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Negative Environmental Impacts of Hybrid Vehicles

If you're in the market for a new car, you've probably wondered whether hybrid cars are worth the investment. While there are a number of benefits to purchasing a hybrid car, you should also be aware of some of the potential negative environmental impacts of hybrid vehicles. When you're fully educated on the pros and…
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Train Your Staff

This week, meteorologist Laura Betker visited with a number of KARE 11 employees who described how much they had learned about recycling over the last 10 weeks of the Great Green Challenge. Watch the video here. News anchor Julie Nelson said having a recycling bin right at her desk was critical because she may not…
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Molten salt nuclear reactor that eats radioactive waste gets funded

Nuclear power was the resurgent darling of the energy industry just a few years ago as concerns over global warming mounted. Then there was the disastrous meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi plant in central Japan, which will continue to affect residents for years to come. In the wake of this event, nuclear plants in Japan and Germany…
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Where are all the clean, infinite-range nuclear-powered cars, ships, and planes?

This morning I found myself pondering a particularly interesting question: Where are all the nuclear-powered cars, ships, and planes? Nuclear power is cleaner than fossil fuel power, it generates more power than fossil power (i.e. it goes faster) while weighing significantly less, and you can go years without ever having to refuel a nuclear vehicle. Imagine if…
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The Human and Environmental Effects of E-Waste

Roughly 40 million metric tons of electronic waste (e-waste) are produced globally each year, and about 13 percent of that weight is recycled mostly in developing countries. About 9 million tons of this waste—discarded televisions, computers, cellphones, and other electronics—are produced by the European Union, according to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). And UNEP…
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By 2025, ‘sexbots will be commonplace’ – which is just fine, as we’ll all be unemployed and bored thanks to robots stealing our jobs

According to a new report that looks at how continuing improvements to artificial intelligence and robotics will impact society, “robotic sex partners will become commonplace” by 2025. A large portion of the report also focuses on how AI and robotics will impact both blue- and white-collar workers, with about 50% of the polled experts stating that…
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Impacts of Environmental Degradation

We do not have to look far to see the impacts of environmental degradation on our Earth. What Is Environmental Degradation? Environmental degradation is a result of socio-economical, technological and institutional activities. Degradation occurs when Earth's natural resources are depleted. These resources which are affected include: Water Air Soil The degradation also impacts our: Wildlife…
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Astronauts find living organisms clinging to the International Space Station, and aren’t sure how they got there

During a spacewalk intended to clean the International Space Station, Russian astronauts took samples from the exterior of the station for a routine analysis. The results of the experiment were quite surprising. Astronauts expected to find nothing more than contaminants created by the engines of incoming and outgoing spacecraft, but instead found that living organisms were clinging…
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How Styrofoam is Bad for the Environment

Although many people have heard Styrofoam does detrimental things to the planet, very few people actually understand how Styrofoam harms the environment. Learning about the impact Styrofoam has on the planet will help you find ways to help minimize the damage caused by this material. Problems with Styrofoam Styrofoam has become such an accepted everyday…
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30 Top Environmental Concerns

From water pollution to global warming, environmental issues affect every person, animal, community, and nation on the planet. As increasing evidence supports the devastating effect humans have on the environment, more people are taking steps to protect the environment and educate others about environmental problems by looking at the top 30 environmental concerns. Top 5…
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How Do Humans Affect the Environment?

It's interesting to note that modern humans have been around for a very long time and lived for much of it without causing much irreparable damage to the environment. However, over exploitation and pollution have started affecting the environment negatively over the last few centuries. Population Explosion An increase in population makes excessive demands on…
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