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Bidets Can Save 15 Million Trees Annually—So Why Aren’t We Using Them? 

Europeans use them; 60 percent of Japan uses them; 90 percent of Venezuelans use them. They’re called bidets: basins that jet water straight to the parts that need to be cleaned after you’ve used the bathroom. And according to Scientific American, they could play a major part in living a green, environmentally…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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Flat Earthers Won’t Believe This News on Antarctica’s Climate

The Arctic is the fastest-warming place on our overheated planet, but so far, its polar opposite has managed to stay pretty cool. Why is Antarctica warming so slowly compared with the Arctic? The answer is complicated, but a new study suggests we’re overlooking a basic reality of geometry.Read more… Continue Reading at http://gizmodo.com

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Disruptive Undersea Air Gun Blasts Okayed By Trump

Extremely loud air gun blasts have not been used to hunt for oil deposits in the mid and south Atlantic ocean for the last 30 years, but since the industrial practices of the ‘80s are apparently in vogue again, on Wednesday the Trump administration restarted the application process to use seismic surveying.…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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Yes, This Is a Particularly Horrendous Year for Seasonal Allergies

This allergy season is dreadful, isn’t it? I have sneezed myself silly in the last couple of weeks and, anecdotally at least, here in New York half the people I know are clawing out their eyes and drowning themselves with neti pots. But is it worse than usual this year, or am I just a […]

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Yes, This Is a Particularly Horrendous Year for Seasonal Allergies

This allergy season is dreadful, isn’t it? I have sneezed myself silly in the last couple of weeks and, anecdotally at least, here in New York half the people I know are clawing out their eyes and drowning themselves with neti pots. But is it worse than usual this year, or am I just a […]

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Your Cancer Risk Depends, in Part, on Where You Live

Of every 100,000 Americans, 451 of us will get cancer in a given year. But that varies depending on where you live: some counties have higher cancer rates than others. And those rates match up pretty well with this map of environmental quality, which you should check out now—because it may be the last of […]

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EPA Sacks Advisors Overseeing Scientific Integrity But It’s Fine, Everything’s Fine

On Monday, the Washington Post reports that EPA head Scott Pruitt was behind the dismissal of half of the members of the agency’s Board of Science Counselors. The 18-member board oversees the rigor and integrity of the scientific research guiding policy decisions coming out of the EPA, from climate change to air…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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Vegetarians Are Watering Down Their Movement to Appeal to Meat-Lovers

Brian Kateman, like many once-vegetarians, wasn’t perfect. But he wasn’t trying to be. One Thanksgiving during his college years, Kateman recalls reaching for a piece of turkey, which he permitted himself because of the special occasion. His older sister, predictably, started making fun of him.Read more… Continue Reading at http://gizmodo.com

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Trump’s Plan to Screw Over National Monuments Is Mirrored By This Government Flickr Page 

On Wednesday, President Trump signed an executive order that opened up a review of 25 national monuments, potentially setting the stage for Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to resize or even revoke their protected status. Trump decried former president Obama’s designations as a “federal land grab,” while…Read more… Continue Reading at http://gizmodo.com

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Jared Kushner & Ivanka Trump Are Full of Sh*t

Despite every piece of evidence heavily signaling that the environment is about to be irrevocably fucked by the Trump administration, the president’s daughter and son-in-law continued to show that they are becoming frighteningly adept at normalizing this presidency by nudging Trump away from …

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