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Children’s Hospital Offers Halloween Safety Tips

NEWARK–Halloween is an exciting time of year for children. The last thing that any parent wants is an accident or injury to ruin the holiday. However, roughly four times as many children aged 5-14 are injured while walking on Halloween evening as compared with other evenings of the year, and falls are a leading cause of injuries among children on that night.

Energy-Efficiency Tax Credits Expire Soon

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.

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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

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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

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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

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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