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Published: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 11:43:03 +0000

 



10 Things You Can Do to Slow Climate Change

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

Here are 10 things you can do every day to reduce your energy costs and your use of fossil fuels, which contribute to global warming.



5 Ways Oil Spills Hurt the Environment

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

That oil spills are bad for the environment is a universal truth, but what makes them so bad? How long do those damaging effects last?



What You Need to Know About the Dakota Access...

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

The Dakota Access Pipeline has met heavy resistance from many along its path from North Dakota to Illinois, including from American Indian tribes.



Potentially Devastating Effects of Drought

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

Drought has serious social and economic impacts with far-reaching consequences. Learn more about the effects of drought and how they are interrelated.



How Reusing Plastic Bottles Can Be a Health Risk

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

Reusing plastic bottles may do more harm than good by releasing toxic chemicals that can cause a host of serious health problems.



What Is Smog?

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

Smog, also known as ground-level ozone, poses serious risks to public health and the environment. Here are important FAQs about smog.



Why Recycle Plastics?

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

Plastics recycling conserves natural resources, saves energy, and contributes to the economy. Recycled plastics is heavily used in manufacturing.



What Was the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill?

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

The 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill coated more than a thousand miles of pristine coastline and killed hundreds of thousands of birds, fish and animals.



5 Ways to Help Save the Planet That Take 30...

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

Here are five simple things you can do in 30 minutes or less to help protect the environment.



What Are the Benefits and Drawbacks of Using...

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

Ethanol is a relatively low-cost alternative fuel. What are the benefits of ethanol? Are there any drawbacks to using ethanol blends?



What Is Bakken Shale Oil?

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

A brief presentation of North Dakota's Bakken Formation and the oil extracted from it, along with information about associated environmental concerns.



What Kind of Cookware is Safest for the...

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

This article explores the safety and potential health risks of several types of cookware, from Teflon to aluminum to stainless steel.



How Greenhouse Gases Cause Climate Change

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

Human activities are creating excess greenhouse gases that trap heat in the atmosphere and lead to global warming.



Plant a Billion Trees: People Fight Global...

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

The United Nations Environment Programme is coordinating a worldwide campaign to encourage people and organizations to plant at least a billion trees in a single year. Even that is only a small start on the work that must be done to restore the forests we have lost over the past decade alone. Find out how you can help.



How to Recycle Different Types of Plastic

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

Plastic is confusing to recycle; different types require different processing to be re-used. To sort it all out, learn what plastic numbers are.



What You Need to Know About Biofuels

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

Derived from plants, biofuels are renewable and cleaner than petroleum products, but many environmental experts agree on several drawbacks as well.



Ethanol Basics

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

An overview of the alternative fuel ethanol: how it is made, how it is used, and its influence on the economy and the environment.



5 Most Important Things You Can Do for the...

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

Ready for a deeper commitment to environmental stewardship? These strategies may seem radical, but they are the most valuable actions you can take.



How Hurricane Katrina May Still Be Harming...

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

Learn about the environmental impacts of Hurricane Katrina, including industrial waste, raw sewage, oil spills, and lasting danger to public health.



What Are the Benefits of Recycling Paper?

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

Paper recycling has many benefits, from saving energy to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Why recycle paper? Get the details.



Why Recycle Cell Phones?

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

Why recycle cell phones? That's easy. Recycling cell phones saves energy and conserves natural resources.



Do the Benefits of Recycling Outweigh the Costs?

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

When you consider the benefits of recycling vs. the cost, is recycling worth the expense? Here's what NYC discovered about the benefits of recycling.



Which Trees Best Offset the Effects of Global...

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

Most scientists agree that planting trees is a good way to help reduce global warming, but which types of trees are best?



Why Honeybees Are Disappearing and Why You...

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

Honeybee colonies are dying or disappearing in record numbers. What is causing the dramatic decline in honeybee populations in the U.S. and elsewhere?



Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Facts

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

The Deepwater Horizon spill may be front-page news, but some parts of the story have been overlooked or underreported by the media. Here are 10 things you really need to know about the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.



What You Didn't Know about Drought

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

What is the true definition of drought? The answer is more complex than most think.



Should You Throw Away or Recycle Batteries?

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

Newer batteries contain fewer toxic substances than older versions, but they do include trace amounts that could potentially harm the environment.



What Is Air Pollution?

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

What is air pollution? Defining air pollution is not as simple as it seems, because air pollution can take many forms..



The Basics About Greenhouse Gases

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

Find out what greenhouse gases are, how they work, and the role they play in warming our atmosphere through global climate change.



Why Do Whales and Dolphins Strand Themselves on...

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

Mass whale strandings occur in many parts of the world, and scientists are still searching for the answers that will unlock this mystery.



Top 7 Sources of Renewable Energy

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

Renewable energy is increasingly important as the world faces the threat of global warming. Find out more about the main sources of renewable energy.



Weather and Atmospheric Conditions That Cause...

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

Rising air and higher water temperatures worldwide are the drivers of more frequent and severe hurricanes. Scientists all exploring climate change interacts with these destructive storms.



Are LED Light Bulbs Better Than CFLs?

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

Light-emitting diodes (LED) are more energy-efficient than compact fluorescent lights (CFLs), among many other advantages.



Why are So Few Food Containers Made of...

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

Find out which ingredient in most plastic containers that makes it so hard to recycle them, and how corn plastic could be the eco-friendly answer.



Are Smart Cars the Smart Choice?

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

Smart cars are small and easy to park and maneuver in and out of city traffic, but just how safe and economical are they?



How Safe Is it to Drink Tap Water?

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

Bottled water companies would have you believe that tap water is unsafe to drink, but most experts say that most tap water is actually safe.



What Is the Greenhouse Effect?

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

A good explanation of the greenhouse effect and its relationship to global warming and what is being done to address the problem.



10 Worst Oil Spills in History

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

This list describes the worst oil spills in history, judged by the amount of oil released into the environment.



Is Population Growth Creating Serious...

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

Population growth is placing stress on the natural environment, creating scarcity and leading to problems such as deforestation and global warming.



Why You Should Stop Using Pastic Bags?

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

Are plastic bags that bad? Americans throw away over 100 billion plastic bags each year. Learn why you should reduce your use of plastic bags.



What are the Health Risks Associated with...

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

Chromium-6 is a human carcinogen when inhaled, and there is growing concern about the possible health effects of chromium-6 in drinking water.



How Much Destruction Deforestation Causes Every...

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

Deforestation is a growing global problem with far-reaching consequences, including some that may not be fully understood until it is too late.



Cell Phone Recycling: How to Recycle Your Old...

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

What happens to your old cell phone after you upgrade to a new model? Do stores really recycle old cell phones, or refurbish them and give them to the poor, or do they just end up in landfills? Learn how you can ensure your old cell phone is recycled and put to good use instead of damaging the environment.



Burning Fall Leaves Is Bad for You

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

Burning fallen leaves pollutes and causes health problems for many. Skipping the leaf fire may actually give you a nicer lawn and garden next spring.



You Reuse Water Bottles? Examine Your Options

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

A discussion about the use and safety of plastics, stainless steel, aluminum, and glass as materials for reusable water bottles.



Global Climate Change Basics

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

A simple, quick read summarizing global climate change, including what it is, how it happens, and what the consequences are.



Why You Should Use Reusable Shopping Bags

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

Plastic bags are hard on the environment, and paper bags aren't much better. Learn about better options you can start using right away.



What Is Carbon Sequestration?

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

Learn about how carbon sequestration removes carbon from atmospheric circulation, mitigating global climate change.



Is Flying or Driving Better for the Environment?

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

Learn whether air travel or car travel is best for the environment in terms of fuel efficiency, cost effectiveness and reducing your carbon footprint.



How Safe Are Oil and Gas Pipelines?

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

Pipelines reduce the cost of oil and gas transportation, but they have a spotty safety record.



Helpful or Harmful? The Truth About Ozone

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

In the upper atmosphere, ozone protects life on Earth. At ground level, ozone is a threat to human health, plants, and marine life.



Why Preserving Rainforests May be a Matter of...

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

Tropical rainforest plants have produced thousands of lifesaving drugs, yet the potential of rainforest medicinal plants has only barely been tapped.



Exposure to Phthalates Causes Health Risks

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

Learn the dangers of phthalates and where to find cosmetics that are free of them.



How Can There Be Water Scarcity When the Earth...

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

Water covers 70 percent of the Earth's surface, yet billions of people lack access to clean water. Population growth in many water-stressed countries, plus excess water use in developed countries, is shrinking water resources worldwide and raising fears about water scarcity. Learn what you can do to help.



How Does Road Salt Affect Our Environment?

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

Learn about road salt, and how its use has damaging environmental effects on water, plants and animals.



Why You Should Really Recycle Aluminum

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

Recycling aluminum saves energy, is good for the environment, and provides funds for many community programs and projects.



8 Alternative Fuels for Vehicles

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

Many fuels can provide alternatives that are better for the environment and often better for the economy than fossil fuels.



Let's Talk About Our Litter Problem

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

Litter is more than an eyesore on city streets and along highways. Litter pollutes waterways and leaches toxic chemicals into soil and groundwater.



Can You Recycle Plastic Lids and Bottle Caps?

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

Plastic lids and bottle caps can jam recycling equipment, contaminate recycled plastics, and endanger workers at recycling centers.



Why Online Bill Paying is Good for the...

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

Online bill paying is gaining popularity and it's good for the environment. Here's how online bill paying reduces waste while saving you time and money.



Do Fireworks Cause Pollution?

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

Fireworks litter the ground, pollute water supplies, and rain down chemicals and heavy metals that contribute to a wide range of health problems.



Tap Water in 42 States Contaminated by Chemicals

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

Public water supplies in 42 U.S. states--the tap water millions of Americans drink every day--are contaminated with 141 unregulated chemicals for which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has never established safety standards, according to an investigation by the Environmental Working Group.



Why Recycle Glass?

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

Glass recycling is both simple and beneficial. Glass recycling saves energy, conserves natural resources, and is good for the environment.



The Environmental Impacts of Skiing and...

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

Downhill skiing and snowboarding allow experiencing the mountains up close, but it also has consequences on the environment.



Synthetic vs Conventional Motor Oil

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

Is it better for the environment to use synthetic or conventional motor oil in your car's engine? Learn the pros and cons of both types of oil.



Buy a New Car or Keep the Old?

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

Is it better to drive an older, well-maintained car that gets about 25 miles per gallon, or to buy a new car that gets about 35 miles per gallon?



How Are Tsunamis Detected?

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

How scientists identify tsunamis; scientific methods for detecting a tsunami.



Are Corn-Based Plastics Better Than Petroleum-B...

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

Although corn-based PLA is a carbon neutral alternative, it has other problems that may limit its use as a replacement for traditional plastics.



What Is a Tsunami?

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

What are tsunamis, some recent examples, and environmental consequences of these natural disasters.



Will Solar Power Soon Become Cost-Effective for...

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

The sun is a virtually endless source of clean, renewable energy, which should make solar power a logical alternative to finite fossil fuels.



How Does the Kyoto Protocol Fight Climate Change?

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

The Kyoto Agreement is a historically important international effort aimed at protecting the world's climates from greenhouse gases.



How Do Humans Contribute to Global Warming?

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

Answers to an important question when it comes to global climate change: what do we do to cause it?



Pros and Cons of Wind Power

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

Wind power: what is it, how does it work, and what are the pros and cons?



How Does Recycling Metal Help the Economy and...

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

Metal recycling conserves natural resources, saves energy, contributes to the U.S. economy and bolsters U.S. trade balances.



Global Climate Change and the Boom in Natural...

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

Hydrofracking for natural gas recently opened up a new fossil fuel option. What are the consequences of this resource on global climate change?



Celebrate America Recycles Day

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

America Recycles Day takes place every year on November 15, with events that educate people about the benefits of recycling.



Greenhouse Gas Reduction Pro Tips

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

Know the top sources of greenhouse gas emissions, and choose among these effective ways to cut your contribution to global warming.



More Than Half of U.S. Population Lives in...

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

According to the American Lung Association, more than half of all Americans live in counties with unsafe levels of smog and particle pollution, which leads to many lung and respiratory illnesses.



Is Global Warming Influencing El Niño?

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

El Niño conditions create havoc in much of the country. Has the frequency and intensity of El Niño events increased due to global climate change?



Why Is Recycling Not Mandatory in All U.S....

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

If recycling is one of the three Rs of environmental preservation--reduce, reuse, and recycle--then why is recycling not mandatory everywhere in the United States and elsewhere? Should recycling be mandatory? What would have to change for recycling to become the law of the land?



The Great Pacific Garbage Patch: What It Is and...

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

We heard that there is a gigantic floating island of trash far out in the Pacific Ocean. What really is out there, and what environmental impacts does it have?



Do Heat Waves Make Air Quality Worse?

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

Air quality during a heat wave not only feels worse, it is worse. Find out how heat waves affect air quality.



What Does Ozone Have to Do With Global Warming?

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

Once and for all, understand the real role ozone plays in global warming.



Is Hydrogen the Fuel of the Future?

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

Hydrogen burns clean and running vehicles with hydrogen fuel cells instead of oil would be a great step forward for the environment.



The 3 Most Common Ways Our Rivers Are Polluted

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

The quality of a large proportion of the nation's rivers is compromised by water pollution. Three types of pollutants account for most of the water pollution problems.



Are Cigarette Butts Biodegradable?

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

Cigarette butts are one of the most common forms of litter, but they are not harmless. Learn more about the environmental issues associated with them.



Global Climate Change Is Threatening Skiing

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

To skiers and snowboarders, global warming means shorter seasons and less snow. How are ski resorts adapting?



The History and Importance of Earth Day

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

Earth Day is an annual observance intended to raise awareness about a range of environmental issues and to inspire people to take action.



How Does Eating Locally Grown Food Help the...

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

Foods grown locally make a lot of sense for those who want more control over what they put into their bodies.



Is Chlorine in Your Water Helpful or Harmful?

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

Chlorine in tap water destroys many disease-causing bacteria that threaten human health, but it may lead to other health problems.



What Are Red Tides, and Why Are They a Problem?

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

Find out what red tides are, what causes them, and the effects they have on human health, animal populations, and the economy.



What Is Chromium-6?

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

Chromium-6 is one form of the metallic element chromium, and a human carcinogen when inhaled. It is sometimes detected in public drinking water.



Do Biodegradable Items Really Degrade in...

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

The majority of garbage that goes into landfills is biodegradable, but most landfills are too tightly packed for biodegradation to occur.



How Much Does It Cost to Use Ethanol?

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

What is the true cost of using ethanol, or an ethanol blend, as an alternative fuel in place of gasoline?



The Dangers of Lightning

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

Worldwide, about 10,000 people are killed by lightning every year. What makes lightning so dangerous and how does it compare to other weather hazards?



8 Ways to Reduce Your Exposure to the Chemical...

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

Learn how to lessen your exposure to BPA and reduce your potential health risks, including heart disease, diabetes, and child development



7 Ways to Your Green Home

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

If you are building a new home, make it the best it can be by considering environmental, health, and economic factors right at the planning stage.



What Is the Problem with Neonicotinoid...

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

Find out what neonicotinoids are, how they work, and the consequences they have on honeybees, wild bees, bumblebees, and birds.



What You Can Do to Combat Global Warming

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

Want to fight global warming? These 10 simple actions will help you fight global warming by using energy wisely.



Roads Are Bad, and Not Just Because of Roadkill

2017-02-26T11:43:03Z

The environmental effects of roads go beyond roadkill.