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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Antarctica’s Melting and its Impact on Coastlines

While only small section of the Antarctic continent is melting quickly, the result could be somewhere between four and ten feet in global sea level rise over the next 200-1000 years.
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Are Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars Still a Viable Green Option?

Cars powered by hydrogen fuel cells and emitting only water have long been part of environmentalists' vision for a greener transportation future. But now that electric and hybrid vehicles have caught on so big, what are the prospects for fuel cell cars moving forward?
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U.S. Eco-Travel Destinations

August 3, 2014 | Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss | EarthTalk | ecotourism, green travel
Green travelers interested in accessing nature with minimal environmental impact have lots of options in the "Lower 48" nowadays.
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Ocean Debris

July 27, 2014 | Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss | EarthTalk | oceans, plastic waste, 5 gyres, litter
Researchers are worried about the long-term implications of so much plastic and other debris finding its way into our oceans. We can all play a role in reducing this marine litter by recycling more and littering less, while manufacturers need to reduce the wasteful packaging so common for many consumer and industrial items.
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Preventing Wildfires

Global warming and decades of mismanagement means that wildfires are on the increase across the American West and other fire-prone areas. We can all do our part by learning how to be "fire-safe" as well as by reducing our carbon footprints.
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Safer and More Effective Sunscreens

July 12, 2014 | Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss | EarthTalk | toxic exposures, health
Environmental Working Group found 2 out of three common sunscreens either ineffective or even worse potentially bad for your health. Find out how to navigate the choppy waters of choosing the right sunscreen as this summer blazes away...
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