Mary Mazzoni

Want to Help the Planet? Here Are 5 Tech Tools to Lighten Your Environmental Footprint

Do grim environmental projections and government inaction have you feeling blue? Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard feels your pain. “If you’ve been paying attention, you'll know that things aren't going very well for the planet,” he said in a recent video. “It’s pretty easy to get depressed about it. I’ve always known that the cure for depression is action.”

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This Is How the Future Will Taste: 6 High-Tech Foods That Are Changing the Way We Eat and Drink

The global food system faces an uncertain future. Consumer preferences continue to shift in the face of health, environmental and animal welfare concerns, and a warming climate means we’ll soon have to do more with less.

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6 Major Findings From the U.S. Federal Climate Science Special Report That Trump Will Probably Deny

Climate change took center stage as business leaders and heads of state poured into Davos, Switzerland, recently for the World Economic Forum. The WEF Global Risks report, launched each year in advance of the Forum, cited "extreme weather events," "natural disasters," and "failure of climate change mitigation and adaptation" as the most dangerous challenges facing the global community. So it came as no surprise when world leaders used the event to sound the climate alarm yet again.

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This Device Can Stop Pollution Where It Starts - While Creating Clean Energy

In September, a group of more than 40 health and environmental experts released one of the most comprehensive reports to date on how dirty air affects human health—and the findings are grim. The researchers linked air pollution to 6.5 million premature deaths in 2015, totaling 11.5 percent of all deaths worldwide that year. Air pollutants can also enter the food supply and contribute to climate change, so scientists around the world are seeking ways to thwart this ongoing problem.

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Wall of Shame: Top 10 Climate Deniers in the Trump Administration

More than 97 percent of climate scientists agree the planet is warming and that human activity is largely responsible. For perspective, that’s as conclusive as the link between cigarette smoking and lung cancer.  

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AlterNet's 2017 Ethical Holiday Shopping Guide: 16 Gifts Under $100

‘Tis the season for giving, but there's more than one way to show loved ones you care. As our penchant for over-consumption continues to wreak havoc on people, animals and the planet, alternatives like homemade treats and crafts, charitable donations and vouchers for tasks like petsitting or home repair look pretty appealing.

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Got the Eco-Travel Bug? Here Are 10 Countries Leading the Climate Fight to Visit Right Now

Already dreaming about your travel plans for 2018? You’re not alone. Americans spent more than $683 billion on travel last year, and the tourism industry accounts for more than 10 percent of global GDP. All of that cash flow presents the perfect opportunity to vote with your dollar by supporting governments with sensible climate policies that lay a positive path for an uncertain future.

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6 Activists Who Were Murdered for Trying to Protect the Planet

A disturbing number of people are losing their lives in an effort to protect undeveloped land, preserve natural resources and defend community rights, according to a report released this summer. Environmental protectors and indigenous rights leaders were killed at a rate of nearly four per week in 2016, totaling 200 globally, says the watchdog group Global Witness.

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Your Mattress Could Be a Health and Environmental Nightmare: Here Are 4 Safe, Eco-Friendly Options

The average person spends a third of their life sleeping, though few put much thought into where they lay their heads. As long as our mattresses are comfortable, not much else matters, right? Not so fast, say environmental and health experts, who warn that the chemicals used in some mattresses could be making us sick.  

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Millennials Are Less Likely to Recycle, but More Likely to Buy From Green Companies

Consumers continue to demand that companies play the role of good citizen, with younger generations leading the charge. Almost three out of four millennials now say they would pay more for a sustainable product. But these same individuals, those who came of age around the millennium and are now aged 18 to 35, may be less likely to engage in other sustainable activities, new research reveals.

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Did Overdevelopment Make Flooding in Houston Worse?

After six days of rainfall, parts of southeast Texas finally saw the sun Wednesday, but Tropical Storm Harvey isn’t done yet. The storm made its second landfall in southwest Louisiana and is expected to move through the lower Mississippi Valley and into the Ohio Valley in the coming days.

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House Science Committee: Russia Secretly Backed Anti-Fracking Campaigns

As special counsel Robert Mueller continues his investigation into possible collusion between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and the Russian government, a pair of House Republicans are hoping to inspire a Russia investigation of their own.

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Trump Tells Sinking Island's Mayor Not to Worry About Rising Sea Level

Though it's less than 100 miles from the White House, Tangier Island seems a world away. It has no malls, cars or cell phone service. Some residents don’t leave the island for years, relying on supply boats from the mainland. But this hook-shaped enclave on the Virginia side of the Chesapeake Bay has a problem: It’s disappearing.

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10 Sustainable Fashion Brands That Will Keep You - and Planet Earth - Looking Good

In 2013, shoppers were reaquainted with the tragic story of their clothing when a massive factory collapse claimed the lives of more than 1,100 Bangladeshi garment workers.

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Does Pollution Increase the Risk of Cancer?

Cancer remains the No. 2 killer of Americans after heart disease, claiming nearly 600,000 lives each year. But 39 in every 100,000 of those deaths could be prevented by cleaning up some of the country’s worst environmental hazards, according to a study published last month in the journal Cancer. 

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8 Reasons Why the Republican Platform Should Concern Environmentalists

The GOP officially released its 2016 platform on July 18 at the Republican National Convention (PDF). A broad array of stakeholder groups, ranging from immigration-reform advocates to LGBTQ people and their allies, were predictably concerned by its contents.

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