In recent years, new companies have started selling water in cartons instead of aluminum cans or plastic bottles, often while claiming this alternative packaging is superior on environmental grounds. The company Boxed Water Is Better touts its environmental credentials and claims that cartons are the eco-friendly alternative to plastic, glass, or...

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One would think that banning plastic would guarantee less plastic waste, right? That’s not actually the case. Studies have shown that plastic bans are sometimes ineffective and can even make some problems worse.  One such study, conducted by researchers from the Australian National University, found that a ban on plastic bags...

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It can be difficult to comprehend just how much more impact China has on the environment than the rest of the world, but a recent report helps put things in perspective. According to the report from Bloomberg, China is responsible for the same amount of carbon dioxide emissions as the next...

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Foods labeled as organic are often marketed as eco-friendly options, but organic food production is anything but eco-friendly. Organic foods are supposed to be grown without the use of pesticides, but pesticides help farmers grow food more efficiently, with fewer plants yielding more food.  When organic foods are grown without pesticides,...

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Many Americans understand that shifting our economy to a net-zero carbon standard would not be free. But many probably don’t understand just how much it could cost us as individuals. A new report from Bjorn Lonborg, an environmental advocate writing in the Wall Street Journal, reveals that environmentalists have been drastically...

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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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