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Why Weightlifters Should Do More Cardio Exercises

Weightlifting produces many health benefits, including stronger muscles and bones, better posture, and better joint flexibility. But lifting weights may not be enough to keep all your body systems in optimal condition. Supplementing weight training with cardio exercise can boost your overall health profile. Burn More Calories Lifting weights does burn calories, but a cardio […]

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Pacific Northwest unique holiday adventures

Caption: For Oregon Wine Giving Season, Cória Estates is offering private vineyard tours with the purchase of 12 bottles. (Photo by Joey Hamilton Photography) Are you ready to celebrate the holidays? There are hundreds of holiday events and activities taking place throughout the Pacific Northwest. Here are just a few of them: Made in La […]

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Painted Hills is ‘Wonderful’

Caption: Two women viewing the Painted Hills in John Day River Territory. Photo credit: Joni Kabana, TravelOregon.com When you travel to the Painted Hills, you can see millions of years of history revealed in the layers of mountains of earth, one color at a time. The hills get their name from the delicately colored stratifications […]

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Bezos envisions moving polluters to outer space

Bezos envisions moving polluters to outer space Caption: Artist concept of 3D printing with cementitious materials on the Moon. Credit: Greg Trent, Surface Construction. Dear EarthTalk: Is so-called “Off-Earth Manufacturing” really the environmental panacea that Jeff Bezos and other proponents say it is?  -- M. Traney, Smithfield, RI In July 2021, Richard Branson rocketed into suborbital space aboard a craft he helped fund, launching a new era of commercial space travel. Branson's Virgin Galactic rocket emitted plumes of white smoke and tons of kerosene, releasing more greenhouse gases in a few minutes than a typical car would over two centuries. It also emitted

Conservation dogs help endangered wildlife

Caption: "Pips" of Rogue Detection Teams was able to find larvae and larval poop of the endangered checkerspot butterfly for the Forest Service in Washington State in 2019. Credit: U.S. Forest Service- Pacific Northwest Region, FlickrCC. Dear EarthTalk: What are conservation dogs?-- Jon Gretcham, Portland, OR Simply put, conservation dogs are canines specially trained in sniffing out evidence of specific wildlife species that scientists are seeking to learn more about for one reason or another. Most commonly these dogs are used to help biologists understand where and how threatened or endangered wildlife species are hanging on—or if they are still around
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Should we ditch our gas stoves?

Caption: If you are concerned about the health implications of indoor air pollution, maybe it's time to go electric in the kitchen. Credit: Roddy Scheer Dear EarthTalk: Should we all be ditching our gas stoves in favor of electric models?-- Mary R., San Francisco, CA Walking into your kitchen to make dinner appears relatively simple with a gas-powered stove readily available to cook your every desire. But while rotating the switch to turn on a gas stove, most people do not consider its health and environmental implications. According to a University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) report, over 90 percent of
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Seattle’s new arena promotes Climate Pledge

Caption: Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle, the first net-zero-emissions arena of its size in the world, is home to the NHL's Kraken and WNBA's Storm. Dear EarthTalk: What is the “Climate Pledge” that Seattle’s new hockey arena is named after all about? -- E. Howard, Washington, DC When Seattle’s new sports and concert arena opened its doors to the public in October 2021, many were left scratching heads as to what the heck the building’s name was about. It turns out that hometown e-commerce juggernaut Amazon bought the naming rights and decided to use the opportunity to raise awareness for the

Climate change causing animals to evolve faster

Caption: Dark-eyed juncos have evolved bigger bills in response to the larger temperature extremes they are experiencing throughout their range across North America thanks to human-induced climate change. Credit: DaPuglet, FlickrCC. Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that some wildlife species are evolving much more rapidly in response to the warming climate -- D. Gould, Hendersonville, NC It’s amazing to think that climate change is causing animals to evolve faster than they would otherwise, but the science speaks for itself. Researchers from Australia’s Deakin University found evidence of so-called “shapeshifting” in recent years in direct response to warming temperatures across habitat ranges.  Indeed,
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Wildlife corridor makes slow progress

Caption: Conservationists are working to create a 2000-mile long wildlife corridor between the Canadian Yukon and Yellowstone National Park so wolves and other charismatic megafauna can have enough space and resources to thrive. Credit: Brenda Timmermans, Pexels. Dear EarthTalk: Whatever happened to the Yukon to Yellowstone (Y2Y) wildlife corridor dream that was in the news years ago?-- Jos. Meredith, Bozeman, MT Conservationists’ dreams of a wildlife corridor stretching from the Yukon to Yellowstone (Y2Y) where “charismatic megafauna” like bears, wolves and caribou can roam freely and have enough continuous undisturbed habitat to thrive is slowly becoming a reality thanks to the

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Bezos envisions moving polluters to outer space

Bezos envisions moving polluters to outer space Caption: Artist concept of 3D printing with cementitious materials on the Moon. Credit: Greg Trent, Surface Construction. Dear EarthTalk: Is so-called “Off-Earth Manufacturing” really the environmental panacea that Jeff Bezos and other proponents say it is?  — M. Traney, Smithfield, RI In July 2021, Richard Branson rocketed into suborbital […]

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Conservation dogs help endangered wildlife

Caption: “Pips” of Rogue Detection Teams was able to find larvae and larval poop of the endangered checkerspot butterfly for the Forest Service in Washington State in 2019. Credit: U.S. Forest Service- Pacific Northwest Region, FlickrCC. Dear EarthTalk: What are conservation dogs?— Jon Gretcham, Portland, OR Simply put, conservation dogs are canines specially trained in […]

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Should we ditch our gas stoves?

Caption: If you are concerned about the health implications of indoor air pollution, maybe it’s time to go electric in the kitchen. Credit: Roddy Scheer Dear EarthTalk: Should we all be ditching our gas stoves in favor of electric models?— Mary R., San Francisco, CA Walking into your kitchen to make dinner appears relatively simple […]

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Backyard wind turbines seen as part of energy future

Caption:Backyard wind turbines could help us make the transition away from fossil fuels. Credit: Cowrin, FlickrCC. Dear EarthTalk: You see a lot of people putting solar panels on their homes these days, but windmills not so much. Is there any future for small residential wind turbines as we transition to more renewable forms of energy?— […]

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XPRIZE launches $100 million climate change competition

Caption: XPRIZE founder Peter Diamandis has steered several competitions toward solving pressing environmental problems. Credit: XDRIVE Foundation. Dear EarthTalk: I’ve heard of XPRIZE, which funds innovations in space exploration technology. Is XPRIZE used to address climate change or other environmental problems?— J.D. via e-mail XPRIZE was launched in 1996 to spur innovation in the commercial […]

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