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AskPablo:What can I do to help stop global warming?

On this day 20 years ago, June 23, 1988, James Hansen, head of NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, testified to the U.S.…

AskPablo: Summer Vacation

With gas prices breaking new records every day I am wondering, is it better for the environment to fly or drive to my…

Ask Pablo: Termites! Is there a way to get rid of them without turning my house into a gas chamber?

A friend just found out that he has major termites in his house. He has no choice but to take steps to get…

AskPablo: LED lights are amazing but expensive. By switching to them, will I save energy and money over the long run?

I would like to use LED lighting to replace all my existing lighting. Over the long run, will I be reducing energy consumption…

AskPablo: Keep the beater?

Is it environmentally better to keep my 1986 Mercedes-Benz W126 or buy a new hybrid? This is a question I have gotten a…

AskPablo: Can we get enough power from the sun to power America?

I’ve read in more than one place that 100 square miles of solar panels in the U.S. would meet all our energy needs.…

AskPablo: The great diaper debate

The great diaper debate of disposable vs. cloth now has a new dimension thanks to gDiapers, flushable nappies that are cradle-to-cradle certified. But…

AskPablo: Shoulf I have a second child?

I am trying to decide whether to have a second child. I am wondering about the environmental impact that an American/U.S. person will…

AskPablo: Should I get rid of my standard light bulbs for those curlicue fluorescent ones?

Should I discard my still-working standard incandescent bulbs and replace them with compact fluorescents, or wait until they die a natural death and…

AskPablo: Valentine’s Day Flowers

Valentine’s Day is coming up, and I feel I should get my significant other some flowers. But I’ve read that flowers, especially in…

AskPablo: Should I buy soda in plastic bottles or aluminum cans?

Dear Pablo, Assuming that one can’t break the habit of drinking pop, what kind of container is more environmentally friendly, aluminum cans or…

AskPablo: What’s so bad about bottled water, anyway?

I keep hearing that bottled water is the scourge of the Earth. But it sure is convenient. So what’s so bad about it?…

Salon.com to Publish Ask Pablo

Thanks to readers like you, AskPablo has enjoyed overwhelming success over the last 66 weekly columns. Since we began tracking readership in April…

What is the True Cost of Gasoline? $100 A Barrel?

This analysis is likely quite conservative and is meant as an illustration that gives light to the many hidden costs we are already…

AskPablo: About Plastic Recycling

This week I got the following question from Barb: My community as well as all other surrounding cities here in Ohio only accept…