Too much exposure to lead can harm anyone, but it is especially dangerous for the developing brains of young children.  These facts make the latest report out of North Carolina particularly disturbing. The North Carolina Division for Public Health in partnership with RTI International tested the tap water of 2,129 of...

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Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970 as a way to reflect on the beauty of the planet while also planning on how to best protect it. In the more than four decades that followed, individuals, corporations, and governments have all taken steps to reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions...

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While environmentalists often see plastic as a problem, some lawmakers in California are starting to see the versatile material as a solution.  The California State Senate Committee on Transportation unanimously voted to fund a study analyzing how recycled plastic can be used to make new roads. The roads would be paved...

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Last year, California Gov. Gavin Newsom called for some restrictions on hydraulic fracking. This year, the state legislature responded with a plan that significantly expands the restrictions Newsom requested.  Newsom had requested a ban on hydraulic fracking and asked lawmakers to consider implementing a buffer zone restricting fracking from taking place...

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There are many types of plastic, but only a few types, such as bottles, are accepted in most curbside recycling facilities. Chemical recycling could change that.  Chemical recycling is the overarching term describing the process of turning any plastic polymer into its original monomers. When the monomers are separated, they can...

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Anti-vaxxers have done all they can to try to dissuade Americans from getting vaccinated, but it hasn’t stopped people from lining up in droves to protect themselves from COVID-19.  Nearly one in four Americans has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The United States has been vaccinating roughly...

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Millions of Americans were left without safe tap water because of an unexpected, record-breaking winter storm.  The winter storm brought ice, snow, and freezing temperatures across much of the United States with Texas, Mississippi, and Louisiana suffering some of the worst damage. In Texas alone, 15 million people were without safe...

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Biodegradable products have positioned themselves as the eco-friendly packaging option that can be used, thrown out, and broken down in a landfill. That may sound nice, but in reality, many so-called biodegradable products have a dubious record when it comes to helping the planet.  The term “biodegradable” has been greenwashed into meaning...

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A new bill in California could completely end all fracking in the nation’s third-largest state by area.  The legislation, proposed by Democratic State Senators Scott Wiener and Monique Limon, will halt all new oil and gas permits by the end of the year and completely outlaw the practice of fracking by...

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David Cox, an artificial intelligence expert in Cambridge, Massachusetts, was recently a victim of identity fraud. Unlike the standard victim, his identity wasn’t used to open a new credit card or bank account. Instead, Cox’s identity was used to dupe academic publishers into approving research papers written by Chinese nationals.  Cox...

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