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Skeptoid Episode Guide - Environment


Is Recycling for Real? (Skeptoid #932) - A close look at where recycling of some common materials is actually at these days.
April 16, 2024
Reconsidering the Seveso Dioxin Disaster (Skeptoid #921) - Was this infamous 1976 dioxin disaster as bad as reported, or might it have been much worse than we thought?
January 30, 2024
DDT, 13 Years Later (Skeptoid #917) - A failure mode analysis of my most-hated episode ever: #230 on the use of DDT to fight malaria.
January 2, 2024
Surviving Brazil's Snake Island (Skeptoid #913) - This Brazilian island is said to be too dangerous to visit due to countless venomous snakes.
December 5, 2023
Artificial Turf: Poisonous Pitches? (Skeptoid #905) - Some claim that artificial turf sports fields emit poisonous chemicals, making them dangerous for children.
October 10, 2023
The Hottest Temperature on Earth (Skeptoid #895) - Is the world record highest air temperature a solid measurement, or might it be invalid?
August 1, 2023
What the Oil Companies Really Knew, Part 2 (Skeptoid #877) - Is it true that the oil companies knew how much harm they were doing as far back as the 1970s?
March 28, 2023
Earthquake Prediction (Skeptoid #873) - After every earthquake, there's always someone who claims to have predicted it. Is earthquake prediction possible?
February 28, 2023
Climate Change Checkup: 2023 Edition (Skeptoid #872) - The state of the climate so far... how we're doing, and what do we need to work on the most.
February 21, 2023
The Dirty Secret of Dirty Electricity (Skeptoid #870) - Is there such a thing as a type of electricity running through your home's wiring that delivers horrific health impacts to anyone living there?
February 7, 2023
Electric Cars and the Power Grid (Skeptoid #852) - Opponents of electric cars claim that the power grid can't keep up with the growing demand for electricity.
October 4, 2022
Who Really Killed the Electric Car (Skeptoid #849) - Pop culture tells us that a conspiracy is what killed GM's EV1 in 2002. But is an exotic explanation really needed?
September 13, 2022
What They're Saying About Electric Cars Now (Skeptoid #844) - The arguments made by electric car haters no longer hold up. Time to upgrade
August 9, 2022
What Really Happened on Easter Island (Skeptoid #827) - The popular known history of Easter Island — that deforestation brought about its demise — is not generally accepted.
April 12, 2022
Why You Need to Care About Concrete (Skeptoid #813) - Concrete will remain one of our most important materials for decades — but there's a big problem with it.
January 4, 2022
Environmental Microplastics (Skeptoid #806) - This manmade debris permeates our bodies and our planet, but what's the harm?
November 16, 2021
Why You Need to Care About Methane (Skeptoid #797) - We focus a lot on carbon dioxide when talking about climate change. Should we be talking more about methane?
September 14, 2021
All About Clearcutting (Skeptoid #789) - Is clearcutting of forests for logging a public nuisance or a public benefit?
July 20, 2021
Desalination vs. A National Water Grid (Skeptoid #785) - A comparison of two popular ways to help cope with the new water reality of global warming.
June 22, 2021
Rethinking Plastic Straw Bans (Skeptoid #717) - Bans on plastic drinking straws are a solution in search of a problem.
March 3, 2020
The Trashy Secret of Plastic Bag Bans (Skeptoid #711) - Science decides the question of whether plastic bag bans help or hurt the environment.
January 21, 2020
Wind Turbines and Birds (Skeptoid #709) - Wind turbines actually save many more bird lives than they destroy.
January 7, 2020
Fighting Global Warming with Economics (Skeptoid #695) - There's always been an easy solution to global warming on the table, and it won't hurt the economy.
October 1, 2019
No, Electric Cars Don't Pollute More (Skeptoid #687) - Popularly shared articles claim electric cars produce more greenhouses gases than internal combustion cars.
August 6, 2019
China, Imported Recyclables, and Ocean Plastic (Skeptoid #671) - Addressing the facts and the fictions around China's ending its overseas purchases of recyclable plastic.
April 16, 2019
Ocean Plastics: Facts and Falsehoods (Skeptoid #665) - The nature of the problem of ocean plastics, and the best solution, may both come as surprises.
March 5, 2019
Environmental Working Group and the Dirty Dozen (Skeptoid #623) - This company's annual press releases are intended to frighten you into buying organic.
May 15, 2018
Palm Oil Facts and Fiction (Skeptoid #608) - Is it a medical miracle, an environmental disaster, both, or neither?
January 30, 2018
Hiding the Decline: Climategate Demystified (Skeptoid #601) - This infamous scandal was said to have proven global warming was all just a hoax. Umm, no.
December 12, 2017
Thorium Reactors: Fact and Fiction (Skeptoid #555) - These next-generation reactors have attracted a nearly cultish following. Here are the real facts.
January 24, 2017
The Simple Proof of Man-Made Global Warming (Skeptoid #549) - The two most basic Smoking Guns proving that carbon from fossil fuels is warming the Earth.
December 13, 2016
Sky Trumpets (Skeptoid #526) - From all over the world come reports of strange trumpet-like blasts from the sky.
July 5, 2016
Colony Collapse Disorder: Science and Pseudoscience (Skeptoid #524) - Everyone loves to point the finger at the cause of Colony Collapse Disorder; here's what we actually know.
June 21, 2016
Black Mold: Peril or Prosaic? (Skeptoid #494) - Black mold is commonly believed to harbor many deadly diseases; but in fact removing it is often worse than leaving it.
November 24, 2015
About That 1970s Global Cooling... (Skeptoid #487) - No, climatologists in the 1970s did not believe we're headed into another ice age.
October 6, 2015
Agenda 21 (Skeptoid #465) - A look at the conspiratorial hysteria and sensationalism surrounding the United Nations' Agenda 21.
May 5, 2015
Plastic Bags (Skeptoid #460) - Deciding whether you want "paper or plastic" at the supermarket turns out to be a remarkably complex choice.
March 31, 2015
The Santa Barbara Simoom of 1859 (Skeptoid #424) - Stories of a lethally hot storm wind in Santa Barbara in 1859 persist to this day.
July 22, 2014
Fukushima vs Chernobyl vs Three Mile Island (Skeptoid #397) - Years after the disaster, some claim that Fukushima radiation is still going to cause widespread death.
January 14, 2014
6 Problems with Wind Turbine Syndrome (Skeptoid #388) - Despite activist claims, wind turbines are not making anybody sick.
November 12, 2013
Legislating Pseudoscience (Skeptoid #368) - Lawmakers are often pressured by ideologues to pass laws based on bad science.
June 25, 2013
Facts and Fiction of the Schumann Resonance (Skeptoid #352) - The Schumann Resonance, 7.83Hz, is one natural radio band in our atmosphere, but holds no mystical powers.
March 5, 2013
Attack of the Nanobots! (Skeptoid #317) - A look at the belief that nanotechnology may result in an army of self-replicating machines that consume society.
July 3, 2012
The Science and Politics of Global Warming (Skeptoid #309) - How global warming became the poster boy for failed science communication.
May 8, 2012
All About Fracking (Skeptoid #275) - There are lots of reasons to move away from fossil fuels, but the supposed hazards of fracking just aren't among them.
September 13, 2011
Nuclear War and Nuclear Winter (Skeptoid #244) - Atmospheric smoke from a nuclear war would not result in devastating global cooling.
February 8, 2011
Whales and Sonar (Skeptoid #236) - Navy sonar is claimed to be lethal to whales, but the latest research tells a very different story.
December 14, 2010
DDT: Secret Life of a Pesticide (Skeptoid #230) - DDT can be both a killer of birds and a savior against malaria. Rarely is a question as black and white as we'd like.
November 2, 2010
Organic vs. Conventional Agriculture (Skeptoid #166) - Organic agriculture provides no benefits whatsoever over science-based farming.
August 11, 2009
Locally Grown Produce (Skeptoid #162) - The idea of locally grown produce as nowhere near as green as its proponents seem to think it is.
July 14, 2009
The Sargasso Sea and the Pacific Garbage Patch (Skeptoid #132) - We cast our skeptical eye upon two vast hazards to navigation said to lurk in the centers of the two great oceans.
December 16, 2008
Genetically Modified Organisms: Jeopardy or Jackpot? (Skeptoid #112) - Despite the popular fearmongering, GMO technologies promise a boon to agriculture and humanity.
August 5, 2008
Is Peak Oil the End of Civilization? (Skeptoid #100) - When we run out of oil, society will likely peacefully and gradually adapt.
May 13, 2008
Rethinking Nuclear Power (Skeptoid #92) - There are many good reasons why environmentalists are turning again to nuclear power for the future.
March 18, 2008
Water: Alternative Fuel of the Future? (Skeptoid #87) - Cranks love to make the claim on YouTube, but you cannot run your car on water.
February 12, 2008
Ethanol: Miracle Fuel, or Not? (Skeptoid #51) - Ethanol as a fuel may be carbon neutral, but offers few other benefits.
June 25, 2007
Free Range Chicken and Farm Raised Fish (Skeptoid #47) - Free range chickens and farm raised fish probably have almost none of the benefits you think they do.
May 26, 2007
Heating Up to Global Warming (Skeptoid #39) - Why everyone needs to start taking global warming more seriously.
April 16, 2007
Chemtrails: Real or Not? (Skeptoid #27) - Some believe that airplane contrails are really dangerous chemicals being sprayed by the government.
February 15, 2007
Organic Food Myths (Skeptoid #19) - It's marketed as a revolution in health and the environment, but it's better described as a counterproductive fad.
January 5, 2007
SUV Phobia (Skeptoid #15) - Some believe SUVs should be categorized by their cosmetic appearance, rather than by their size or fuel efficiency.
December 20, 2006
Sustainable Sustainability (Skeptoid #5) - Focus on the year's undisputed overused buzzword: "Sustainable"
November 1, 2006






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