The toxic water in Flint, Michigan, might be the most well-known water catastrophe in the United States, but it is not the only one.  Newark, New Jersey, has been struggling through a lead contamination issue very similar to the one that took place in Flint. Many families in both cities still...

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The Philippines finally shut out anti-science critics and approved the planting of “golden rice,” a vitamin-enriched rice that could help save nutritionally deficient children. As many as one in five children in the Philippines suffer from vitamin A deficiency (VAD). VAD is a brutal deficiency that can leave children blind and...

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Aluminum is quickly becoming a top trend in single-use packaging, but it isn’t any better for the environment than plastic. Aluminum can be recycled indefinitely, but the benefits stop there--assuming it is even recycled at all (cans are one of the most littered items in America, according to Keep America Beautiful)....

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Solar panels are often touted as the environmentally friendly alternative energy source, but they carry many hidden environmental harms. To start, the solar cells themselves require many rare earth minerals that must be harvested from dirty strip mines throughout the world to construct the photovoltaic cell itself and the massive...

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Earlier this year, IsTapWaterSafe.com, a project of the Center for Accountability in Science, took out an ad in the L.A. Times and launched a petition demanding the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) release its plans for Contaminant Candidate List 5.  The Contaminant Candidate List, or CCL, is a list of contaminants that...

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The American tap water system is in shambles. The American Society of Civil Engineers gave the American tap water system a “C-” grade in its annual infrastructure report card. The organization noted that one water main ruptures in the United States every two minutes resulting in more than 9,000 swimming...

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Glass bottles are often touted as the environmental alternative to plastic, but they are not. Glass is an energy-intensive product to make. More fossil fuels are required to make a glass bottle than a plastic bottle or aluminum can. Those fossil fuels release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Glass is...

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There’s an old analogy about seeking political change: If you throw a frog into a pot of boiling water, it will jump out. But if you put the frog in first and then slowly turn up the heat, it won’t.  Environmentalists who want to ban plastic products widely understand the wisdom...

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Nuclear energy generation is carbon neutral while also having enough power to run entire cities. The other fuel sources powerful enough to run cities today are fossil fuels like natural gas or coal -- both of which release carbon into the atmosphere.  There are other carbon-neutral energy sources, but none of...

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E. coli outbreaks in American tap water systems happen more often than you may think. Those concerned about their tap water supply often use a filtered water pitcher to remove any pathogens. While those filters can remove harmful metals such as lead, small bacteria like E. coli can surpass standard...

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