A video of a turtle and a third grader’s (questionable) calculation created the perfect storm to launch plastic straws into the position of public enemy number one in the eyes of many environmentalists.  While straws may seem harmless, there are millions used every day in sodas and coffee cups throughout the...

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The Environmental Protection Agency this week finalized a rule making it more difficult for junk science to be the basis of federal regulations.  The new rule -- titled “Strengthening Transparency in Pivotal Science Underlying Significant Regulatory Actions and Influential Scientific Information” -- took effect on January 6. Under the rule, the...

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Each year, hundreds of thousands of children suffer blindness, stunted growth, and even death because of the misguided hatred of genetically modified crops from officials at the United Nations. According to a report from Real Clear Markets, at least 500,000 children have gone blind as a result of a fully preventable...

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Thousands of families spent their holidays in the cold thanks to the misguided hatred of natural gas by an individual who authorities believe is an environmental activist. Police said that an activist from the group Earth First! may have attacked natural gas pipelines in Aspen, Colorado, causing an outage that left...

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Curbing carbon emissions has been a top priority for environmentalists in the past few decades. Activists have urged businesses and governments to pursue alternative energy sources spurring investments in several forms of renewable energy. But not all alternatives are created equal.  Solar power advocates act as though carbon-free energy is literally...

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With all the quarantine and shutdowns, it’s easy to feel like 2020 was a lost year. The world may have been on pause, but scientists, engineers, and inventors remained hard at work to improve the world around us so we can leave it healthier and cleaner than we found it.  Here...

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The endless frivolous lawsuits brought forward under California Proposition 65 have landed the state as a top “Judicial Hellholes,” a list created by the American Tort Reform Foundation.  Prop 65 was voted into law via referendum in 1986. The supposed goal of the legislation was to protect Californians from potential carcinogens...

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If you have a sensitive stomach and drink tap water, you may want to stop reading here. A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that biofilm -- a sludge coating consisting of bacteria, fungi, amoebas, and other microorganisms -- is lining more than six million miles of tap...

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This is the third report in a series about companies “greenwashing” products to make them appear to be better for the environment than they actually are. You can read our other greenwashing reports here. Keep an eye on the Periodic Fabels blog for future updates to the series.  Organic foods have...

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Tap water in the United States is supposed to be safe to consume, but the reality is that American tap water is riddled with contaminants including fecal matter, lead, pesticides, and other potentially harmful substances. To raise awareness about this problem, today we are running a full-page advertisement in the Los Angeles Times warning Californians...

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