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What are smoke waves from wildfires?

Perhaps more dangerous than the fires themselves from which they radiate, smoke waves can cause health problems for people hundreds of miles around.


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Earth Talk: How long have we known about human-caused global warming?

It wasn’t until 1995 that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change gave a definitive statement that humans are responsible for post-industrial global warming.


Where do Tim Kaine, Mike Pence stand on environmental issues?

Where do the VP choices for the upcoming Presidential election (Tim Kaine and Mike Pence) stand in terms of environmental track record and commitment?


Why are environmentalists so bullish on fusion energy?

Scientists first discovered fusion as a potential energy source in the 1930’s and have been quietly working on it ever since.


If humans ruin Earth, where do we go?

As global warming compounds other environmental problems here on Earth, the notion of colonizing other planets is more appealing than ever.


Earth Talk: The fight against genetically engineered crops

People all over the world are increasingly wary of genetically engineered crops, even as the chemical companies insist they are safe.


Earth Talk: Is Flint the only city with water safety issues?

Find it hard to believe that Flint, Michigan is the only city or town in the U.S. with lead contamination of its water system?


Can Virtual Reality help save reality?

Virtual Reality (VR) is no doubt the hottest thing in electronics and entertainment today, with “immersive” 360-degree experiences increasingly available via the click of a mouse or tap of a screen.


Are we heading for a coal-free power future in the U.S.?

Far from just an environmental pipedream, the coal industry in the U.S. and around the world is in the midst of a major downswing.


Why is underwater noise pollution such a big deal?

For us land-dwellers, underwater noise rarely reaches our ears. However, marine organisms can be very sensitive to undersea sounds.


Have any wildlife species gone extinct already as a result of global warming?

Global warming is definitely already taking its toll on wildlife around the world. Rising temperatures are changing weather from pole to pole.


Dave Matthews Band leading music industry on efforts to reduce environmental impact

The Dave Matthews Band has taken significant steps to neutralize its environmental impact via its Bama Green Project, which educates fans around the world about paths toward sustainability.


How is global warming impacting the world’s penguins?

Not surprisingly, penguins—those cute and quirky flightless birds of the Southern Hemisphere—are in deep trouble as a result of reckless human activity.


Why did Ringling Bros. stop using elephants in its circus shows?

The parent company of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey announced in 2015 that it would phase out the use of elephants in its circus performances.


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Why does Donald Trump think we should renegotiate Paris climate agreement?

In a May 2016 interview with Reuters, presumptive Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump dropped a bombshell on environmentalists.


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Can better environmental management stem the Zika virus tide?

Zika virus, first discovered in Uganda’s Zika Forest in 1947, is transmitted to humans and other mammals through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito.


Earth Talk: Best deals on plug-in hyrbids

With each new model year, automakers continue to expand their offerings of affordable and fun plug-in hybrids and all-electric vehicles.


Environmental documentaries to binge-watch on Netflix?

An Inconvenient Truth, now a decade old, is hardly the last word in green documentaries anymore.


What has been the environmental impact of the Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal?

An analysis by The Guardian revealed that VWs in the U.S. are likely emitting between 10,392 and 41,571 tons of toxic nitrogen oxides.


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Legit green certifications, or greenwashing?

More products today advertise their green credentials, with many displaying third-party certifications on their labels.


What’s up with all barren interstate medians?

The idea of beautifying highway medians with plantings goes back five decades to Lady Bird Johnson.


Earth First! and radical environmentalism

Car bomb injuries, prison terms, and death were among the perils protestors with the Earth First! (EF!) movement faced throughout the 1990s.


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Environmental component to rise in peanut allergies?

Peanut allergies among children in the United States has more than tripled, from 0.4 percent in 1997 to 1.4 percent in 2010.


Better for you: Artificial sweeteners, or sugar?

It’s easy to consume a huge daily dose of sugar. Grabbing a non-fat, grande latte at Starbucks will start your day off with 18 grams.


Earth Talk: The benefits of rooftop solar

In those states with ample sunshine and the legislative initiative to get solar panels on residential roofs, there has never been a better—or cheaper—time to put photovoltaic panels to use.