For decades, Italian officials have banned the development of nuclear power plants. But a perfect storm of unforeseen issues has them second-guessing their no-nuclear policies. Italian lawmakers first outlawed nuclear energy after the 1986 Chernobyl disaster and by 1990, all nuclear reactors in Italy were taken offline. The country toyed with...

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Wanting to protect our oceans and beaches from pollution is a noble goal. But most people have no idea if any of the efforts claiming to save the seas will actually make a difference.  A recent survey in the United Kingdom found that 49 percent of adults listed reducing plastic consumption...

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A recent report released by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine left some thinking the United States leads the world in ocean pollution. Thankfully, that isn’t the case.  The report, titled “Reckoning with the U.S Role in Global Ocean Plastic Waste,” analyzed two separate questions: How much plastic is...

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Plastic has garnered a bad reputation from most environmentalists, but a recent study shows that some plastic may actually protect the planet. The study, which was published by researchers from the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, revealed that using plastic wrap on foods can significantly reduce the food’s...

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Many environmentalists have encouraged consumers to ditch real dairy for an alternative product to help the planet. But some alternatives are worse than the happy cows of California. Almond milk production, for example, has been listed as one of the main contributors to the drought that has taken place on...

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Much of the debate over plastic straws is based on a faulty study conducted by a 9-year-old student who (incorrectly) estimated that 500 million plastic straws were used per day. Despite this faulty study, many restaurants -- and some local governments -- have eliminated the use of plastic straws.  But the...

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With a title like “plant-based,” it’s easy to assume a product is good for the environment. But that’s not always the case. Synthetic meat is a prime example. The production of “plant-based” meats creates five times more emissions than just eating the raw legumes and vegetables in some of the...

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Public utility officials are turning to some unlikely sources to address tap water problems: the gutter and the toilet.  While the idea of drinking sewer water is enough to make one's stomach churn, some experts believe reclaiming used water may be vital to keep a growing population hydrated. Here are five...

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America’s failing tap water infrastructure could be receiving some much-needed help. More than $55 billion of the $1 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will go toward improving tap water infrastructure throughout the country. The bill, which passed the House and Senate, is expected to be signed into law by President...

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There is plastic trash in the ocean, but it is certainly not the only trash that finds its way into the sea. As much as 40 percent of the trash in the ocean is something other than plastic: glass, aluminum, cigarettes, or other items that were improperly disposed of.  Of the...

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