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Nuclear Waste

The waste generated by nuclear power remains dangerous for many years--so we must make wise decisions about how to handle and dispose of it.

Other Deforestation Drivers

While the majority of tropical deforestation is driven by beef, soy, palm oil, and wood products, many other commodities and human activities play a more limited role in the problem.

Wood Products

One of the basic materials of human civilization, wood still plays a central role in 21st-century life—and in the problem of tropical deforestation. But wood can also be part of the solution.
Peatland being burned to make way for palm oil in Malaysia

Palm Oil

Found in everything from shampoo to donuts, palm oil is now the most common vegetable oil in the world—and also one of the world's leading deforestation drivers.

Beef Cattle

While many commodities are driving deforestation today, all of them take a back seat to beef cattle. But there are ways to reduce beef's deforestation impact.

How Solar Panels Work

Solar photovoltaic (PV) panels are based on a high-tech but remarkably simple technology that converts sunlight directly to electricity.