Posts Tagged: environment

Plastic-eating Organisms

Plastic-eating Organisms

Over eight million tons of plastic are dumped into the oceans every year. The forget about it mentality pervades society, and they ignore a massive problem that plagues marine life. The newest data, according to a study published in Science, claims that the sheer tonnage of plastic burdening oceans every year is equal to 5… Read more

A Breath of Fresh Air? Carbon Scrubbing’s Controversy

A Breath of Fresh Air? Carbon Scrubbing’s Controversy

The Climeworks AG facility, just outside of Zurich, Switzerland, established itself as a front runner in the fight against carbon emissions: it is the first plant to capture, then sell, carbon dioxide from the air. While not efficient, the developers believe that, despite copious skepticism and doubt, that “air capture” technology can effectively remove 1%… Read more

Are Irma and Harvey a Product of Global Warming?

Are Irma and Harvey a Product of Global Warming?

     A lot of focus has been on the hurricanes hitting the southeast United States this year. Hurricane Harvey devastated much of Texas and Hurricane Irma flooded parts of Florida. Additionally, there have also been multiple other hurricanes and tropical storms this season that did not receive as much press. Irma and Harvey were… Read more

Waste Management

Waste Management

We generate millions of tons of trash every year. Which is understandable, as waste generation is a byproduct of civilization. Increase in population density in various regions brought about an increase in a waste generation too. Now, if not managed properly, it looms as a threat to the health and well-being of the public. In… Read more

The Inescapable Pollution You’ve (Never) Heard Of

The Inescapable Pollution You’ve (Never) Heard Of

If you live in a technologically-developed country or in any (sub)urban center, you’ve most definitely heard of it. Whenever you wake up it’s there: the jackhammers whirring, jets shooting above the skyline, drivers honking in frustration. It’s noise. While to us noise pollution may just be a simple annoyance that some good headphones can do away with, fragile ecosystems relying on silence and the audibility of natural sounds have little respite from human hum.

Twitching While Falling Asleep? Here’s Why

Twitching While Falling Asleep? Here’s Why

Have you ever been jolted awake by the feeling of falling off a cliff right before you’re about to fall asleep? Or perhaps your body shook uncontrollably as you were closing your eyes? There is a very high chance you might have—in fact, about 70% of people have experienced this at one or multiples times in their lives. Sudden, involuntary… Read more

Veganism: What and Why?

Veganism: What and Why?

Veganism, along with vegetarianism, has become an increasingly popular lifestyle in today’s society. It rejects the concept of using non-human animals for trade, sports, and anything to satisfy our human needs. One confusing aspect of veganism is the difficulty of differentiating the lifestyle from that of vegetarians. According to The Vegetarian Resource Group, just like vegetarians, vegans don’t… Read more

Is Climate Change Actually a Hoax?

Is Climate Change Actually a Hoax?

In the midst of the current political environment surrounding Trump’s presidency, the population of climate change deniers has been given unmerited attention. Those knowledgeable of the increases in Earth’s temperature have been struggling with the idea that someone—let alone an enormous crowd and the very president of our nation—could deny it in spite of clear, sufficient evidence. … Read more

Extinct And Endangered Wildlife: More Tragedies In 2016

Extinct And Endangered Wildlife: More Tragedies In 2016

Unfortunately, in the year 2016, we bid adieu to multiple species that are now extinct. Due to deforestation, climate change, hunting, and poaching, many species have already disappeared or are beginning to. Below is a list of some of the species that either became extinct or experienced a great loss in their population size in 2016. Melomys The Bramble Cay melomys (Melomys… Read more

Metal-Extracting Plants

Metal-Extracting Plants

Heavy metals play a significant role in our everyday lives, from the individual components of your smartphone to the gasoline you insert into your car. However, at low concentrations, these high-density metals are hazardous to human health. Human activities, such as mining and industry, have exposed and led to accumulations of these toxic chemicals in… Read more