The foundational element of life is carbon. Burning any fossil fuel will result in the release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere which scientists believe is the main driver of climate change. But not all fossil fuels are equally harmful to the environment.  For example, if the same amount of energy...

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America’s tap water infrastructure is crumbling--and predominantly black communities are suffering the most.  Nowhere is this more clear than in the city of Benton Harbor, Michigan, a city that is 85 percent black. After years of discolored water that smelled of sewage and poured out of the tap “sizzling like Alka-Seltzer,”...

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Biofilm is a plaque-like sludge that can grow in damp environments. Biofilm is especially concerning for public health experts because it can grow inside tap water pipelines if they are not properly maintained. The pathogen-filled sludge is often credited for causing water-borne illness outbreaks, including E. coli infections. Biofilm growth is...

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The latest Congressional budget debate sparked an interesting question: Should natural gas be considered clean energy?  The debate was triggered by the Clean Energy Payment Program (CEPP), which will provide incentives for energy suppliers to increase the proportion of their energy that comes from clean energy sources. The CEPP aims at...

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Some cities in the United States have gone as far as banning plastic water bottles to prevent them from ending up littered, but research shows that plastic water bottles are not the most littered items. According to a litter analysis done by Keep America Beautiful, aluminum beverage containers were littered...

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Recycling cartons is tedious and costly, which is why roughly 40 percent of the U.S. population lives in an area where cartons cannot be recycled. Cartons are difficult to recycle because they are made of layers of paper, plastic, and aluminum. The plastic or aluminum lining is needed to keep...

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Fewer than one in 10 Pennsylvania schools took action after finding out that their drinking water supply had unsafe levels of lead. The shocking statistic is part of a larger study by the Pittsburgh-based health advocacy nonprofit Women for a Healthy Environment. The study analyzed how schools addressed health concerns after...

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Environmentalists have led massive protests in opposition to pipeline development throughout the country, including the Dakota Access pipeline and the Keystone XL pipeline. These protests have led to many misconceptions about pipelines themselves.  Pipelines are one actually of the safest ways to transport liquid in the United States. Pipelines are significantly...

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Cotton tote bags have long been considered the eco-friendly alternative to plastic shopping bags. But as with many so-called “eco-friendly alternatives,” cotton bags may be worse than the problem they claim to solve. According to a 2018 study from the Ministry of Environment and Food of Denmark, an organic cotton bag...

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The EPA requires that the public be notified when their water becomes unsafe, but there is no nationwide standard operating procedure for how those notifications are made. In fact, there is no standard operating procedure in most states. Some cities have less-than-formal methods, too.  When a water main breaks or E....

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