derived electricity used to charge an e-bike.

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EarthTalk: How to Recycle Paint, Primer and Stains?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that about 10 percent of the house paint purchased in the United States each year—about 65 to 69 million gallons—is discarded. Leftover and unusable paint wastes causes pollution when disposed of improperly, the EPA warns.

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Earth Talk: Should I Recycle My Disposable Batteries?

Truth be told, those old used up disposable alkaline batteries (AA, AAA, C, D, 9-volt, etc.) aren’t the environmental menace they used to be before the federal government mandated taking out the mercury, a potent neurotoxin linked to a wide range of environmental and health problems, as part of the Mercury-Containing and Rechargeable Battery Management Act of 1996.

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Earth Talk: Is backyard firepit smoke a health hazard?

With summer approaching, many of us are eagerly anticipating the first night we can gather with loved ones under the stars around our backyard fire pits. But neighbors might have not-so-warm feelings about wood smoke entering their yards and homes. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), wood smoke is a complex mixture of gases and microscopic particles, and when these microscopic particles get into your eyes and respiratory system, they can cause health problems such as burning eyes, runny nose, and bronchitis.

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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?

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Happy Monday! Have you got your hands on the latest issue yet? There is a LOT of great articles to read, including The Beauty of Backpacking 🎒🏔️ ...

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🚨We interrupt your scrolling for an important announcement🚨The latest issue issue of ASJ is hitting the streets right now. Woohoo! This issue we profile mountain bike activist and ambassador Kurt Gensheimer with an eye opening feature by journalist Jim Scripps and this amazing cover photo by Rick Gunn. Kurt’s evolution from angry agitator to community builder reads like a mountain bike history lesson spanning multiple states and almost two decades.

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SAVE THE DATE for the @banffmountainfestival World Tour, hosted at the @riotheatresantacruz on September 17th!! ...

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Work hard play HARDER! Happy Labor Day everyone! Where are you spending your day off?

📱: @jdonk55 🚵‍♂️: @nick.drose at China Peak, now closed for the summer due to Forest Service closures.
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The #CaldorFire and #DixieFire are two of the largest forest fires in California history, their smoke stretching across California into neighboring states. We are keeping our friends up north in our thoughts during this tragic time. 📸 @chrismatography ...

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As we continue to keep our friends in Northern California in our thoughts during this tragic time, we look to the silver linings and appreciate moments like these. @tahoebackcountry riding through his “backyard” 🏔🌲 ...

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"This is not an individual issue but rather a systemic one. Now that the history has been shared alongside continuous asks from the Washoe community to stop the siren since 2006, will the town come together to stop it? This is a great opportunity for a truly respectful outcome, one in the direction of greater community health and mutual respect." Excerpt from our latest article, link in bio! ⁠

Stacey Burns at the may 29th Stop the Siren protest. Stacey is of Numu and Washoe descent. ⁠

📸: Hope Dressler
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Six years ago Kim Gardner was a rock and ice climbing physical therapist with advanced degrees and a new boyfriend. These days, reading gives her an excruciating headache. Socializing for a few hours makes her nauseous for days. Struggling to decipher a food label can make her cry. Read all about her incredible story on our website, link in bio ⁠

Photo: Jesse Rothert
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On May 29th, when Riders Against Racism mountain bikers joined members of the Washoe and Paiute tribes on their ancestral lands in the Minden Park, a Minden local named Matt Bernard spoke to the crowd. He said local residents have nothing but love for the Washoe Tribe, and as evidence, he pointed to a plaque in the park that honored Washoe people who had served the country in war. In one breath it seemed Bernard was paying respect to the Washoe and justifying the siren at the same time. “I want everyone to know that the people of Minden don’t have any animosity, they only have a love for the Washoe.”⁠

Read more on our website, link in bio 🔗⁠

Photo: Cathy Claesson
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Chris and Marissa Neely live aboard their 41’ sailboat (@svavocet) preparing to sail the world. Last month they returned to their roots to sail their first boat on their home lake in the annual High Sierra Regatta ⛵️ Read their POV race recap, 🔗 link in bio!

📸: @qmtravels @mitchisword
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Dogs make great adventure buddies! Do you hike with your furry friend? ...

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Estuaries form along the coast, where sea and fresh water mingle, creating a unique habitat. California has a number of them, with the Elkhorn Slough off Monterey Bay being one of the biggest. It is also home to the state’s largest population of sea otters. Seven hundred species of plants and animals live on the protected flats of the slough, making it the place for wildlife viewing. Mornings are a good time to beat the wind and it is never a bad idea to check the tides as well. 😁 Read more in the recent post, link in bio! ...

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