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Published: Mon, 13 Mar 2017 12:03:23 +0000

 



10 Things You Can Do to Slow Climate Change

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

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.



Why Online Bill Paying is Good for the...

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

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.



5 Ways Oil Spills Hurt the Environment

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

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 Are the Benefits and Drawbacks of Using...

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

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



Why Recycle Plastics?

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

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



What You Need to Know About Biofuels

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

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



Get Involved with Your State Wildlife Action Plan

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

State Wildlife Action Plans provide a unique opportunity for citizens to get involved with establishing priorities for wildlife conservation.



What Was the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill?

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

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.



What Is Smog?

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

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



How Reusing Plastic Bottles Can Be a Health Risk

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

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



The Environmental Impacts of Skiing and...

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

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



Plant a Billion Trees: People Fight Global...

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

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.



Why Recycle Cell Phones?

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

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



Do Chemicals Increase Your Risk of Breast Cancer?

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

Breast cancer and common chemicals - Learn how chemicals in everyday products are linked to breast cancer, what governments are doing, and how to protect yourself.



What Kind of Cookware is Safest for the...

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

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



What is EarthTalk?

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

Information about EarthTalk, a publication of E/The Environmental Magazine.



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

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

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



Does E85 Perform Better than Gasoline?

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

Ethanol is widely available, but what kind of performance can drivers expect from a car running on ethanol or an ethanol/gasoline blend?



Ethanol Basics

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

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



Can BPA Harm You?

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

What is bisphenol A (BPA) exactly, and what do you need to know about it to protect yourself and your family?



What Are the Benefits of Recycling Paper?

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

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



Potentially Devastating Effects of Drought

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

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



Do the Benefits of Recycling Outweigh the Costs?

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

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.



San Francisco Hopes to Turn Pet Feces Into Power

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

American dogs and cats produce 10 million tons of animal waste every year, and most of it ends up in landfills or ends up in the water table. San Francisco and several other cities in the Bay Area have set a goal to end their use of landfills by 2020, so they have started looking at the feasibility of turning pet feces into power instead of pollution.



Will Chocolate Fuel Your Next Car?

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

Combining chocolate with the right kind of bacteria produces hydrogen, a clean renewable energy that could be used with fuel cells to power vehicles or manufacturing processes, according to researchers at the University of Birmingham in the UK.



Top 7 Sources of Renewable Energy

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

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



Are Cell Phones and Microwave Radiation Really...

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

Scientific research indicates that exposure to cell phones and microwave radiation can cause health problems. Learn more about the health effects of cell phones and microwave radiation.



Sweden Aims to be World's First Oil-free Nation

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

Sweden has set an ambitious goal to eliminate its dependency on oil by 2020. The nation of 9 million people has made a good start at becoming oil-free. Sweden is already less dependent on oil than other nations in the European Union and a world leader in the use of renewable energy.



How to Recycle Different Types of Plastic

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

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



Let's Talk About Our Litter Problem

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

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



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

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

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



Why are So Few Food Containers Made of...

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

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.



Is Population Growth Creating Serious...

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

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



Is Hydrogen the Fuel of the Future?

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

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



Global Population Hits 7 Billion

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

World population reached an all-time high 7 billion in 2011, and the population is still growing rapidly. What effects can we expect from having 7 billion people living on Earth?



Health Risks Associated With Chromium-6

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

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



What is the Problem with Soft Drinks?

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

Carbonated soft drinks (aka soda pop) have become a dietary staple for millions of people, but what are the dangers and drawbacks of consuming so much



10 Worst Oil Spills in History

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

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



Why You Should Stop Using Pastic Bags?

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

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.



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

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

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



Pros and Cons of Wind Power

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

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



What Is the Greenhouse Effect?

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

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



Toxic Toys: Chemicals in Toys Endanger Children

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

Chemicals typically used to make plastics soft and flexible have been cited as making toys and other children's products toxic and creating serious health problems for kids. A growing number of governments have banned the chemicals that create toxic toys.



Is Flying or Driving Better for the Environment?

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

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



Which Trees Best Offset the Effects of Global...

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

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



Update on Amazon Deforestation

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

Get an update on deforestation in the Amazon Basin, with a review of the concerns, trends, and efforts to conserve what's left.



What Is Air Pollution?

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

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



How Hurricane Katrina May Still Be Harming...

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

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



How to Find Products “Not Tested on...

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

What does it really mean when a product says



Why All the Concerns about the Pilgrim Pipeline?

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

A proposed crude oil pipeline slated to run between Albany, New York and Linden, New Jersey is raising environmental concerns.



How Greenhouse Gases Cause Climate Change

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

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



Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Facts

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

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.



Do Biodegradable Items Really Degrade in...

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

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



Why You Should Use Reusable Shopping Bags

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

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



Helpful or Harmful? The Truth About Ozone

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

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



8 Alternative Fuels for Vehicles

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

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



The Basics About Greenhouse Gases

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

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



How Much Destruction Deforestation Causes Every...

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

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



How Does Eating Locally Grown Food Help the...

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

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



How Much Does It Cost to Use Ethanol?

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

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



How to Find Your Local Farmers Markets

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

There are more than 5,000 farmers markets in the United States, but how can you locate the farmers markets in your area? Use these five easy tips to find your local farmers markets.



Global Climate Change Is Threatening Skiing

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

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



Global Climate Change and the Boom in Natural...

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

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



How Safe Is it to Drink Tap Water?

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

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.



Burning Fall Leaves Is Bad for You

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

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.



Most Americans Believe Global Warming is a Threat

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

Most Americans believe global warming is a serious threat, to themselves and to future generations, and the majority support government mandates to help develop renewable energy and reduce global warming, according to a TIME magazine/ABC News/Stanford University poll.



Should You Throw Away or Recycle Batteries?

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

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



Why Recycle Glass?

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

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



What You Didn't Know about Drought

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

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



Can You Recycle Plastic Lids and Bottle Caps?

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

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



How Does Recycling Metal Help the Economy and...

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

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



What Is a Tsunami?

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

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



What Is Carbon Sequestration?

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

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



How Do Humans Contribute to Global Warming?

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

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



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

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

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



Are Backyard Barbecues Bad for Your Health?

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

Grilling over charcoal releases soot and other pollutants into the air and creates carcinogens in the smoke from the grill and the food itself.



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

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

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.



5 Ways You Benefit by Using Public Transportation

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

Using public transportation instead of driving alone in your car is good for the planet and good for your budget. So why don't more Americans use it?



Why Are Farmers Markets So Popular?

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

Farmers markets offer consumers a direct link to the farmers and other producers who grow, raise and process their food.



Dust Bowl: The Worst Environmental Disaster in...

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

The Dust Bowl of the 1930s is considered by most experts to be the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history.



Why Honeybees Are Disappearing and Why You...

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

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



Are Cigarette Butts Biodegradable?

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

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.



How Does the Kyoto Protocol Fight Climate Change?

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

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



Are Smart Cars the Smart Choice?

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

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



Sustainable Down and Other Eco-Conscious...

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

Down, wool, and recycled synthetic fill can all be sustainably used to make warm winter clothes. Have you heard about milkweed as a green alternative?



Ready for Some Uplifting Environmental News?

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

Environmental topics are often gloomy and disheartening. Are there any encouraging environmental news? Here are a few.



Exposure to Phthalates Causes Health Risks

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

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



You Reuse Water Bottles? Examine Your Options

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

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



What Is the Problem with Neonicotinoid...

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

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



What are the Health Risks Associated with...

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

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



Why You Should Really Recycle Aluminum

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

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



Global Climate Change Basics

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

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



Synthetic vs Conventional Motor Oil

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

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.



What Are the Health Effects of Airport Noise...

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

Airport noise and pollution increase risk for coronary heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure and other illness.



How Is Ethanol Made?

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

A simple discussion of the raw materials and processes used to produce ethanol.



The Dangers of Lightning

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

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?



Cross-Border Pollution: A Growing International...

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

Cross-border pollution is a serious environmental problem that often frustrates national solutions. As pollution from one nation contaminates the air and water of another, it creates a dilemma for both and leaves local communities with few real options.



What You Can Do to Combat Global Warming

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

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



Is Chlorine in Your Water Helpful or Harmful?

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

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



What Is Chromium-6?

2017-03-13T12:03:23Z

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