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e-waste

12.03.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

E-waste is another term for electronics nearing the end of their useful life. What most people don’t know is that these electronics can all be reused, refurbished and recycled. Approximately 20-50 million tonnes of e-waste is generated each year, and this is becoming a serious problem. The e-waste contain toxic materials including mercury, lead, cadmium, ...

Food Deserts

12.03.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

For this project I focused on food deserts. Food Deserts are areas where communities lack access sources to affordable and nutritious foods that are necessary for maintaining a healthy diet. According to the USDA’s Economic Research Service it’s estimated that 23.5 million people live in food deserts and more than one half of those people ...

Oil Spills

11.23.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

  Offshore oil drilling is a necessary evil for this time and age, as the world is heavily dependent on oil. This four trillion dollar industry provides energy for the majority of America, as well as creating more than 242,000 jobs. Unfortunately, thirty percent of the country’s oil comes from the Gulf of Mexico, which ...

Environmental Justice: Yasuni National Park

11.19.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

Located in the Ecuadorian Amazon just 155 miles from Ecuador’s capital Quito lies Yasuni National Park. This area of land encompasses 6,100 square miles, approximately the size of Delaware. Yasuni National Park is one of the most biologically diverse locations on Earth and is home to thousands of different species of organisms including (but definitely ...

Grizzly Bears

11.11.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

For this project I wanted to focus on endangered animals. I’ve always been interested in endangered animals and I’ve always wanted to learn more about them. When thinking about which endangered animal I wanted to do, I knew I wanted to do one that I didn’t know much about so I could actually get something ...

Talk to a plant.

10.20.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

A new social experiment done by the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and Carmichael Lynch reveals that plants grow stronger and healthier when spoken to. The experiment used two plants with the same controls growing, except that one plant was spoken to while the other sat in silence during the time period of their development. Instead ...

Do reusable bags really help?

10.19.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

Recently more and more stores have been offering reusable bags to their costumers. They claim to be helping the environment but how much do they really help? Research shows that even though these bags might be made from recycled material some of them need to travel miles to get to the stores they are sold ...

BigBelly® Trash Compactors

10.17.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

These solar-powered trash compactors are new, innovative ways to reduce trash collections, keep public spaces clean and help the economy. Although they are solar-powered, they actually require very little sun to operate, and they work under any weather conditions including rain, snow and shade. Unlike traditional trash cans, these completely close. When it reaches capacity, ...

Make Your Halloween More Sustainable!

10.17.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

With Halloween right around the corner, it seems only appropriate to discuss ways that we can be more environmentally friendly  with our celebrations! Sometimes sustainability seems too hard or expensive but there are definitely ways to celebrate this holiday while considering the impact that you have on our environment. Here are some tips on how ...

Fracking

10.16.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

Fracking is a major environmental that has various repercussions. Fracking involves the process of extracting natural gas from shale rocks deep within the surface .Fracking fluid is pressure injected into the ground through a pipeline.The mixture then reaches the end of the well where the high pressure causes the shale to crack, creating fissures where ...