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BP Oil Spill - what's happened after three years?

EarthTalk: BP Oil Spill Three Years On

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: The three-year anniversary of the 2010 BP oil spill just passed. What do green groups think of the progress since in restoring the region? – Mary Johannson, New York, NY When an undersea oil well blew out 50 miles off the…

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By throwing the planet’s climate out of whack, global warming is likely to cause more extreme weather events -- and not just rain, snow and flooding but more droughts and wildfires, too, sometimes within the same regions that at other times experience extreme wet weather.

EarthTalk: Global Warming, Droughts and Wildfire

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: How are droughts and wildfires cause by global warming? I thought warming mostly brought on wet and flooded conditions.   -David Mossman, Albuquerque, NM By throwing the planet’s climate regulation systems out of whack, global warming is likely to cause more…

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UK's Thanet Wind Farm: Will the US follow suit of other countries in development of offshore wind?

Developing US Offshore Wind Energy: BOEM Seeks Interest in Offshore NY Wind Farm

The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is seeking out competitive interest in and public comment on development of large-scale offshore wind farm offshore Long Island proposed by the New York Power Authority.

Deforestation is a major contributor to anthropogenic carbon emissions

EarthTalk: Global Warming and Deforestation

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that cutting and burning trees adds more global warming pollution to the atmosphere than all the cars and trucks in the world combined?     – Mitchell Vale, Houston, TX By most accounts, deforestation in tropical rainforests adds more…

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The world faces serious implications from the rapidly declining Arctic Sea Ice

EarthTalk: Implications of Declining Arctic Sea Ice

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: I heard that the Arctic summer sea ice is at its lowest level since we began recording it. What are the implications of all this melting?              – Jo Shoemaker, Bowie, MD It is true that on September 16, 2012…

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Environmentalists have cheered several of President Obama’s moves during his first term, but dismay his lack of follow-through on a 2008 campaign promise to label genetically modified foods. Mitt Romney doesn’t have much of an environmental track record, but has been open minded to both regulatory and market-based policy ideas.

EarthTalk: Obama and Romney on the Environment

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: Given that the presidential election is just around the corner, what can you tell me about each candidate’s environmental track record and positions?  – Jane Miller, Chicago, IL Just because the environment is getting short shrift this election season due…

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The amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere today is roughly 390 parts per million (ppm), well above the 275 ppm it was before we started pumping pollution skyward during the Industrial Revolution. Climate scientists and green leaders today agree that 350 ppm would be a tolerable upper limit.

EarthTalk: Atmospheric CO2 – Is it Too Late Anyway?

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: I read that CO2 in our atmosphere is now more than 300 parts per million. Doesn’t this mean that we’re too late to avoid the worst impacts of climate change?  — Karl Bren, Richmond, VA Actually the amount of carbon…

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