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 You Need to Know About Carpets and Indoor Air Quality

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EarthTalk® From the Editors of E – The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: I need to replace the wall-to-wall carpeting in my basement. Any tips for finding something new that won’t aggravate my allergies or otherwise pollute my indoor air? — Jasper Manheim, Los Angeles, CA Carpeting is an oft-overlooked culprit when it comes to compromised indoor […]

Where are all the Awesome SUSTAINABLE Outdoor Gear? {EarthTalk Q&A}

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EarthTalk® From the Editors of E – The Environmental Magazine   Dear EarthTalk: I hear a lot about Patagonia doing the right thing by the environment, but what about the rest of the outdoor gear and apparel industry? –Doug Pearson, Chicago, IL It’s true that Patagonia has long been a leader in sustainability initiatives. More than […]

The Environmental Problem with Coffee {EarthTalk Q&A}

EarthTalk® From the Editors of E – The Environmental Magazine   Dear EarthTalk: I drink a lot of coffee and I’m wondering how bad this is for the environment? And how I can make sure I’m feeding my 3-cup-a-day habit in the greenest way possible? – Denny Mahon, Worcester, MA Everyone wants coffee… About half […]

Our Love Affair with Non-Biodegradable Synthetic Chemicals {EarthTalk Q&A}

EarthTalk® From the Editors of E – The Environmental Magazine   Dear EarthTalk: What are PFASs and why should we be concerned about them? — Jim Stobbins, Cary, NC PFASs—short for perfluoroalkyl substances—are synthetic chemicals of various formulations (including PFCs, PFOA, PFOS and GenX, among others) that are used widely in various products for moisture and […]

How Can We Increase Access to Nature and the Outdoors? {EarthTalk Q&A}

EarthTalk® From the Editors of E – The Environmental Magazine   Dear EarthTalk: Are any environmental groups working specifically to increase access to nature and the outdoors? — Mary Pelletier, Macon, GA No one doubts that time spent outdoors in nature is time well-spent, especially in this age of smartphones, tablets and laptops vying for […]

Cleaning Up Plastic in the Ocean {EarthTalk Q&A}

EarthTalk® From the Editors of E – The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: What are we doing about getting rid of all the plastic floating in the ocean and forming giant gyres far from land? — Jake Johnson, Merrimack, NH Plastic in the ocean is a big problem that first came to widespread public attention in […]

The Magic of Dirt – ‘Hygiene Hypothesis’ {EarthTalk Q&A}

EarthTalk® From the Editors of E – The Environmental Magazine   Dear EarthTalk: A friend recently told me that when her family stopped using hand sanitizer and antibacterial wipes all the time, they stopped getting sick so much. Is there any research backing up this theory, or is it just a “new” wives tale? — […]

Lessons from Ozone Depletion {EarthTalk Q&A}

EarthTalk® From the Editors of E – The Environmental Magazine   Dear EarthTalk: You never hear anything about ozone depletion anymore. Have we solved this problem and if so why can’t we get a handle on global warming as well? — Lia Smith, Reno, NV Global warming is certainly a hot subject in the news […]

Heat Waves Around the World {EarthTalk Q&A}

EarthTalk® From the Editors of E – The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: With all the crazy heat waves around the world this summer, how could anyone still claim that climate change isn’t anything to worry about? — Randy Smith, Providence, RI It certainly is hard to believe that anyone would be able to disregard the signs […]