IllinoisTimes - Earth Talk http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-38-1-earth-talk.html Tue, 02 Sep 14 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Is it safe to eat cloned animals? http://illinoistimes.com/article-5243-is-it-safe-to-eat-cloned-animals.html Is it safe to eat cloned animals?
Cloning has been controversial ever since Scottish scientists announced in 1996 that they had cloned their first mammal, a sheep they named Dolly. While Dolly lived a painful, art...]]>
Plug-in hybrids http://illinoistimes.com/article-5203-plug-in-hybrids.html Plug-in hybrids
Should we expect to see "plug-in" hybrid cars anytime soon? Gasoline-electric hybrids now, like Toyota's popular Prius, don't need to be plugged in — you just fill ...]]>
Green roofs - Growing plants on top of buildings can be a good thing http://illinoistimes.com/article-5163-green-roofs.html Green roofs - Growing plants on top of buildings can be a good thing
Untitled Document How can a residential or commercial roof be modified to provide environmental benefits? Most buildings are designed to shed rain and so are built with hard, impene...]]>
Green-friendly pesticides - Here’s how to avoid chemicals that poison people, pets, and wildlife http://illinoistimes.com/article-461-green-friendly-pesticides.html Green-friendly pesticides - Here’s how to avoid chemicals that poison people, pets, and wildlife
What green-friendly lawn and garden pesticides are available today? Pesticides have greatly boosted agricultural yields over the last half century, so it is no wonder, given th...]]>
Corn plastic no answer - The downsides are many to this supposed green-friendly substitute http://illinoistimes.com/article-3785-corn-plastic-no-answer.html Corn plastic no answer - The downsides are many to this supposed green-friendly substitute
Untitled Document What are the environmental pros and cons of corn-based plastic as an alternative to conventional petroleum-based plastic? Polylactic a...]]>
The great meltdown - Disappearing ice sheets could raise world’s oceans by 170 feet, experts say http://illinoistimes.com/article-4029-the-great-meltdown.html The great meltdown - Disappearing ice sheets could raise world’s oceans by 170 feet, experts say
Untitled Document Recent NASA photos showed the opening of the Northwest Passage and revealed that a third of the Arctic’s sea ice has melted in recent years. Are sea level...]]>
Why mow electric - Gas-lawnmower emissions account for 5 percent of nation’s air pollution http://illinoistimes.com/article-4455-why-mow-electric.html Why mow electric - Gas-lawnmower emissions account for 5 percent of nation’s air pollution
Untitled Document What’s available now in lawnmowers that’s easier on the environment — and runs on something more than human power? ...]]>
Alternative to AC - Fans can do a good job of keeping summer’s heat at bay http://illinoistimes.com/article-4907-alternative-to-ac.html Alternative to AC - Fans can do a good job of keeping summer’s heat at bay
Untitled Document What’s the best way to keep cool indoors without running energy-hogging air conditioners all the time? According to Harvey Sachs of ...]]>
Safely repelling tiny bloodsuckers http://illinoistimes.com/article-5121-safely-repelling-tiny-bloodsuckers.html Safely repelling tiny bloodsuckers
Untitled Document Is it true that the DEET used in most mosquito repellents is toxic? If so, what problems does it cause? And what are some nontoxic alternatives for...]]>
China’s green Olympics - The People’s Republic deserves credit for its environmental efforts http://illinoistimes.com/article-5112-china%25C2%2592s-green-olympics.html China’s green Olympics - The People’s Republic deserves credit for its environmental efforts
Untitled Document The 2008 Summer Olympics in China is drawing a lot of attention right now for political reasons. Less known is that China has made an effort to mak...]]>
Draining and paving paradise - Developers have taken millions of acres of precious wetlands http://illinoistimes.com/article-5080-draining-and-paving-paradise.html Draining and paving paradise - Developers have taken millions of acres of precious wetlands
Untitled Document Development and urban sprawl have caused the loss of millions of acres of wetlands. What is the status of wetlands in North America? ...]]>
Healthy fast food - Even chains are beginning to offer organic and meatless alternatives http://illinoistimes.com/article-5073-healthy-fast-food.html Healthy fast food - Even chains are beginning to offer organic and meatless alternatives
Untitled Document Where can people who are constantly traveling and on the go find healthy fast food? The latest trend in fast food is healthy and organic, and, lu...]]>
Green outdoor clothing - Several companies provide eco-conscious outdoor threads http://illinoistimes.com/article-5030-green-outdoor-clothing.html Green outdoor clothing - Several companies provide eco-conscious outdoor threads
Untitled Document Where can one find the best options for green-friendly outdoor clothing, as well as traditional items without the environmental guilt? Outdoor ...]]>
A green wedding - When you tie the knot, do it gently http://illinoistimes.com/article-5017-a-green-wedding.html A green wedding - When you tie the knot, do it gently
Untitled Document What are some tips for making the festivities greener for those getting married this summer? You know environmental consciousness has real...]]>
Mighty wind - The industry has been surging thanks to government tax credits http://illinoistimes.com/article-5002-mighty-wind.html Mighty wind - The industry has been surging thanks to government tax credits
Untitled Document How is wind power faring in the U.S. now? Is more of it coming online and accounting for a larger percentage of the grid? Clean and g...]]>
Flying green - What some airlines are doing to cut excessive carbon dioxide emissions http://illinoistimes.com/article-4970-flying-green.html Flying green - What some airlines are doing to cut excessive carbon dioxide emissions
Untitled Document Measured by pollution, airlines are one dirty business. What efforts to “green” the air-travel industry are under way? En...]]>
Soft shoes - Where does one find environmentally friendly shoes for children? http://illinoistimes.com/article-2345-soft-shoes.html Soft shoes - Where does one find environmentally friendly shoes for children?
Untitled Document Where does one find environmentally friendly  shoes for children? Children’s shoes are a quickly expanding market, and companies with ...]]>
Safe seafood - Make smart choices about the ocean’s bounty http://illinoistimes.com/article-221-safe-seafood.html Safe seafood - Make smart choices about the ocean’s bounty
Untitled Document How can one make intelligent choices about seafood to avoid consuming unhealthy pollutants and lessen the impact on the environment? ...]]>
Healthier energy drinks - Alternatives with less sugar, coloring, and preservatives http://illinoistimes.com/article-375-healthier-energy-drinks.html Healthier energy drinks - Alternatives with less sugar, coloring, and preservatives
Untitled Document There are so many energy drinks on the market, but they all seem very high in sugar, coloring, and preservatives. Are there any natural versions th...]]>
Instead of leather - There’s a wealth of earth-friendly alternatives to animal skins http://illinoistimes.com/article-4946-instead-of-leather.html Instead of leather - There’s a wealth of earth-friendly alternatives to animal skins
Untitled Document Are there any good alternatives to leather? Leather is everywhere — from shoes and belts to purses, wallets, jackets, furniture, and car seats. ...]]>
Bottled water waste - Environmentalists worry about the astronomical growth in plastic garbage http://illinoistimes.com/article-4927-bottled-water-waste.html Bottled water waste - Environmentalists worry about the astronomical growth in plastic garbage
Untitled Document Who is addressing the incredible waste generated by the nation’s bottled-water industry? The plastic waste spawned by the recent as...]]>
Dangers of hand sanitizers http://illinoistimes.com/article-4906-dangers-of-hand-sanitizers.html Dangers of hand sanitizers
Untitled Document Gel hand sanitizers can help lower the risk of illness, especially during cold-and-flu season, but these products can pose a risk to children if ingested. Are t...]]>
Time to stop eating meat - Every aspect of meat production is an environmental disaster http://illinoistimes.com/article-4902-time-to-stop-eating-meat.html Time to stop eating meat - Every aspect of meat production is an environmental disaster
Untitled Document Vegetarians and vegans argue that eating meat is bad for the environment. How true are these claims? There has never been a better time t...]]>
Computing power - An inefficient PC eats up as much energy as a typical fridge http://illinoistimes.com/article-4878-computing-power.html Computing power - An inefficient PC eats up as much energy as a typical fridge
Untitled Document What’s the environmental impact of personal computers — and are “greener” PCs available? Online gamers and other heavy compute...]]>
Why “clean” coal isn’t - Environmentalists say liquid coal can turn a Prius into a Hummer http://illinoistimes.com/article-4853-why-%25C2%2593clean%25C2%2594-coal-isn%25C2%2592t.html Why “clean” coal isn’t - Environmentalists say liquid coal can turn a Prius into a Hummer
Untitled Document Coal used to fuel power plants and other industrial activity is a key culprit in pollution and climate change. So what is “clean coal”? ...]]>
Say farewell to sharks? - Overfishing puts predator of the seas at risk of extinction http://illinoistimes.com/article-4833-say-farewell-to-sharks.html Say farewell to sharks? - Overfishing puts predator of the seas at risk of extinction
Untitled Document What is the status of sharks around the world? Marine biologists report that sharks are in rapid decline around the world. In the North A...]]>
The trouble with chocolate - It’s the waste — not your waist — that’s worrisome http://illinoistimes.com/article-4814-the-trouble-with-chocolate.html The trouble with chocolate - It’s the waste — not your waist — that’s worrisome
Untitled Document What goes into chocolate that would raise environmental concerns? Like coffee beans, the cacao seeds from which we derive chocolate ...]]>
Every litter bit - It’s a nasty side effect of our convenience-oriented culture http://illinoistimes.com/article-4793-every-litter-bit.html Every litter bit - It’s a nasty side effect of our convenience-oriented culture
Untitled Document What is the impact of all the littering that individuals do, largely from their cars and on highways? How can we strengthen laws to prevent it? Environme...]]>
Natural furniture - Upgrading to greener furniture is one of the healthiest things you can do http://illinoistimes.com/article-4771-natural-furniture.html Natural furniture - Upgrading to greener furniture is one of the healthiest things you can do
Untitled Document What should consumers look for in natural furniture? Along with replacing your incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescents and drivi...]]>
Other recyclables - What to do with electronics when they die http://illinoistimes.com/article-4757-other-recyclables.html Other recyclables - What to do with electronics when they die
Untitled Document How do we find out about recycling the many other items we use that eventually break or die out, such as light bulbs, disposable batteries, portable...]]>