Talk about ‘intentional communities’

Dear EarthTalk: What are so-called “intentional communities”? And are there any in the U.S. that are sustainability-focused?

Elissa McNeal

Washington, D.C.


Are there affordable ways to clean indoor air?

Dear EarthTalk: I’ve been having trouble sleeping and my doctor suggested that indoor air pollution could be a contributing factor. Do you have any tips for how to improve my home’s air quality without breaking the bank?Jennifer Abromovitch

Putney, Vt.


Train or bus: Which is more eco-friendly?

Dear EarthTalk: I always assumed the train was the greenest form of mass transit, but a friend told me I would be better off taking the bus. Could this be true?

Jane McNeil

New York, NY.


Talk about climate change and real estate values

Dear EarthTalk:How will climate change affect real estate values?

Jeremy Willson

Oxnard, Calif.


It’s not surprising that questions like these are on readers’ minds today, given the relentless hurricanes in the Southeast, the devastating wildfires in California and other climate-related “Acts of God” bedeviling Americans recently. No doubt, climate change is already having an effect on real estate values.

Green gifts ideas

Dear EarthTalk:  I want to set a good environmental example with my gift-giving this holiday season. Any tips on how — or even better, what — to give greener?

Jane P.

Bowie, Md.


The  Waterpebble is a great gift for anyone trying to lead a greener lifestyle. This gadget tracks how much water you use in your shower. After programmed, it signals a yellow light at your half-shower mark and flashes red when it’s time to turn off the faucet.

What’s a gift idea for a strict vegan recipient?

Dear EarthTalk:  I’m looking for cool holiday gift ideas for a strident vegan who won’t tolerate items that make use of animals or animal products. Any ideas? 

Doug Halpern

Washington D.C.


Are there survivors besides the ivory-billed woodpecker?

Dear EarthTalk: Whatever became of the rediscovered ivory-billed woodpecker that we thought we had lost to extinction? What other animals that we thought went extinct have “come back” from the dead?

Betsey Edgewater

Austin, Tex.


Justify grass-fed beef

Dear EarthTalk: Even though I know a vegetarian diet is better for the environment, I love cheeseburgers and a good steak every now and then. If I stick to grass-fed beef, can I live with myself environmentally?

Jeanine Smith

Hixson, Tenn.


Yes and no, depending on how much imperfection you’re willing to tolerate. 

What are B Corporations?

Dear EarthTalk: I know what C Corporations, S Corporations and LLCs are, but what are “B Corporations” and how does this status help the environment?

Robert Gendarme

Chicago, Ill.


Blame your pets

Dear EarthTalk: Is it really true that our dogs and cats are major contributors to climate change, and if so what can we do about it?

Carmen Santiago

Newark, N.J.