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Find out what is true and false about climate change.

CLOSE Researchers in Antarctica have discovered rapidly growing banks of mosses on the ice continent’s northern peninsula, providing striking evidence of climate change in the coldest and most remote parts of the planet. Buzz60 Melting glaciers are a clear sign of climat change and global warming. (Photo: Bernhard_Staehli, Getty Images/iStockphoto) The subject of climate change may or may not come up at ...

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Endocrine disrupting chemicals: Is your home making you sick?

Our modern lives are drenched in chemicals, some of which can mimic hormones in our body’s endocrine system. Obesity, type 2 diabetes, and some cancer rates are on the rise in humans. While sperm count and fertility is on a downward slide in some populations. What if chemical exposure was partly responsible for these trends? One hypothesis is that a ...

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Vanishing Borneo: Saving one of the world’s last great places.

Borneo’s magnificent rain forest is being decimated to make way for oil palm plantations. Consumers of the countless products made with palm oil, from toothpaste to chocolate bars, hold the key to protecting the most ancient forest on earth.  Palm oil is the second-most important oil in the modern consumer society, after petroleum. Producing it is a $50-billion-a-year business. It’s ...

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Feminine hygiene products can be dangerous – so why aren’t they regulated?

Feminine hygiene products can be dangerous – so why aren’t they regulated?

On average, a woman will use between 12,000 and 16,000 tampons in her lifetime. Millions of women use tampons and pads on a monthly basis. Yet companies are not required to tell you what goes into products that come into contact with one of the most sensitive and absorptive parts of the body. Because the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ...

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6 reasons Trump can’t (totally) derail progress on climate.

If ever there was a symbolic moment when the past met the future, it arrived as the Kentucky Coal Mining Museum announced in April it is converting to solar. To save money. Coming from Harlan County, a place so deeply imbued with mining that coal has been considered its lifeblood for more than a century, the news immediately went viral. ...

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Asian funerals go green, high-tech at Hong Kong trade fair.

Death is inevitable but it doesn’t have to be bad for the environment. Caskets made of paper and wicker coffins on display at a recent Hong Kong funeral industry trade highlighted a trend toward “green burials” in an industry booming as Asia’s population rapidly ages. Chinese businessman Alex Sun’s company, Shandong Ecoffin International, makes wicker and seagrass coffins, which first ...

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The heart of darkness.

First there’s a spark, and then the fire. We all stare at the sky, smell the smoke. After the trees and brush and roots are gone, floods roar through arroyos and down hillsides. Weeds invade as soon as the ground has cooled. Often, the long-term changes aren’t that obvious, especially when compared with flames and floods. But what’s been happening ...

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Ohio pipeline spill raises broader questions about oversight.

Releases of more than two million gallons of drilling mud triggered federal and state agency actions against the developer of Ohio’s Rover Pipeline this month, and advocates suggest those incidents may be part of a bigger problem in the rush to develop Ohio’s shale oil and gas. “I suspect this is just the tip of the iceberg,” said Ted Auch ...

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Cosmetics: The next microbiome frontier.

[+]Enlarge Credit: Yang H. Ku/C&EN/Shutterstock In brief Cosmetic formulators have begun to explore the relationship between the human microbiome and healthy skin. Taking lessons gleaned from the Human Microbiome Project, a five-year, $157 million U.S. endeavor launched in 2008, they are embracing, rather than rejecting, microbes. The project teased out tantalizing details on the astounding variety of microbial communities living ...

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EPA dismisses half of its scientific advisers on key board, citing ‘clean break’ with Obama administration.

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt speaks with coal miners at the Harvey Mine on April 13 in Sycamore, Pa. (Justin Merriman/Getty Images) Both the Environmental Protection Agency and the Interior Department are overhauling a slew of outside advisory boards that inform how their agencies assess the science underpinning federal policies, the first step in a broader effort by Republicans to ...

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