EarthTalk


Sweden’s Environmental Leadership

October 25, 2014 | Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss | EarthTalk | sustainable development
While Sweden may have come out on top in the latest ranking of countries according to sustainability, plenty of other nations are in the running. The U.S., however, continues to lag behind despite good intentions.
Continue Reading »

Artificial Turf Issues

October 20, 2014 | Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss | Currents | toxins, toxic exposures
Just when you thought it was safe to play soccer on that brand new synthetic turf field, it may be time to think again. Those little black dirt-like granules that fill up the space between synthetic blades of grass and make up some 90 percent of today’s artificial turf fields are actually ground-up car and truck tires. As such they contain a host of potentially noxious chemicals that can lead to a wide range of health problems.
Continue Reading »

Plastic Bag Bans

October 12, 2014 | Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss | EarthTalk |
California made big news recently when it announced the first statewide ban on plastic shopping bags set to kick in during the middle of 2015. Beginning in July, large grocery stores, pharmacies and other food retailers in the Golden State will no longer be able to send shoppers home with plastic bags, while convenience markets, liquor stores and other small food retailers will join the ranks a year later.
Continue Reading »

Concerns about Parabens in Health, Beauty and Personal Care Products

October 6, 2014 | Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss | EarthTalk | fda, toxins, health, natural health
Parabens are a common preservative in many health and beauty products, but is our constant exposure to them too much? Researchers worry that these endocrine disruptors are leading to more cancers and other health problems.
Continue Reading »

Threats to Air Quality

Particulate matter and smog-forming ground-level ozone continue to pose health risks for millions of Americans every year, despite forty years of progress on regulating pollution from various types of smokestacks and tailpipes.
Continue Reading »

Threats to Air Quality

Particulate matter and smog-forming ground-level ozone continue to pose health risks for millions of Americans every year, despite forty years of progress on regulating pollution from various types of smokestacks and tailpipes.
Continue Reading »

Palm Oil Production and Rainforest Destruction

The FDA in encouraging food producers, restaurants and fast food chain to move away from heart-unhealthy trans fats, but the most common alternative, palm oil, isn't much better for us while also wreaking havoc on tropical rainforests across Malaysia and Indonesia and adding to our climate woes.
Continue Reading »

Ethanol’s Unrealized Promise

September 13, 2014 | Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss | EarthTalk | biofuel, corn, carbon dioxide
Apparently U.S. ethanol producers have a long way to go before the biofuel they produce is actually carbon neutral, and environmentalists warn that we might be better off moving away from it completely.
Continue Reading »

Dealing with Mounting “E-Waste”

With electronic equipment and gadgets the fastest growing waste stream in many countries, how to deal with so-called “e-waste” may in fact be one of the most pressing environmental problems of the 21st century. While some countries and even some U.S. states have their own laws regulating the disposal of electronics and other technology items, environmentalists would like to see the federal government take a stand against e-waste.
Continue Reading »

Over-Fortified Processed Foods

August 26, 2014 | Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss | EarthTalk | nutrition
Could there really be too much of a good thing when it comes to fortifying foods with nutrients? The non-profit Environmental Working Group thinks so, especially when it comes to vitamin A, niacin and zinc -- all of which are added to a variety of breakfast cereals and snack bars marketed to kids but with nutritional servings for adults. The group would like to see nutrition labels updated to reflect higher risks for kids, pregnant women and others.
Continue Reading »
Page 1 of 77 pages  1 2 3 >  Last ›