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Reptiles need urgent action to survive

Caption: Almost two-thirds of all turtle species known to science are either endangered or recently extinct. Credit: Roddy Scheer Dear EarthTalk: How are reptiles faring these days in the face of climate change and other environmental threats? — L.M. Smith, Boston, MA Reptiles, like other animals and plants, face growing threats as human influence on […]

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Environment Technology

Clean energy spurs economic benefits

Caption: While climate change might benefit the economy overall, we would rather not have to deal with it at all. Credit: Pexels.com Dear EarthTalk: Is climate change actually good for the economy, given all the clean-up/restoration jobs severe weather is creating and the employment surges in green energy?– P.B., New Haven, CT Strangely enough, climate […]

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Pet poop pollution upsets nature

Caption: Your pet’s poo and pee might be polluting the local environment more than what’s coming out of tailpipes and smokestacks. Credit: Alotrobo, Pexels.com. Dear EarthTalk: Does all the pet waste American dogs and cats leave behind outside have an effect (positively or negatively) on the environment?— Mary C., Seattle, WA Dog and cat waste […]

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Seed scarcity linked to climate change

Caption: Tree seed shortages compounded by decades of drought and recent extreme wildfire seasons mean the future of our forests could be in jeopardy. Credit: Yamanaka Tamaki, FlickrCC. Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that a tree seed shortage is jeopardizing reforestation efforts across the American West following so many bad wildfire seasons in a row? […]

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Can we stop sea level rise?

Classic Caption: The question is whether it’s too late to do anything about potentially runaway sea level rise. Credit: Roddy Scheer Dear EarthTalk: What are the most recent projections about sea level rise around the world as a result of climate change? And is there any hope of turning back the tide if we rein […]

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Environment Technology

Electric drive planes on the horizon

Classic Caption: Eviation’s all-electric Alice airplane Israel’s Eviation can fly for an hour on a battery charge with zero emissions. Dear EarthTalk: You hear a lot about electric cars and trucks these days, but has there been any carbon-saving innovation lately in trains and even planes?— Michael C., Summit, NJ Many environmentalists consider travel an […]

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Environment Technology

China is taking ‘green strides’

Classic Caption: China is giving the world mixed signals about its commitment to reducing carbon emissions and meeting its Paris accord promises. Credit: Sam Lim, Pexels.com. Dear EarthTalk: I’m confused: Is China’s government committed to fighting climate change or just making the problem worse? — Paul J., Austin, TX In the wake of the global […]

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Environment Featured

Blame climate change for more allergies?

Type/classic Caption: If you’ve noticed your allergies getting worse in recent years, climate change may indeed be to blame. Credit: Pavel Danilyuk, Pexels.com. Dear EarthTalk: Could climate change really be making my allergies worse?–– L. Pulaski, New Bern, NC Pollen may be an unfortunate contributor to poor health in the first place, but there are […]

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Environment Featured

Russia’s war on Ukraine creates environmental havoc

Type/Classic Caption: Russia’s war on the Ukraine is creating untold environmental mayhem in the form of air, water and soil pollution. Credit: Manhhai, FlickrCC. Dear EarthTalk: What kind of environmental toll is Russia’s war on Ukraine taking?— James P., Philadelphia, PA Russia’s war on Ukraine is one of the worst humanitarian crises facing Europe since […]

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Environment Technology

Is methane capture from livestock good or bad?

Caption: Newer technology that has farmers and ranchers capturing methane from their livestock waste is better for the planet than not having it. Credit: Mark Stebnicki, Pexels. Dear EarthTalk: Is encouraging dairy farmers and cattle ranchers to capture methane gas from their livestock’s manure good or bad for the planet?— Phil Onorato, Pittsburgh, PA Methane […]