Environmental Issues Sitemap - Page 1 2016-09-26

Ethanol Production - How is Ethanol Made?
A simple discussion of the raw materials and processes used to produce ethanol.

Global Climate Change
News and information about the causes and effects of global warming, the greenhouse effect, deforestation, overpopulation and more.

Global Warming: How It Affects People
Global climate change will continue to affect people in many ways, from food and water supplies to national security.

Why Are Rising Sea Levels a Threat?
Global warming is causing rising sea levels--what is predicted for rising sea levels and how will that affect us?

Do You Know About World Environment Day
What is World Environment Day, and when is it celebrated? What can you do to make World Environment Day a day of action and education in your community?

Green Living and Design
Green Living & Design - practical information on buying decisions and lifestyle choices that sustain the environment. Learn how green living may save you money while you help to save the planet.

Which Are More Eco-Friendly, Real or Synthetic Sponges?
Some sponges are living organisms that have been harvested for centuries, others are artificial replicas. Which is better for the environment?

How Do Humans Contribute to Global Warming?
Answers to an important question when it comes to global climate change: what do we do to cause it?

How to Stop Invasive Species: The Marine Environment
Learn important steps to prevent transferring invasive species to salt water ecosystems.

Personal Steps You Can Take to Fight Global Warming
Here are 10 things you can do every day to reduce your energy costs and your use of fossil fuels, which contribute to global warming.

Eco-Friendly Light Bulbs - LED vs CFLs
Light-emitting diodes (LED) are more energy-efficient than compact fluorescent lights (CFLs), among many other advantages.

Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Vehicles - Pros and Cons
Hydrogen burns clean and running vehicles with hydrogen fuel cells instead of oil would be a great step forward for the environment.

Alt and Fossil Fuels
Fossil fuels (coal, natural gas, and oil) provide 95% of the world's total energy. Alternative fuels are better for the environment and often better for the economy than fossil fuels. Learn about the environmental issues and conservation plans surrounding fossil fuels and explore the alternatives.

Ethanol FAQ
Find answers to frequently asked questions about the production, cost and use of ethanol, a popular alternative to gasoline and diesel.

Exxon and the Environment
In the midst of an oil crisis, why does Exxon report record profits? Learn about Exxon, gasoline productions and the environmental effects.

Gasoline and Motor Oil
What are the issues about gasoline and motor oil? Learn how gasoline production and use affects the environment, and how you can use gasoline and motor oil in environmentally effective ways.

What Is Ethanol?
An overview of the alternative fuel ethanol: how it is made, how it is used, and its influence on the economy and the environment.

Reduce the Amount of Junk Mail You Receive by 90%
Junk mail is more than an annoyance, it clogs landfills as well as your mailbox. Learn how you can reduce the amount of junk mail you receive by 90%.

What Is Hexavalent Chromium?
Chromium-6 is one form of the metallic element chromium, and a human carcinogen when inhaled. It is sometimes detected in public drinking water.

Pollution
Pollution--air pollution, water pollution, ground pollution, and noise pollution--cause health problems and reduce our quality of life. Learn the environment issues of pollution, and what’s being done on global, national and local levels to reduce pollution.

How to Keep a Lake Healthy
Shorelines residents can take some simple steps to ensure they keep their lake healthy.

The Environmental Costs of Cotton
Even though we wear cotton almost every day, most of us do not know much about the environmental impacts of cotton cultivation.

Can You Recycle Your Toothbrush?
Several companies now offer eco-friendly products or programs that enable you to recycle or reuse your toothbrush.

Natural Disaster Basics: What Is A Tsunami?
What are tsunamis, some recent examples, and environmental consequences of these natural disasters.

Environmental Activist - How Environmental Activists Work to Change Our Environment
Information about environmental activists and environmental superstars--how they work to improve our environment.

Definitions, People
In this category you can find a list of common environmental science terms and their definition, and articles reviewing historical figures who played important roles in environmental science.

Steve Irwin: Environmentalist and "Crocodile Hunter"
Profile and biography of Steve Irwin, better known as Crocodile Hunter.

Health Effects of Airport Noise and Pollution
Airport noise and pollution increase risk for coronary heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure and other illness.

A Simple Guide to Global Warming
A simple, quick read summarizing global climate change, including what it is, how it happens, and what the consequences are.

Natural Gas Fracking and the Environment: Drill Cuttings
Drilling for natural gas using hydrofracking techniques involves the production of waste rock, or drill cuttings, which present a disposal challenge.

Environmental Risks of Frac Sand Mining
Learn about frac sand mining and its environmental effects.

No Hydrofracking for Natural Gas in New York State
After the release of a public health study, the State of New York has announced the extension of a ban on hydrofracking for natural gas.

Natural Gas Fracking and Chemicals
Drilling for natural gas using high volume hydraulic fracturing techniques requires the use of a long list of chemicals injected down into the well.

Green Living and Cars - How to Be an Environmentally Friendly Car Owner
Green living can extend to environmentally friendly cars and car ownership. Here's how to make your car more environmentally friendly.

Recycling
Find out how recycling works—and how it benefits the environment and the economy. Learn practical tips for recycling engine oil, batteries, trash, computers, electronics and more.

Global Warming - What You Can Do to Reduce Global Warming
Can you help reduce global warming? Absolutely. Learn how you can help reduce global warming by following tips to reduce global warming and other lifestyle changes.

Natural Gas Fracking and the Environment: Water Use
Drilling for natural gas using hydrofracking techniques requires a lot of water. Obtaining it can put pressures on water-stressed environments.

Environmental Costs of Hydrofracking
A review of the environmental costs, including some benefits, associated with hydraulic fracturing for natural gas.

Natural Gas Fracking and Waste Water
Drilling for natural gas using hydrofracking techniques produces lots of waste water - a threat to the environment that must be disposed of safely.

All About Fracking or Hydrofracking
Hydraulic fracturing is more commonly called fracking or hydrofracking. The term has been popularized due to controversies surrounding its use.

Horizontal Drilling
A straightforward slide show explaining the basic steps of fracking for oil and natural gas.

Conventional Drilling
A straightforward slide show explaining the basic steps of fracking for oil and natural gas.

Frac Sand
A straightforward slide show explaining the basic steps of fracking for oil and natural gas.

Rock Fracturing
A straightforward slide show explaining the basic steps of fracking for oil and natural gas.

Well Casing
A straightforward slide show explaining the basic steps of fracking for oil and natural gas.

Shale Formations
A straightforward slide show explaining the basic steps of fracking for oil and natural gas.

The Well Pad
A straightforward slide show explaining the basic steps of fracking for oil and natural gas.

Fracking Fluid
A straightforward slide show explaining the basic steps of fracking for oil and natural gas.

Learn the Basics About Hydrofracking
A straightforward slide show explaining the basic steps of fracking for oil and natural gas.

Production Starts
A straightforward slide show explaining the basic steps of fracking for oil and natural gas.

Flowback and Produced Water
A straightforward slide show explaining the basic steps of fracking for oil and natural gas.

Global Warming, El Nino, and other Climate Phenomena
Global warming will disrupt large scale phenomena like El Nino, monsoons, and tropical cyclones. How will this affect the climate as we experience it?

Global Warming -- FAQ on Global Warming
This FAQ provides detailed information about the causes and anticipated effects of global warming.

Healthy Holidays - How to Have More Healthy Holidays
Is it possible to have more healthy holidays? Look here for healthy holiday information and resources.

Tips to Fight Global Warming - Your Utility Company
Learn how your utility company can help you save money and fight global warming.

How to Fight Global Warming
Want to fight global warming? These 10 simple actions will help you fight global warming by using energy wisely.

Fight Global Warming By Encouraging Energy Conservation
How encouraging energy conservation in others helps to fight global warming.

Use Less Heat and Air Conditioning
How to fight global warming by reducing your energy consumption.

Change a Light Bulb
How using CLF light bulbs will help to fight global warming.

Drive Less and Drive Smart
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Buy Energy-Efficient Products
Learn how energy-efficient products can help you fight global warming.

How Using Less Hot Water Helps to Fight Global Warming
These tips for conserving hot water will help you fight global warming and save money.

Fight Global Warming by Using the Off Switch
Want to fight global warming? Here's a simple tip to conserve energy.

Plant a Tree to Fight Global Warming
Find out why planting a tree helps to fight global warming.

Greenhouse Gases: How They Work and What They Are
Find out what greenhouse gases are, how they work, and the role they play in warming our atmosphere through global climate change.

Declare Your Independence From Toxic Fireworks Pollution
Fireworks litter the ground, pollute water supplies, and rain down chemicals and heavy metals that contribute to a wide range of health problems.

Sugar Produces Bitter Results for the Environment
Sugar is in products we consume every day, yet we rarely give a second thought to how it is produced and what toll it may take on the environment.

What Is a Carbon Tax?
Carbon taxes frequently make the news as environmentalists and governments try to slow global warming. Learn what a carbon tax is and how it works.

Biodiversity
How environmental issues affect biodiversity--the many species of plants and animals on the planet. Learn about conservation efforts to maintain biodiversity around the world.

Deforestation
Deforestation is a global problem, with unique issues in different regions, and various ways it affects wildlife and human health.

What Is Killing Our Frogs?
A lethal fungus is decimating frog populations, causing numerous extinctions. Learn more about it, and about another emerging threat to salamanders.

What Are Fish Kills?
Large fish kills are smelly evidence of a problem in our rivers and lakes – but what exactly causes fish kills?

MCHM and the WV Chemical Spill
A chemical spill in West Virginia leaves residents with more questions than answers. Most importantly, what is MCHM?

How Dangerous Is Atrazine?
Growing evidence about the health effects of the pesticide atrazine are leading many people to question its safety.

How Does Carbon Sequestration Help Curb Global Warming?
Learn about how carbon sequestration removes carbon from atmospheric circulation, mitigating global climate change.

Dust Bowl: The Worst Environmental Disaster in the US
The Dust Bowl of the 1930s is considered by most experts to be the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history.

What Is the Kyoto Protocol?
The Kyoto Agreement is a historically important international effort aimed at protecting the world's climates from greenhouse gases.

What is the Kyoto Protocol? Arguments For and Against
Will the Bush Administration's decision to withdraw the United States from the Kyoto Protocol weaken international efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and global warming, or put the world on a better course? Page 2.

Reusing Plastic Bottles Can Pose Serious Health Hazards
Reusing plastic bottles may do more harm than good by releasing toxic chemicals that can cause a host of serious health problems.

What Are Superfund Sites?
An important U.S. environmental law regulates the worst abandoned hazardous waste sites, otherwise known as Superfund sites.

Environmental Issues - Focus on Food
How environmental issues affect the food we eat, and what's being done to improve the quality of our food.

What Is the Definition of a Locavore?
Locavore is the name given to people who take part in the growing local food movement. But what is a locavore exactly?

Better for the Environment: New Car or Keep the Old
Is it better to drive an older, well-maintained car that gets about 25 miles per gallon, or to buy a new car that gets about 35 miles per gallon?

What Is Air Pollution? - Definition and Facts
What is air pollution? Defining air pollution is not as simple as it seems, because air pollution can take many forms..

Coca-Cola - Groundwater Depletion and Pollution in India
Groundwater depletion has become a serious problem in India, and villagers blame Coca-Cola for aggravating the groundwater problem.

Reusable Bags - Paper, Plastic, or Something Better?
Plastic bags are hard on the environment, and paper bags aren't much better. Learn about better options you can start using right away.

Can Ocean Desalination Solve World's Water Shortage?
As ocean desalination plants are being built, environmentalists are expressing concerns about the long-term environmental effects of desalination.

Global Warming: IPCC's AR4
The IPCC published a series of reports in 2007 that set forth conclusions about the causes and effects of global climate change.

Do the Benefits of Recycling Outweigh the Costs?
When you consider the benefits of recycling vs. the cost, is recycling worth the expense? Here's what NYC discovered about the benefits of recycling.

Environmental Issues: News, Information and Resources
Get current environmental news and information from a science perspective, covering topics such as climate change, conservation, and energy.

Building Your Environmentally Friendly House
If you are building a new home, make it the best it can be by considering environmental, health, and economic factors right at the planning stage.

Bisphenol-A
Bisphenol A (BPA) is an industrial chemical widely used in common plastic products, such as baby bottles, children’s toys, and the linings of most food and beverage cans. Many scientific studies have found links between BPA and serious health problems, from heart disease, diabetes and liver abnormalities in adults to developmental problems in the brains and hormonal systems of children.

Health and Environment
Learn how the environment affects human health and what you and your family can do to reduce your own health risks from environmental hazards.

Global Population Growth Creates Environmental Problems
Population growth is placing stress on the natural environment, creating scarcity and leading to problems such as deforestation and global warming.

The Environmental Damages of Hurricane Katrina
Learn about the environmental impacts of Hurricane Katrina, including industrial waste, raw sewage, oil spills, and lasting danger to public health.

Activism, Volunteering
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Events
What happened at Chernobyl and Bhopol? How do countries celebrate Earth Day? To understand environmentsl issues, it helps to understand major environmental events like Exxon Valdez, Three Mile Island, Love Canal, and others.

Guest Contributors
Here you will find the bios of our regular guest contributors to Environmental Issues.

Nuclear Energy
What is nuclear energy, and why is it so controversial? Learn about the environmental and political issues surrounding nuclear energy, and what’s being done to address the problems of nuclear waste transport and nuclear waste storage.

Law and Policy
Learn about environmental policy around the world, and the pros and cons of environmental laws in the U.S. and other countries.

Fossil Fuels 101
What are fossil fuels, and how do they affect the environment? Learn the environmental and financial impact of fossil fuels.

Hybrid Cars
How do hybrid cars work? Learn about the pros and cons of hybrid cars, and how hybrid cars effect the environment and your wallet.

Natural Gas
What are the environmental issues of natural gas? Learn about hydraulic fracturing and related issues with natural gas and the environment.

Petroleum
What are the controversies over petroleum? Learn how petroleum production affects the environment, and get petroleum production information and statistics around the world.

Renewable Energy
What is Renewable Energy? Learn about renewable energy souces including solar power, wind power, biomass and fusion.

Is Locally Grown Food That Good for the Environment?
Foods grown locally make a lot of sense for those who want more control over what they put into their bodies.

Does Sunscreen Really Protect You?
Does your sunscreen offer the protection you need, or leave you exposed to UV radiation and harmful chemicals?

Take Public Transportation - Save Money, Save The World
Using public transportation instead of driving alone in your car is good for the planet and good for your budget. So why don't more Americans use it?

Pros and Cons of the Corn-Based Plastic PLA
Although corn-based PLA is a carbon neutral alternative, it has other problems that may limit its use as a replacement for traditional plastics.

Green Living - Five Ways to Help Save the Planet
Here are five simple things you can do in 30 minutes or less to help protect the environment.

Good News About the Environment
Environmental topics are often gloomy and disheartening. Are there any encouraging environmental news? Here are a few.

Can You Recognize Greenwashing?
Instead of legitimate environmentally sound practices, sometimes businesses resort to greenwashing. Learn how to recognize the different forms of greenwashing.

6 Not-So-Green Sports
Some sports have worst environmental impacts than others, and the reasons are varied. Do you agree with this list?

To Protect Wildlife, Study the Poachers
In order to protect natural resources from illegal activities, it can help to first learn more about the poachers' characteristics and motivations.

What Happened at the Gold King Mine?
A series of mistakes at an abandoned gold mine led to a spectacular spill of acid mine drainage into Rocky Mountain waterways.

Improving School Lunches (for Kids and the Environment)
To improve the health of schoolchildren, cafeteria food has become the target in programs designed to improve school lunches, making them healthier.

Why Do Whales and Dolphins Strand Themselves on Beaches?
Mass whale strandings occur in many parts of the world, and scientists are still searching for the answers that will unlock this mystery.

The Top Environmental Stories for 2015
These eight events from 2015 had serious consequences, positive or negative, on our environment.

Record Global Temperature for 2015
Globally, 2015 was the hottest year since modern record-keeping began in 1880, easily surpassing the previous record year.

All About the Massive Los Angeles Methane Leak
The basic facts about the massive Aliso Canyon methane leak near the Porter Ranch community of Los Angeles.

Topic Suggestions for a Paper on Environmental Issues
If you are looking for an idea for a paper on the environment, here are 6 suggestions along with the resources you need to complete your assignment.

Pro Tips for Green Shopping
Buying something is an environmental gesture. These tips will help you make the right choices.

Rewilding, an Environmental Conspiracy?
Rewilding is a conservation approach for large landscapes, but it’s also a conspiracy theorist favorite.

What Are Spiny Water Fleas?
Spiny water fleas are an invasive species of zooplankton affecting ecosystems in North America.

A Changing North: Global Warming in the Arctic
The climate is changing rapidly in the Arctic, along with the ice, vegetation, and soil. This has significant consequences for humans and wildlife.

Should You Be Worried About Lead Pipes?
Lead in your home’s pipes can mean lead in your drinking water. Should you be concerned about it?

New Technology Assists Conservation
Technology can greatly assist conservation efforts. Here are some cutting edge approaches used to protect biodiversity.

Vernal Pool Basics
In many regions vernal pools play an important role for biodiversity, supporting unique plants, invertebrates, and amphibians.

What Are Invasive Plants?
Invasive plants are a costly problem, and it’s only getting worse. Find out more about what invasives have in common, and what can be done about them.

Environmental Guide to the 2016 Primaries
Environmentally conscientious voters are closely examining their options for the 2016 US presidential elections. What are the candidates saying?

Bottled Water Consumption and Energy
Bottled water is very popular, but at what cost? How much energy should we spend on bottled water when tap water is so much more economical?

Malnutrition and Pollution Increase Deadly Diseases
Pollution and population growth are leading to widespread malnutrition and making millions of people susceptible to a range of infectious diseases.

Are Smart Cars Safe and Economical or Just Small?
Smart cars are small and easy to park and maneuver in and out of city traffic, but just how safe and economical are they?

10 Worst Oil Spills in History
This list describes the worst oil spills in history, judged by the amount of oil released into the environment.

Protecting Our Wetlands in the U.S. and Canada
Wetlands play a critical role in our ecosystem - learn why wetlands are so important, and what governments and groups are doing to protect wetlands.

Global Warming - Global Warming Effects on the Weather
Learn how global warming affects our weather, and how global warming affects weather patterns around the world.

Can Climate Change Stop the Gulf Stream?
Could global warming disrupt the Gulf Stream that helps keep Europe and North America temperate by bringing warm water north from the Gulf of Mexico?

1989 Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Profile
The 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill coated more than a thousand miles of pristine coastline and killed hundreds of thousands of birds, fish and animals.

Which Trees Absorb CO2 and Offset Global Warming Best?
Most scientists agree that planting trees is a good way to help reduce global warming, but which types of trees are best?

5 Most Important Things You Can Do for the Environment
Ready for a deeper commitment to environmental stewardship? These strategies may seem radical, but they are the most valuable actions you can take.

Gray Wolf Facts and Species Profile
The gray wolf, an iconic and controversial species of the American West, is an endangered species in most parts of the world where it still exists.

The Pros and Cons of Solar Power
The sun is a virtually endless source of clean, renewable energy, which should make solar power a logical alternative to finite fossil fuels.

What Is Deforestation?
Deforestation is a growing global problem with far-reaching consequences, including some that may not be fully understood until it is too late.

Why Recycle Aluminum?
Recycling aluminum saves energy, is good for the environment, and provides funds for many community programs and projects.

What Is Causing the Decline in Honeybee Populations?
Honeybee colonies are dying or disappearing in record numbers. What is causing the dramatic decline in honeybee populations in the U.S. and elsewhere?

Drought Definition and Types
What is the true definition of drought? The answer is more complex than most think.

What Is Earth Day?
Earth Day is an annual observance intended to raise awareness about a range of environmental issues and to inspire people to take action.

Happy Earth Day 2016!
Earth Day: Learn about what it is, and how you can celebrate it.

Canada's Plastic Currency
In 2011 the Bank of Canada started replacing its paper currency to plastic. No, not credit cards, actual plastic money.

The Benefits of Paper Recycling
Paper recycling has many benefits, from saving energy to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Why recycle paper? Get the details.

The Benefits of Recycling Plastics
Plastics recycling conserves natural resources, saves energy, and contributes to the economy. Recycled plastics is heavily used in manufacturing.

Fire and Ice: Melting Glaciers Trigger Earthquakes, Tsunamis and Volcanoes
Melting glaciers caused by global warming will lead to an increasing number of earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions, according to geologists who have been studying the likely effects of global warming on the surface of the Earth.

Climate Change Displaces More Refugees Than War
The number of refugees and displaced people worldwide is increasing at a rapid rate. Here are some stats by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

How Is Wildlife Affected by Global Warming?
Most researchers agree that even small temperature changes can further threaten already struggling species. Learn how global warming affects wildlife.

How Litter Trashes the Environment
Litter is more than an eyesore on city streets and along highways. Litter pollutes waterways and leaches toxic chemicals into soil and groundwater.

How Do Oil Spills Damage the Environment?
That oil spills are bad for the environment is a universal truth, but what makes them so bad? How long do those damaging effects last?

Update on Amazon Deforestation
Get an update on deforestation in the Amazon Basin, with a review of the concerns, trends, and efforts to conserve what's left.

Synthetic vs Conventional Motor Oil
Is it better for the environment to use synthetic or conventional motor oil in your car's engine? Learn the pros and cons of both types of oil.

Do Biodegradable Items Really Break Down in Landfills?
The majority of garbage that goes into landfills is biodegradable, but most landfills are too tightly packed for biodegradation to occur.

By Plane or by Car, Which Is Better for the Environment?
Learn whether air travel or car travel is best for the environment in terms of fuel efficiency, cost effectiveness and reducing your carbon footprint.

Burning Fall Leaves May Be Hazardous to Your Health
Burning fallen leaves pollutes and causes health problems for many. Skipping the leaf fire may actually give you a nicer lawn and garden next spring.

Why Is There Chlorine In Tap Water?
Chlorine in tap water destroys many disease-causing bacteria that threaten human health, but it may lead to other health problems.

Can You Recycle Plastic Lids and Bottle Caps?
Plastic lids and bottle caps can jam recycling equipment, contaminate recycled plastics, and endanger workers at recycling centers.

Cash for Clunkers
The Cash for Clunkers is a federal program that is intended to stimulate new car sales by providing economic incentives for consumers to replace their old, low-mileage vehicles with new, fuel-efficient vehicles that emit less pollution and fewer greenhouse gases.

Air Quality - Environmental Issues of Air Quality & Air Pollution
How is our air quality? And how does poor air quality and air pollution affect life on Earth? Learn about the environmental issues of air quality and air pollution, and what's being done to improve--or worsen--our air quality.

Environmental Issues - Focus on Bird Flu
Get the latest information on bird flu, including transmission, treatment, and the controversy over managing bird flu around the world.

Global Warming - How Does Global Warming Affect Our Natural Resources?
Some scientists believe that global warming is helping to destroy forests and other natural resources. Learn the effects that global warming has on natural resources.

Environmental Issues - Focus on Health Problems and Disease
How environmental issues affect our health by causing or contributing to health problems and diseases around the world.

Global Warming - How Does Global Warming Affect Our Health?
Global warming affects weather and earth's natural resources, but how does global warming affect the health of humans and animals? Find out here.

Greenhouse Effect - What is the Greenhouse Effect and How Does It Contribute to Global Warming?
What is the greenhouse effect? Learn about greenhouse gasses and how the greenhouse effect contributes to global warming.

Environmental Issues - Health and Children
Learn about environmental issues that affect children and children's health.

Mobile Phones - What are the Environmental Issues of Mobile Phones?
What are the health and environmental issues of mobile phones? Learn how mobile phones affect people, and the environment, and what companies and the government are doing to make mobile phones safer.

Red Tides and Harmful Algae Blooms FAQ
This FAQ provides answers to frequently asked questions about the causes and consequences of red tides and other harmful algae blooms.

Secondhand Smoke - Health and Environmental Effects of Secondhand Smoke
How dangerous is secondhand smoke? Learn about the health and environmental effects of secondhand smoke, and the legislative issues of secondhand smoke.

Smog - Frequently Asked Questions About Smog
This Smog FAQ provides detailed information about the nature, causes and effects of ground-level ozone, also known as smog.

Chernobyl - The Chernobyl Nuclear Accident
The Chernobyl power plant in Ukraine is the site of the worst nuclear accident in history. It may take generations for the true effects of the Chernobyl accident to be fully understood.

Earth Day
Earth Day is an annual day of environmental celebration and commitment that is embraced by people around the world. Learn more about the origin, evolution and meaning of Earth Day.

Environmental Organizations - Learn About Environmental Organizations
Environmental organizations - learn about some of the largest environmental organizations and what they do to help the environment.

Fuel Efficiency and Fuel Economy
Consumers are looking for better ways to use less fuel and lower their energy costs. Politicians and business leaders are working on new solutions to improve fuel efficiency, lower energy dependence and increase energy security.

Global Warming: What are Governments and Businesses Doing About Global Warming?
What are governments and businesses doing about global warming--to make global warming better or worse? Find out here.

Ozone Depletion - What is Ozone Depletion and How Does Ozone Depletion Affect the Earth?
What is ozone depletion? And how does ozone depletion affect the earth? Learn about the causes and effects of ozone depletion, and how it changes the environment for humans, animals, and plants.

Water Pollution
News and information about the causes of water pollution and how to combat it.

Global Warming: The 9 Most Vulnerable Cities
These 9 cities are at the most risk of damage associated with flooding and sea level rise from climate change.

Mission and History of the Nature Conservancy
Learn more about this large environmental organization devoted to the protection of ecologically important lands and waters.

Top 10 Energy Efficient States
Find out which are the leading states in energy efficiency, based on programs and policies encouraging energy savings.

Hemp -- Miracle Fiber or Dangerous Drug?
What did the Gutenberg bible, Christopher Columbus' ropes and sails, the Declaration of Independence and the first American flag have in common? They were all made from hemp, a crop so versatile it can be used to make cloth, paper, even food. So why is the United States the only developed nation where growing hemp is illegal?

Update on Indonesia Deforestation
Get an update on deforestation in Indonesia, with a review of the concerns, trends, and efforts to conserve what's left.

Global Climate Change and Rising Seas
Global warming means melting glaciers and expanding oceans. What is the latest scientific evidence regarding observed and predicted sea level rises?

Is Road Salt Damaging to the Environment?
Learn about road salt, and how its use has damaging environmental effects on water, plants and animals.

How Safe Are Oil and Gas Pipelines?
Pipelines reduce the cost of oil and gas transportation, but they have a spotty safety record.

Joint Ventures and How They Conserve Birds and Wildlife
Migratory Bird Joint Ventures are multi-agency partnerships that facilitate bird conservation at the regional scale across North America.

An Update About Deforestation in Canada
An overview of deforestation in Canada, with a discussion of net forest loss, regrowth, and primary forests.

Are Wind Turbines Killing Bats?
The role of wind in our quest for renewable energy has been increasing rapidly, but not without some environmental concerns. Dead bats are regularly found under wind turbines – are they a threat to their populations?

What Is White Nose Syndrome?
Find out what white nose syndrome is, where it is from, and how it is threatening North American bats.

Is Deforestation Still a Problem?
Learn the latest about deforestation, and discover an online tool that tracks changes in the world's forests.

Abundant Deer Hurt Bird Populations
Large deer populations lead to damages to forest vegetation, which then affect songbird populations.

Invasive Species: What They Are, How They Got Here
Invasive species heavily colonize new areas. Learn more about how they can expand their range so dramatically.

Federal Conservation Law - What is the Lacey Act?
Learn about the Lacey Act of 1900, a U.S. federal law regulating the trade of protected plants and animals.

Landscape Fragmentation and Wildlife Habitat
Learn more about habitat fragmentation and its effects on wildlife.

Top 6 Environmental Issues
Find out which environmental issues our expert ranks as the most concerning of our times.

How to Stop Terrestrial Invasive Species
Learn important steps to prevent transferring invasive species to terrestrial habitats.

Why Does the Northern Gateway Pipeline Worry So Many?
Find out more about a controversial pipeline proposed to transport crude oil from Alberta tar sands to the Pacific Coast of British Columbia.

10 Worst Countries by Environmental Performance
A list of the worst countries based on their Environmental Performance Index.

State Department Reports on Keystone XL Pipeline
The State Department makes it easier for the Obama administration to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Is Oil from Tar Sands an Environmentally Responsible Source of Energy?
Tar sands are a rich source of energy located in close proximity to the United States. But what are the risks to our environment?

Carbon Dioxide Emissions: The 9 Best States
Find out which states have the lowest carbon dioxide emissions.

Natural Gas Fracking and Habitat Fragmentation
What effects do natural gas pipelines and their right-of-way have on the environment? The recent boom in natural gas drilling means the development of an extensive pipeline network.

Deforestation at the Origin of the Ebola Epidemic?
Deforestation in West Africa might have played a role in the recent re-emergence of Ebola.

Natural Gas Fracking and Global Warming
Hydrofracking for natural gas recently opened up a new fossil fuel option. What are the consequences of this resource on global climate change?

Lead-Free Hunting
Conventional bullets used in hunting cause lead poisoning in wildlife and humans. Non-lead bullets provide hunters with a safe and effective alternative.

What Is Bakken Shale Oil?
A brief presentation of North Dakota's Bakken Formation and the oil extracted from it, along with information about associated environmental concerns.

The Role of Ozone in the Atmosphere and Environment
In the upper atmosphere, ozone protects life on Earth. At ground level, ozone is a threat to human health, plants, and marine life.

Causes of Hurricanes
Rising air and higher water temperatures worldwide are the drivers of more frequent and severe hurricanes. Scientists all exploring climate change interacts with these destructive storms.

Are Backyard Charcoal Grills Bad for Your Health?
Grilling over charcoal releases soot and other pollutants into the air and creates carcinogens in the smoke from the grill and the food itself.

Eco-Friendly Car Washing: By Hand or at the Car Wash?
Is it better to break out the bucket and sponge at home or drive through a commercial car wash? Learn the pros and cons for both options.

How to Stop Invasive Species: Freshwater
Learn important steps to prevent transferring invasive species to lakes, rivers, and streams.

Earth Day: How One Person Can Change the World
Earth Day is a time when millions of people worldwide celebrate and renew their personal commitment to environmental stewardship. In the face of the huge global problems we are facing today, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and powerless, and to find ourselves asking, “What difference can one person make?” The answer is that one person can make all the difference in the world.

Why Alkaline Hydrolysis is a Green Alternative
What is alkaline hydrolysis? Learn the pros and cons of alkaline hydrolysis as a green alternative to burial and cremation.

Is Immigration Bad for the Environment
Is immigration swelling the U.S. population to a point where the environment and our natural resources can no longer support the number of people who live here? How does immigration affect the environment, and what can we do about it?

Real vs. Fake Christmas Trees
Every Christmas you ask the same question: Is it better to get a real Christmas tree that has to be discarded after a few weeks, or a fake Christmas tree you can use year after year? Learn about the potential health and environmental consequences of both choices, and a better alternative.

Who Invented Earth Day?
Earth Day is celebrated every year in more than 180 nations worldwide, but who first had the idea for Earth Day and got the celebration started? Who invented Earth Day?

Cash for Clunkers Details
Cash for Clunkers is a federal program designed to stimulate U.S. auto sales and help the environment by providing an economic incentive for consumers to replace old, low-mileage vehicles with new, fuel-efficient models that are safer and emit less pollution and fewer greenhouse gases.

Celebrate America Recycles Day
America Recycles Day takes place every year on November 15, proclaimed by the president and celebrated in communities nationwide with events that educate people about the benefits of recycling and of purchasing products made from recycled materials.

Plant a Billion Trees: People Fight Global Warming
The United Nations Environment Programme is coordinating a worldwide campaign to encourage people and organizations to plant at least a billion trees in a single year. Even that is only a small start on the work that must be done to restore the forests we have lost over the past decade alone. Find out how you can help.

Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth
A review of

An Inconvenient Truth -- Al Gore's Call to Action
A review of. Environmental Issues. Page 2.

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Facts
The Deepwater Horizon spill may be front-page news, but some parts of the story have been overlooked or underreported by the media. Here are 10 things you really need to know about the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Top Environmental Issues, 2000-2009
The first decade of the 21st century (2000-2009) was 10 years of change for the environment, the emergence of new environmental issues, and the evolution of existing issues. The top environmental issues of the decade 2000-2009 included climate change, the growth of renewable energy, and the threat to endangered species.

When Did the U.S. Environmental Movement Begin?
It is hard to pinpoint the start, but meet the founders of the environmental movement in the United States in this summary of historical moments.

Is Climate Change Affecting Maple Syrup Production?
It is clear that climate change affects plant species distribution, but will it hurt maple syrup production?

Benefits of Solar-Powered Water Heaters
Why solar water heaters are good for the environment, and how solar water heaters can save consumers money.

What Exactly Is Mistletoe?
Mistletoe makes holiday romance democratic by making everyone equally kissable. But there is more to mistletoe than kissing and holiday merriment.

Are Urban Heat Islands Linked to Global Warming?
What are urban heat islands, and what causes them? Are they connected to global warming in some way?

Health Risks from Exposure to Phthalates
Learn the dangers of phthalates and where to find cosmetics that are free of them.

What Are Greenhouse Gases and the Greenhouse Effect?
A good explanation of the greenhouse effect and its relationship to global warming and what is being done to address the problem.

An Overview of Greenhouse Gases and the Greenhouse Effect
A good explanation of the greenhouse effect and its relationship to global warming and what is being done to address the problem. Page 2.

8 Ways to Reduce Your Exposure to BPA
Learn how to lessen your exposure to BPA and reduce your potential health risks, including heart disease, diabetes, and child development

What Are the Effects of Drought?
Drought has serious social and economic impacts with far-reaching consequences. Learn more about the effects of drought and how they are interrelated.

2016 Elections:How to Vote Against Global Warming
Environmentally aware voters are examining their options for the 2016 U.S. presidential elections, but they should also pay attention to other races.

How to Dispose of Batteries
Newer batteries contain fewer toxic substances than older versions, but they do include trace amounts that could potentially harm the environment.

Weather Hazards: Why Is Lightning Dangerous?
Worldwide, about 10,000 people are killed by lightning every year. What makes lightning so dangerous and how does it compare to other weather hazards?

Is Extreme Weather Tied to Climate Change?
Single weather events can't be linked directly to climate change, but weather trends can. Weather is becoming more extreme, due to climate change.

Can We Stop Erosion from Destroying Our Beaches?
Beach erosion is accelerating due to rising seas and severe storms. Find out more about what causes beach erosion and what can be done to stop it.

Keeping Tires Inflated Could Help Save Planet, and Your Life
Keeping your tires properly inflated is one of the simplest things you can do to help fight global warming, lower your fuel costs, and stay safe on the road.

What Is Mountaintop Removal Mining?
Mountaintop removal mining is a method of mining coal that damages the environment and local communities.

Tidal Energy and Ocean Power
In the search for renewable energy sources, ocean power is an option. Learn how pioneer companies can use ocean power to produce energy.

How Are Tsunamis Detected?
How scientists identify tsunamis; scientific methods for detecting a tsunami.

The Top 10 Worst Polluted Places on Earth
Millions of people are at serious risk for cancer, respiratory diseases, and premature death because they live in the 10 most polluted places on Earth.

What Are the Benefits of Glass Recycling?
Glass recycling is both simple and beneficial. Glass recycling saves energy, conserves natural resources, and is good for the environment.

Top Alternative Fuels
Many fuels can provide alternatives that are better for the environment and often better for the economy than fossil fuels.

What Are the Benefits of Recycling Metal
Metal recycling conserves natural resources, saves energy, contributes to the U.S. economy and bolsters U.S. trade balances.

Tropical Rainforests - Nature's Medicine Cabinet
Tropical rainforest plants have produced thousands of lifesaving drugs, yet the potential of rainforest medicinal plants has only barely been tapped.

Why Should I Stop Using Plastic Bags?
Americans throw away almost 100 billion plastic bags every year. Learn why you should help the environment by reducing your use of plastic bags.

What Is Wind Power?
Wind power: what is wind power, how does wind power work and what are the pros and cons of wind power?

How Safe Is Tap Water?
Bottled water companies would have you believe that tap water is unsafe to drink, but most experts say that most tap water is actually safe.

Record Global Temperature for 2014
Globally, 2014 was the hottest year since modern record-keeping began in 1880, but the effects of climate were felt differently across regions.

The Pros and Cons of Biofuels
Derived from plants, biofuels are renewable and cleaner than petroleum products, but many environmental experts agree on several drawbacks as well.

What Are the Benefits and Drawbacks of Using Ethanol?
Ethanol is a relatively low-cost alternative fuel. What are the pros and cons of using ethanol or an ethanol blend in place of unblended gasoline?

Which Is the Safest Cookware?
This article explores the safety and potential health risks of several types of cookware, from Teflon to aluminum to stainless steel.

What is Smog? Causes and Effects
Smog, also known as ground-level ozone, poses serious risks to public health and the environment. Here are important FAQs about smog.

How Important Is the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge?
The Malheur National Wildlife Refuge is an isolated, little known oasis with tremendous importance for migrating birds.

Do Our Warmer Winters Affect Birds?
What do warmer winters mean for bird populations? Researchers have examined data from an ambitious citizen science project to find out.

Health Risks Associated With Chromium-6
Chromium-6 is a human carcinogen when inhaled, and there is growing concern about the possible health effects of chromium-6 in drinking water.

A Cleaner Environment Could Save 13 Million Lives A Year
Reducing environmental risks worldwide could save 13 million lives every year, according to the World Health Organization.

How Do You Stop Getting the Yellow Pages?
Learn how you can quickly stop receiving unwanted Yellow Pages telephone directories by using the simple tools at the Yellow Pages Opt-Out Site.

Religious Organizations Preach Environmental Stewardship
Faith-based environmentalism is growing, with more religious organizations teaching that doing God's will means protecting God's creation.

Global Warming Endangering National Parks
Twelve U.S. national parks in the American West are at risk due to the effects of global warming according to a report.

Earth Day Origins
Earth Day is celebrated annually by millions of people worldwide, but how did Earth Day begin? When was the first Earth Day?

Food Shortages Due to Global Warming, Study Warns
Half of the world's population could face severe food shortages by the end of this century according to a recent study.

Negative Health Effects of Red Meat
Red meat has been associated with health problems like heart disease and colon cancer. Learn more about ways to reduce the risks.

How to Keep Cool Without Air Conditioning
Keep cool with green alternatives to air conditioning. It will save you money, and reduce your greenhouse gas emissions.

What Are the Health Effects of BPA?
What is bisphenol A (BPA) exactly, and what do you need to know about it to protect yourself and your family?

What Is the IPCC?
Learn about the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, how it is organized, and what are its contributions to global warming discussions.

The 2015 Paris Climate Change Conference
Learn about the 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21), and what its participants were able to achieve in terms of greenhouse gas emission reductions.

Cell Phone Radiation Exposure and Protection
Learn how to lower your exposure and protect yourself from cell phone radiation.

First Day of Spring: the Vernal Equinox
Every year we long for the first day of spring, or vernal equinox, when the days start to get longer and the weather starts getting warmer.

Profile of the Chernobyl Nuclear Accident
A detailed profile of the Chernobyl accident, the worst nuclear accident in history, which occurred in 1986 at the Chernobyl power plant in Ukraine.

How Much Greenhouse Gases Do Volcanoes Generate?
Do volcano eruptions cause more greenhouse gasses than human activity? Learn the truth about how volcanoes contribute to global warming.

What Are Sources of Renewable Energy?
Renewable energy is increasingly important as the world faces the threat of global warming. Find out more about the main sources of renewable energy.

How to Recycle Different Types of Plastic
Plastic is confusing to recycle; different types require different processing to be re-used. To sort it all out, learn what plastic numbers are.

The Consequences of Drought in the Western US
An exceptional drought is underway in western states. Consequences include effects on agriculture, drinking water, and wildfires.

7 Points to Explain the EPA Clean Power Plan
Find out what the Clean Power Plan is, how it works, and how it will help the White House fulfill its climate change commitment.

Wildlife and the Pittman-Robertson Act
Find out how the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act works, and why it is so important for wildlife conservation in the United States.

How Can Your Business Become Greener?
Find out about some important steps for businesses aiming for greater environmental sustainability.

Cement's Role in Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Cement production releases lots of carbon dioxide. As a result, the use of concrete is an important factor in global greenhouse gas emissions worldwide.

Lester Brown on the Future of the Environment
Lester Brown, founder of Worldwatch and Earth Policy Institute, shares his views on current environment issues and the future of the environment.

Lester Brown on the Future of the Environment - Part 2
Page 2 of an interview with Lester Brown, founder of Worldwatch and Earth Policy Institute. Lester Brown discusses options for renewable energy, including his favorite.

Lester Brown on the Future of the Environment - Part 3
Page 3 of an interview with Lester Brown, founder of Worldwatch and Earth Policy Institute. Lester Brown describes how he stays optimistic about the environment, what we will learn from Katrina, and the future of the environment.

Lester Brown on the Future of the Environment - Part 4
Page 4 of an interview with Lester Brown, founder of Worldwatch and Earth Policy Institute. Lester Brown shares stories of environmental success.

The Environmental Impacts of Skiing and Snowboarding
Downhill skiing and snowboarding allow experiencing the mountains up close, but it also has consequences on the environment.

What Is Petcoke?
Petcoke is produced when refining heavy crude oil. It might also be a game changer in the United States' greenhouse gas emission equation.

Environmental Effects of Campfires
Burning wood releases large amounts of chemicals that may affect your health and the environment, but should we really stop building campfires?

Is Acid Rain Still a Problem?
Acid rain once was a very prominent environmental issue, and steps have been taken to significantly reduce acid precipitation - has it worked?

A Home Energy Audit Can Help You Save Power and Money
Requesting a free home energy audit from your local utility can help you reduce your energy consumption, lower your carbon footprint, and save money.

Cap-and-Trade Systems Overview
Learn more about cap-and-trade systems, how they work, and their environmental and economic benefits.

Ethanol Availability, Station Locator
Ethanol may be good for the environment and the economy, but how easy is it to find fueling stations that sell ethanol or ethanol blends?

Does E85 Perform Better than Gasoline?
Ethanol is widely available, but what kind of performance can drivers expect from a car running on ethanol or an ethanol/gasoline blend?

Sheryl Crow - Sheryl Crow Interview - Can "Detours" Help Pave the Way to a Better World?
Singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow tackles important environmental and societal issues on her new album,

Sheryl Crow Interview About the Environment
Singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow tackles important environmental and societal issues on her new album,

Interview with Sheryl Crow
Singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow tackles important environmental and societal issues on her new album,

Green Initiatives at Core of 2009 Economic Stimulus Package
The 2009 economic stimulus package helped shorten the recession, but it also had a real impact on a wide range of energy and environmental issues.

Are Cigarette Butts Biodegradable?
Cigarette butts are one of the most common forms of litter, but they are not harmless. Learn more about the environmental issues associated with them.

Are Greenhouse Gas Concentrations at Record Levels?
Scientists working in Antarctica have confirmed that levels of key greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming are higher today than at any time in the past 650,000 years, and humans are responsible for the increase.

Global Warming Message Leads to Nobel Prize for Al Gore
Former Vice President Al Gore received the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for raising awareness on global warming. Read highlights from his acceptance lecture.

Is Global Warming Influencing El Niño?
El Nio conditions create havoc in much of the country. Has the frequency and intensity of El Nio events increased due to global climate change?

Americans Recycling More, Discarding Less, EPA Says
Americans recycle more and discard less, according to a report by the U.S. EPA, which shows increases in the amount of waste being recycled or composted.

Crematorium Ovens Help Heat Homes in Swedish Town
Officials in Halmstad, Sweden plan to use emissions from their crematorium in order to cut heating bills and reduce air pollution.

Household Energy Needs and Sources for Four States
Comparisons of energy needs, uses, and energy sources for Wisconsin, Tennessee, Arizona, and New York.

Which Cities Have the Worst Air Quality?
Find out which cities the American Lung Association ranks as having the worst air quality based on ground ozone and particulate matter.

What Is Climate Change Mitigation?
Find out what mitigation means in the context of climate change, how it differs from adaptation, and see examples relevant to different industries.

Which Water Bottle Should I Buy?
A discussion about the use and safety of plastics, stainless steel, aluminum, and glass as materials for reusable water bottles.

NOx and the Environment
Find out what nitrogen dioxides (NOx) are, why they are a serious environmental concern, and what role they play in the Volkswagen diesel engine scandal.

7 Steps to a Wildlife-Friendly Backyard
Making your yard inviting to wildlife is easy but requires some planning. Learn what you need to do to attract wildlife around your home.

Water Pollution Explained
The basics you need to know about water pollution: definition, causes, examples, and solutions.

Impacts of the California Drought
California's ongoing drought is in its fourth year; what are the environmental consequences?

Microplastics and Their Environmental Effects
Microplastics, including microbeads, are increasingly abundant in aquatic ecosystems. Find out what they are, and their environmental consequences.

What Is Sustainable Fashion?
Sustainable fashion reflects our current concerns about the environment, our health, and the conditions of the industry's workers.

Causes, Effects, Risks and Future of Global Warming
Human activities are creating excess greenhouse gases that trap heat in the atmosphere and lead to global warming.

Aquaculture Makes Splash with Scientists and Consumers, but There May Be a Catch
Can aquaculture bridge the gap between the world's dwindling wild fish populations and the growing demand for seafood? Many scientists believe aquaculture could be an important source of food in the future, but aquaculture also carries a high risk of disease, habitat destruction and environmental degradation.

Bird Extinctions Occurring Faster Than Previously Believed
Bird species are disappearing far more quickly than previously known--at the rate of about one extinction per year--according to the most comprehensive analysis of global bird species ever conducted.

Dams and Salmon - Would Removing Dams Restore Wild Salmon Runs?
Hydroelectric dams harnessed U.S. rivers and brought light into the darkness in a cleaner, more sustainable way than most other power plants could claim. But the dams also created an impenetrable barrier that blocked migrating salmon, making it impossible for them to reach the sea or return to their spawning grounds. Today, many dams are being studied for possible removal, which could create a new era of restoration for wild salmon runs.

2005 Weather, A Year of Extremes
Weather went wild in 2005, in the United States and around the world, with a record downpour in the Nevada desert, glaciers melting in Greenland, an unprecedented series of major hurricanes and tropical storms in the Atlantic, and the worst drought in a century in the Amazon rainforest. The cost in property losses, environmental damage and human lives is still being calculated and may never be fully understood.

Hurricane Katrina After 10 Years: Environmental Restoration
Ten years after Hurricane Katrina hit the Mississippi River delta region, considerable efforts have been deployed to repair environmental damages and better protect infrastructures from the next storms.

Animal Cruelty, Human Responsibility, and the Environment
Introducing an interesting video debate on animal rights, with implications about our responsibilities towards the environment.

Is Our Love of Nature a Pagan Belief?
Introducing an interesting video debate on what motivates us to protect the environment: self-interest, rational calculation, spirituality?

What Is Micro Hydro?
Micro hydroelectricity uses the same principles as big hydro, but with much smaller impacts on the environment.

Sediment as a Major Water Pollutant
The deposition of sediment in rivers is a major source of water pollution. Find out what sediment is, why it's a problem, and what is done to prevent it.

Fastest Growing Metropolitan Areas
The U.S. Census Bureau has identified these 20 cities as having experienced the largest percentage growth in number of residents over one year.

Environmental Concerns About Neonicotinoid Pesticides
Find out what neonicotinoids are, how they work, and the consequences they have on honeybees, wild bees, bumblebees, and birds.

Mercury Pollution
Learn about mercury, where it comes from, how it contaminates aquatic environments, and why it creates health concerns.

Which Cities Have the Highest Air Quality?
Find out which cities the American Lung Association ranks as having the highest air quality.

Cruise Ship Waste and the Environment
Millions travel on cruise ships each year. Find out more about environmental concerns associated with cruise ships, including the various types of waste waters.

Vacation Trip? Leave a Small Carbon Footprint
Excellent ideas and tips to minimize your carbon footprint while on vacation, from our friends at Care2.

Top Causes of Lake Pollution
Almost half of the United States lake waters have pollution problems. Find out what the top types of lake pollution are, what the sources, and what you can do.

Impervious Surfaces and their Effects on the Environment
Impervious surfaces frequently lead to serious water pollution issues. What are impervious surfaces and why are they a problem?

5 Actions You Can Take to Slow Down Climate Change
Five proven actions that can really make a difference with greenhouse gas emissions and global climate change, from our friends at Care2.

What Is Eurasian Water-Milfoil?
What is Eurasian water-milfoil? Description of this invasive aquatic plant, environmental and economic effects, and solutions for controlling infestations.

Wind Turbines and Bird Populations
This study estimated the rate of mortality of birds from collisions with wind turbines, but most importantly it compared it with other sources of mortality.

Pope Francis' Encyclical on the Environment
In June 2015 Pope Francis released an influential document outlining his views on the environment and global climate change, and the world took notice.

Reasons Why Marine Mammals Become Stranded
Whales, seals, and sea lions are sometimes found dying on beaches. What causes marine mammal strandings? Found out the latest science about this issue.

What Causes Red Tides and Other Harmful Algae Blooms?
Find out the causes of red tides, the role of humans, the effects of global climate change, and the mysterious role played by far-flung dust.

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Fishing Responsibly, Lead-Free
Lead pollution is a major problem in many freshwater lakes, with negative consequences to wildlife. The solution lies with alternatives to lead fishing tackle.

Phenological Mismatch
Climate change speeds up the timing of many animals' annual cycle, but individual species phenology shifts at different rates, leading to complex disruptions of species interactions and a phenomenon called phenological mismatch.

Spring Phenology and Climate Change
Phenology is the cyclic appearance of natural events. Global warming is shifting the timing of these events, sometimes disrupting delicate ecological interactions.

Global Warming Latest: Air and Land Observations
A significant report by the IPCC has recently been released synthesizing the current science behind global climate change. Read the organization's conclusions about air and surface observations.

Who Is Michael E. Mann?
Find out more about a major contributor to our scientific understanding of global climate change.

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch
We heard that there is a gigantic floating island of trash far out in the Pacific Ocean. What really is out there, and what environmental impacts does it have?

Microbeads and Their Environmental Effects
Microbeads are increasingly abundant in aquatic ecosystems. Find out what they are, where they come from, and what the associated environmental consequences are.

Can the Tesla Home Battery System Help Conserve Energy?
Tesla is now building more than cars. Will their new household battery facilitate the use of home-scale renewable energy systems like solar, wind, or micro-hydro?

What Is 350.org?
Learn more about this environmental organization focused on facilitating grassroots activism against global climate change.

Natural Gas vs. Coal: New Insight
Burning natural gas for electricity generation produces lower amounts of greenhouse gases than does coal. But when we consider the entire extraction and process, which of these fossil fuels comes ahead?

Energy Use by the U.S. Military at Lowest Level in Decades
Read about how the U.S. Department of Defense uses energy, and how it has significantly improved its energy efficiently.

The Clean Power Plan Means Fewer Deaths and Hospitalizations
The Obama administration's Clean Power Plan aims to set goals for states to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by tightening fossil fuel burning. A recent study estimated the health benefits of reducing our reliance on coal-fired power stations.