How Badly has Overfishing Affected the Oceans? {EarthTalk Q&A}

The oceans certainly aren't as crowded as they used to be now that we have depleted stocks of large marine predators through overfishing, pollution and climate change

Dear EarthTalk: There’s a lot of talk about overfishing and pollution wreaking havoc in marine ecosystems, but has anyone actually studied if there is less wildlife in the oceans these days?  — Melissa Cassidy, Raleigh, NC Environmental advocates do spend a lot of time harping about threats to our oceans, but sadly for all of us […]

How I Successfully Switched to a Non Toxic Deodorant

Find out how to detox your armpits and switch to a natural deodorant. Deodorant often contains parabens, propylene glycol and other harmful chemicals. You don’t want that in your body! #detox #nontoxic #naturaldeodorant

This is a topic that most people would hesitate to discuss. Using deodorants, and switching to a natural, non toxic deodorant. But this is not just a personal body care issue, it’s also a hygiene issue. I remember a good friend of mine called me a hippie in grad school, because I wasn’t as into […]

The Growth of the Zero Waste Grocery Store {EarthTalk Q&A}

EarthTalk® From the Editors of E – The Environmental Magazine   Dear EarthTalk: I’ve heard about “Zero Waste” grocery stores in Europe where everything is sold in bulk and customers bring and fill up their own reusable containers and bags. When will we get some of these here on this “side of the pond”?   […]

The Rise of Permaculture

A permaculture farm can be a wonderful thing. Permaculture is a concept of regenerative agriculture that encompasses several different principles. #permaculture #nature #agriculture

Permaculture, as an agriculture system, is relatively recent. Permaculture has been challenging to succinctly define, so let’s explain it a bit. What is permaculture? Permaculture is a set of principles and a farming system that helps us design integrated whole systems for us to live on.  Bit vague, eh? There are many different disciplines within the […]

Can We Fix Topsoil Through Regenerative Agriculture?

EarthTalk® From the Editors of E – The Environmental Magazine   Dear EarthTalk: What is so-called Regenerative Agriculture and why are environmentalists so bullish on it? — Jess Mancuso, Montgomery, PA Regenerative Agriculture (RA) describes farming and grazing practices that help reverse climate change by rebuilding the organic matter in soil and restoring degraded soil […]

Green Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for the Eco Conscious

The day of love? Valentine’s Day is in a couple of weeks, although ideally – and I’m sure everyone will agree – every day should be a day of love! I thought I’d put together a Valentine’s Day gift guide for the eco-conscious. Whether you’re in a relationship, or single (like moi), this is not a day […]

Is the Green New Deal Likely to Get Passed by Congress? {EarthTalk Q&A}

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EarthTalk® From the Editors of E – The Environmental Magazine   Dear EarthTalk: What is the so-called Green New Deal proposed by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and is Congress likely to go for it? — Mark Talarico, Brooklyn, NY   The concept of a “Green New Deal” (GND), first called for in a 2007 New York Times op-ed by […]

What is the Truth Behind Animals Enjoying Music? {EarthTalk Q&A}

EarthTalk® From the Editors of E – The Environmental Magazine   Dear EarthTalk: Do animals respond to or enjoy music recorded or played live by humans?   — Jane W., Herndon, VA  Essayist and poet Gary Snyder likes to tell the tale of coming home from a walk through the forest surrounding his home in […]

Winter Night Time Skincare Routine {Vegan, Cruelty-Free}

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Why do you need a special skincare routine for winter? It’s cold. And your skin feels like parched paper. Your lips are cracking, and you feel like you’re getting dry and old real quick. Oh, yeah, winter skin.  My skin tends to get pretty dry and itchy in the colder months, so it’s important that […]

The Heartbreaking Environmental Cost of the Federal Shutdown {EarthTalk Q&A}

EarthTalk® From the Editors of E – The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: Has the recent “border wall” shutdown affected the federal government’s ability to safeguard our air and water quality and otherwise protect our environment and public lands? — Peter Nicholson, via e-mail No one is happy about the recent partial shutdown of the federal […]