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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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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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