Year: 2020

Plant Blindness

Dear EarthTalk: What on Earth is “plant blindness?”                      – Betsy Carlucci. New York, NY 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 […]

Overnight Walnut French Toast with Cranberry Walnut Ginger Compote

Cranberry Walnut Ginger Compote: 1/2 cup California Walnuts 2 cups cranberries 1/2 cup orange juice 1/2 cup maple syrup 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger 1 orange, zest only Overnight Walnut French Toast: 8 slices Texas Toast or 1-inch thick slices French bread 1/4 cup butter, melted, plus additional for baking dish, divided 2 1/2 cups milk […]

Apple-Cranberry Cobbler

Nonstick cooking spray 5 apples, peeled, cored and cut into 1/2-inch thick slices 1 ½ cups fresh or frozen cranberries 2 teaspoons lemon juice teaspoon vanilla extract ½ cup granulated sugar 2 tablespoons cornstarch ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon container (10.2 ounces) refrigerated home-style biscuits, quartered tablespoons butter, melted tablespoons sparkling sugar Heat oven to 375 […]

Wild Animal Rights

Dear EarthTalk: Do wild animals have any rights under the law in the U.S. (or other countries) the way human citizens do?                                                                             — John Hamilton, Raleigh, NC Winnie the Pooh said it best: “Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. That’s the problem.” While attention to animal rights has increased over the […]

Solar Storms

Dear EarthTalk: Are there any environmental or health risks associated with the solar storms that have been hitting the Earth recently?                                                                — Betsy R., Suwanee, GA 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 […]

Shrimp Scampi

8 ounces pasta linguine2 tablespoons butter2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil4 garlic cloves, minced1/2 cup dry white wine or seafood broth3/4 teaspoon kosher salt1 dash crushed red pepper flakes1/4 teaspoon black pepper1 1/2 pounds large or extra-large Aqua Star shrimp, shelled1/3 cup parsley, chopped1/2 lemon, juice only Cook pasta according to package directions.  In large skillet, […]

Desalinating Ocean Water

Dear EarthTalk: If the world is running out of fresh water, why aren’t we desalinating more ocean water?                                                                                                                       — H. Smith, Providence, RI 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 […]

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