Happy Herald - Earth Talk Q & A https://www.happyherald.com/articles.sec-8487-1-earth-talk-q-a.html <![CDATA[DEAR EARTH TALK:]]> Some landscapes evolved with periodic wildfires as an influential force, and people have been using “prescribed burns” (the controlled application of fire under specified weather conditions) to restore health to certain types of ecosystems for millennia.]]> <![CDATA[DEAR EARTH TALK:]]> There’s no question about it: all the disposable Personal Protective Equipment in our waste stream is taking a toll on the environment.]]> <![CDATA[DEAR EARTH TALK:]]> Botanists James Wandersee and Elizabeth Schussler coined the term “plant blindness” in 1998 to describe “the inability to see or notice the plants in one’s own environment, leading to the inability to recognize the importance of plants in the biosphere and in human affairs.]]> <![CDATA[DEAR EARTH TALK:]]> Indigenous Climate Action uses its @indigenousclimateaction account to motivate and empower both youth and adults on climate activism by reminding them of the human connections to land, water, community, culture and the sense of responsibility toward future generations exemplified in indigenous communities.]]> <![CDATA[DEAR EARTH TALK:]]> Cheatgrass is an annual grass native to Europe and eastern Asia that European settlers brought to North America in the late 1800s as forage for grazing their livestock.]]> <![CDATA[DEAR EARTH TALK:]]> This issue was in the news recently when 13 current and former staffers from the National Audubon Society, a leading environmental nonprofit, spoke out against the organization’s management for maintaining “a culture of retaliation, fear and antagonism toward women and people of color.]]> <![CDATA[DEAR EARTH TALK:]]> It’s undeniable that climate change has been affecting and continues to threaten the winter sports and tourism industries. Colder regions around the world are experiencing a steady decline in snowfall and snowy months.]]> <![CDATA[DEAR EARTH TALK:]]> It is indeed difficult to figure out which foods are worth spending more money on for organic varieties. Sure, you can just buy only organic in every category, but you’d end up spending upwards of 20 percent more every time you shopped.]]> <![CDATA[DEAR EARTH TALK:]]> The coronavirus pandemic has certainly led to a decrease in industrial activity and resulting greenhouse gas emissions during its reign over the planet in 2020. A recent study by German researchers calculated that global carbon dioxide emissions fell by about eight percent over the past year.]]> <![CDATA[DEAR EARTH TALK:]]> It’s certainly true that moving more of our infrastructure, let alone work and live space, underground would relieve some of the pressure that our conventional above-ground development and habitation puts on the environment.]]> <![CDATA[DEAR EARTH TALK:]]> Solar storms have been in the news lately, but the truth is these naturally occurring solar flares and coronal mass ejections (CMEs) from the Sun happen all the time – or at least a few hundred times a year, from what we can tell here on Earth.]]> <![CDATA[DEAR EARTH TALK:]]> It’s true that climate change is already affecting tree distribution and forest cover in the United States (as well as everywhere), but only time will tell which tree species are most successful at adapting and whether we will lose significant amounts of forest cover overall.]]> <![CDATA[DEAR EARTH TALK:]]> The notion of waterfalls making you happy is often viewed as an old wives’ tale, but there may be some truth to it given the so-called “negative ions” pervasive in such environments. The collision of water molecules with each other causes water to be positively charged and surrounding air to be negatively charged.]]> <![CDATA[DEAR EARTH TALK:]]> While we don’t know for sure whether mountain gorillas or other great apes are susceptible to coronavirus, no one wants to find out.]]> <![CDATA[DEAR EARTH TALK:]]> Compared to other fruits and vegetables that are grown closer to home, eating avocados – most of which are flown in from Central America]]> <![CDATA[DEAR EARTH TALK:]]> Global Forest Watch, a project of the nonprofit World Resources Institute, which uses satellite data to track global forest loss, found that the world lost some 3.8 million hectares of tropical primary forest.]]> <![CDATA[DEAR EARTH TALK:]]> The vast majority of goods we use and enjoy have spent at least some time traveling on cargo ships. In fact, such ships facilitate more than 80 percent of global trade. Unfortunately, these huge ships that ply the world’s oceans and waterways burn lots of fossil fuels – some individual ships burn upwards of 100 tons of oil a day.]]> <![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.]]>