Some neighborhoods traditionally overlooked by the wealthy become more attractive given their climate resilience.
Union of Concerned Scientists
Environmentalists report that we’ve made a lot of progress on battling deforestation in recent years partly thanks to more paper recycling around the world.
Pruitt Announces Plans to Overturn Obama-Era Vehicle Emissions Standards Could Set Back U.S. Emissions Reductions By Decades
EPA administrator Scott Pruitt announced recently that the Trump administration plans to reduce vehicle emissions standards for new cars and trucks as mandated by the Obama administration, setting back U.S. emissions reduction efforts by decades…
Most of us assume that train travel—whether for getting around town, commuting to work or for long hauls—is the most eco-friendly mass transit “mode,” but actually the bus may be even better…
The Trump administration has removed several sections of the EPA website that featured information and data on climate change and global warming…
What’s wrong with ethanol? Our embrace of ethanol may not be a good thing for the environment after all
Dear EarthTalk: I thought that putting ethanol in our gas tanks was going help fight climate change, but lately I’ve heard reports to the contrary. Can you enlighten? — Bill B., Hershey, PA Ethanol and similar “biofuels” made from corn and other crops seem like a good idea given their potential for reducing our carbon outputs […]
How is ditching trans fats linked to tropical rainforest destruction? The transition to palm oil is taking a toll on rainforests
Dear EarthTalk: How is it that some food purveyors are contributing to the destruction of tropical rainforests by ditching unhealthy “trans fats?” — Billy S., Salem, OR Most public health advocates applaud efforts by processed food producers, restaurants and fast food chains to get rid of so-called “trans fats”—partially hydrogenated oils added to foods to improve […]
Dear EarthTalk: What is the “National Food Policy” that environmentalists and foodies are asking President Obama to enact by Executive Order, and how would it affect American diets? — Justin Brockway, Los Angeles, CA A November 2014 op-ed piece in The Washington Post entitled “How a National Food Policy Could Save Millions of American Lives” makes the case for President Obama to sign into […]
Dear EarthTalk: I saw a chart that quantified the negative impacts on our health of our reliance on coal as an energy source. It was pretty shocking as I recall. Can you summarize what we’re dealing with here? – Mitchell Baldwin, Boise, ID Coal combustion plants account for some 40 percent of Americans’ electric power generation. According […]
Dear EarthTalk: What are the potential health and environmental impacts of so many genetically engineered organisms in our food supply? — Frank C., Charlottesville, VA Proponents of genetic engineering (GE)—whereby DNA from unrelated species is combined to produce improved or novel organisms—insist that the benefits of increased crop yields and less agricultural waste outweigh the potential […]