earthtalk

  • What is so-called green patent sharing and how does it work?

    Roddy Scheer & Doug Moss EarthTalk The idea behind so-called green patent sharing is that researchers, inventors and companies can share the rights to make, use or incorporate certain patented technologies that benefit the environment, theoretically expediting the development of energy efficiency, pollution prevention, recycling, water conservation and other...
  • Evolving Through Global Warming

    Could global warming really already be a factor in the evolution of wildlife species? Roddy Scheer & Doug Moss EarthTalk 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 just how different wildlife species...
  • Does Volvo’s embrace of electric cars signal the beginning of the end of the gas-powered internal combustion engine?

    Roddy Scheer & Doug Moss EarthTalk Volvo has announced that it will only sell hybrid and electric cars beginning in 2019, signaling a shift in the auto industry as a whole toward more fuel-efficient cars that can help reduce drivers’ carbon footprints and fuel costs. “In the next five...
  • Dense World

    Is the increasing urbanization of our world good for reducing our carbon footprint? Roddy Scheer & Doug Moss EarthTalk No doubt, the increased density of big cities leads to less energy use and fewer greenhouse gas emissions per capita. “The biggest factor is transportation, first, simply because trips get...
  • Eco-Friendly Light Bulbs

    Are incandescent bulbs are back in a much more efficient form?  Roddy Scheer & Doug Moss EarthTalk 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...
  • What exactly is the “Myth of the Climate Change 97%”

    Roddy Scheer & Doug Moss EarthTalk The so-called “Myth of the Climate Change 97%” refers to the argument made by climate skeptics who dispute the notion that 97% of climate scientists have achieved consensus that global warming is occurring and is caused by human activities. Oklahoma Republican Senator James...
  • How Wildlife Has Affected Chernobyl in Russia

    Roddy Scheer & Doug Moss EarthTalk The Chernobyl disaster confirmed everyone’s worst nightmares about the awesome power of nuclear reactions. When the Ukrainian reactor collapsed, the radioactive fallout profoundly contaminated the surrounding environment, affecting any living beings located within the so-called “Exclusion Zone” of 30 kilometers around the reactor’s...
  • The Problem of Plastic in our Oceans

    Roddy Scheer & Doug Moss EarthTalk We’re all familiar with the issue of non-biodegradable plastic debris (shopping bags, soda bottles, fishing nets etc.) clogging up our waterways and making its way out to sea—sometimes accumulating in huge “gyres.” But what you might not realize is that even if you...
  • Green Halloween

    Roddy Scheer & Doug Moss EarthTalk Halloween may be fun, but…this most ghoulish of holidays is also cause for lots of waste, given the preponderance of one-time use costumes that end up in a box or in the trash come November 1. And sustainability proponents also decry Halloween for...