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Skeptoid Episode Guide - Environment


Environmental Microplastics (Skeptoid #806) - This manmade debris permeates our bodies and our planet, but what's the harm?
November 16, 2021
Read | Listen (14:10)
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
Read | Listen (13:36)
All About Clearcutting (Skeptoid #789) - Is clearcutting of forests for logging a public nuisance or a public benefit?
July 20, 2021
Read | Listen (13:27)
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
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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