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Tips to avoid disposable packaging

Caption: Green-minded grocery shoppers spend more time in the bulk aisle than your average consumer given their preference for avoiding disposable packaging on single-use food items and products. Credit: leyla.a, FlickrCC. Dear EarthTalk: Any tips for reducing the amount of disposable plastic I use for food storage? — J. Spencer, Gaithersburg, MD Analysts estimate that […]

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Beyond the Northwest: Maui’s peaceful Napili Bay

Hawaii Travel Alert: All individuals, both residents and visitors, arriving from out-of-state to Hawaii are still subject to a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine. PRE-TRAVEL TESTING PROGRAM: Beginning September 1, all travelers arriving in Hawaii from out-of-state will be required to get a valid COVID-19 Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) within 72 hours of boarding their flight […]

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Coronavirus may devastate great apes

Caption: Coronavirus could be the knock-out punch for African mountain gorillas already on the brink of extinction. Credit: Francesco Ungaro, Pexels. Dear EarthTalk: I overheard someone saying the Coronavirus could drive mountain gorillas extinct? Is this because they are susceptible to the virus?— Spencer S., Tukwila, WA While we don’t know for sure whether mountain […]

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Space Needle ‘Spacelift’ elevates visitor experience

The Space Needle, one of the world’s most recognizable landmarks, is undergoing a 360-degree “spacelift” and the majority of renovations are now open to the public. Privately funded, the 56-year-old tower’s $100 million renovation, Century Project, has elevated the visitor experience by dramatically enhancing the view with more than 176 tons of glass. The Space […]

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Plant now for a colorful spring display

Caption: Lilies grow from bulbs and their large prominent flowers brighten up gardens and provide vertical appeal. Photo credit:  Photo courtesy of Melinda Myers, LLC    by Melinda Myers It’s time to think spring. Fall is the time to plant tulips, daffodils, crocus and other spring flowering bulbs. Use these early bloomers to welcome spring […]

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Luxury lodging in Oregon Wine Country

Luxurious accomodations at Atticus Hotel. Photo by @melissarighero Finely crafted furnishings complement original artistic pieces from local artists. Personal bars featuring French press, electric water kettle and kitchen and barware. A restaurant and bar, fitness room, Dutch style bicycles and electric car charging stations. These are just some of the amenities that make the historic […]

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Featured Outdoor Activities Washington

Surfing on Westport, Washington waves

Check out this surfing video filmed at Westport, Washington and many other amazing videos in our Video Gallery. The video was filmed and edited by Brian Behrens February 10th – 11th, 2018. Music by La Luz from a live session on KEXP Shot with GoPro Hero4 Black, iPhone X and DJI Mavic Pro. […]

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Forest council faces criticism

Caption: These logs are culled from an FSC-certified forestry operation in Sandakan on the northeast coast of Malaysia. Credit: Angela Sevin, FlickrCC. Dear EarthTalk: Why are environmental advocates down on the Forest Stewardship Council, given its mission to eliminate unsustainable forestry? — M.P., Raleigh, NC Environmentalists, indigenous people and others exploited by logging in developing […]

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Avocado ‘superfood’ not so green

Caption: Avocados sure are delicious and may be healthy, but the fact that they are shipped around the planet makes them worse than locally grown fruits and veggies regarding our carbon footprints. Credit: Foodie Factor, Pexels Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that my avocado habit is bad for the environment and my carbon footprint?— J. […]