Questions tagged [environment]

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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Is animal agriculture the leading cause of species extinction?

The cause of species extinction interests me. Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret is a documentary that attacks the environmental damage caused by animal agriculture. Their facts page states (with ...
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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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Do electric cars emit half the CO2 as diesel from a life-cycle perspective?

From The Guardian: "On average, electric vehicles will emit half the CO2 emissions of a diesel car by 2030, including the manufacturing emissions,” said Yoann Le Petit, a spokesman for the T&E ...
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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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Are latex balloons biodegradable?

The Balloon Council, a pro-balloon lobbying organization, makes the following claims on its website: A latex balloon is made from 100 percent organic material and is 100 percent biodegradable. ...
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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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Is Russia funding environmentalist groups to protest fracking?

Leaked transcripts from a private Clinton speech suggest that Russia has given large amounts of money to environmentalist groups in Europe and the US to promote protests against fracking, according to ...
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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 lead used in electronics leach into the environment via landfill at detrimental levels?

Despite being one of the earliest metals exploited by man, lead is an environmental poison. If it gets into the body it causes a variety of acute and chronic symptoms and even low levels are thought ...
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Does crop burning in Cambodia contribute to particulate levels in Bangkok?

Bangkok is currently coping with unhealthy levels of PM2.5 particulates. On the 26th of January, the Bangkok Post wrote an article with the following passage on a link with Cambodian crop burning: ...
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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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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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Is Plant-e an actual company stating a serious premise? [closed]

This is what I read beforehand and then I reached the company page. They state that plants produce energy. This happens when releasing stuff from the photosynthesis process, which is consumed by ...
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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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How much daylight does daylight-saving save? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the scientifically established effects of Daylight Saving Time? If we did not have daylight-saving, then would the days still be longer in the summer? If not, then ...
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Does the decision to fly or not have no impact on GHG emissions inside the EU?

A discussion paper published at the University of East Anglia holds that due to the cap-and-trade scheme, a decisions to fly or not has no impact inside the European Union. Quoting from the press ...
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Claim that CO2 is less relevant because it is logarithmic [duplicate]

This video presents and claims that doubling the CO2 levels would only increase the global warming by 1%, whatever that means. Now it seems like the graph contains real data, so what is up with the ...
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Does a personal choice to eat less meat help the environment? [duplicate]

An oft-quoted way to reduce one's Carbon footprint is to eat less meat. I believe there is even a day of meatless meals that is planned, presumably as an awareness campaign, every year. However, I ...
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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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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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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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Would a full scale Thermonuclear War create centuries of Nuclear Winter? [duplicate]

I see the nuclear winter lots of times in Sci-Fi materials. The Matrix is a famous example. Lots of people believe in this nuclear winter thing. In real world, would a full scale Thermonuclear War ...
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Does carbon dioxide pollute the atmosphere? [closed]

Following the explosive growth in the use of coal for industrial processes, in which the UK from the late 1800s to the mid-1900s was memorably darkened with soot, the public became aware of "pollution"...

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