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Dear EarthTalk: I recently saw an article extolling the virtues of natural gas as an abundant, inexpensive and domestically produced automotive fuel. Is this going to be the automotive fuel of the future and how green is it? — Jason Kincaide, New Bedford, MA

Play Pays: The Rich Benefits of Tree-Climbing, Firefly-Chasing, Unstructured Play (and Why Your Kids Need More of It This Summer)

If you’re like many parents, your child’s summer may already be booked up with “enriching activities.” Maybe you’re shipping him off to a rigorous math or computer camp designed to give him an academic edge. Or perhaps she’ll be living at home but attending an educational day camp or an intensive sports camp.

U.S. Unemployment Remains At 8.2%

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. economy added 80,000 jobs in June according to data released this morning by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, but that wasn’t enough to lower the unemployment rate from 8.2 percent. In the second quarter, employment growth averaged 75,000 jobs per month – a sharp decline from the first quarter’s average monthly gain of 226,000 jobs.

Writer’s Block: War Of The Words

I have a cousin who likes to talk on the phone. She usually calls at exactly the same time that I am ready to unwind in quiet bliss for the first time since the alarm went that morning. Truthfully, I don’t want to open my mouth in the evening for anything except maybe that nice glass of pinot noir staring at me. All I need to do is say, “Ahhh” and there’s no need for conversation.


Dear EarthTalk: Is there any environmental risk from all that Japanese tsunami debris that is starting to wash up on the U.S. west coast? — Bailey Thigerson, Seattle, WA