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 […]

What Could A Second Trump Term Do To The Environment?

EarthTalk® From the Editors of E – The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: Why are environmentalists so scared of a second Trump term?   — Jay W., Modesto, CA When Donald Trump made good on his anti-environmental campaign promises within a year of taking office, no one was surprised. Environmental advocates had been holding out hope […]

Are Any Companies Working On Plastics Reduction?

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EarthTalk® From the Editors of E – The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: Which companies are taking the lead in commitments to plastics reduction?   – Jason K., Reno, NV Our modern world is literally swimming in plastic. According to Plastic Oceans International (POI), we produce over 300 million tons of plastic each year around the […]

The 2020 Guide to Living More Sustainably

Guide to Living More Sustainably

I made a new year’s resolutions post of sorts exactly one year ago, and while it has a lot of good stuff, including a guide to living more sustainably, it isn’t something that I religiously followed. This is because I had a shitty year, and my mental focus was completely off. Not because the resolutions […]

The Need for Degrowth

EarthTalk® From the Editors of E – The Environmental Magazine   Dear EarthTalk: What is the Degrowth movement all about and how can I get involved?   — P. Warren, Baltimore, MD Degrowth is an aspirational term describing a way of life where economic expansion is deprioritized, resulting in stronger social bonds between people and […]

Flying Shame is Making People Swap Planes for Trains {EarthTalk Q&A}

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EarthTalk® From the Editors of E – The Environmental Magazine       Dear EarthTalk: What is so-called “Flying Shame” and what’s the climate connection?   — Bridget J., New York, NY “Flying shame” is one of those memic terms that has sprung up recently to describe guilting people out of taking airplane trips given […]

Earth Day 2019 – Protect Our Species

What is the importance of Earth Day? #EarthDay

EarthTalk® From the Editors of E – The Environmental Magazine   Dear EarthTalk: Earth Day (April 22) is coming around again soon. What is the theme for this year’s festivities? How can I find events or celebrations near me? — J. P., Columbus, OH Each year upwards of 500 million people in 174 countries celebrate […]

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 […]