Posts Tagged: environmental science

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

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

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

Fairy Circles Stumping Scientists

Fairy Circles Stumping Scientists

Fairy circles are patches of bare soil that mysteriously polka-dot grasslands. When observed from high altitudes, one can see millions of fairy circles that mark a landscape in a uniform, hexagonal pattern. They can grow to be up to 65 feet in diameter, and can persist up to 75 years. The cause behind these fairy circles… Read more

Fracking Linked to Asthma Attacks

Fracking Linked to Asthma Attacks

The Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine has recently published a study associating asthma attacks and living near fracking sites. The research team, led by Sara Rasmussen, analyzed the health records of 35,508 patients who suffered from asthma attacks between the years 2005 and 2012. Geisinger Clinic, frequented by patients from over 35… Read more

Bee Population Decline Linked To Neonicotinoids

Bee Population Decline Linked To Neonicotinoids

A class of insecticides known as neonicotinoids have recently come under fire for contributing to the mass decline in pollinator populations – and this isn’t the first time. For years now, there has been growing concern over the possible extinction of bees and other pollinators. A report released by the United Nations Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform… Read more

The Laughing Cow: Serotonin’s Impact on Milk Calcium Levels

The Laughing Cow: Serotonin’s Impact on Milk Calcium Levels

Canadian and American dairy campaigns constantly ask their television audience if they’ve “Got Milk?” and simultaneously encourage them to “Milk Every Moment.” The dairy industry has established its importance in our diets and has highlighted our necessity for calcium as we have heard so many advertisement broadcast that a product is “a great source of calcium.”… Read more

Storing Carbon Dioxide in Stone

Storing Carbon Dioxide in Stone

Using natural chemical reactions, engineers in Iceland have developed a method of storing harmful carbon dioxide emissions in stone. The study took place at the Hellisheidi power plant in Iceland, which runs its turbines using volcanically-heated water. This process stirs up volcanic gasses, such as hydrogen sulfide and carbon dioxide, both of which are also… Read more