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Climate Change: What’s So Alarming?

Climate Change: What’s So Alarming?

Carbons emissions are rising—and faster than most scientists predicted. But many climate-change alarmists seem to claim that all climate change is worse than expected. This ignores that much of the data is actually more encouraging than expected. Yes, Arctic sea ice is melting faster than the models expected. But models also predicted that Antarctic sea …

Protecting the Burren

Protecting the Burren

Nowhere else is there a landscape quite like it; airy mountains, delicate alpine spring flowers, reminders of peoples long gone and miles of lonely peaceful roads. This is a truly amazing place, a place on another timescale but it’s a landscape that you need to tread on carefully; It’s as fragile as it’s beautiful. The …

EPA Mercury and Air Toxics Standards

EPA Mercury and Air Toxics Standards

About half the coal-fired power plants across the nation were built more than forty years ago and have never installed advanced pollution control technology. Right now there are no national limits on how much mercury and other air toxics those facilities can put into the air. Pollutants from power plants can cause serious health problems …

Wetlands and Wonder

Wetlands and Wonder

[MUSIC] Julia McCarthy: When I was growing up, since as far back as I can remember, I had this tremendous opportunity right outside my back door . . . this big opportunity to explore the streams and the wetlands and the field right behind my house. The wetlands and everything there had this timeless quality …

The Science of Flint’s Water Crisis

The Science of Flint’s Water Crisis

[♪ INTRO] In April of 2014, under the control of an Emergency Manager appointed by the state of Michigan to help the city through an ongoing financial crisis, Flint, Michigan switched its water supply. For decades, the city’s water had been piped in from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, which got its water from …

Why air pollution can be worse across the street

Why air pollution can be worse across the street

So I’m about to do an air pollution test I’m here at the I-5 overpass, and I’m getting small particle count readings of around 240 I’m one block away from the freeway, in a residential neighborhood, and the particle counts are down to around 150,160. The air we breathe depends on where we are. These …

Green Streets: The Road to Clean Water

Green Streets: The Road to Clean Water

[music] [thunder and rain] Narrator: In many communities, a pounding rain can be a problem for homeowners and local officials. Rain pours down on hard surfaces, picking up pollutants on the way to local waterways. Some sewer systems that accept both stormwater and sewage can’t handle the volume and overflow into basements and streams. [whoosh, …

Recycling: waste as a resource

Recycling: waste as a resource

You bought something in the shops today You’re gonna go home and you’re gonna feel good for a while But then you’ll feel depressed again Because you’re a consumer And you have no soul You’re a consumer And you have no soul. Well, we may enjoy the banter or not of a comedian like Dave …