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Carbon Dioxide-spewing factories ... cars ... those giant cans of hairspray from the 80s: These are things we know are bad for the environment. They deplete the ozone layer, lead to climate change, etc: all-around bad for the environment. While society is making great strides in some directions with things like zero-emission cars and super-efficient solar cells, Matt Lieberman finds five common products--some of which you might even use on a daily basis--that are in need of serious eco-makeovers.
Take for example your gas-powered lawn mower: running one emits as much pollution as ELEVEN CARS. When you consider that Americans alone use 50 million of these a week, environmental scientists think they may contributed to as much as 5% of air pollution in the U.S. And that's just the tip of the (melting) iceberg: a 2011 study found that most hand-held leaf blowers emit almost 299 times the amount of hydrocarbons as a pick-up truck. In their report "Good Up High, Bad Down Low", the EPA warned about the environmental dangers air conditioning units: The CFCs they give off cause a build-up of ozone in our lower atmosphere which, in turn, causes smog build-up. The other items discussed in this episode of DNews might surprise you.