If you haven’t already jumped on the home energy-efficiency bandwagon, the good news is that several federal energy tax credits originally slated to end in 2010 were extended through December 31, 2011; but the not-so-good news is that these credits are worth significantly less and are more restrictive than before.
Dear EarthTalk: I know that polar bears are losing ice cover due to climate change, but what are other ways that global warming affects wildlife around the globe? — Hanna Bond, Hartford, CT
LIVINGSTON — Everyone understands how important it is for children to get vaccinated. However, there is a significant role for vaccinations in the adult population.
Dear EarthTalk: Freight companies like FedEx, UPS and all those 18 wheelers on the highways probably generate a lot of pollution and global warming. Is anything being done to address this? — Michael Brown, Washington, DC
UNION – Jazzfest For The Homeless will take place on Saturday, Oct. 15 at the Salem Roadhouse Café, 829 Salem Road, Union (Townley Presbyterian Church) from 5 until 9 p.m.
Dear EarthTalk: I want to use cleaning products that are healthier for the environment, but I worry that baking soda and the like won’t really get my tub and toilet germ-free. Should I continue using bleach products in the bathroom? — Margaret Pierce, Columbia, MO
Dear EarthTalk: What is the environmental impact of so many people now using sites like Facebook and spending so much time online? — Bob Yearling, Paris, TX
But little did I know that this community service message would actually turn out to be a real commercial… Now I know how hard it is to do those other commercials on TV that look like a good way to earn some easy money.
STATE — New Jersey lighthouses and selected museums will again be hosting the “Lighthouse Challenge of New Jersey” weekend on Saturday, Oct. 15 and Sunday, Oct. 16.
A listing of upcoming community events in Union and Middlesex counties and the surrounding areas.