I"m writing this column in longhand with a pen Connecticut Governor Jodi Rell used to sign a pioneering clean car bill. In a measure previously taken only in California that provides a model for the entire nation, Connecticut will now require cars sold in the state to display a window label disclosing how much global warming gas (primarily carbon dioxide, or CO2) they emit. It’s a measure we may see echoed soon in other states that follow California emission laws, including New York, Maine, Vermont, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.
<B><U>Dear EarthTalk:</U> A friend of mine refuses to swim at our beach near Los Angeles because the water is too polluted. What is the status of beach pollution, and is it safe for my kids and me to take a dip?</B>
<B><U>Dear EarthTalk:</U> How can I reduce the amount of paper bills that arrive at my home?</B>
<B><U>Querido DiálogoEcológico:</U> ¿Cuáles son la principales causas de la mortalidad infantil alrededor del mundo, y que podemos hacer al respecto?</B>
<U><B>Querido DiálogoEcológico:</U> ¿Por qué se pone tan mal la calidad del aire durante olas de calor?</B>
Environmentalists are calling the new campaign to remove Yosemite National Park’s O"Shaughnessy Dam and restore the majestic canyon of the Hetch Hetchy Valley "a piece of unfinished work that John Muir left to his heirs." The battle over whether to dam Hetch Hetchy for drinking water and hydropower a century ago transformed Muir’s Sierra Club into a political force to be reckoned with, even though dam proponents won out.
Consumers already outraged at high gas prices this summer have one more reason to fume. Last week’s announcement by UK-based BP that it was shutting down Alaska’s largest North Slope oil field after discovering dangerous corrosion along its feeder pipeline has driven prices at the pump to new record highs in some parts of the U.S. The oil field in question accounts for about eight percent of all domestic oil production.
Did you know that the production of meat significantly increases global warming?
<B><U>Querido DiálogoEcológico:</U> Específicamente, ¿en qué forma nos está afectando el calentamiento global en norteamérica?</B>
<B><U>Querido DiálogoEcológico:</U> He oído que Coca-Cola está agotando las aguas subterráneas alrededor de las plantas de embotellamiento en India de modo que los villorrios de estas zonas no tienen agua salubre. ¿Es verdad esto?</B>
Last week, U.S. Energy Secretary Sam Bodman announced that his department plans to invest as much as $250 million in alternative energy over the next five years. The idea, he said, is to spur American companies and universities to find more efficient methods of creating automotive fuels such as ethanol derived from renewable sources, including soybeans, wood chips and agricultural waste.
In the wake of peace accords signed last year, the remote and wildlife-rich rainforests of Indonesia are being felled faster than ever as former rebels trade their guns for chainsaws and an already booming timber black market goes gangbusters. Only the Congo basin and Amazon have more tropical forest than the islands that make up Indonesia, which have lost about 40 percent of their rainforests in the last 50 years.