Environmental Racism and Black Lives Matter

EarthTalk® From the Editors of E – The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: Is there any overlap between the #BlackLivesMatter and Environmental Justice movements? —Jennifer B., Athens, GA There certainly is: “Environmental injustice”—defined as the unfair siting of pollution and other environmental ills in proximity to certain groups based on race or income status—is on a […]

Is Avocado Farming Destroying the Planet?

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EarthTalk® From the Editors of E – The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that my avocado habit is bad for the environment and my carbon footprint? — J. Pilsen, Olathe, KS Compared to other fruits and vegetables that are grown closer to home, eating avocados—most of which are flown in from Central America—can […]

What Are We Doing to Slow Deforestation?

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EarthTalk® From the Editors of E – The Environmental Magazine   Dear EarthTalk: How are we doing in the battle to stop or slow deforestation, especially in the tropics where forests store so much of the world’s biodiversity? — M. Lark, Neptune, IA In short, not so good. Global Forest Watch, a project of the […]

Will the Lockdown-related Reduction in Carbon Dioxide Emissions Remain?

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EarthTalk® From the Editors of E – The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: Do you suppose the drop in carbon emissions that resulted from transportation and industry slowdowns during the Coronavirus pandemic will continue—or will we just go right back to normal once the threat has been neutralized? — Jane Smith, Cranston, RI No one is […]

Why Do Environmentalists Use Civil Disobedience as a Strategy?

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EarthTalk® From the Editors of E – The Environmental Magazine   Dear EarthTalk: What are some ways environmentalists use civil disobedience to accomplish their goals? — Robert P., Portland, OR The concept of civil disobedience (defined by Merriam-Webster as the “refusal to obey laws as a way of forcing the government to do or change […]

The Energy Consumption of the Global Cargo Shipping Industry

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EarthTalk® From the Editors of E – The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: Cargo shipping creates huge amounts of air and marine pollution. What’s being done to change this given the large number of everyday goods that travel this way? —JJ, Newark, NJ The vast majority of goods we use and enjoy have spent at least […]

Is There A Link Between Video Gaming and Global Warming?

EarthTalk® From the Editors of E – The Environmental Magazine   Dear EarthTalk: A friend’s dad said it was such a shame that video gaming causes so much global warming, but I don’t see the connection. — Jake, Windham, VT The connection between video gaming and global warming is mostly about energy use. In short, […]

Meanwhile, the Melting Permafrost is Impacting Arctic Communities…

EarthTalk® From the Editors of E – The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: How is melting permafrost affecting communities in the Arctic and beyond?   — William James, Barre, VT In the northern regions of the world, a great change is taking place. Permafrost, which covers around 25 percent of exposed land in the Northern Hemisphere, […]

Coronavirus and Its Effect on the Environment

EarthTalk® From the Editors of E – The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: I feel weird asking, but is there an environmental bright side to the spread of the Coronavirus? And is there an environmental cause of the pandemic? — Jane K., Miami, FL Coronavirus has killed thousands of people and sickened hundreds of thousands (if […]

Sweden’s Trash Incinerators – A Replicable Technology?

EarthTalk® From the Editors of E – The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: I’ve heard that Sweden incinerates most of its trash. Why don’t we do more of this in the U.S., given that we’re running out of landfill space?         –– Oscar Gentry, New Bern, NC Sweden does burn the vast majority […]