Chemicals and Obesity

July 4, 2014 | Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss | EarthTalk | chemicals, diet, fat
The rise in obesity and related health problems like diabetes is usually attributed to an abundance of high-calorie food coupled with the trend toward a more sedentary lifestyle, but there is more to the story. A growing number of researchers believe that certain chemicals collectively known as “obesogens” may be a contributing factor to the growing obesity epidemic. Exposure to these chemicals has been shown to interfere with the way we metabolize fat, leading to obesity despite otherwise normal diet and exercise.
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Men’s Health and the Environment

A new report from the Environmental Working Group (EWG) concludes that environmental exposures may have major negative impacts on men’s health, and outlines ways that guys can avoid some of the major risks.
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The Rocky Mountain Institute and Weaning Ourselves off of Oil and Coal

June 22, 2014 | Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss | EarthTalk |
Colorado-based think tank Rocky Mountain Institute has a plan to get us off oil and coal by 2050 and save billions of dollars in the process. The key comes in thinking differently -- and focusing on developing renewables and increasing efficiency across the board.
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Keeping Polluters out of our Neighborhoods

NRDC offers tips and suggestions on how to track and defend against new and existing polluters in local regions across the United States. Staying informed by attending public meetings, getting organized with likeminded neighbors, and finding experts to support your case are all important aspects of keeping polluters at bay.
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Look Ma, No Hands

May 31, 2014 | Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss | EarthTalk |
Just a decade ago most of us wouldn’t have dreamed we’d live to see driverless cars whisking people around, but things are changing fast and analysts now think they will be common by 2020 and account for the majority of cars on the road by 2040. And with Google’s recent unveiling of its latest prototype—complete with no pedals or steering wheel—the future is indeed closer than we ever imagined.
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Is Organic Agriculture Sustainable?

May 24, 2014 | Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss | EarthTalk | organic
A recent Wall Street Journal opinion piece calls into question whether organic agriculture is actually sustainable.
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Is BPA as dangerous as we thought?

May 18, 2014 | Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss | EarthTalk | BPA
Dear EarthTalk: A recent study showed that Bisphenol A (BPA) was hardly the human health risk researchers once believed it to be. Should I still try to avoid products that may contain it?
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Meatless Meat

May 12, 2014 | Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss | EarthTalk | vegan, vegan cooking
Dear EarthTalk: I recently became vegetarian for ethical reasons, but I am missing the taste of meat. Are there any tasty veggie options out there that can satisfy my desire for steak and chicken?
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Keeping our food safe and healthy

Dear EarthTalk: What would you consider to be the key areas we need to improve to make our food safer for our health and easier on our environment?
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Apple Computer’s Green Initiatives

Dear EarthTalk: Apple just put out a big PR campaign about its sustainability initiatives. Has the company made real progress in this regard or is this just more corporate “greenwashing?” And how are the other big tech companies addressing their carbon footprints?
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