Hippie environmentalists recently made a sobering realization: Growing weed is not carbon neutral. Not at all.  Recreational marijuana is some version of legal in several states, which has resulted in the mass production of cannabis. Unlike corn or tobacco, weed is not grown with sunshine and rain from Mother Earth. Instead,...

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Water boxed in cartons is the latest environmentalist fad, but it might not even help the planet.  Cartons are incredibly difficult to recycle. To make a carton hold liquids, the paper must be lined with glued layers of plastic and aluminum. These layers are expensive to separate and most recycled cartons...

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Wind power, like solar, is often commended as a green alternative. While wind may be a carbon-neutral source of energy, that doesn’t mean it is harmless. The batteries needed to store the energy harvested by the turbines require rare earth minerals that are often harvested using toxic methods. Wind turbines...

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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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