The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced plans to address the presence of PFAS, sometimes referred to as “forever chemicals,” in America’s tap water supply.  Some are arguing that action on PFAS is long overdue while others may be hearing about this issue for the first time. For those in the...

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Many believe that products dubbed “biodegradable” are automatically good for the environment. But the reality is that the term “biodegradable” only means that the product will break down in nature at some point. It does not mean that the product will decompose rapidly. Most biodegradable products have their decomposition abilities tested...

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Are the Emmys more about style than substance? Last year, then-New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was awarded an Emmy for his COVID press conferences. It was a move that came under fire given how many people in his state died after he ordered COVID-positive patients into nursing homes and obscured...

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Environmentalists like to place the blame for climate change on the United States, but the U.S. does not lead the globe in CO2 emissions. China is responsible for more than a quarter (28%) of the globe’s CO2 emissions. And while the United States leads the world in reducing CO2 emissions,...

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Because plastics are made from oils, it’s easy to assume the production of plastic will always produce excess greenhouse gas emissions. But that might not be the case. A new study published in Science by researchers from Aachen University revealed there is a cycle in which plastic can be created and...

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Winter always puts added pressure on a region’s power supply as longer, chillier nights require more heat and light than other seasons. But this year, some experts are warning that the planet may be hurtling toward a global power shortage that could leave families in the cold.  The shortages have already...

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The only environmental selling point of glass is that it is recyclable. (Glass production is the most carbon-intensive of any beverage container.) But many cities have stopped accepting glass for recycling.  The main reason glass recycling is being halted is that it can be dangerous and difficult to sort from other...

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The foundational element of life is carbon. Burning any fossil fuel will result in the release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere which scientists believe is the main driver of climate change. But not all fossil fuels are equally harmful to the environment.  For example, if the same amount of energy...

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America’s tap water infrastructure is crumbling--and predominantly black communities are suffering the most.  Nowhere is this more clear than in the city of Benton Harbor, Michigan, a city that is 85 percent black. After years of discolored water that smelled of sewage and poured out of the tap “sizzling like Alka-Seltzer,”...

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Biofilm is a plaque-like sludge that can grow in damp environments. Biofilm is especially concerning for public health experts because it can grow inside tap water pipelines if they are not properly maintained. The pathogen-filled sludge is often credited for causing water-borne illness outbreaks, including E. coli infections. Biofilm growth is...

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