- Focus of Earth Day 2019: Species Protection
The theme of Earth Day 2019 to be species protection to draw attention to the plight of the thousands of species we are letting slip
- Where Do The Democratic Candidates Stand on Climate, Environment?
All of the Democratic candidates for president in 2020 consider climate a serious issue, but Jay Inslee & Elizabeth Warren lead the pack in green
- What We Eat Has A Big Effect On Climate Change
What we choose to eat does have a major effect on how much the climate warms, so maybe now is the time to try a climate-friendly
- Is Hair Dye Carcinogenic?
The research is mixed but no one doubts that the ingredients in most common permanent hair dye solutions are
- Future Home: Green Upgrades Becoming The Norm
With California leading the way mandating all new residential construction meet strict "net zero emissions" standards beginning in 2020, the home of the future is almost
- China Leads The World In Greening Thanks To Massive Reforestation Program
China, Australia, Pakistan, Brazil and other countries have undertaken massive reforestation campaigns, but the United States? Not so
- EV Swap: Convert Your Old Junker Into An Electric Car?
There’s never been a better time to convert an old car into an emissions-free electric vehicle (EV), but some models are better suited than
- Low-Carbon Diet: The Easy Way To Fight Global Warming
Feeding ourselves causes a third of all CO2 emissions, so adopting a low-carbon diet is one way each and every one of us can fight global
- Does Air Pollution Lower IQ?
Repeated exposure to air pollution can lower teenagers IQ while causing adults to lose the equivalent of one or more years worth of
- Wishing For More Fish In The Sea As Marine Wildlife Dwindles
Population numbers for the majority of marine wildlife species have declined by half since 1970, with many species down as much as 75
- Zero-Waste Shopping Finally Catching On In U.S.
While the concept of Zero Waste Shopping got off the ground in Europe, it's finally catching on in North America thanks to a few entrepreneurs'
- Daylight Saving Time: Good Or Bad For The Earth?
Dear EarthTalk: Would extending Daylight Saving Time (DST) for the entire year be a good or bad thing for the
- What Is The Green New Deal Anyway?
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says we need a Green New Deal to make the U.S. economy carbon neutral before it's too
- Green Banking In U.S. Finally Comes Of Age
Green banking might not yet be the norm in the United States, but a few dozen trailblazing banks and credit unions are trying to make it that
- What Are The Environmental Impacts Of The Shutdown?
EPA has curtailed hazardous waste clean-up work, air quality inspections, and reviews of toxic substances as a result of the
- Bitcoin A Major Greenhouse Gas Polluter?
Who knew that the fast-growing cryptocurrency Bitcoin could be a major source of greenhouse gas emissions as it becomes more
- Is Eco-Friendly Dry Cleaning A Reality?
Eco-friendly dry cleaning is a reality, although 80% of dry cleaners still use hazardous perchloroethylene (“perc” for
- Is There Greener Wall-to-Wall Carpeting?
Carpeting is an oft-overlooked culprit when it comes to compromised indoor air quality, but the chemicals used to produce it are typically far from natural.
- Can We Deflect Asteroids?
What can we do to save our environment and save our species in the case of an asteroid strike on Planet Earth? Can we deflect asteroids at this
- Food-Borne Illness & Climate Change: What’s The Connection?
Global warming is worsening droughts, floods and other weather extremes that in turn put our crops and livestock in jeopardy of contamination that could account for an uptick in human food-borne
- Is Skiing Dead Due To Global Warming?
Is skiing dead due to global warming? It depends on whether we can get our carbon emissions in check by the middle of this
- Tube-Free Toilet Paper: Is It Really Greener?
Does the Scott brand’s “tube-free” toilet paper really save much paper or is it just another form of corporate
- Minimizing Energy & Packaging Waste for Eco-Friendly Holidays
If you’re dreaming of a eco-friendly holidays this year, you’ll have to take care to shop and decorate with the planet in
- Greening Your Coffee Habit
Our coffee habit takes a toll on the environment in terms of deforestation and biodiversity loss in the tropics as well as raising our carbon
- Avoiding PFAS And Other Synthetic Chemicals In Our Food
PFASs are synthetic chemicals of various formulations (PFCs, PFOA, PFOS and GenX, among others) that are used widely for moisture and stain resistance.
- Plastic Waste: Are We Stuck With It Forever?
Getting rid of plastic waste across the board is unrealistic, but learning how to use less plastic overall — and recycle the rest — may be our best
- Is Fall Foliage Compromised Due To Climate Change?
Thanks to global warming, we can expect shorter and less intense fall foliage displays in the United States moving
- Taming of the Wild Leaf Blowers
Leaf blowers may be the most hated of all landscaping tools due to the noise they make and the smog-creating emission they spew, but public outcry has led to new rules governing their
- Choices Abound for New EVs in 2019
New electric vehicles (EVs) from Audi, Volkswagen, Mini and others will give Tesla's lower cost Model 3 a run for its
- Plastic in the Ocean: Too Late To Fix?
Dutch inventor Boyan Slat hopes his marine plastic collector will help solve the growing problem of too much plastic in the
- Hygiene Hypothesis Says Mess Is Best
According to the “Hygiene Hypothesis," less exposure to bacteria & viruses during childhood could explain the rise in allergic diseases in recent
- Lending A Hand To Access Public Land
Access Land and other groups want the government to make campground availability data freely available to help more Americans access public land.
- Monarch Butterfly Flutters on the Edge of Extinction
Environmentalists won a lawsuit forcing the federal government to decide by 2019 whether or not to list the once abundant Monarch butterfly as
- Applying The Lessons of Ozone Depletion to … Fight Global Warming
The nations of the world were able to come together to phase out ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbons, so why can't we do the same to fight global
- What’s Old Is New As Sustainable Ranching Comes of Age
Sustainable ranching involves techniques like pasture rotation, range composting and other ways to reuse nature's resources for the health of the
- Seasteading Concept Gets “Off the Ground”
A new breed of homesteaders are looking to the sea ("seasteading") to create new communities focusing on human and environmental
- Greener Gear: New Sustainability Standards from REI Forces Greening of Gear Industry
A new set of sustainability guidelines from leading outdoor gear retailer REI will force upwards of 1,000 brands to go
- Do Animals Like Music?
Do animals like music? Maybe, maybe not, depending on how much it is tailored to the particular species of animal in
- Record Heat Waves The New Normal Under Grip of Global Warming
Are record heat waves across the United States, Europe and elsewhere the new normal in a world under the vice grip of global
- Companies Incentivizing Employees To Live Greener, Promote Sustainability
Some companies have begun to leverage corporate resources to help their people cut carbon footprints—both at home and at work—in various
- Evolutionary Effect: Hunting Pressures Force Species to Evolve, Adapt
Modern-day hunting practices are affecting the behavior and evolution of various wildlife
- Pesticide Drift Takes Its Toll
Pesticide drift is taking an increasing toll on populations of bees and other wildlife — as well as humans.
- Saving the Planet By Ridesharing With Uber and Lyft
Ridesharing with Uber and Lyft is a boon for the environmental if you factor in reduced congestion, pollution and energy consumption.
- Artificial Intelligence (AI): The Answer to Our Environmental Prayers?
Tech companies and environmentalists are increasingly utilizing artificial intelligence to help protect the environment, save wildlife, and stave off global
- Help Our Honeybees, Help Ourselves
Doing your part to help bees come back will not only help guarantee that we can continue to enjoy the diversity of agricultural products we have come to expect on grocery store
- Greener Gadget Makers: Fairphone Barely Beats Out Apple as Greenest
In its most recent Guide to Greener Electronics, Greenpeace ranks Fairphone as the greenest gadget makers, but Apple follows closely on its heals given CEO Tim Cook's commitment to
- In Vitro Fertilization To The Rescue for Endangered Species Fertility
Endangered Species Fertility: Researchers are now using fertility techniques developed for people — like In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) — to try to bring back endangered species like Africa's Northern White
- Greener Pet Burial: Why Not?
If you want a greener pet burial, the backyard might still be the best option, but otherwise opt for aquamation over
- Reusable Water Bottles: Glass & Stainless Steel Take Over From Plastic
Reusable water bottles used to all be made out of plastic, but nowadays consumers are switching over to greener, healthier options made out of glass, stainless steel and even biodegradable
- Greener Guitars: Sustainably Harvested Tonewoods & Alternative Materials Take Center Stage
The fact that the so-called “tonewoods” that guitar makers have relied on for almost two centuries are now harder and harder to come by has left guitar makers scrambling to support replanting efforts in far flung locales and looking for sustainable alternatives that still imbue their instruments with pleasing tonal characteristics and eye-catching good
- Man-Made Earthquakes: Another Negative Legacy of Fracking
Man-made earthquakes are now common across Oklahoma and other parts of the Midwest and South thanks to the surge in hydraulic fracturing ("fracking")
- Green Apparel: Not Just A Color Choice
Apparel manufacturers such as Patagonia, Scalable Press and Noso are finding new ways to shave their carbon pollution and otherwise green their practices to have less of an environmental impact moving
- Is Biodegradable Plastic The Answer To Our Plastic Pollution Problem?
Biodegradable plastic made from biomass and even gaseous waste could be a big part of the solution to the growing problem of plastic polluting our land and
- Avoiding BPA Exposure: Not So Easy Anymore
A good old can of soup might not be as good for you as you would expect, given the toxic chemicals in the lining of the can itself. Experts say to fresh foods are always the safest way to
- Particle Board Blues: Could Your Furniture Be Making You Sick?
While good old particle board contains formaldehyde that can make you sick, safer alternatives use polyurethane as filler instead. Sealing particle board is another way to minimize exposure to toxic
- How Do Agricultural Inputs Affect Rivers, Lakes and the Ocean?
Algae blooms and the poisoning of aquatic life are just a few of the problems associated with our overuse of herbicides, pesticides and fertilizer on our farms and in our
- Can Light Pollution Really Cause Breast Cancer?
The glow of city lights blotting out stars in the night sky has frustrated many a stargazer, but recent studies have shown that "light pollution"—defined as excess or obtrusive light at night—can actually have serious health effects, including a potential breast cancer
- Want Better Sleep? Consider A Green Mattress
Who would have thought that the comfy mattress you’ve been sleeping on for years contains dozens of potentially harmful substances and materials. Luckily for green-minded consumers, though, there’s never been a better time to find a truly “green”
- Risky Rainwear: Outdoor Gear Makers Scramble to Find PFC-Free Alternatives
Outdoor gear and clothing manufacturers are scrambling to find greener alternatives to PFCs to keep their jackets, boots and other gear from "wetting
- Ready For A New Solar Roof?
Forward Labs and Solar Frontier are two of the companies challenging Tesla's dominance in the nascent solar roof technology
- Endangered Species On The Ropes
The Trump administration has virtually launched an assault on wildlife and endangered species protections in place in the United States for half a
- Strawless in Seattle: Why Are Straws So Bad for the Environment?
The average American uses more than 38,000 straws over a lifetime without thinking about the implications of all this plastic going to waste and polluting our
- Caring About Climate Without the Federal Government
The Global Climate Action Summit, coming up next September in San Francisco, is the brainchild of California’s 79-year-old outgoing governor Jerry Brown, one of the country’s great crusaders for cutting carbon emissions despite lack of federal interest in solving the climate
- Waiting for Hot Water
To save water while waiting for hot water, you can cluster the tasks that require hot water so it doesn't have to send a new batch every time. Even better, insulate your home's water pipes or switch over to a tankless
- Regenerative Agriculture: There’s No Tilling How Much CO2 We Can Save
Regenerative Agriculture (RA) describes farming and grazing practices that help reverse climate change by rebuilding the organic matter in soil and restoring degraded soil
- Stopping That Drain Clog Naturally
Preventative maintenance and an occasional all-natural vinegar and water flush may be enough to keep your drains running free without the help of chemical clog
- Eco-Village Movement Flourishing Across United States
More than 140 different intentional communities based around sustainability are in operation across the U.S., including Ecovillage at Ithaca (pictured here) which started in the early 1990s.
- Shower or Bath: Which Is Better for the Environment?
Showers typically use less water than baths, but only if the bather doesn't linger under the spray for too long and if he has a newer model — that is, more efficient — shower
- E-Bikes: Better For Your Carbon Footprint Than Regular Bikes?
If you factor in the carbon emissions associated with producing and delivering the extra food required to feed a rider of a conventional bicycle, charging up an e-bike from your grid-based electrical outlet may be better for the environment.
- Drowning in Boxes: Is More Cardboard Recycling Really the Answer?
The cardboard you recycle likely makes a 12,000-mile, fossil-fuel-spewing loop at sea (to China and back) in its journey of
- Is Legalizing Pot Really Beneficial to the Environment?
Legalizing pot would have several benefits for the environment, from getting rid of illegal toxic grow sites on public lands to opening the door for widespread production of hemp as a crop in the
- What the Bus? I Thought Trains Were The Greenest Transit Mode?
Most of us assume that train travel—whether for getting around town, commuting to work or for long hauls—is the most eco-friendly mass transit “mode," but actually the bus may be even
- Cleaner Indoor Air Quality Can Help You Sleep Better
Good indoor air quality is key to a good night's sleep and overall healthy living, so do what you can reduce off-gassing furniture and paint and get your HVAC vents
- How Will Climate Change Affect Real Estate Property Values?
Sea level rise, more frequent & intense storms and wildfires means fewer and fewer of us live in areas safe from some of the ravages of climate
- Vegan Gifts: Give Something Animal Lovers Will Love
It's no longer difficult to find good gifts for ardent vegans, from food to sneakers to
- Future Trucks: Advanced Aerodynamics, Alternative Engine Designs Key to Greening of Trucking
Tractor-trailer trucks have long lagged behind cars in terms of the adoption of greener technologies but that's all starting to
- Better Bike Commuting With E-Bikes, New Routing Apps & Improved Infrastructure
Thanks to battery-assisted e-bikes, increased bike lane infrastructure and apps to help direct cyclists to safer, faster biking routes, commuting via bicycle is more popular than ever in the United
- B Corporations to the Earth’s Rescue
“B-Corp” is a certification awarded by the non-profit B Lab to for-profit companies which meet rigorous standards of social & environmental
- Solving Transit’s Last-Mile Problem
Getting transit riders from their bus stop or train station the "last-mile” to the doorstep of their home or workplace still plagues urban
- Lord God Bird Redux: Is the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker Really Back?
Birders are keeping hope alive that the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker will re-appear "on the wing" somewhere in the swamps of the Southeastern
- Keeping Kids Safe From Environmental Hazards
Kids are affected by the same environmental hazards as adults, only they’re more vulnerable given the fact that their bodies are still
- Hyper-Efficient Future Planes Coming Within Two Decades
Within two decades we may all be flying around in hyper-efficient electric or hybrid-electric blended wing-body design passenger
- Is Grass-Fed Beef Actually Better for the Environment?
Allan Savory points to the carbon sequestration benefits of grazing cattle on grasslands as an environmental justification for raising
- Carbon Pawprints: How Our Dogs & Cats Contribute to Global Warming
Unfortunately, our beloved dogs and cats do produce shockingly high amounts of greenhouse gases that contribute to global
- Rooftop Solar: Now’s the Time to Get Started
There’s never been a better time to go solar, given how much prices have come down while efficiency in converting sunlight to electricity has
- Climate Geoengineering: Now More Than Ever?
Supersized space mirrors, salt spraying ships & sparkle blasting balloons—these are just a few geoengineering fixes to global
- Green Patent Sharing: Putting Health of the Environment Above Profits
The idea behind green patent sharing is that inventors can share the rights to make use of certain patented technologies that benefit the
- Was Hurricane Harvey Caused By Global Warming?
While global warming didn't cause Hurricane Harvey, it certainly played a role in how extreme the storm was in terms of high winds and heavy
- Global Warming Evolution: Wildlife Shrinkage on the Rise
Scientists credit human-induced global warming with causing many wildlife species to become scrawnier with each successive
- Michael Bloomberg to the Rescue on Environment
Thanks to charitable giving & leadership of cities on climate change, Michael Bloomberg may go down in history as one of the great
- Climate Reality Project Turns Everyday People Into Climate Activists
Al Gore created the Climate Reality Project as the nerve center of his advocacy & education efforts about the need to ratchet down carbon
- Canada Leads Way on Nutrition With New Food Guide
Canada's new Food Guide incorporates input from 20,000 Canadians and gives its neighbors to the south a whole new set of best practices to chew
- The Environmental Conscience of Instagram
Thousands of Instagram accounts are dedicated to raising awareness of environmental problems and providing solutions everyday people can
- Triclosan & Antibacterial Soaps: Bad for Our Health and the Environment?
Antibacterial soaps & other products with triclosan are under fire for not being effective while causing health & environmental
- Eco-Friendly Products Put Ocean Plastic Waste to Good Use
Method Home, Lush, Dell, G-Star RAW and Norton Sunglasses are among the companies putting plastic ocean waste to use in their products &
- Volvo EV Plans: Another Nail in the Coffin of the Internal Combustion Engine
Volvo will only sell hybrid and electric cars beginning in 2019, signaling a shift in the auto industry toward more fuel-efficient
- Delisting the Yellowstone Grizzly: Good News or Bad?
Yellowstone's grizzly bear population has bounced back since the mid-1970s, but environmentalists think the iconic predator still needs federal
- Gamify Me: Using Games To Reduce Carbon Footprints
Gamify Me: Gamification is one tool in environmentalists' arsenal to help people reduce their environmental impact and carbon
- Greener Booze: Why Stop Caring When It’s Party Time?
Why stop caring at party time? With greener booze options proliferating at a record pace, that beer, wine, or margarita is looking pretty
- E-Waste Nightmare: Cell Phones Getting Greener But Not There Yet
We generate 50 million tons of e-waste around the world annually, much of which ends up improperly disposed of in landfills where toxins can leach