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Ask Eartha: Do cows contribute to climate change?

Dear Eartha, I heard that cows are a major contributor to climate change. Is that true?Are cow burps really a source of greenhouse gas emissions? Mooooost certainly. In fact, emissions from the digestive systems of livestock – particularly beef cattle and dairy cows – are responsible for 27 percent of global methane emissions. In the […]

Ask Eartha: What is climate equity?

Dear Eartha, What is climate equity? Take a few moments and imagine that you live somewhere else. Instead of mountains in your backyard, there’s block after block of buildings — row homes, high-rise buildings and skyscrapers in the distance. Concrete and asphalt replace local singletrack. A nearby highway is busy with traffic. A few miles away, […]

Ask Eartha: Dealing with all of those leaves

Dear Eartha, My garden and yard are looking spookier than any haunted house, and it’s not Halloween decorations. What’s a ghoul — I mean, gardener — to do with all these fallen leaves and a garden that’s downright ghostly? October has gifted us with some stunning days, so it’s no wonder that fall chores may […]

Ask Eartha: A Guide to Boiler Replacement

Dear Eartha, My boiler is old and I’ve been told it might not last much longer. Do I get a higher efficiency boiler or are there other heating options to consider? I don’t know where to start! The decision to replace an old natural gas boiler is a significant crossroads in a homeowner’s journey. It’s […]

Ask Eartha: Breaking down EV incentives

Dear Eartha, I am interested in buying an electric car and am trying to figure out all the rebates, but it’s so confusing. Help! As someone doing her own electric vehicle shopping, I know firsthand that navigating through the rebates and incentives can be a real head-scratcher. But fear not — we’ve got this. Federal […]

Ask Eartha: A summer of climate change

Dear Eartha, Is it hotter than usual, or is it just me? It’s hot. As my colleagues and I sweated in a steamy office this week, I began to wonder if local temperatures were breaking any records. Then the Summit Daily News confirmed my suspicions — with highs pushing the mid-80s last week, we were darn close. […]

Ask Eartha: Should I make the switch from a gas stovetop to an induction range in my kitchen?

Dear Eartha, I’ve heard a lot about induction cooking, but can anything really be better than gas? What’s better than cooking with gas? How about breathing clean air? Americans, on average, spend 90% of their lives indoors. That may come as a surprise since so many Summit County folks don’t skew “average American” when it comes […]