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California made big news recently when it announced the first statewide ban on plastic shopping bags set to kick in during the middle of 2015. Beginning in July, large grocery stores, pharmacies and other food retailers in the Golden State will no longer be able to send shoppers home with plastic bags, while convenience markets, liquor stores and other small food retailers will join the ranks a year later.


Zipping on my boots, I left the TV on and chanced on the Queen Latifah Show. I find her very likable­­ charming, and non plastic in presentation or surgery. So, when she began her show with an earnest appeal for us to get our “girls” checked, I sat up and paid attention.


Last week, the streets of Manhattan were transformed into powerful rallying sites. Marchers from all over the world joined forces to protest the destruction of our soil, air and water. Focusing mostly on climate changes and the dangers of fracking, over half a million marchers bravely struck back at the forces that refuse to recognize the severity of the climate problem.


From season to season, year to year, we each go through our unique life journey. It's said, "We make plans, and God laughs!" The trick is to allow ourselves to laugh, no matter how challenging the terrain.


Women aren't the only ones who should be worried about exposure to BPA, PCBs and other common environmental contaminants. Research during the last few decades—including a recent report by the Environmental Working Group—has shown that environmental exposures may contribute to major diseases and health concerns that especially affect men, including heart disease, prostate cancer and infertility. 


Dear EarthTalk: What are the environmental implications of the so-called “driverless car” that Google and others are working on right now? —April Jackman, Barre, MA


I was watching CBS News this morning when they announced that experiments with blood transfusions was reversing aging in mice. Living here in peaceful, protected Anguilla, I watch TV daily to keep up with what's happening in the world. No longer shocked at the news of war, tornadoes, global”warming”, this came a pleasant surprise.


Environmentalists’ beef with the Keurig system is in the single-use, non-recyclable nature of the packaging, given the implications for our waste stream. The individual parts of a K-Cup (plastic, paper and foil) could theoretically be recycled on their own, but the combination is too small and messy for recycling facilities to be able to sort. So our only choice is to throw the whole K-Cup pack, lock stock and barrel, into the garbage.


You may have noted, as I did, that the press has been singularly unimpressed with Obama's gift to the Pope. The hand-crafted wooden, velvet-lined box containing seeds of plants growing on the White House property seemed, at best, inadequate. At worst... downright insulting!


Okay, perhaps I'm jealous.

Jane Fonda has been appearing on the media circuit to publicize her new book Being a Teen. A woman of admirable achievement, Jane has gone on to write a valuable book of advice for teens.