Tag: earth talk

Earth Talk: How to reduce running water waste

Running the water to wait for it to get hot is a huge waste of water. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a leading non-profit green group, upwards of 10 percent of all the hot water drawn for showering in a typical single-family home is wasted waiting for hot water to arrive.


Earth Talk: Is it greener to take showers or baths?

Can you settle this age-old question for me once and for all: Is it greener to take showers or baths? And how can I save water either way? 


More carbon emissions: Ebikes or conventional bikes?

E-bike pioneer Justin Lemire-Elmore argues that e-bikes are better for the environment, at least if you compare the carbon emissions associated with producing enough extra food to fuel the rider of a standard bicycle against the emissions from coal-derived electricity used to charge an e-bike.


How has online shopping impacted holiday packaging waste?

This past holiday season marked the first year that holiday shoppers spent more of their gift budgets online than in stores, according to a recent report by the consulting firm Deloitte. Environmentalists are indeed concerned that this trend doesn’t augur well for the environment.


Greener mass transit: Train, or bus?

Most of us assume that train travel—whether for getting around town, commuting to work or for long hauls—is the most eco-friendly mass transit “mode.”


How can we keep our kids safe from environmental hazards all around us in our everyday lives?

Children are affected by the same environmental hazards as adults, only they’re more vulnerable given their smaller size and the fact that their bodies are still developing.


You hear a lot about greener cars these days, but what about airplanes?

While it may be the fastest and most convenient way to go long distances, air travel remains the most environmentally-unfriendly mode in our mix of transportation options.


Do dogs and cats contribute to climate change?

Is it really true that our dogs and cats are major contributors to climate change, and if so what can we do about it?


Where do I start with rooftop solar?

Good things may in fact come to those who wait. There’s never been a better time to go solar, given how much prices for panels have come down.


Are there any realistic geoengineering solutions to our climate woes?

Geoengineering our way out of the climate crisis is something so drastic that no one really wants to admit it might be our only hope.


What is so-called green patent sharing and how does it work?

The idea behind green patent sharing is that researchers can share the rights to make, use or incorporate certain patented technologies that benefit the environment.


Could global warming really already be a factor in the evolution of wildlife species?

No doubt the quickly changing climate is already triggering various evolutionary shifts in a wide range of species.


Since when did Michael Bloomberg become a great environmentalist?

Michael Bloomberg was known as a financier and media tycoon long before he became one of the most beloved mayors in New York City history.


How does Canada’s newly released “Food Guide” differ from recommendations offered up by the U.S. government?

Canada came out with its own new set of more detailed food guidelines which public health advocates are praising as an improvement.


How are environmentalists using Instagram to further their causes?

Instagram, the photo-based social network which Facebook bought in 2012 for a cool $1 billion, continues to rack up new users.


Why do antimicrobial soaps and other similar products get such a bad rap from health and environmental advocates?

When you use a product containing triclosan it absorbs through your skin or mouth and enters the body.


What are some ways companies are using plastic waste from the ocean in their products to take a stand for the environment?

A recent study published in the journal Science estimates that there are some 86 million metric tons of plastic in the world’s oceans today.


Does Volvo’s embrace of electric cars signal the beginning of the end of the gas-powered internal combustion engine?

Volvo has announced that it will only sell hybrid and electric cars beginning in 2019, signaling a shift in the auto industry as a whole.


Do environmentalists consider taking Yellowstone’s grizzly bear off the Endangered Species List good news or bad news?

The majority of environmental and wildlife advocates would prefer to keep endangered species protections in place for Yellowstone’s grizzlies.


What are some ways people are using games to help reduce their carbon footprints?

Environmental advocates and organizations are increasingly employing gamification to get people to learn about environmental problems.


What’s the latest in greener booze?

Perhaps no other industry has responded to the greening of consumer preferences quite like beverage producers.


Why do rooftop solar panels have to be so big and unsightly?

If aesthetics is the reason you’ve been holding off on converting to solar, 2017 just might be the year for you to take the renewables leap.


Is it true that fuel cell cars are finally available for mainstream drivers in the U.S.?

For years, green car enthusiasts have been heralding the dawn of a new era of pollution-free driving powered by fuel cells.


Is the extraction of lithium for lithium ion batteries really worse for the environment than fracking?

Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries are hard to escape; they’re in cell phones, laptops, and basically anything else with rechargeable batteries.


Aren’t pesticides worth the environmental risk?

Even though pesticides may take an environmental toll, isn’t it worth it given how many more mouths we can feed thanks to their use?