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Frederic Beaudry

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By Frederic Beaudry

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    • Why are So Few Food Containers Made of Recyclable Plastic? Created: Monday, February 12, 2007 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      Find out which ingredient in most plastic containers that makes it so hard to recycle them, and how corn plastic could be the eco-friendly answer." itemprop="description" itemprop="description...
    • The Effects of the Drought in the Western US Created: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      An exceptional drought is underway in western states. Consequences include effects on agriculture, drinking water, and wildfires.
    • The Five Most Important Things You Can Do for the Environment Created: Wednesday, April 22, 2009 Updated: Monday, April 14, 2014
      If you feel you’re not doing enough for the environment by replacing your incandescent light bulbs with CFLs and composting your kitchen garbage, maybe you’re ready to make a deeper com...
    • Top 6 Environmental Issues Created: Sunday, April 13, 2014 Updated: Sunday, April 13, 2014
      What are the 6 top issues threatening our environment?
    • What is the Greenhouse Effect? Created: Thursday, August 25, 2005 Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
      A good explanation of the greenhouse effect and its relationship to global warming, plus dissenting opinions from some scientists and what is being done to address the problem."
    • Reusing Plastic Bottles Can Pose Serious Health Hazards Created: Tuesday, November 06, 2007 Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
      Reduce, reuse and recycle is the mantra of environmentalists everywhere, but reusing plastic bottles may do more harm than good by releasing toxic chemicals that can cause a host of serious health ...
    • Top Renewable Energy Sources Created: Friday, June 15, 2007 Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
      Most nations rely on fossil fuels for the majority of their energy, but clean renewable energy is becoming increasingly important as the world faces the threat of global warming and the realization...
    • The Pros and Cons of Biofuels Created: Wednesday, March 07, 2007 Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
      Biofuels such as ethanol and biodiesel offer a cleaner alternative to fossil fuels. Derived from plants, biofuels are renewable and more environmentally friendly than petroleum products, but many e...
    • How to Recycle Different Types of Plastic Created: Monday, January 02, 2006 Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
      The confusion over what we can and cannot recycle continues to confound consumers. Plastics are especially troublesome, as different types of plastic require different processing to be reformulated...
    • Why Stop Using Plastic Bags? Created: Tuesday, December 04, 2007 Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
      Americans throw away almost 100 billion plastic bags every year, and only 1 percent to 3 percent are ever recycled, leaving the rest to clog streams, foul landscapes, and kill birds and marine mamm...
    • How Do Oil Spills Damage the Environment? Created: Tuesday, May 04, 2010 Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
      That oil spills are bad for the environment is a universal truth, but what makes them so bad? How do oil spills damage the environment, and how long do those damaging effects last?"
    • What Causes Global Warming? Created: Friday, September 02, 2005 Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
      Human activities are creating excess greenhouse gases that trap heat in the atmosphere and lead to global warming.
    • What are Greenhouse Gases? Created: Friday, September 23, 2005 Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
      One in a series of frequently asked questions about global warming and greenhouse gas emissions.
    • What Causes Hurricanes? Created: Monday, September 26, 2005 Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
      Rising air and water temperatures worldwide are creating more frequent and severe hurricanes. While scientists debate what may be causing the temperature changes, there's no disagreement about the ...
    • Should Batteries Be Tossed or Recycled? Created: Friday, May 12, 2006 Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
      May batteries be safely discarded along with other household trash, or must they be recycled? While newer batteries contain less mercury and other toxic substances than older versions, they do incl...
    • Chernobyl Nuclear Accident Created: Wednesday, April 26, 2006 Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
      A detailed profile of the Chernobyl accident, the worst nuclear accident in history, which occurred on April 26, 1986, at the Chernobyl power plant in Ukraine.
    • How Much Energy Does It Take to Make Bottled Water? Created: Thursday, March 05, 2009 Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
      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?" itemprop="description" Friday, April 04, 2008 Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
      Cross-border pollution is a serious environmental problem that often frustrates national solutions. As pollution from one nation contaminates the air and water of another, it creates a dilemma for ...
    • Are Cell Phones and Microwave Radiation Really Unhealthy? Created: Tuesday, October 24, 2006 Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
      Scientific research indicates that exposure to cell phones and microwave radiation can cause health problems. Learn more about the health effects of cell phones and microwave radiation."
    • When Did the U.S. Environmental Movement Begin? Created: Sunday, October 04, 2009 Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
      When did the environmental movement begin in the United States? Can it be traced to a single moment or event, or was it a widespread grassroots movement that grew organically, like many of the crop...
    • Real Sponges or Artificial Sponges: Which is Better for the Environment? Created: Monday, January 30, 2006 Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
      A sponge is a sponge, right? Well, no. Some sponges are living organisms that have been harvested for centuries and used in the ways we know them best. Others are artificial replicas, made from woo...
    • Earth Day History: The History of Earth Day Created: Monday, March 20, 2006 Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
      Earth Day is the name given to annual observances intended to raise awareness about a range of environmental issues and to inspire people to take action." itemprop="descrip='t3'" --> itemprop="desc...
    • How Global Population Growth is Creating Serious Environmental Problems Created: Thursday, January 10, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      Population growth is placing tremendous stress on Earth's resources and the natural environment, creating a scarcity of food and water and leading to problems such as deforestation and increased gl...
    • What is Fracking, Hydrofracking or Hydraulic Fracturing? Created: Sunday, May 15, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      Hydraulic fracturing is more commonly called fracking or hydrofracking. The term has been popularized due to controversies surrounding its use.
    • Solar Power: The Pros and Cons of Solar Power Created: Wednesday, March 14, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      The sun is a virtually endless source of clean, renewable energy, which should make solar power a logical alternative to finite fossil fuels." itemprop="description" Tuesday, November 01, 2005 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      Canada flushes some 200 billion liters of raw sewage directly into natural waterways every year, from the St. Lawrence River to the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Pacific Ocean. One of the worst of...
    • Why is Chlorine Added to Tap Water? Created: Saturday, November 26, 2005 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      Chlorine in tap water destroys many disease-causing bacteria that threaten human health, but it may lead to other health problems. Learn how you can benefit from chlorine while avoiding its potenti...
    • Top Things You Can Do to Reduce Global Warming Created: Friday, June 15, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      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.
    • Which Type of Cookware is Safest for Cooking? Created: Sunday, April 02, 2006 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      Since chemicals used to make Teflon were linked to health hazards, consumers have wondered about the safety of their Teflon cookware. This article explores the safety and potential health risks of ...
    • Why are Honeybees Disappearing? Created: Thursday, June 14, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      Honeybee colonies are dying or disappearing in record numbers. What is causing the dramatic decline in honeybee populations in the U.S. and elsewhere, how is the honeybee loss affecting agriculture...
    • Spring Phenology and Climate Change Created: Monday, March 24, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, April 08, 2014
      Phenology is the cyclic appearance of natural events. Global warming is shifting the timing of these events, sometimes disrupting delicate ecological interactions.
    • Climate Change and Maple Syrup Created: Friday, April 04, 2014 Updated: Friday, April 04, 2014
      It is clear that climate change has affects plant species distribution – but will it hurt maple syrup production?

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