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Where are the greenest American cities?

EarthTalk® E – The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: Which are the greenest American cities, and why?        — D. Hansen, Wichita, KS Which American city is the greenest depends on who you ask. Every year dozens of publications and websites release their own assessments of which cities have the most environmentally conscious citizenry, the highest percentage […]

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The main drivers of food scarcity that lead to so much starvation around the world, and how can they be addressed?

Food scarcity is a bigger problem than ever as human population numbers continue to swell, putting additional stress on already fragile food production and distribution systems. And it’s not just happening in far away places: A recent report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that the number of U.S. homes “lacking food security” rose […]

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EarthTalk® E – The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: I heard that my food choices can affect the use and therefore availability of fresh water around the world. How so?                                                            — Denise Beck, Washington, DC   Our food choices and the availability of fresh water are inextricably linked. The crux of the problem is that human population numbers keep […]

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EarthTalk® E – The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: I like the feel of carpeting, but I’m concerned about all the chemicals. What are some good non-chemical (but still soft!) options?                            — Jennifer Jones, Madison, WI Modern day carpets, in all their plush and stain-resistant glory, are wonders of technology and help make our homes and workplaces more comfortable. […]

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Green your laundry room

EarthTalk® E – The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: How can I have a greener, healthier laundry room?       — Billie Alexander, Topeka, KS While there are many ways to green one’s laundry room, one place to start is with detergent. Luckily, in 2009 the federal government phased out phosphates, harsh chemicals that help break down […]

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Environmental justice movement wins victories

EarthTalk® E – The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: I understand that the “environmental justice” movement seeks to protect the poor and non-white communities from being unfairly targeted to host activities like sewage treatment plants, landfills and polluting factories. Have there been notable victories?  — P. Silver, Peekskill, NY The environmental justice movement was born in […]

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Dangers of non-stick cookware

Dear EarthTalk: I’ve read conflicting reports about the dangers of non-stick cookware. I have a set of older non-stick pans and am not sure if I need to replace them. Are they harmful to use, particularly if they have a few scratches?                          — Miriam Jones, Montgomery, AL   It may be time to […]