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Exposure to Phthalates Causes Health Risks

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



Pros and Cons of Wind Power

2017-01-23T11:03:51Z

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



All About Fracking or Hydrofracking

2017-01-23T11:03:51Z

Hydraulic fracturing is more commonly called fracking or hydrofracking. The term has been popularized due to controversies surrounding its use.



Top 7 Sources of Renewable Energy

2017-01-23T11:03:51Z

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



Tap Water in 42 States Contaminated by Chemicals

2017-01-23T11:03:51Z

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.



Do Biodegradable Items Really Degrade in...

2017-01-23T11:03:51Z

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



8 Environmental Costs (+2 Benefits!) of...

2017-01-23T11:03:51Z

A review of the environmental costs, including some benefits, associated with hydraulic fracturing for natural gas.



Are Cigarette Butts Biodegradable?

2017-01-23T11:03:51Z

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.



Are Backyard Barbecues Bad for Your Health?

2017-01-23T11:03:51Z

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



Do Chemicals Increase Your Risk of Breast Cancer?

2017-01-23T11:03:51Z

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.



Global Climate Change Basics

2017-01-23T11:03:51Z

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



Is Hydrogen the Fuel of the Future?

2017-01-23T11:03:51Z

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



How Do Humans Contribute to Global Warming?

2017-01-23T11:03:51Z

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



Can You Recognize Greenwashing?

2017-01-23T11:03:51Z




Fun Facts About Mistletoe

2017-01-23T11:03:51Z

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



Celebrate America Recycles Day

2017-01-23T11:03:51Z

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



What Is a Carbon Tax?

2017-01-23T11:03:51Z

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.



What You Need to Know About Biofuels

2017-01-23T11:03:51Z

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



What Does Climate Change Mitigation Mean?

2017-01-23T11:03:51Z

Find out what mitigation means in the context of climate change, how it differs from adaptation, and see examples relevant to different industries.



What Are the Benefits and Drawbacks of Using...

2017-01-23T11:03:51Z

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



Why Do Whales and Dolphins Strand Themselves on...

2017-01-23T11:03:51Z

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



7 Steps to a Wildlife-Friendly Backyard

2017-01-23T11:03:51Z

Making your yard inviting to wildlife is easy but requires some planning. Learn what you need to do to attract wildlife around your home.



What is the Origin of the Term "Locavore?"

2017-01-23T11:03:51Z

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?



Is Flying or Driving Better for the Environment?

2017-01-23T11:03:51Z

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



Why Are Farmers Markets So Popular?

2017-01-23T11:03:51Z

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



Why Preserving Rainforests May be a Matter of...

2017-01-23T11:03:51Z

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



Where to Find Eco-Friendly Carpet Cleaning...

2017-01-23T11:03:51Z

Traditional carpet cleaning solution contains chemicals that can damage health and the environment. Learn where to find healthier professional and do-it-yourself carpet cleaning options.



Why Recycle Plastics?

2017-01-23T11:03:51Z

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



Dust Bowl: The Worst Environmental Disaster in...

2017-01-23T11:03:51Z

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...

2017-01-23T11:03:51Z

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