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    Diet Soda May Be Hurting Your Diet

    Diet Soda May Be Hurting Your Diet

    By Eunice Zhang Artificial sweeteners are everywhere, but the jury is still out on whether these chemicals are harmless. Also called non-nutritive sweeteners, these can be synthetic—such as saccharin and aspartame—or naturally derived, such as steviol, which comes from the stevia plant. To date, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved six types of […]

    Environmental Storytelling Can Help Spread Big Ideas for Saving the Planet

    Environmental Storytelling Can Help Spread Big Ideas for Saving the Planet

    By Denise Baden Tackling climate change will require huge changes in society. Decarbonizing energy, restoring habitat and making food supply sustainable are all critical, but methods for motivating these actions have typically taken the wrong approach—by highlighting the urgency of the issues and the disastrous consequences of failing to act. Research increasingly suggests that trying […]

    Our Complicated Relationship With Plastic: 5 Essential Reads

    Our Complicated Relationship With Plastic: 5 Essential Reads

    By Martin LaMonica From its arrival decades ago, plastic has transformed modern life. But in 2018, the alarm over the plastic pollution crisis sounded louder than ever. On Earth Day, the United Nations issued its first State of Plastics report, calling for more recycling and better ways to manufacture and manage the material in its […]

    How to Have Yourself a Plastic-Free Christmas

    How to Have Yourself a Plastic-Free Christmas

    By Manuela Taboada, Glenda Amayo Caldwell, Hope Johnson, Leonie Barner and Rowena Maguire Research shows that waste can double during the Christmas period, and most of it is plastic from gift wrapping and packaging. The British, for example, go through more than 40 million rolls of (mostly plastic) sticky tape every year, and use enough […]

    Climate Change Is Shrinking Winter Snowpack and Harming Northeast Forests Year-Round

    Climate Change Is Shrinking Winter Snowpack and Harming Northeast Forests Year-Round

    By Andrew Reinmann and Pamela Templer Climate change often conjures up images of heat, drought and hurricanes. But according to the latest U.S. National Climate Assessment, released on Nov. 23, 2018, winters have warmed three times faster than summers in the Northeast in recent years. These changes are also producing significant effects. Historically, more than […]

    Climate Change Makes Soils Saltier, Forcing Farmers to Find New Livelihoods

    Climate Change Makes Soils Saltier, Forcing Farmers to Find New Livelihoods

    By Joyce J. Chen and Valerie Mueller Salt is essential for cooking, but too much salt in soil can ruin crops and render fields useless. According to legend, Roman general Scipio Aemilianus Africanus sowed the soils of Carthage with salt after conquering the city during the Punic Wars. And after defeating the Italian town of […]