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Published: Sat, 10 Dec 2016 11:14:08 +0000

 



10 Things You Can Do to Slow Climate Change

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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 to Help Save the Planet That Take 30...

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

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



5 Ways Oil Spills Hurt the Environment

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

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?



How Reusing Plastic Bottles Can Be a Health Risk

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

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?

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

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



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

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

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



What Kind of Cookware is Safest for the...

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

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



Why Recycle Plastics?

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

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?

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

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.



Potentially Devastating Effects of Drought

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

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



How Greenhouse Gases Cause Climate Change

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



How to Recycle Different Types of Plastic

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



Sustainable Down and Other Eco-Conscious...

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

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?



Ethanol Basics

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

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



Which Trees Best Offset the Effects of Global...

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

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



Should You Throw Away or Recycle Batteries?

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

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



What Are the Benefits and Drawbacks of Using...

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

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



The Basics About Greenhouse Gases

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

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



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

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

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



Is Population Growth Creating Serious...

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

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



What Are the Benefits of Recycling Paper?

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



Why Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs Are Good...

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

Compact fluorescent light bulbs use less energy, last longer and cost less to use than standard incandescent bulbs--and they are good for the environment. Learn how changing just one light bulb could help change the world for the better.



What Is Carbon Sequestration?

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

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



What You Need to Know About Biofuels

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

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



How Hurricane Katrina May Still Be Harming...

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

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



Do Fireworks Cause Pollution?

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

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



Do the Benefits of Recycling Outweigh the Costs?

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

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.



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

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

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?



Celebrate America Recycles Day

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

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



Why Honeybees Are Disappearing and Why You...

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

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



What You Didn't Know about Drought

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

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



Why You Should Really Recycle Aluminum

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

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



Burning Fall Leaves Is Bad for You

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

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.



8 Alternative Fuels for Vehicles

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



Buy a New Car or Keep the Old?

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

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?



Why are So Few Food Containers Made of...

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

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.



Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Facts

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

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.



Why Do Heat Waves Make Air Quality Worse?

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

Air quality during a heat wave not only feels worse, it is worse. Find out how heat waves affect air quality, and what you can do to protect yourself from poor air quality and heat waves.



Weather and Atmospheric Conditions That Cause...

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

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.



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

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

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.



Top 7 Sources of Renewable Energy

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

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



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

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

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.



What Is Air Pollution?

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

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



How Does the Kyoto Protocol Fight Climate Change?

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

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



Why You Should Stop Using Pastic Bags?

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

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.



Let's Talk About Our Litter Problem

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

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



What Is the Greenhouse Effect?

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

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



How Does Eating Locally Grown Food Help the...

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

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



Global Warming for Beginners

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

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



Fun Facts About Mistletoe

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

Mistletoe makes holiday romance democratic by making everyone equally kissable. But there is more to mistletoe than kissing and holiday merriment.



How Safe Is it to Drink Tap Water?

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

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.



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

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

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.



Are Smart Cars the Smart Choice?

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

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



Is Flying or Driving Better for the Environment?

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

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



The Environmental Impacts of Skiing and...

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

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



Pros and Cons of Wind Power

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

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



10 Worst Oil Spills in History

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

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



Solar Water Heaters: What Are the Benefits?

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

Why solar water heaters are good for the environment, and how solar water heaters can save consumers money.



Tap Water in 42 States Contaminated by Chemicals

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

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.



How to Calculate and Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

Use online calculators to measure your carbon footprint and discover how you can reduce your carbon footprint with simple, everyday lifestyle changes.



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

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

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 are the Health Risks Associated with...

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

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...

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

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



Why You Should Use Reusable Shopping Bags

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

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



Real vs. Fake Christmas Trees

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

Every Christmas you ask the same question: Is it better to get a real Christmas tree that has to be discarded after a few weeks, or a fake Christmas tree you can use year after year? Learn about the potential health and environmental consequences of both choices, and a better alternative.



How Does Recycling Metal Help the Economy and...

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

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



Helpful or Harmful? The Truth About Ozone

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

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



Why Recycle Cell Phones?

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

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



What Have We Learned About Honeybees Disappeari...

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

Years after the first reports of honeybees disappearing, honeybees are still threatened. What's the latest info on honeybees disappearing, and how does organic farming affect honeybees disappearing?



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

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

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



Can You Recycle Plastic Lids and Bottle Caps?

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

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



Cell Phone Recycling Guide

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

Recycling used cell phones is good for the environment and can help bridge the digital divide in developing countries or raise money for charity. Learn how, why and where to recycle your used cell phones.



Global Climate Change is Threatening Skiing

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

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



What Does Ozone Have to Do With Global Warming?

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

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



How Does Road Salt Affect Our Environment?

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

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



Is Global Warming Influencing El Niño?

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

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?



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

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

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



5 Ways You Benefit by Using Public Transportation

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

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?



Can Organic Farming End World Hunger?

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

All farming was organic for thousands of years, but then mankind discovered chemical pesticides and fertilizers and began to believe they were the secret to high crop yields and high profits. New research confirms organic farming is still best for farmers and consumers--and may be the only way to end world hunger without harming the planet.



Why Recycle Glass?

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

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



What You Can Do to Combat Global Warming

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

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



Is Hydrogen the Fuel of the Future?

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

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



Light Pollution Raises Risks of Breast Cancer

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

Forget romantic songs about the beautiful city lights. Light pollution, defined as excess light at night, increases women's risk of breast cancer significantly, as well as wasting energy and disrupting the migration patterns and breeding cycles of many birds and animals.



Synthetic vs Conventional Motor Oil

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

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.



Do Biodegradable Items Really Degrade in...

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

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



What Is a Locavore?

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

Locavore is the name given to people who take part in the growing local food movement. But what is a locavore exactly?



You Reuse Water Bottles? Examine Your Options

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

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



Is Chlorine in Your Water Helpful or Harmful?

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

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



Is Ocean Desalination the Answer to World's...

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

As ocean desalination plants are being built, environmentalists are expressing concerns about the long-term environmental effects of desalination.



Roads Are Bad for Wildlife, and It’s Not...

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

The environmental effects of roads go beyond roadkill.



Sugar Produces Bitter Results for the Environment

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

Sugar is in products we consume every day, yet we rarely give a second thought to how it is produced and what toll it may take on the environment.



What is the Origin of the Term "Locavore?"

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

Locavore is a term that is widely used to describe people who are committed to eating locally grown food for reasons ranging from better nutrition to supporting local farms and businesses to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. But where did the word come from and how did it become part of our everyday language?



Do Chemicals Increase Your Risk of Breast Cancer?

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

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 Is a Tsunami?

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

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



The California Drought, Year Four

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

California's ongoing drought is in its fourth year; what are the environmental consequences?



Dust Bowl: The Worst Environmental Disaster in...

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

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



How Are Tsunamis Detected?

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

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



How Is Ethanol Made?

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

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



Melting Glaciers Trigger Earthquakes, Tsunamis...

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

Melting glaciers caused by global warming will lead to an increasing number of earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions, according to geologists who have been studying the likely effects of global warming on the surface of the Earth.



What Is a Carbon Tax?

2016-12-10T11:14:08Z

Carbon taxes frequently make the news as environmentalists and governments try to slow global warming. Learn what a carbon tax is and how it works.