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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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Understanding California's Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Act

EarthTalk: Implementation of California’s Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Law

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: Three regions in California recently implemented transportation plans as part of a statewide strategy for cutting greenhouse gas emissions. Can you explain? – Bill Oakes, Reno, NV Americans are becoming increasingly concerned about global warming even as Washington politicians continue…

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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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