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Environment

What’s the latest on efforts to ban plastic bags? How many U.S. locales have instituted some kind of ban, and have these initiatives made a dent in the amount of plastic litter?

EarthTalk® E – The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: What’s the latest on efforts to ban plastic bags? How many U.S. locales have instituted some kind of ban, and have these initiatives made a dent in the amount of plastic litter?     — Melinda Clarke, New York, NY California made big news recently when it […]

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Health and Fitness

Tips for Camping with Kids

In keeping with my rants about the importance of “no child left indoors,” I want to thank the editors of Sunset magazine for publishing a great “The Joy of Camping” feature in the May issue (www.sunset.com). In the article Sunset photographer Tom Story and his wife, Sara Paloma, share how they made a successful four-day, […]

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Environment

What are the environmental implications of the so-called “driverless car” that Google and others are working on right now?

EarthTalk® E – The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: What are the environmental implications of the so-called “driverless car” that Google and others are working on right now? ­– April Jackman, Barre, MA Just a decade ago most of us wouldn’t have dreamed we’d live to see driverless cars whisking people around, but things are changing […]

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Apple just put out a big PR campaign about its sustainability initiatives. Has the company made real progress in this regard or is this just more corporate “greenwashing?” And how are the other big tech companies addressing their carbon footprints?

EarthTalk® E – The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: Apple just put out a big PR campaign about its sustainability initiatives. Has the company made real progress in this regard or is this just more corporate “greenwashing?” And how are the other big tech companies addressing their carbon footprints?      — Billy A., Oakland, CA […]

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Books

The adventures of retirement living

Time to Retire, by Jon Foyt, is a new mystery/romance novel that offers a glimpse into the adventures of retirement living. Things are not quite what they seem at Sunset Gardens, an active adult retirement community in California. The directors of the Homeowner’s Association has been handling money in questionable ways, there’s secret meetings occurring […]

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Environment

If “cap and trade” has worked so well in Europe for reducing greenhouse gas emissions there, why haven’t we tried something similar here in the U.S.?

EarthTalk® E – The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: If “cap and trade” has worked so well in Europe for reducing greenhouse gas emissions there, why haven’t we tried something similar here in the U.S.?       — Sandra M., Bern, NC “Cap-and-trade,” whereby big polluters must pay to emit greenhouse gases against a capped […]

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Books

Summer Travel for Self-Growth

After losing her husband and business partner at 57, the identity former Citigroup executive Linda Crill envisioned for herself no longer seemed to fit. Like many of us, she found herself asking, “What now?” Desperate for change, Crill signed up for a 2,500-mile road trip down America’s Pacific Northwest coast with a group of experienced […]