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Will the US adapt a national cap and trade program?

EarthTalk: Why No Cap and Trade in the U.S.?

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: If “cap and trade” has worked so well in Europe for reducing greenhouse gas emissions there, why haven’t we tried something similar here in the U.S.?       – Sandra M., Bern, NC “Cap-and-trade,” whereby big polluters must pay…

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What was once forest is now a barren expanse of land surrendered to dirty fuels

EarthTalk: Defining Dirty Fuels

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: What are “dirty fuels” and why are they so called? – Bill Green, Seattle, WA The term “dirty fuels” refers to fuels derived from tar sands, oil shale or liquid coal. Just like their more conventional fossil fuel counterparts such…

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It may not qualify as a nuclear power renaissance, but many developing countries rely on development of nuclear to meet their growing energy demands

EarthTalk: A Nuclear Power Renaissance?

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: I thought Japan’s 2011 Fukushima nuclear plant meltdown would have sealed nuclear power’s fate, but I keep hearing otherwise. Can you enlighten? - Jacob Allen, New York, NY The 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster did cause many nations to reconsider their nuclear…

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Does the record-breaking cold weather in parts of North America mean the end of global warming? Unfortunately, no.

EarthTalk: Harsh Winters and Global Warming

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: Does the fact that we’ve had such a cold and snowy winter mean that global warming might not be such a big problem after all? – Lacey L., Lynchburg, VA It’s tempting to think that the cold air and snow…

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Is soalr geoengineering feasible or even a good idea?

EarthTalk: Solar GeoEngineering

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine  Dear EarthTalk: What is solar geoengineering and how can it help stave off global warming? – Jamie Renquist, Salem, OR Solar geoengineering is a term describing any of various techniques for reducing the amount of sunlight that reaches the Earth and its atmosphere….

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Food waste to energy - a growing source of renewable energy. Pictured here is an anaerobic digester from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center

EarthTalk: Food Waste to Energy

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: Might another possible source for ethanol be discarded pastries from bakeries? For that matter, wouldn’t fermenting unsold bananas, oranges and apples from grocery store produce departments be able to provide an ample supply of fuel? -  Curious in Warren, PA Food…

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EarthTalk Sea Level Rise

EarthTalk: Sea Level Rise

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: Hurricane Sandy brought more sea water onto shorelines than I’d ever witnessed before and many communities near where I live are now being required to raise their homes up. What is the prognosis for sea level rise in the years…

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