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Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2006 10:02 pm

Improvements that’ll make your house healthier and environmentally friendly

Dear Earth Talk: What kinds of home improvements could I do that would make my house healthier and more environmentally friendly? Most homes are not lacking in ways they can be healthier for family a...
Thursday, Nov. 2, 2006 09:03 pm

One way is to use a solar-powered water heater

Dear Earth Talk: I heard that using a solar-powered water heater in my home would reduce my carbon dioxide emissions significantly. Is this true? What are the costs? — Anthony Gerst, Wapello, Io...
Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2006 09:15 pm

A popular way to enjoy homegrown fruits and vegetables

For more than a century, home canning has been a popular way to preserve and enjoy homegrown fruits and vegetables, not to mention fresh-caught seafood and other delicacies. One of the key benefits of...
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2006 02:32 pm

Control what you put in your body

Dear “Earth Talk”: Why do environmentalists advocate that people “eat locally?” I don’t understand the connection between patronizing local food producers and enviro...
Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2006 04:55 pm

Industrial processors have trimmed the ranks of grocery store butchers - and changed how we define "fresh" meat

Unkindest Cut Two passions started me on an exploration: A couple of years ago I received my great-grandmother’s diaries, which date from 1928 to 1971. I read them and learned about . . . wel...
Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2006 08:10 pm

Leaves are for mulching not igniting

Dear Earth Talk: Now that autumn is here, the leaves are going to pile up in my yard again. Is it really that bad to burn them? Why is it illegal to burn leaves in so many places now? — Jeffrey ...
Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2006 04:58 pm

Scientists link infectious prion proteins to brain-wasting diseases

Dear “Earth Talk”: Is there a connection between “mad cow” disease and Alzheimer’s disease? — Jon Luongo, Brooklyn, N.Y. Despite limited evidence, some researchers ...
Thursday, Sept. 14, 2006 02:48 am

Floorings and wall coverings that won’t aggravate respiratory problems

Dear “Earth Talk”: I’m going to be remodeling and was wondering: Are there floorings or wall coverings available that won’t aggravate my child’s respiratory problems? &md...
Thursday, Sept. 7, 2006 04:01 pm

How to define sustainability

Dear “Earth Talk”: The term “sustainable” seems to be the new green buzzword. What exactly does it mean, particularly when applied to such things, say, as transportation or agr...
Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2006 01:28 am

Pollution, water scarcity, lack of basic sanitation among leading causes

Dear “Earth Talk”: What are the leading causes of child mortality around the world, and what can be done about it? — Susan Hale, Oquawka, Ill. The statistics are staggering. In the ...


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