The state-initiated Organopónico Bolivar I is the first urban, organic garden to show its green face in Caracas, Venezuela. The country now imports about 80 percent of the food that it consumes. To Noralí Verenzuela, the garden’s director, the new greenery represents a positive step. "People are waking up," she says. "We’ve been dependent on McDonald’s and Wendy’s for so long."
The 24 million kids who ride buses an average of 1.5 hours a day are being exposed to high levels of diesel exhaust that can affect their health.
Have you ever driven by a school in your community at night and seen the lights blazing, when you know the building is empty? Do you wonder how much money and energy that wastes? The United States Department of Energy has an answer for you, sort of. If your school district is typical, one of every four dollars it spends on energy is unnecessary.
<B><U>Dear EarthTalk:</U> The soda bottle I’m holding only lists a few U.S. states and deposit amounts on it. Aren’t more than just a few states requiring that bottles be returned for recycling?</B>
<U><B>Dear EarthTalk:</U> What are the implications of the massive thaw that is taking place right now in Western Siberia?<B>
Since the 1950s, multi-level marketing (MLM) companies like Amway have sold billions of dollars worth of products to consumers through independent individual distributors, who take a cut on every sale they make as well as on the sales of other "downline" distributors they have recruited. These days, a new crop of green companies has adopted the MLM business model to sell various types of environmentally friendly merchandise.
<B><U>Querido DiálogoEcológico:</U> ¿Podría explicar cómo las sustancias químicas desbaratan la función hormonal, cómo afectan la salud, y qué tienen que ver con el medio ambiente?</B>
<B><U>Querido DiálogoEcológico:</U> ¿Es el bambú realmente una alternativa ecológica a la madera en la fabricación del papel?</B>
Planning your next vacation? How about Nicaragua? Or Cambodia? What about Borneo? All of these destinations have thrown their names into the tourism market, thanks in large part to ecotourism, which the New York Times called "the buzzword of 2006." Here are 10 top rules for getting the best out of your ecotourism experience.
Gardening is the world’s most popular and enduring recreational activity, feeding the spirit and the body, reducing dependence on the florist and the supermarket, and, when done organically, curtailing the use of toxic pesticides and chemical fertilizers. But gardens can also feed your health: By growing your own medicine, you can reduce your trips to the doctor and pharmacist.
Ethanol production is on the rise. Last year the amount of U.S. corn that became ethanol was 14 percent, up three percent from four years ago. This year, the Department of Agriculture estimates one in five bushels of corn could become ethanol fuel. But according to a recent report from the University of Minnesota, ethanol may not be as green an option as its proponents make it out to be.