Happy Herald - Earth Talk Q & A https://www.happyherald.com/articles.sec-8487-1-earth-talk-q-a.html <![CDATA[Earth Talk:]]> Not very well, if you ask Greenpeace. The activist group compares 20 U.S. grocery chains by their commitments and actions to reduce single-use plastics in its recently released “Shopping for Plastic 2019” report. Each and every chain – even those you would think are leading the charge on reducing plastic – gets a failing score.]]> <![CDATA[Dear Earth Talk:]]> No doubt, solar power has been growing rapidly, with a 28-fold increase since 2009. This expansion has been driven mainly by a massive reduction in the cost per kilowatt of solar-generated electricity. In many regions, it’s more economical to set up solar arrays than it is to create a new coal or natural gas plant.]]> <![CDATA[Dear Earth Talk:]]> Our modern world is literally swimming in plastic. According to Plastic Oceans International, we produce over 300 million tons of plastic each year around the world, half of which is for single-use purposes.]]> <![CDATA[Dear Earth Talk:]]> With countless products now available labelled as “ecofriendly,” “safe for the environment” or “organic,” it’s hard to know which ones are actually good for the planet. Many are legitimate, but lots of others feature deceptive or unsubstantiated claims.]]> <![CDATA[Dear Earth Talk:]]> Unfortunately, the answer may very well be yes. A 2012 study published in the peer-reviewed scientific journal “Environmental Research” found that exposure to certain lawn care products, such as the nearly ubiquitous herbicide...]]> <![CDATA[Dear Earth Talk:]]> TOMS may have been the first company to implement a “one-for-one” model, whereby it matches customer purchases with donations of free shoes to those in need in developing countries. But dozens of other businesses are now following suit with their own so-called “in-kind aid” programs.]]> <![CDATA[Dear Earth Talk:]]> Geologists used to believe that “fracking” – or hydraulic fracturing, the process of drilling down into the earth and injecting water, chemicals and sand at high pressure to release and capture the gas or oil contained in the rock – couldn’t actually cause earthquakes.]]> <![CDATA[Dear Earth Talk:]]> The protagonist of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s 1798 lyrical ballad "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" proclaims: "Water water everywhere/nor any drop to drink" as his ship drifts through Antarctic seas with no land or fresh water in sight and the crew slowly dying of thirst.]]> <![CDATA[Dear Earth Talk:]]> Producing electricity (power plants) and getting ourselves and our stuff around (transportation) do generate the majority of greenhouse gas emissions around the world.]]> <![CDATA[Dear Earth Talk: ]]> Brainchild of Harvard biochemist Daniel Nocera, the “bionic leaf” is a small manmade solar collector that takes sunlight and water and turns it into any of a variety of usable fuels or fertilizers.]]> <![CDATA[Dear Earth Talk: ]]> Forest therapy uses immersion in nature to help soothe frayed nerves and restore a sense of mental well-being – and has even been shown to boost our immune systems, and help us recover faster from physical maladies.]]> <![CDATA[Dear Earth Talk: ]]> The fact that food and the systems to produce and distribute it are responsible for about a third of all greenhouse gas emissions means that everyone has a lot of potential for fighting global warming through sourcing locally produced and in-season foods to minimize emissions-intensive “food miles.”]]> <![CDATA[Dear Earth Talk:]]> Environmental advocates do spend a lot of time harping about threats to our oceans, but sadly for all of us the facts bear out the concern. According to the World Wildlife Fund, population numbers for the majority of marine wildlife species have declined by half since 1970, with many species down as much as 75 percent.]]> <![CDATA[Dear Earth Talk: ]]> A though some greener alternatives exist, most dry cleaners still use perchloroethylene (“perc” for short), a petroleumbased solvent that can be hazardous to the human central nervous system, with exposure causing headaches, nausea, dizziness and memory problems for some people.]]> <![CDATA[Dear Earth Talk:]]> Many mainstream American grocery stores and chains now have bulk sections for dried foods like nuts and spices, though most everything else still comes sealed in plastic, cardboard, aluminum or glass, which customers then recycle or discard once they devour the contents.]]> <![CDATA[Dear Earth Talk:]]> Last winter’s low snow year and unseasonably warm temperatures across much of the American West meant a bad year for business for ski resorts, and also left many of us wondering whether skiing would even be possible in the warmer world we’re getting as we continue to pump out greenhouse gases.]]> <![CDATA[Dear Earth Talk:]]> About half of Americans over age 18 (some 150 million of us) drink coffee in some form – drip, iced or in an espresso or latte – every day, with three cups a day a typical average. These 450 million daily cups represent about one-fifth of the total daily global coffee consumption of 2.]]> <![CDATA[Dear Earth Talk:]]> Based on recent observation, some wild animals appear to be evolving in a variety of genetic and behavioral ways influenced by intense hunting practices.   Selective trophy hunting of bighorn]]> <![CDATA[Dear Earth Talk:]]> Major declines in populations of bees in North America and beyond are a big problem for farmers who depend on this free natural pollinator to help fertilize their crops, which end up as food on our tables. According to the nonprofit Natural Resources Defense Council, $15 billion a year in U.]]> <![CDATA[Dear Earth Talk:]]> While the mighty Monarch Butterfly may not be on the endangered species list yet, environmentalists think it should be – and have petitioned the federal government accordingly. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is currently working to plant milkweed across some two million acres of public land along the Monarch’s key migration routes. ]]>