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The ocean currents and the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

EarthTalk: Ocean Debris

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: Recent news coverage of the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 reminded us all again of how much debris, including plastic, is in our oceans. To what extent is this a real problem that threatens ocean or human health?       …

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Founded by Amory Lovins, the Rocky Mountain Institute researches and promotes plans to rapidly wean the U.S. and the world off of fossil fuels

EarthTalk: How the Rocky Mountain Institute Believes We Can Wean Ourselves from Fossil Fuels

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: How does the Rocky Mountain Institute think we can get off of oil and coal by 2050 and save money in the process? - James Greenville, Redding, CTColorado-based sustainability think-tank Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) was founded in 1982 by American physicist…

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wind energy represents the potential for rapid expansion of renewable energy in the United States

EarthTalk: The Growing Potential for Wind Energy

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: What is the latest prognosis for wind energy to command a larger piece of the renewable energy pie?  -  Peter M., Akron, OH Hydroelectric sources of power dwarf other forms of renewable energy, but wind energy has been a dominant second for…

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The rise in public transportation: Americans took 10.7 billion trips on public transportation in 2013—the highest number since the 1950s when many fewer of us owned our own cars

EarthTalk: The Rise in Public Transportation

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: What’s behind the rise in public transit in the U.S. in the last few years, and how does our transit use compare with that of other developed countries? - Angie Whitby, New Bern, NC Transit ridership is indeed at its highest…

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There are a variety of apps for environmental stewardship that help you make smarter choices as a consumer and citizen

EarthTalk: Mobile Apps for Environmental Stewardship

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: What are some cool apps that work with a mobile phone that can help me get in better touch with the environment? – Mitchell Brown, Troy, MI Not surprisingly, there are thousands of “green” apps out there that make it…

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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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