Slow fashion models on runway

‘Slow fashion’ gaining ground

Caption: Ireland’s Avoca Handweavers have been making fashionable clothing items with the care and attention to detail nowadays associated with “slow fashion” since 1723. Credit: William Murphy, FlickrCC. Dear EarthTalk: What is “slow fashion?” Does it relate to sustainability? – K. Lam, Taos, NM In the U.S., millions of shoppers pack clothing stores, excited to key […]

Bald Eagle

Bald eagle population growing rapidly

Caption: Bald eagles have come back from the brink of extinction in the Lower 48, but some wonder if there are too many of them around nowadays. Credit: Anthony, Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that we’ve done such a good job bringing back bald eagles that they’ve become pests now?— D. Maguire, Winston-Salem, NC It’s […]

supersonic jet in clouds

New wave of supersonic flight on horizon

Caption: United Airlines has committed to purchasing 15 of Boom Supersonic’s first commercial supersonic (SST) jet, the Overture. Dear EarthTalk: Are the new SST jets friendlier to the environment than the SSTs of the 1970s?­– P. Barnes, Midlothian, TX Nearly 20 years have passed since the last flight of the Concorde, the first supersonic passenger-carrying commercial […]

Purple lavender

Tips for drying flowers

Caption:  Lavender dries relatively quickly and retains the best color when dried in a low humidity, dark location. Photo credit:  Melinda Myers, LLC By Melinda Myers Enjoy and share the beauty of your flower garden all year long.  Pick and dry a few flowers to use in flower arrangements, craft projects or as gifts for […]

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Environmentalists turning to Artificial Intelligence to help save nature

Caption: Environmentalists are increasingly turning to Artificial Intelligence (AI) to help collect & analyze data that would otherwise overwhelm us. Credit: Sarah Winstead, Dear EarthTalk: How is Artificial Intelligence being used for conservation?— Katy P., Chevy Chase, MD You would never think that computers and Artificial Intelligence (AI) could help humans save nature, but in […]

Green mint leaves
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Harvest and enjoy mint from the garden

Caption:  Fresh-from-the-garden mint is easy to grow and adds a cool, fresh flavor to meals, beverages and desserts. by Melinda Myers Add a bit of cool flavor to your beverages, meals and desserts this summer with homegrown mint.  Try using peppermint leaves in fruit cocktails and ice cream.  Add spearmint to your tea or use […]

Old faithful in yellowstone park

Climate change is harming America’s national parks

Caption: Yellowstone National Park, home of the Old Faithful geyser pictured here at sunset, is one of the nation’s hardest hit when it comes to negative impacts from climate change. Credit: Roddy Scheer Dear EarthTalk: I’ve heard that U.S. national parks are disproportionately affected by climate change. Is this true, and if so, why?— Joseph Pearl, […]

tropical plants in backyartd
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Create your own backyard paradise

Caption:  If you want a tropical escape, include leafy plants like elephant ears and banana plants in pots, wicker furniture, a water feature and colorful flowers like hibiscus and mandevilla. Photo credit:  Photo courtesy of by Melinda Myers You don’t need a plane ticket, tank full of gas or train ride to enjoy a […]

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Beautiful and tasty Blueberries

Caption: Blueberries are one of the most nutritious foods with antioxidants that fight cancer, disease, and the effects of aging. Photo credit:  photo courtesy of by Melinda Myers Blueberries are a summer favorite, great for snacking, baking, topping your oatmeal and so much more.  This nutritious fruit also adds a bit of brain power to […]