In his first Carbon Column, U.K. author Ellis Hall of FutureNetZero made the case that plastic may have a better carbon footprint when compared to aluminum. Read Hall's full column here.  Cans v bottles? After all, we all know about recycling cans and it seems far better than the nasty plastic bottle....

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The United States Department of Energy announced a plan to spend $6 billion to rescue nuclear energy facilities that are at risk of closing.  Department officials cited the Biden administration’s goal of becoming carbon neutral as the reason behind the hefty investment.  “U.S. nuclear power plants contribute more than half of our...

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In 2011, a 9-year-old estimated that Americans alone use 500 million straws per day – a figure that would go on to become the basis for plastic straw bans throughout the country.  But, it turns out that the 9-year-old overestimated that figure nearly threefold. His terrible math didn’t dissuade environmental activists,...

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The federal government announced that it would be dolling out an unprecedented $6.4 billion to address the lasting effects of aluminum mining.  The clean-up will target the four states that are intersected by the Catawissa Creek: Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland.  The creek, which stretches 42 miles, should be bouncing with...

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The Environmental Protection Agency announced that it would not be taking steps to further regulate the chemical perchlorate in American drinking water. Perchlorate is a tap water contaminant that has been linked to brain damage in infants and developmental delays in young children. The chemical has been known to interfere with...

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Since its founding, Amazon has been able to skirt the onerous law known as California Proposition 65. But those days may soon be over.  Prop 65, officially titled the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, was a California ballot initiative that garnered immense support. The policy was originally...

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“Bioengineered” is the new GMO – at least on food labels in the United States.  Starting this year, the United States Department of Agriculture has required producers to include a “bioengineered” label on any food that has been genetically modified in such a way that natural growth is not possible. The...

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A study from the University of Copenhagen revealed that there may be a lot more in your reusable water bottle than just tap water.  The researchers found that reusable water bottles can shed “several hundred different chemical substances” into the water. The study specifically analyzed water that had been left in...

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It has been known for generations that over-exposure to lead can lead to bad health consequences, but a new study has shown that it can also lead to bad behaviors, too.  A new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences revealed that consumption of lead-contaminated tap water by...

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American families put a lot of trust in the government to keep their drinking water pure. But in at least three states, the government has been directly responsible for polluting the tap water. Within the past few weeks, military bases in Iowa, Florida, and Hawaii have all had chemical spills that...

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