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May 05, 2013


More Evidence Environment Is Impacting Autism

Evidence continues to mount that environmental exposures prior to pregnancy are contributing to rising autism rates. Most recently researchers submitted the results of three studies at the International Society for Autism Research conference in Spain, tying…

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The Forest Man of India

jadav payeng

In 1979, Jadav Payeng embarked on what would ultimately become a successful 30-year project to single-handedly plant a 1,360-acre forest. Payeng’s tree-planting mission began at age 16, when flooding wiped away a large portion of forest along the Brahmaputra river sandbar…

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Food Is the New Tobacco

It’s Time to Confront the Corporate Giants that Are Hurting Americans’ Health

Recently Michael Moss in a New York Times Magazine cover story—“The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food”—examined how food companies have known for decades that salt, sugar and fat are not good for us in the quantities Americans consume them, and yet every…

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Wedding Dress Redux

Brides Say “I Do” to Pre-Owned Wedding Dresses

Bride-to-be Flavia Oliveira of Boston had fallen in love with an ivory silk and satin Priscilla of Boston wedding dress with a jeweled neckline—a dress “that looked a little vintage and had character.” Since the company had gone out of business in 2011…

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How Green Is That…Rain Gear?

Umbrellas, Boots and Slickers that Are Keeping It Green

Ready to suit up for the wet weather and in the market for new gear? Stay dry with umbrellas, boots and slickers that can withstand the elements while keeping resource use to a minimum.

1. Each umbrella ($45) from Monsoon Vermontis unique—colorfully crafted from plastic trash…

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Choose Your Future

A Vision of Sustainable America in 2100

What would a truly sustainable United States look like? A place where we can still have personal (electric) vehicles, the latest smart phones and large “eco” homes? Not quite. Though it holds less than 5% of the global population, Americans use nearly of quarter of the…

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Saving Alaska

Alaska’s Oil-Rich National Petroleum Reserve Receives Federal Protection

Located high above the Arctic Circle, the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A) is as isolated as it gets. As its title suggests, this 23.5 million-acre parcel of public land has a coveted feature—an estimated 17.55 trillion feet of natural gas and roughly 604 million…

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Beer Brewers for Clean Water

Dear EarthTalk: I heard that a number of beer brewing companies have banded together to support the Clean Water Act. Can you enlighten?

– Mitch Jenkins, Cincinnati, OH

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West, Texas Could Happen Anywhere

Dear EarthTalk: The recent explosion at a West, Texas fertilizer plant that killed many people really alarmed me. Places like this must exist near many communities around the country. How do I know if my own community might be at risk of a similar disaster?

– Mary Cyr, Sarasota, FL…

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March/April 2013