Tag: EarthTalk®E – The Environmental Magazine

Men’s health and the environment
Health

Men’s health and the environment

[caption id="attachment_20998" align="alignleft"]earthtalk mens healthResearch during the last few decades — including a recent report by the Environmental Working Group — has shown that environmental exposures may contribute to major diseases and health concerns that especially affect men, including heart disease, prostate cancer and infertility. Credit: CLUC, courtesy Flickr[/caption]Dear EarthTalk: We often see and read reports about environmental threats to women’s health, but aren’t there also concerns about which men should be especially vigilant? — Jay Walsh, Boston, MA

The environmental justice movement
Lifestyle

The environmental justice movement

[caption id="attachment_16683" align="alignleft"]earthtalkenvironmentaljusticeMany low income or minority groups have learned to raise their voices and stand up against the discriminatory locating of hazardous waste sites, polluting factories and other sources of bad air quality and compromised waterways and soils. Pictured: an environmental justice rally in the Rogers-Eubanks community of North Carolina. – Credit: Mar is sea Y, courtesy Flickr[/caption]Dear EarthTalk: I understand that the “environmental justice” movement seeks to protect the poor and non-white communities from being unfairly targeted to host activities like sewage treatment plants, landfills and polluting factories. Have there been notable victories? P. Silver, Peekskill, NY

The budget sequester’s impact on the environment
Lifestyle

The budget sequester’s impact on the environment

[caption id="attachment_16681" align="alignleft"]earthtalksequesterAmong other negative impacts, sequester-based cuts mean reduced response efforts following weather disasters, which are on the rise due to climate change, and less funding for weather-monitoring systems, including the national radar network used for tornado warnings. Credit: Win Henderson, FEMA photo library[/caption]Dear EarthTalk: What does the budget sequester that recently took hold mean for the environment? Jane Burgos, Los Angeles, CA

Non-stick cookware dangers
Health

Non-stick cookware dangers

[caption id="attachment_16214" align="alignleft"]earthtalknonstickcookwareWhen Teflon is exposed to high heat it can release its constituent chemical, PFOA, as a gas. There are no known cases of direct health problems for consumers, but workers producing Teflon are at increased risk for certain cancers, prompting the U.S. government to call for a complete phase-out of Teflon and related products by 2015. Credit: Hemera Collection[/caption]Dear EarthTalk: I’ve read conflicting reports about the dangers of non-stick cookware. I have a set of older non-stick pans and am not sure if I need to replace them. Are they harmful to use, particularly if they have a few scratches? — Miriam Jones, Montgomery, AL

The greening of…McDonald’s?
Lifestyle

The greening of…McDonald’s?

[caption id="attachment_16190" align="alignleft"]earthtalkmcdonaldsThough McDonald’s will never please vegetarians, most of whom consider the meat industry a serious affront to the environment, the restaurant chain has made some significant strides in reducing waste, saving energy and protecting forests by developing a zero deforestation plan for all the products it sources. Credit: harry_nl, courtesy Flickr[/caption]Dear EarthTalk: Has the McDonald’s restaurant chain made significant improvements in recent years with regard to the environment? — Max Andria, Laval University, Quebec

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