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What just does the EPA do?

Dear EarthTalk: I would like to know what good the EPA has done for the environment?

Mary W.

via email

 

The myth of Inhofe’s 97%

Dear EarthTalk: What exactly is the “Myth of the Climate Change 97 percent” mentioned by Sen. James Inhofe during recent confirmation hearings on President Donald Trump’s cabinet post nominations?

Rosemary R.

Clifton, N.J.

 

This is in reference to the argument made by climate skeptics who dispute the notion that 97 percent of climate scientists have achieved consensus that global warming is occurring and is caused by human activities. 

The myth of Inhofe’s 97 percent

Dear EarthTalk: What exactly is the “Myth of the Climate Change 97 percent” mentioned by Sen. James Inhofe during recent confirmation hearings on President Donald Trump’s cabinet post nominations?

Rosemary R.

Clifton, N.J.

 

This is in reference to the argument made by climate skeptics who dispute the notion that 97 percent of climate scientists have achieved consensus that global warming is occurring and is caused by human activities. 

Greener light bulbs

Dear EarthTalk: What’s new in eco-friendly light bulbs? Is it true that incandescent bulbs are back in a much more efficient form?

Barbara Birke

via email

 

The consumer landscape for light bulbs in the U.S. changed drastically in 2007, when Congress passed the Energy Independence & Security Act mandating, among other things, that household light bulbs in the 40–100 watt range needed to up their energy efficiency standards by at least 25 percent. 

Yes, folks, there are vegan cosmetics

Dear EarthTalk: Do you have any recommendations for vegan health and beauty products?

Janice T.

Brooklyn, N.Y.

 

What to expect in the next generation of batteries

Dear EarthTalk: I’ve heard that one of the big hurdles to growth in renewables is energy storage. What’s new in the world of battery technologies? And will better forms of storage really accelerate the development of solar, wind and other alternative forms of energy?

Maxwell Jay

Erie, Penn.

 

Barack Obama’s environmental legacy

Dear EarthTalk: Now that his second term is finished, what will President Barack Obama’s environmental legacy look like?

Mary Danson

Littleton, N.H.

 

Environmentalism and social media

Dear EarthTalk: What are some ways environmentalists are using social media to further their causes?

Sam Baskin

Tullahoma, Tenn.

 

Environmental advocates and organizations have embraced the revolution in online networking in no small way to raise awareness about climate change and the need for conservation of wild lands and animals — and to generate support for specific campaigns and the green movement in general.

What is vegan leather?

Dear EarthTalk: What is vegan leather made from, and how does it compare with conventional leather in regard to environmental impact?

Katherine Sutton

Washington, D.C.

 

Are self-driving cars good for the environment?

Dear EarthTalk: Are self-driving cars good for the environment?

Billy Shea

New York, N.Y.

 

You know the future is here when you see that the car beside you at a red light has nobody at the helm. That’s already happening in California, where a few companies (Uber, Google, Apple, Tesla) have begun testing autonomous vehicles on the open road — albeit with human drivers at the ready in case anything goes wrong.