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Skeptoid Episode Guide - Environment


Why You Need to Care About Methane (Skeptoid #797) - For all the talk about carbon dioxide's role in climate change, we hear surprisingly little about methane. Some say it represents even a greater threat, but if that's so, why isn't it getting more attention? Today we're going to see what the science really says, and what we should be doing about it.
September 14, 2021
Read | Listen (13:36)
All About Clearcutting (Skeptoid #789) - Everyone should be outraged at the ugly scars on formerly green mountainsides left by clearcutting, the practice of removing not just the trees needed for logging, but everything else as well, leaving only bare dirt. But many of us are not completely aware of the reasons this is done. Today we let forestry science answer the question of whether clearcutting truly does reduce the amount of old growth forest, or if it might (counterintuitively) leave us with more.
July 20, 2021
Read | Listen (13:27)
Desalination vs. A National Water Grid (Skeptoid #785) - As global warming causes floods to worsen in the eastern US, it also causes droughts to worsen in the west, a trend which will continue. Today we're going to look at the science behind two proposals to help with the west's new water-starved normal: desalination and a national water grid.
June 22, 2021
Read | Listen (14:16)
Rethinking Plastic Straw Bans (Skeptoid #717) - Bans on plastic drinking straws are a solution in search of a problem.
March 3, 2020
Read | Listen (14:34)
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
Read | Listen (14:01)
Wind Turbines and Birds (Skeptoid #709) - Wind turbines actually save many more bird lives than they destroy.
January 7, 2020
Read | Listen (14:03)
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
Read | Listen (13:30)
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
Read | Listen (13:25)
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
Read | Listen (14:28)
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
Read | Listen (13:51)
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
Read | Listen (14:40)
Palm Oil Facts and Fiction (Skeptoid #608) - Is it a medical miracle, an environmental disaster, both, or neither?
January 30, 2018
Read | Listen (13:30)
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
Read | Listen (14:02)
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
Read | Listen (13:18)
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
Read | Listen (13:18)
Sky Trumpets (Skeptoid #526) - From all over the world come reports of strange trumpet-like blasts from the sky.
July 5, 2016
Read | Listen (13:34)
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
Read | Listen (13:06)
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
Read | Listen (11:31)
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
Read | Listen (12:13)
Agenda 21 (Skeptoid #465) - A look at the conspiratorial hysteria and sensationalism surrounding the United Nations' Agenda 21.
May 5, 2015
Read | Listen (13:15)
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
Read | Listen (11:40)
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
Read | Listen (12:27)
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
Read | Listen (13:09)
6 Problems with Wind Turbine Syndrome (Skeptoid #388) - Despite activist claims, wind turbines are not making anybody sick.
November 12, 2013
Read | Listen (13:22)
Legislating Pseudoscience (Skeptoid #368) - Lawmakers are often pressured by ideologues to pass laws based on bad science.
June 25, 2013
Read | Listen (12:34)
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
Read | Listen (13:26)
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
Read | Listen (13:34)
The Science and Politics of Global Warming (Skeptoid #309) - How global warming became the poster boy for failed science communication.
May 8, 2012
Read | Listen (12:20)
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
Read | Listen (13:36)
Nuclear War and Nuclear Winter (Skeptoid #244) - Atmospheric smoke from a nuclear war would not result in devastating global cooling.
February 8, 2011
Read | Listen (11:49)
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
Read | Listen (12:59)
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
Read | Listen (13:42)
Organic vs. Conventional Agriculture (Skeptoid #166) - Organic agriculture provides no benefits whatsoever over science-based farming.
August 11, 2009
Read | Listen (15:48)
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
Read | Listen (12:41)
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
Read | Listen (9:52)
Genetically Modified Organisms: Jeopardy or Jackpot? (Skeptoid #112) - Despite the popular fearmongering, GMO technologies promise a boon to agriculture and humanity.
August 5, 2008
Read | Listen (14:27)
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
Read | Listen (10:17)
Rethinking Nuclear Power (Skeptoid #92) - There are many good reasons why environmentalists are turning again to nuclear power for the future.
March 18, 2008
Read | Listen (12:03)
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
Read | Listen (10:02)
Ethanol: Miracle Fuel, or Not? (Skeptoid #51) - Ethanol as a fuel may be carbon neutral, but offers few other benefits.
June 25, 2007
Read | Listen (7:58)
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
Read | Listen (9:51)
Heating Up to Global Warming (Skeptoid #39) - Why everyone needs to start taking global warming more seriously.
April 16, 2007
Read | Listen (11:21)
Chemtrails: Real or Not? (Skeptoid #27) - Some believe that airplane contrails are really dangerous chemicals being sprayed by the government.
February 15, 2007
Read | Listen (9:06)
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
Read | Listen (10:18)
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
Read | Listen (8:00)
Sustainable Sustainability (Skeptoid #5) - Focus on the year's undisputed overused buzzword: "Sustainable"
November 1, 2006
Read | Listen (6:08)






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