Referring to the surrounding ecosystem of the planet Earth, its natural mechanisms and balances, and study of the effects of human interaction with it.

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Are towers being built in China that can turn smog into diamonds?

This article about a new project that builds towers that can turn smog into diamonds makes some pretty incredible claims. It claims that: Towers intended to turn carbon in the air into diamonds have ...
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Does 80-90% of the environmental and health damage a car causes come from manufacturing?

Claim from the video The First 3D-Printed Supercar: How we make them [cars] is much more important than how we fuel them and whether they have a tailpipe or not. 80 to 90 percent or more of the ...
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Did Germany produce so much renewable electricity on May 8th 2016 that their power prices went negative?

This picture has been floating around the internet On May 8th, 2016, Germany's solar, wind, hydro and biomass plants generated so much energy, power prices actually went negative. Is this true?...
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“One year without beef saves 3432 trees”

This statement is doing the rounds on Facebook: Going one year without paper saves 8.5 trees Going one year without beef saves 3,432 trees Alas, as with so many of these 'claims' on FB, ...
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Can a person lose weight by being cold?

I encountered a person not wearing a jacket in cold weather. He said he does this to lose weight. He explained his theory: By allowing his body to lose calories (heat energy) to the environment, his ...
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Does the Constitution of Bhutan state that 60% of Bhutan must be forested?

Transcription: Did you know? The constitution of Bhutan specifies that 60% of the country must remain forested. -- MightyFacts.com Title and picture is pretty self explanatory. Is the ...
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Can magnets be used to clean laundry?

According to the Magnetic Laundry site, magnets can be used instead of detergent to clean laundry! For a "scientific" explanation, their video states: These magnets work at an atomic level to ...
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Microbeads - needless and damaging?

A Greenpeace petition says: Plastic microbeads are needlessly used in cosmetics. They damage our oceans and the creatures that live in them. Are microbeads used needlessly? Are they damaging to ...
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Does an e-bike produces only 1/10 carbon emissions for each mile of an conventional electric car?

According to Lin, Bo (Deputy General Director at Furi E-Bike1): he says the following in an interview in the program Horizons from WOBI: Bicycles to lead acid battery generates some pollution. The ...
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Do trees soak up pollution?

You often hear a variation on the idea that plants "absorb" air pollution. For example, in a Yahoo News article on Beijing smog, the reporter writes: The China Daily said there are also not enough ...
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Microbeads - Exfoliating and Deadly? [closed]

There are two major claims with regards to Microbeads: A lot of people say that they're bad for the environment, to the point that states and nations are banning them. As evidence, here's the ...
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Do the Alberta tarsands/oilsands potentially contribute significantly to greenhouse gas emissions? [closed]

According to 15 ways Alberta doesn’t get the credit it deserves on the Environment: The [Canadian/Albertan] oilsands contribute less than 0.15% of global GHG emissions, a number that has been ...
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Does one Volcanic eruption release more CFC's into the atmosphere than all man made CFC's combined since their invention?

There appears to be a large number of people who are under the impression that Volcanos release ozone-depleting CFC's into the atmosphere. What's more is that they believe a single eruption expels ...
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Is vertical farming viable? [closed]

Are vertical farms a “a global solution” to the world’s urban food needs." - Professor Dickson Despommier or just bad math written large? Vertical farms are portrayed as amazing solutions, but I can'...
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Is dolphin hunting in Taiji unsustainable?

In the article "Dolphin hunt claim denied" (page 3 of mX Sydney, 25 March 2015), Australia for Dolphins chief executive Sarah Lucas refers to "the violent and unsustainable dolphin hunts in Taiji". ...
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Did Canada go from 2.5 million protected lakes and rivers, to just 159?

This claim, apparently originating with the Canadian New Democratic Party, states that under the Harper government, the number of protected lakes and rivers has dropped dramatically: On Facebook ...
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Do honeybees disrupt native pollinators in North America?

One of my colleagues at work is vegan, and I became curious about why vegans don't eat honey. After a search on the internet I found a website explaining why honey is not vegan. However what baffled ...
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Does a dog have a larger carbon footprint than a SUV? [duplicate]

In his song, The Fence, Tim Minchin makes the claim that dogs have a larger carbon footprint than a four-wheel drive. YouTube video of The Fence Is this actually the case?
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Does using paper contribute to deforestation? [closed]

Does paper use contribute to deforestation? Many people and groups insist that it does because large amounts of trees are cut down to produce paper. Thus some amount of the forest lost every year ...
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Did Volkswagen, Chrysler and/or GM cut diesel tailpipe emissions by ~99% over a decade?

This article, dated Jan 5, 2014, makes a rather vague claim that Companies such as Volkswagen AG, Chrysler Group and General Motors have invested billions to make that happen, outfitting vehicles ...
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Is it more environmentally friendly to stir hot drinks with pasta?

In the café where I work, somebody tried introducing pasta, spaghetti in particular, in place of purpose-made wooden sticks, for stirring hot drinks, as it was thought to be more "environmentally ...
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Do Jet Skis produce in an hour equivalent pollution to 100,000km of a new/small car?

I recall this claim being published in a newspaper a while back but time has buried it in the Interwebs, though it does come up from time to time as e.g. Driving a jet ski for one hour will ...
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Did SF grocery bag ban cause at least an additional 5.4 deaths a year due to bacteria in reusable grocery bags?

The paper Grocery Bag Bans and Foodborne Illness (Klick & Wright, 2012) claims that Our results suggest that the San Francisco ban led to between 5.4 and 15.8 additional deaths. The logic ...
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Is the Mystery Spot in California a gravitational anomaly? [closed]

From the Mystery Spot's website: The Mystery Spot is a gravitational anomaly located in the redwood forests just outside of Santa Cruz, California. Come experience these phenomena for yourself!...
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Does temperature drive CO₂?

The blog THE HOCKEY SCHTICK claims that "temperature drives CO2 levels, not man-made CO2". The paper "Atmospheric verification of anthropogenic CO2 emission trends" is cited as proof. The claim is ...
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Does Beck's chemical analysis of CO₂ discredit the Law Dome ice core findings?

On RealC02 summarizing Ernst-Georg Beck's work, this history of CO₂ levels are posted for the 19th century: SkepticalScience, on its "How reliable are CO₂ measurements?" page says "CO₂ levels are ...
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Did fertilising the ocean with 100 tons of iron sulphate increase the salmon catch by over 100,000 tons?

In July 2012 American businessman Russ George, dumped 100 tonnes of iron in the ocean off British Columbia to encourage plankton growth and thus increase salmon stocks (link). It is now claimed that ...
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Does unadjusted NASA climate data show no long-term global warming?

The Real Science blog by "Steven Goddard" claims that NASA have altered their data in the USA and other countries to show global warming. Right after the year 2000, NASA and NOAA dramatically ...
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Is it actually beneficial to reduce water consumption? [closed]

Household appliances are getting more and more efficient at conserving water, and advertising claims that this helps conserve the environment. Some time ago, I've seen a documentary about a German ...
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Does a dishwasher consume less water than manual dish washing

I've always heard the claim that a dishwasher is more water efficient. I can attest that I once washed the dishes with a clogged pipe, and put a bucket below the sink, and was appalled at the amount ...
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Does Carbon Dioxide mix well in the atmosphere?

At Skeptical Science, they explain: Mauna Loa is often used as an example of rising carbon dioxide levels because its the longest, continuous series of directly measured atmospheric CO₂. The ...
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Is the idea of solar roadways practical? [closed]

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/solar-roadways#home This indiegogo campaign suggests replacing roads and highways with solar panels that could produce power, while keeping themselves free of snow ...
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Did the US ban the Volkswagen XL1 for being too fuel efficient?

There are dozens of articles similar to this one floating around claiming the new Volkswagen XL1, which can get 300+ MPG (0.78 L/100 km) in ideal driving conditions, has been banned in the USA because ...
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Would an EMP in the US Cause all of our active Nuclear Power Plants to melt down and explode?

In an article from the National Journal released and linked to from the Drudge Report today(28MAR2014), Peter Pry, "a former CIA officer and head of a congressional advisory board on national security"...
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Are pets as bad for environment as cars?

In this article referring to a book the authors claim: Taking the dog for a walk to the store would seem like a more environmentally-friendly option than piling into the SUV. Not so, say ...
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Is nuclear winter a doomsday scenario like the media depicts it? [duplicate]

While a nuclear war will obviously cause significant environmental harm to the earth, after doing some research on the subject I'm starting to find facts that make me question whether it would ...
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Must Japan's population pay for any accident caused by nuclear power plants sold abroad by Japanese companies?

This image is currently trending on social media: source The caption reads: 海外で日本の売った原発が事故を起こした場合、その費用はすべて日本国民の税金から支払う約束になっていりる If a nuclear power plant sold abroad by Japan causes an ...
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Is paying your bill online more environmentally friendly than post?

My monthly Comcast statement says that I should go paperless and pay my bill online via "Ecobill, the environmentally friendly way to pay your bill each month". All jokes about Comcast aside, has ...
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Is 90% of the large fish biomass gone, when compared to pre-industrial levels?

According to this video only 10% of the fish biomass that was in the ocean during the pre-industrial era is left, due to overfishing. This claim seems to be based on a study by Myers and Worm which ...
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How fair is “N% lower environment load” claim for lower grammage paper?

This is basically a rephrase of this question from Sustainability SE. Paper manufacturer UPM claims they have paper that has the same key characteristics (as white, as thick and as usable in office ...
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Is helium being “wasted” on party balloons?

From Tim O'Reilly: Good Q?, the kind politicians are loathe to answer RT @jamesoreilly: "Is it right to waste helium on party balloons?" http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-24903034 … and ...
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Does the phase-out of incandescent light bulbs measurably reduce overall electrical power consumption?

Many countries are phasing out incandescent light bulbs. For example, in the European Union, various types of classic light bulbs have been removed from the market in the last years. The claim is ...
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Does a full grown oak tree expel 7 tons of water from its leaves in a day?

There are a couple sites with this claim but I can't find any reliable sources... http://www.snapple.com/real-facts/cap-view/715 http://www.chacha.com/question/how-much-water-does-a-full-grown-oak-...
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Will elephant dung paper infused with flower seeds grow when planted?

According to this article there is a paper that has been infused with elephant dung and flower seeds that, if planted and watered properly, will actually grow. I guess it sounds plausible but I feel ...
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Is buying organic vs. conventional products better for the environment?

From http://www.goldengatexpress.org/2013/04/07/true-organic-food-benefits-environment-sustainability/: Another reason to choose organic products is that the environmental footprint attached to ...
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Is Gasification of Garbage a Viable Energy Solution?

I read this NYT article about using blast furnaces to turn garbage into burnable gas, yielding a net energy output. The article suggests that the company, Sierra Energy, is very close to building a ...
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Do forests increase atmosphere's oxygen?

I've read that forests are important because they absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen to the atmoshpere 1. But other places say that this is false for a mature forest: "On average, then, this ...
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Are we running out of drinking water so that we need to be frugal with it?

I’ve read in the news that a majority of earth’s population might run out of drinking water. As with many of these kind of predictions it’s difficult to judge the urgency and correctness of it ...
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Does one acre of hemp yield as much paper as 4 acres of trees?

I saw the following photo on my Facebook news feed: I asked my friend who posted it for a source, and he gave me a link to a hemp manufacturer. I'm pretty sure it's not a reputable source. I'm ...
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Does physics give a climate sensitivity to carbon dioxide of about 3°C?

A letter to the editor of the Economist from Professor Anders Levermann of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research stated the following: The IPCC’s range on sensitivity is supported by, ...