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EarthTalk E – The Environmental Magazine

EarthTalk E – The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: I’ve heard that, above and beyond our bad eating and lifestyle habits, some chemicals in everyday products are contributing to the obesity problem. Can you explain? –– Alyssa Israel, Fairfield, CT Obesity is a huge problem in the U.S. and other industrialized countries. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, […]

EarthTalk E – The Environmental Magazine

EarthTalk E – The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: We often see and read reports about environmental threats to women’s health, but aren’t there also concerns about which men should be especially vigilant? — Jay Walsh, Boston, MA Indeed, women aren’t the only ones who should be worried about environmental threats. A recently released report (“Men’s Health: What You Don’t Know Might […]

Going to College? Ask This!

by Laura Finley Students heading off to college for the first time or even to a new campus as a transfer are always full of questions. As an academic adviser at my university, I am happy to answer whatever a student or parent who accompanies their son or daughter might ask.  Most of the questions […]

We are mistaken about Iraq

by Bert Sacks “Those Iraqis have been fighting each other for centuries,” a friend recently said to me.  I have heard this mistaken view too often. I told him I had been to Iraq nine times, all before the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq.  Not a single Iraqi ever said to me, “You need to […]

Laid to Waste: US Depleted Uranium’s Toxic Legacy Continues to Endanger Iraq

By John LaForge A new report from the Netherlands based on US Air Force firing coördinates shows that our military fired its armor-piercing munitions ¾ made of waste uranium-238 which is called “depleted uranium” or DU ¾ into civilian areas of Iraq and at Iraqi troops during the 2003 invasion and occupation, defying the US […]

Beyond the abyss: This moment of chaos in Iraq and Syria

by Winslow Myers Nothing more clearly illustrates the absurdity of murder for political ends than this moment of chaos in Iraq and Syria.  Imagine spaceships of an advanced alien civilization hovering over that vast desert area and assessing the state of our human endeavors on the basis of the welter of alliances and rivalries to-ing […]

EarthTalk E – The Environmental Magazine

EarthTalk E – The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: How does the Rocky Mountain Institute think we can get off of oil and coal by 2050 and save money in the process?— James Greenville, Redding, CT Colorado-based sustainability think-tank Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) was founded in 1982 by American physicist and environmentalist Amory Lovins to research and promote market-based solutions to our […]

Rare Earth Paradise

Rare Earth Paradise

by Sandy Lyon Will we dig up paradise, rare earth, to be able to try to tweet a picture of paradise? To tweet or not to tweet, that is the question of our time. So all those little pieces that make up your electronic do-dads, iPhones, Smartphones, Awesome Blackberries and computers and such. All those […]

Community organizing works; don’t let disappointment stop you

by Shannon Hoffman Community organizing works.  Anyone who questions that statement needn’t look further than our current US president. By leveraging the grassroots, democratic “bottom-up” approach, President Barack Obama quite literally organized his way into office. He spent a great deal of time as an organizer prior to arriving in Washington, which is still apparent […]

Fat Acceptance movement: Fat Preference Versus Real Acceptance

By Laura Finley The risk with any kind of binary-thinking is that there is no real room for difference. You are one or the other. The U.S. loves its binaries: black or white, man or woman, gay or straight. Such thinking misses the complexities of people, limiting us all into narrow boxes. Perhaps nowhere is […]

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