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EARTHTALK — Conventional Agriculture: Far From A Green Revolution

TweetDear EarthTalk: Even though pesticides may take an environmental toll, isn’t it worth it given how many more mouths we can feed thanks to their use? —Mickey Jurowski, Palatine, IL The advent of new technologies coming out of World War II led agricultural researchers to start experimenting with new classes of chemicals they could use to boost agricultural production. As human populations swelled, these “advances” were applied around the world so farmers could grow more food to feed the hungry masses and stave off widespread famine. This transition from essentiallyRead More


Trivia Tuesday: 5 New Trivia Questions from “Page-A-Day”

TweetEvery Tuesday is a Trivia Tuesday on AmericaJR. Look for five new trivia questions and answers from the “365 Amazing Trivia Facts for 2017” calendar. This week’s questions: What actor was originally supposed to play the lead role of Christian Grey in the 50 Shades of Grey movie adaptation, but backed out before filming began? “It was red and yellow and green and brown, and scarlet and black and ochre and peach…” What item are these words describing? Who were Betty Grissom, Rene Carpenter, Louise Shepard, Trudy Cooper, Marjorie Slayton,Read More


EARTHTALK — Green Screen: Hollywood A-Listers Fight for the Planet

TweetDear EarthTalk: Who are some of the greener movie stars out there today and what are they doing to fight for the planet? —Stacey DiGiorno, Chevy Chase, MD While a handful of Hollywood A-listers—Robert Redford, Meryl Streep and Ed Begley Jr., to name a few —have been actively campaigning for the environment for decades, a new wave of green celebrities is using star power to help convince millions of fans around the world to live greener lifestyles and speak up for environmental protections and climate mitigation. Leonardo DiCaprio continues toRead More


Trivia Tuesday: 5 New Trivia Questions from “Page-A-Day”

TweetEvery Tuesday is a Trivia Tuesday on AmericaJR. Look for five new trivia questions and answers from the “365 Amazing Trivia Facts for 2017” calendar. This week’s questions: How many elements on the periodic table are naturally occurring? Name the only historical American Girl doll to have been discontinued–archived, in American Girl parlance–only to  be reintroduced a few years later. What reality show premiered in the Netherlands in 1999, came to the United States the following year, and went on to become a global phenomenon, airing in over 81 countries?Read More


Trivia Tuesday: 5 New Questions from “Page-A-Day”

TweetEvery Tuesday is a Trivia Tuesday on AmericaJR. Look for five new trivia questions and answers from the “365 Amazing Trivia Facts for 2017” calendar. This week’s questions: All of the following movies came out in the same year: E.T., Bladerunner, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, and Tootsie. What year was it? In 1907, a teenager named James Casey borrowed $100 from a friend to found the American Messenger Company. What longstanding business grew out of these beginnings? In Roman numerals, what does D indicate? Who played oneRead More


EARTHTALK: Trump Calls for Drastic Environmental Justice Cuts

TweetDear EarthTalk: What is meant by “environmental justice” and how is it under assault in the new Trump administration? —Mike Garner, New Orleans, LA Environmental justice is defined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as “the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin or income, with respect to the development, implementation and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations and policies.” In layperson’s terms, it means making sure specific groups of people don’t bear a disproportionate burden from potential and existing environmental threats. Traditionally,Read More


EARTH TALK: Greens Bemoan Neil Gorsuch as Trump Supreme Court Choice

TweetDear 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? —Jim Metcalf, Newark, DE Environmental leaders aren’t particularly jazzed about Neil Gorsuch as Donald Trump’s nominee to fill the vacancy left on the U.S. Supreme Court following the death of Antonin Scalia in February 2016. For starters, the name Gorsuch brings back bad memories of the 1980s when Anne Gorsuch (Neil’s mother) slashed federal environmental funding by 22 percent as head of the U.S.Read More


EARTH TALK: What Good Has EPA Ever Done for the Environment Anyway?

TweetDear EarthTalk: I would like to know what good the EPA has done for the environment?  —Mary W., via e-mail Without the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Americans would breathe dirtier air, drink more polluted water and live and grow food on contaminated soils. Polluters wouldn’t be held accountable for their irresponsible behavior, wildlife would have a more difficult time finding suitable habitat to raise their young, and greater and greater concentrations of greenhouse gases would jeopardize the ability of our own atmosphere to protect us from the heat ofRead More


Television: Q&A with Actor Austin Basis from The CW’s “Beauty & The Beast”

TweetHOLLYWOOD, Calif . — Austin Basis was born in Brooklyn, New York on Sept. 14, 1976. He graduated with a major in theatre at Binghamton University. Then, Basis joined the Actors Studio MFA program. Look for his character, J.T. Forbes, on the CW’s “Beauty & The Beast” Thursday nights at 9 p.m. PT/ET. “Growing up, I felt comfortable entertaining people and making them laugh,” Basis said in an exclusive phone interview. “I would buy costumes all year long and collect them. When people would come over the house, I wouldRead More


PREVIEW: Q&A with FIA Formula E NEXTEV TCR Drivers Nelson Piquet Jr. and Oliver Turvey

TweetNelson Piquet Jr. 1) Long Beach means a lot to you and your family: how did it feel to take your first Formula E win there last year? It was very special. For a few races I knew we were competitive enough to achieve it and we were just waiting for that win, but it almost felt like it was meant to be that weekend, it was a great moment.  It was at Long Beach that my father had won his first F1 race 35 years previously and I wasRead More