Green cleaners

Avoiding toxic household cleaners

Photo caption: A few good scrubbies, some elbow grease and a little all-natural soap is all it takes for many household cleaning jobs. Credit: Marco Verch, FlickkrCC. Dear EarthTalk: I’ve heard that many household cleaners contain toxic ingredients that can pollute my indoor environment. How do I avoid such chemicals and can you suggest any […]

Edible pod

Public needs to fight plastic waste

Public needs to fight plastic waste Photo caption: A London-based start-up wants to replace plastic water and soda bottles with these edible (and biodegradable) “Ooho” pods made from seaweed. Credit: Skipping Rocks Lab. Dear EarthTalk: What are some examples of ways food and drink producers are fighting the ever-growing torrent of plastic waste they have […]

Reforested forest

China leads reforestation efforts

Photo caption: China, Australia, Pakistan, Brazil and other countries have undertaken massive reforestation campaigns, but the United States? Not so much. Credit: Garrat, FlickrCC. Dear EarthTalk: I’ve heard that China and other nations have gone gangbusters with reforestation projects that are ambitious enough to have a significant impact on cutting carbon emissions. Why aren’t we also […]

Seasteader community

‘Seasteaders’ seek new water frontier

Photo caption: While Americans typically associate homesteading with conquering the western “frontier” during the 19th century, a new breed of homesteaders is looking to the sea. Dear EarthTalk: What are the environmental benefits of so-called “seasteading” as opposed to building more housing and communities on land? — Marge Weston, Camden, NJ We’ve all heard of […]