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    Stopping That Drain Clog Naturally

    Preventative maintenance and an occasional all-natural vinegar and water flush may be enough to keep your drains running free without the help of chemical clog removers.

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    A National Food Policy?

    Dear EarthTalk: What is the “National Food Policy” that environmentalists and foodies are asking President Obama to enact by Executive Order, and how would it affect American diets? — Justin Brockway, Los Angeles, CA   A November 2014 op-ed piece in The Washington Post entitled “How a National Food Policy Could Save Millions of American Lives” makes the case for President Obama to sign into […]

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    What advantages do vertical farms have over traditional gardens and farms?

    Dear EarthTalk: What advantages do so-called “vertical farms” have over traditional gardens and farms? Sylvia Pleasant, Washington, DC                         When Dickson Despommier’s book The Vertical Farm: Feeding the World in the 21st Century was first published, there were no vertical farms. Now, it’s an exciting movement […]

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    Could Donald Trump Renege on Paris Climate Deal?

    The U.S. can’t back out of the Paris climate accord for another four years, but that won’t stop Donald Trump, if elected President, from trying to undermine the nation’s ability to make good on its COP21 commitments.

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    Beyond Flame Retardant Chemicals

    Exposure to flame retardant chemicals have been shown to damage the reproductive system and cause deficits in motor skills, learning, memory & behavior…

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    Greens Bemoan Neil Gorsuch as Trump Supreme Court Choice

    Environmental leaders aren’t particularly jazzed about Neil Gorsuch as Donald Trump’s nominee to fill Judge Scalia’s vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court.

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    Climate Refuge: Where Will You Go?

    If temperatures around the globe continue to rise in the face of human-induced climate change as climatologists expect, some of the world’s most populous areas could become uninhabitable. Rising sea levels will flood out coastal areas, while increasing drought will make survival in already arid areas difficult at best. While we may have at least a few decades of runway to prepare ourselves for the worst, advance planners might want to think carefully about where to put down roots now. Where will be your climate refuge?