EarthTalk®: Assessing the Risks of Genetically Engineered CropsBy RODDY SCHEER and DOUG MOSS

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Dear EarthTalk: What are the potential health and environmental impacts of so many genetically engineered organisms in our food supply  — Frank C., Charlottesville, VA Proponents of genetic engineering (GE)—whereby DNA from unrelated species is combined to produce improved or novel organisms—insist that the benefits of increased crop yields and less agricultural waste outweigh the potential risks, but many environmental and …

eHeziEarthTalk®: Assessing the Risks of Genetically Engineered CropsBy RODDY SCHEER and DOUG MOSS

Water Is a Human Right in Detroit, Ireland, Iraq, Everywhere! By Rev. PETER SAWTELL

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Last summer, Iraq’s Yazidi people fled to the desert to escape religious persecution. Trapped atop Mount Sinjar, the refugees started dying of thirst. In a humanitarian effort applauded worldwide, our U.S. military air-dropped bottled water and saved many lives. Likewise, church groups who provide disaster relief and overseas development assistance put water projects at the top of their priority lists. …

eHeziWater Is a Human Right in Detroit, Ireland, Iraq, Everywhere! By Rev. PETER SAWTELL

Water Is a Human Right By Rev. PETER SAWTELL

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Drinking water is not a dry topic. In the U.S. and globally, water is at the heart of clashes between economic policy and basic human rights. Access to clean water is a question of human ethics and morality. We all know that clean, available water is essential for life. Church groups providing disaster relief and third-world development assistance put water …

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Supreme Court Denies Water Flows Downhill – EPA Proves Otherwise By DAVID LILLARD

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I remember when people changed the oil in their cars and trucks themselves. Most of us dumped it around a utility pole or fence post. On the farms where I put up hay, they dumped it into gullies. Nobody knew better. What we called a gully, nature calls a stream – a seasonal, or “ephemeral” stream, but a stream nonetheless. …

eHeziSupreme Court Denies Water Flows Downhill – EPA Proves Otherwise By DAVID LILLARD

Soaring Almond Prices, Drought and the Future of Food By MARK HERTSGAARD

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Soaring almond prices, drought, and the future of food. With climate change making drought an inescapable part of America’s future, we need to act now to conserve agricultural water and prevent runaway – Mark Hertsgaard The almond harvest is almost complete in California, where a drought that may rank as the harshest in 500 years is pushing the price of …

eHeziSoaring Almond Prices, Drought and the Future of Food By MARK HERTSGAARD

EarthTalk®: Threats to Air Quality By RODDY SCHEER and DOUG MOSS

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Dear EarthTalk: What are some of the more dangerous threats to our air quality and what can be done to eliminate them so we can all breathe more easily?              — Melanie Smith, Pomfret, CT The main threats to local air quality across the United States (as well as most everywhere else) remain smog and particulate pollution, which combined or acting …

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THE MERRY GARDNER: They’re Back! By MARILYN ELIE

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Pine sawflies, (members of the order of Hymenoptera), normally attack white pines and other ornamental pines two times during the year; once in the spring when the first batch that wintered over emerges and again later in the summer when eggs laid in the current season hatch.  This year, perhaps because of our exceptionally warm winter we seem to have …

eHeziTHE MERRY GARDNER: They’re Back! By MARILYN ELIE

EarthTalk®: Sweden’s Environmental Leadership By RODDY SCHEER and DOUG MOSS

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Dear EarthTalk: I recently heard that Sweden is the greenest country in the world. Is this true and, if so, by what standards? And where does the U.S. rank?                  — Raul Swain, New York, NY Sweden topped the recently released environmental sustainability ranking of 60 countries by the Global Green Economy Index. The rankings take into account a wide range of key issues, …

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EarthTalk®: Artificial Turf Issues By RODDY SCHEER and DOUG MOSS

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Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that playing on artificial turf fields can cause cancer? If so, how can I minimize exposure for my sports-loving kids?                        — Melanie Witmer, Syracuse, NY 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 …

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EarthTalk®: Plastic Bag Bans By RODDY SCHEER and DOUG MOSS

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Dear EarthTalk: What’s the latest on efforts to ban plastic bags? How many U.S. locales have instituted some kind of ban, and have these initiatives made a dent in the amount of plastic litter? — Melinda Clarke, New York, NY California made big news recently when it announced the first statewide ban on plastic shopping bags set to kick in …

eHeziEarthTalk®: Plastic Bag Bans By RODDY SCHEER and DOUG MOSS