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What is the purpose of National Wildlife Week?

EarthTalk® E – The Environmental Magazine   Dear EarthTalk: What is the purpose of National Wildlife Week, which I understand will take place in March 2013? — Melissa P., Burlington, NJ National Wildlife Week is a program of the non-profit National Wildlife Federation (NWF) that is designed around teaching and connecting kids to the wonders […]

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What are some tips for keeping my dogs and cats healthy?

Believe it or not, our pets may be exposed to more harsh chemicals through the course of their day than we are. Researchers at the non-profit Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that pet dogs and cats were contaminated with 48 of 70 industrial chemicals tested, including 43 chemicals at levels higher than those typically found […]

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Why is airplane exhaust worse for the environment?

EarthTalk® E – The Environmental Magazine   Dear EarthTalk: Why is it that airplane exhaust is so much worse for the environment than engine emissions on the ground? — Winona Sharpe, New York, NY   While air travel today accounts for just three percent of worldwide greenhouse gas emissions, the carbon dioxide (CO2) and other […]

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Can painting your roof reduce household electricity bills?

EarthTalk® E – The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: I’ve heard that simply painting your roof white can reduce household electricity bills by 40 percent. Is this something any of us can do? — Susan Pierson, Sumter, SC Yes anyone can do it—and the benefits can be significant, especially for those in warmer climates who expend […]

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What is the Living Building Challenge

Dear EarthTalk: What is the Living Building Challenge and how does it differ from the LEED certification program? — Jason Marshall, Richmond, VA Both Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and the Living Building Challenge (LBC) were created with the same goal in mind: to encourage more sustainability and resource conservation in architecture, design, […]

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How is climate change affecting the quality of water?

EarthTalk® E – The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: How is it that climate change is negatively affecting the health of rivers and, by extension, the quality and availability of fresh water?           — Robert Elman, St. Louis, MO Global warming is no doubt going to cause many kinds of problems (and, indeed, already is), and […]