Happy Herald - Earth Talk Q & A http://www.happyherald.com/articles.sec-8487-1-earth-talk-q-a.html <![CDATA[Hearth Talk]]> The purpose of the forthcoming 2018 Global Climate Action Summit – scheduled to take place September 12-14, 2018 in San Francisco, California – is to showcase the actions that state and local leaders, businesses, investors, scientists, students, nonprofits and other so-called “sub-national actors” have taken to reduce their emissions already.]]> <![CDATA[Dear Earth Talk:]]> If you like the occasional can of tomato soup or diced pears, chances are you’re walking around with trace amounts of Bisphenol A (BPA) in your bloodstream. According to the U.S.]]> <![CDATA[Dear Earth Talk:]]> No doubt, humans have come a long way in engineering medical solutions to our own fertility problems. The most common techniques to help people have babies today include: using medication to stimulate unresponsive ovaries to develop mature eggs;...]]> <![CDATA[Dear Earth Talk:]]> Who would have thought that the comfy mattress you’ve been sleeping on for years contains dozens of potentially harmful substances and materials, from petrochemicals to adhesives to dyes to flame retardants, among other toxins and carcinogens. Luckily for green-minded consumers, there’s never been a better time to find a truly “green” mattress.]]> <![CDATA[Dear Earth Talk:]]> It would be a stretch to call Tesla’s new Solar Roof a “good deal” given that it costs more than just about any other rooftop solar option, but there are some scenarios where it might make sense anyway.]]> <![CDATA[Dear Earth Talk:]]> It’s not surprising that questions like these are on readers’ minds today, given the relentless hurricanes in the Southeast, the devastating wildfires in California and other climate-related “Acts of God” bedeviling Americans recently. No doubt, climate change is already having an effect on real estate values.]]> <![CDATA[Dear Earth Talk:]]> “The reason ... is that they are usually full of people, giving [buses] the highest miles per gallon per passenger, at 208,” reports CNN’s Steve Hargreaves based on his research digging into Department of Energy data. He adds that trains are the next best choice for the eco-conscious traveler, whether commuting or doing a longer haul.]]> <![CDATA[Dear Earth Talk:]]> 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 while efficiency in converting sunlight to electricity - even in lessthan-sunny locales - has risen dra- matically.]]> <![CDATA[Dear Earth Talk: ]]> Fortunately, the aviation industry hasn’t been hiding its head in the sand. New planes coming off assembly lines at Boeing and Airbus, the world’s two biggest jet manufacturers, are about 15 percent more efficient than previous models.]]> <![CDATA[Dear Earth Talk:]]> Yes and no, depending on how much imperfection you’re willing to tolerate. Calorie-forcalorie, an acre of land can feed more mouths growing vegetables and grains for direct human consumption that it can growing feedstock for farm animals that end up on our plates.]]> <![CDATA[Dear Earth Talk:]]> Ah, Thanksgiving! For many of us, it’s the favorite holiday because it revolves around togetherness and inclusiveness and preparing and eating our favorite foods - and usually doesn’t include any overt commercialism.]]> <![CDATA[Dear Earth Talk:]]> No doubt the quickly changing climate is already triggering various evolutionary shifts in a wide range of species. And while we can’t be sure just how different wildlife species will adapt (or not), scientists are already noticing some surprising changes as a result of rising surface and ocean temperatures thanks to human-induced global warming.]]> <![CDATA[Dear Earth Talk]]> It depends who you ask. The majority of environmental and wildlife advocates would prefer to keep endangered species protections in place for Yellowstone’s grizzlies, which they consider to be still at risk. Meanwhile, many ranchers, hunters and libertarians applaud the Trump administration’s decision to take the fearsome predator off the list.]]> <![CDATA[What’s the latest in greener booze? Are there any good organic beers, wines or liquors out there?]]> local and organic ingredients and packaged in lighter-weight containers abound. Indeed, getting a buzz on has never felt so good. Brewers’ great contribution to the greening of the industry has been a renewed focus on localization. Back in the 1980s, there were less than 100 breweries across the U.]]> <![CDATA[Dear Earth Talk]]> If aesthetics is the reason you’ve been holding off on converting your home to solar power, 2017 just might be the year for you to take the renewables leap.]]> <![CDATA[Dear Earth Talk:]]> One of them is Winona LaDuke, who cut her activist teeth in the 1980s when she helped launch the Indigenous Women’s Network and campaigned for tribal land claims in Minnesota.]]> <![CDATA[Dear Earth Talk: Who are some of the greener movie stars out there today and what are they doing to fight for the planet?]]> While a handful of Hollywood A-listers - Robert Redford, Meryl Streep and Ed Begley Jr., to name a few - have been actively campaigning for the environment for decades, a new wave of green celebrities is using star power to help convince millions of...]]> <![CDATA[Dear Earth Talk:]]> The consumer landscape for light bulbs in the U.S. changed drastically in 2007 when Congress passed the Energy Independence & Security Act mandating, among other things, that household light bulbs in the 40-100 watt range needed to up their energy efficiency standards by at least 25 percent.]]> <![CDATA[Dear Earth Talk: Is alternative energy still the next big thing for American venture capitalists?]]> But a funny thing happened on the way to the next round of initial public offerings (IPOs): the cleantech bubble burst. According to a July 2016 report from the MIT Energy Initiative, some three dozen U.S.]]> <![CDATA[Dear Earth Talk: What are environmentalists doing to prepare for a Trump presidency?]]> Many different interest groups are worried about what Donald Trump’s ascendancy to the White House will mean for their causes, but perhaps none are as concerned as environmental and climate activists.]]>