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  • AmericanTown's Heroes: Accountants Help Seniors With Taxes

    If being kind and generous to others makes one happier, than people who volunteer or who give their time to help others must be among the happiest in the world. Just ask Lynn Boulware, who has been nominated as a Community Volunteer Hometown Hero for her work preparing taxes...

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  • Rooftops Newsletter: Waste Not, Want Not

    In this space we generally focus on big waste, that is, we report on the work that we are doing through our What A Waste® projects at Senior Nutrition Programs across the country. We look at the progress that these SNPs make after they learn -- through separating, measur...

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  • Earth Talk: Dogs, Cats and Climate Change

    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? -- C.S. Unfortunately, our beloved dogs and cats do produce shockingly high amounts of greenhouse gases that contri...

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  • AmericanTowns Heroes: Citizens Get A Lesson in Gardening And Community Building

    Not everyone has a green thumb, but for those who do, coaxing healthy plants from soil and seed is easy. For those who don’t, there are books and videos and if you are in Richmond, Virginia and want to learn about growing flowers, fruits and vegetables, you can join up wit...

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  • Earth Talk: Lithium Batteries

    Dear EarthTalk: Is the extraction of lithium for lithium ion batteries really worse for the environment than fracking?   -- M.N. In a world of modern technology, lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries are hard to escape; they’re in cell phones...

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  • Earth Talk: What are "Intentional Communities"?

    Dear EarthTalk: What are so-called “intentional communities”? And are there any in the U.S. that are sustainability-focused? -- E.M. By definition, an “intentional community” (IC) is a planned residential community built around commonly held...

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  • Earth Talk: Global Warming and the evolution of wildlife species

    Dear EarthTalk: Could global warming really already be a factor in the evolution of wildlife species? -- V.D. No doubt the quickly changing climate is already triggering various evolutionary shifts in a wide range of species. And while we can’t be sure ...

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  • Earth Talk: Neil Gorsuch and environmental policy

    Dear EarthTalk: If Neil Gorsuch is confirmed to fill the vacant seat on the Supreme Court, what will be the implications for environmental and climate policy?  -- JM Environmental leaders aren’t particularly jazzed about Neil Gorsuch as Donald Tru...

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  • Earth Talk: Fuel Efficiency and 18 Wheelers

    Dear EarthTalk: It’s obvious that our cars are getting greener every year, but what about 18 wheelers? -- P.M We all rely on heavy duty trucks to haul as much as 80 percent of the goods we use and consume. But those ubiquitous 18-wheelers are also a big con...

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  • Earth Talk: Reducing Carbon Footprint With Gamification

    Dear EarthTalk: What are some ways people are using games to help reduce their carbon footprints? -- LM Environmental advocates and organizations are increasingly employing gamification—defined by Merriam-Webster as “the process of adding games or game-like elem...

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