Earth Talk

Why is the U.S. Lagging Behind In E.V.’s?

EarthTalk® From the Editors of E – The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: Why is the U.S. lagging behind Europe and China on the production and sales of electric cars?                                                                                                             — James V., Miami, FL The U.S. lags as a distant third among electric vehicle (EV) sales and production. According to Bloomberg, China claims a […]

Why is Lithium Mining So Bad for the Environment?

EarthTalk® From the Editors of E – The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: Why is lithium mining so bad for the environment? – Jane B., Atlanta, GA Lithium is called “white gold” for good reason: the metal’s value has been growing exponentially over the last several years, in large part because it is an essential component […]

Carbon-Saving Planes and Trains

EarthTalk® From the Editors of E – The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: You hear a lot about electric cars and trucks these days, but has there been any carbon-saving innovation lately in trains and even planes? – Michael C., Summit, NJ Many environmentalists consider travel an environmental “sin” given the carbon emissions generated by the […]

Wind Powered Cargo Ships and Carbon Emissions

EarthTalk® From the Editors of E – The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: Since when did cargo ships start using wind power (again)? Does this save us from a lot of carbon emissions? – Bill H. Elizabeth, NJ  To many, sailboats invoke either the 18th century “Age of Sail” or preppy regattas. But some environmentalists and […]

Environmental Impact of Russia’s War on Ukraine

EarthTalk® From the Editors of E – The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: What kind of environmental toll is Russia’s war on Ukraine taking?– James P., Harrison NY Russia’s war on Ukraine is one of the worst humanitarian crises facing Europe since World War II. As Russian military forces continue their violent, murderous invasion, environmental organizations […]

Dairy Farmers and Methane Gas

EarthTalk® From the Editors of E – The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: Is encouraging dairy farmers and cattle ranchers to capture methane gas from their livestock’s manure good or bad for the planet? – Phil Onorato, Pittsburgh, PA Methane capture, the process of using the decomposition of livestock byproducts like cow and hog manure to […]

PPE Waste

EarthTalk® From the Editors of E – The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: I’ve heard that PPE waste is a growing environmental burden these days. Is anyone working on ways to solve this problem? – B. Jackson, Carle Place NY From healthcare workers and teachers, grocery clerks and students, no one has escaped the increased need […]

What is Gravity Energy Storage?

EarthTalk® From the Editors of E – The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: What exactly is gravity energy storage and why are some environmentalists so bullish on it? – James McIntosh, New York, NY Gravity energy storage, whereby engineers harness the energy in gravitational forces by connecting the momentum generated to the electric grid, is a […]

Talking to Kids About Climate Change

EarthTalk® From the Editors of E – The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: Any ideas on how to talk to my kids about climate change? –Susan C. Hicksville, NY As our understanding of the human-caused effects on our environment deepens, we find ourselves changing our habits, but we also carry the responsibility of preparing the next […]

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