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The Biophila Hypothesis: It's in our nature to feel good in nature

EarthTalk: The Biophilia Hypothesis – The Health Benefits of Human Contact With Nature

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: How is that being around trees and other plants can help us feel good? – Amy Mola, Greenville, SC Trees are known to improve air quality by capturing six common air pollutants and toxic gases: ground-level ozone, particulate matter, carbon monoxide, nitrogen…

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It may be up in the northern latitudes that will be most livable in a climate-changed world

EarthTalk: The Best Places to Live in a Climate-Changed World

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: Where will be the best places to live if global warming gets the best of us? ­- Cynthia McIntosh, Jasper, WY If temperatures around the globe continue to rise in the face of human-induced climate change as climatologists expect, some…

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Approaching a global warming tipping point

EarthTalk: Climate Change Tipping Point: How Close Are We?

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: What is the best way to measure how close we are to the dreaded “point of no return” with climate change? In other words, when do we think we will have gone too far?  — David Johnston, via EarthTalk.org While we…

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Can the world come together on climate change at COP 21 in Paris?

EarthTalk: COP 21 – Prospects for a Climate Agreement in Paris

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: What are the prospects for reaching an international agreement to rein in carbon emissions significantly at the upcoming Paris climate talks at the end of the 2015?  – Jason Cervantes, Los Angeles, CA All eyes will be on Paris this…

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Cape Wind faces significant hurdles

EarthTalk: Cape Wind Dead in the Water?

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: What’s the latest on the controversial Cape Wind project off Cape Cod in Massachusetts?  –Mitchell Barstow, Bern, NC First proposed in 2001, the Cape Wind Project aims to put 130 wind turbines across 24 square miles of Horseshoe Shoal almost…

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The health impacts of coal

EarthTalk: Health Impacts of Coal

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: I saw a chart that quantified the negative impacts on our health of our reliance on coal as an energy source. It was pretty shocking as I recall. Can you summarize what we’re dealing with here? – Mitchell Baldwin, Boise,…

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Studies show a link between global warming and reduced nutritional value of some grains

EarthTalk: Global Warming and Nutrition

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 global warming is causing our crops to be less nutritious?  – William Persson, Glendale, OH It is difficult to say whether or not the climate change we are now experiencing is negatively impacting the nutritional quality…

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