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Biologist are concerned about the effect Tar Sands productions has on the Boreal Forest and wildlife.

EarthTalk: Tar Sands and Bird Migration

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: How is it that migrating birds are being negatively affected by oil extraction in Canada’s Boreal forest?  — Jennifer Chase, Fort Lauderdale, FL Each year tens of million of migratory birds “overwinter” in the Canadian Boreal forest, a vast tract…

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Ethanol has increased America's carbon footprint and created a host of other problems

EarthTalk: The Unrealized Promise of Ethanol

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: I thought that putting ethanol in our gas tanks was going help fight climate change, but lately I’ve heard reports to the contrary. Can you enlighten?   – Bill B., Hershey, PA Ethanol and similar “biofuels” made from corn and other…

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he calving front of the Jakobshavn Glacier in western Greenland, as seen from NASA's P-3B aircraft on April 21, 2012

EarthTalk: Antarctic Ice Melt

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: To what extent is Antarctica really melting and what impact might it have on coastlines around the world? – Andrea Hutchinson, Cary, NC The Antarctic continent, roughly the size of the United States and Mexico combined, is composed of rock covered…

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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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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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