Robin Scher

Here are all the ways plastic is harming your health

How often are we told something is bad for us, yet we continue to keep it in our lives? Sure, a little bit every now and then won’t kill you, but it’s tough to say what is a little and what is a lot. The trouble for most of us comes down to convenience. It’s just easier to live our normal lives, not overthinking consumption habits—until the consequences are impossible to ignore. Take plastic.

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Veganism Is Being Redefined in Black Communities

Food is a key part of any culture. Take the USA: Could there be a more potent symbol of all things Americana than BBQ? For many, to go against this national pastime amounts to a form of treason. Which is why it should cause little surprise to learn that a new culture has begun to take root among African Americans: veganism.

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Cape Town Is Set to Become the World's First Major City to Run Out of Water (Video)

How will humanity respond to future crises caused by climate change? Some scenarios envision us rising to the occasion, tackling adaptation head-on and weathering the literal and metaphoric storms. Those with less faith in our fellow humans predict more pessimistic outcomes.

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New Online Calculator Lets You See the Impact of Your Meat Intake - on Animals, the Climate and Your Health

One of my resolutions this year is to eat less meat. As a lifelong carnivore, this task has already proven to be easier said than done. The major challenge comes down to changing my habits. After years of enjoying bacon with my eggs for breakfast, I now associate its comforting greasy taste with the feeling of fullness. So how do I—and others like me—overcome this obstacle? One big challenge is finding a way to stay motivated.

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Yes, You Can Die From Eating Red Meat: Here Are 4 Tips to Reduce Your Intake

The human species needs to eat less meat. Why? Take your pick of reasons, from the detrimental impact global meat consumption has on the climate, to the ethics of the mass farming of sentient animals. Or, here’s one that might sink in for the more selfish carnivores among us: not dying of a chronic illness.

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What's Inside Your Coffee Is Likely a Bit Grosser Than You Want to Know

Every coffee drinker has their own preference. For the purists, it's straight up "black, hold the sugar," while the lactose-inclined tend to enjoy a bit of milk with their morning brew. Then there are the ingredients none of us have a say in selecting. For starters, how about insects?

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Don't Burn Your Body When You're Dead: Dissolving Yourself Is Much More Eco-Friendly

There are many ways to embark on the journey to the great beyond. One popular custom is the coffin burial. Or rather it was, until cemeteries began running out of ground space. And conventional burials that use toxic embalming fluids are simply terrible for the environment.

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NASA Just Took Away a Major Argument Used by Climate Change Deniers

Many climate change deniers debate whether humanity has played a significant role in changing environmental conditions. In the past, it has been difficult to parse out mankind's contribution to carbon emissions from changes caused by the Earth’s own natural climate system. Now, thanks to new research provided by a NASA satellite, we may have found the definitive answer to that question.

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Like Game of Thrones? You'll Love Game of Floods

An underlying tension running throughout HBO's epic fantasy series "Game of Thrones" has to do with what will happen once winter has come. Game of Floods poses a similar threat (albeit without the gorgeous cast). But you don't really need the Dragon Queen or Jon Snow to make prepping for climate disaster fun, do you? That's what officials in Marin County, California, are banking on.

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Beyoncé's Short Vegan Stint Inspired a New Generation of Herbivores

The power of celebrity is a curious thing. For years, industries such as Big Tobacco took advantage of this fact by inserting cigarettes into the hands of stars of the silver screen. Some famous folks who realize the responsibility of their power have tried to use this influence for good. Take John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s "Give Peace a Chance" movement, which may not have brought an end to war, but at least promoted something positive. Or in more recent years, another pop icon who had a message for the masses—Beyoncé.

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Trump Is Literally Damaging Americans' Brains by Rejecting Ban on Dangerous Nerve Gas Pesticide

Many of the negative effects of the Trump administration are intangible, either taking the form of psychological trauma or economic and environmental harm that will only be understood in the fullness of time. But there’s at least one consequence that won’t take years to discover: damaged brains across America.

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Are Edible Water Bubbles the Future of Eco-Friendly Hydration?

Water is one of Earth’s most precious commodities. It’s the substance that sustains life and makes our planet habitable. It’s a tad ironic then that water has also come to play a major role in polluting the Earth’s surface—or to be more accurate, it's those damn plastic bottles water comes stored in.

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Why Plant-Based Shrimp Is the Next Veggie Burger

Who doesn’t love a good bit of shrimp? Well, apart from vegans, vegetarians, Kosher eaters and those unlucky few who blow up like a big balloon every time they go near the juicy sea critters. But, just for a moment, imagine a world where everyone could enjoy this deep-sea delicacy with none of the allergic, religious or environmental setbacks—and without actually killing the little guys.

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3 Drinks Flight Attendants Avoid When They're Flying

Falling sick after a flight is not exactly news to regular travelers. Typically, we attribute this to the stale air and claustrophobic quarters which act like an incubator for infectious ailments. But what if that oxygenated vacuum isn’t the only disease-causing agent aboard?

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8 Warning Signs That Reveal the Dark Side of 'Clean Eating'

We live in an age where almost any belief can be justified by a quick Google search. Take "clean eating," a diet fad that over the past few years has taken the web by storm. With its challenge to mainstream thought on nutrition and hordes of social media-savvy ambassadors, clean eating had all the ingredients for a viral hit. But like so many internet-fueled obsessions, it has had some serious consequences.

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Sir Richard Branson Says Climate Change Is a Great Opportunity: Here Are 5 Ways He May Be Right (Video)

"The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word 'crisis.' One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger, but recognize the opportunity.” —John F. Kennedy, 1959

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Conspiracy Theorists Claim Hurricane Harvey Is a 'Weather Weapon' (Video)

"Act of God” is a legal term used to refer to natural disasters that occur outside of human control. Usually invoked when denying insurance claims, the phrase signifies that no single person is responsible for the damage wrought by say, a tsunami, earthquake or hurricane. “God” in this instance does not refer to a deity, but rather the complex set of naturally occurring phenomena that come together to produce acts of unmitigated destruction. Following events like Hurricane Harvey, however, more and more people are starting to seriously doubt the existence of this metaphorical god.

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11 Worthless Foods to Cut From Your Diet Right Now

Food serves many functions. For some, food is simply a source of energy required to survive, while others see mealtime as a regular highlight to their day. Food also plays an essential part in regulating health. Whether you live to eat or eat to live, recognizing the way food affects the body is something we should all be thinking about more.

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7 Good Things That Happen to Your Body When You Cut Dairy Out of Your Diet

Connections to certain foods often echo human relationships. There’s that sense of familiarity and warmth that comes with biting into a combination of flavors you’ve grown familiar with over time. But just because you’ve eaten something for a long time doesn’t mean it’s necessarily good for you. Cutting a food item or group out of your life can be hard. But for those who find the strength, the benefits often outweigh the costs.

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Burger King Is Building Artificial Limbs So That Disabled People Can Eat Their Unhealthy Burgers

Over the years fast-food outlets have employed a myriad of tactics to tempt new customers. There have been the classics like McDonald’s Happy Meal toys, or Subway’s Five Dollar Footlong (R.I.P.). That’s not to mention cholesterol-filled gimmicks like the chicken-on-chicken monstrosity that was the KFC Double Down burger and Taco Bell’s answer to breakfast food, the waffle taco. But all of these pale in comparison to the latest marketing shtick courtesy of Burger King Argentina: free prosthetic hands to disabled customers.

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Tasting Wine Stimulates Your Brain More Than Math

Wine is nature’s glorious nectar. Whether you’re an occasional drinker or full-blown wine snob, the fact remains that once you’ve tasted a fine variety, few can deny wine’s place among the most superior of alcoholic beverages. And now it seems there may even be some evidence to back up that claim.

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What Stuff Do We Throw Away That Takes Forever to Decay?

Reduce, reuse, recycle. Everyone has heard this call ad infinitum, but do we really take heed? Yes, sorting your trash is a good start, but that still only ticks one box. Maybe you’re a stellar glass and plastic recycler, never go to the shops without your canvas bag, yet still find yourself struggling to reduce your consumption. If that sounds familiar, unfortunately you’re still part of the problem. Or, if you’d prefer a different label, just your average citizen.

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What Are Drinking Vinegars - and Why Are So Many People Sipping on Them Right Now?

Everyone has that relative who swears by a certain home remedy. Perhaps it’s chicken soup, known to some as Jewish Penicillin. Maybe, like Kostas from the 2002 comedy "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," you know someone who swears by Windex as a cure to all ills. Or here’s one you may have heard about recently: apple cider vinegar.

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9 Plagues That Could Destroy Everything We Love About Life on Earth

Our climate is changing rapidly, whether you like it or not. Unfortunately, denial seems to be one approach many are taking to deal with this reality. Apathy and nihilism are two other popular options. Then there’s acceptance, which comes with far more responsibility and agency. Acceptance may be the hardest attitude to adopt, but it is definitely the most necessary one.

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10 Foods to Avoid If You Don't Want to Be in a Bad Mood

Everyone has their own version of comfort food. Maybe it was a snack you enjoyed eating as a kid, or simply something that satiates your sugar craving. Regardless, it always serves the same function—to make you feel "better." But what if all this time the very thing you think is improving your mood is actually making it worse?

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There's a Tick That Can Make You Allergic to Meat - and It's Spreading (Video)

Imagine one day, right out of the blue, all that delicious meat you’ve come to know, love, and eat suddenly made you feel sick to the pit of your stomach?

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5 Best Foods to Keep Your Skin Looking Youthful and Healthy - and the 5 Worst

Aging is an inevitable part of life. That doesn’t mean it's something to fear. Instead, the natural process our body and skin undergoes as we get older deserves our acknowledgment and our respect. How can you respect the aging process? One great way is to start thinking more about what you eat. 

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Energy Drinks Are Deadly for Young People

We’ve all been there. Making a late-night trip to the gas station to pick up that miracle elixir—Red Bull, Monster, 5-Hour Energy—guaranteed to help you stay awake and reach your deadline. At the time, the reward seems worth the effort. But have you considered the potential cost?

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Got OCD? Changing Your Diet Might Help

"You are what you eat" is one of those little phrases that crops up all the time to remind you that food can play a big part in your well being. In other words, if you change your diet, you can change your life.

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If You Eat These Popular Candies, You're Also Eating Insect Secretions

Here’s a fun fact that might help you cut down on all those sugary sweets you like to eat: most of the confectioner’s glaze that makes candy look so good is made from dead insect secretions. Bet that just killed your appetite. 

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