Earthtalk: Expert Answers to Everyday Questions about the Environment

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From the authors of the leading environmental handbook Green Living? the best of E?s nationally syndicated Q&A column, EarthTalk

E / The Environmental Magazine has established itself as the leading independent environmental periodical since its debut in 1990. E reaches 180,000 readers per issue, and its website attracts up to 600,000 visitors a month. One of their most popular features is the column EarthTalk, now nationally syndicated in up to 1,700 newspapers, magazines, ...

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Overview

From the authors of the leading environmental handbook Green Living? the best of E?s nationally syndicated Q&A column, EarthTalk

E / The Environmental Magazine has established itself as the leading independent environmental periodical since its debut in 1990. E reaches 180,000 readers per issue, and its website attracts up to 600,000 visitors a month. One of their most popular features is the column EarthTalk, now nationally syndicated in up to 1,700 newspapers, magazines, and websites. In EarthTalk, the editors of E answer readers? questions on the environment and the best ways to live green.

EarthTalk gathers together the best of these questions and answers in a quick and easy guide for the average Joe (or Jane). Searching by subject or looking up questions in the index, readers can learn everything from the difference between wild and farmed salmon to the pros and cons of nuclear power. EarthTalk provides the essential tools and tips to living in harmony with the planet.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This roundup of Q&As from ecology periodical E is an engaging overview of the latest information regarding the environment, but more a starting point for investigating the issues than a real education. Organized by topic-food, shopping, health care, personal space, energy consumption, apparel, kids, global warming and transportation-the questions and answers are both down-to-earth and practical without sacrificing curiosity or smoothing out surprises; coffee growing, for instance, is hard on farmers and the planet, but has unexpected, eco-minded champions in Starbucks and the Smithsonian National Zoo. The chapter on shopping is a bit of a hodge-podge, which makes it especially interesting: covering old-growth wood (most prized by timber companies), disposable dishes (try compost-ready dishware made from corn), green tax incentives, the utility of hemp, a catalog of plastic grades and more. Entries on more complicated issues (like nuclear power) may be too brief, and don't always point to resources on both sides of the debate, but lay out the concerns of all interested parties clearly.
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Library Journal

This collection of questions and answers centering on environmental issues is just what the subtitle indicates: a simple, straightforward series of answers to common questions posed by readers to E/The Environmental Magazine's (www.emagazine.com) nationally syndicated Q&A column "EarthTalk." Broken down into ten palatable chapters on topics ranging from organic veggies to organic undies, global warming, and transportation, this handy paperback covers a wide range of environmental topics. Specific questions ("toothpastes without artificial sweeteners?") are answered with names of sources, whereas more obscure questions like "Is the world running out of oil?" are answered with facts and statistics without any sense of hysteria or pandering. The E editors' answers are succinct, informational, and followed by contact information specific to each topic. This contact information-names, phone numbers, and web addresses of important resources-is a wonderful resource, which may be difficult to navigate without an alphabetized list. The book's index was unseen by this reviewer, and may remedy this issue. Recommended for public libraries.
—Jaime Hammond

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780452290129
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/24/2009
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

The E/The Environmental Magazine editorial team includes: executive editor and publisher Doug Moss, who founded E and created EarthTalk; editor Brita Belli, formerly with Connecticut's Fairfield County Weekly newspaper; Roddy Scheer, editor-at- large and EarthTalk's primary writer; and Jim Motavalli, former E editor and now a contributing writer to the magazine.
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