pollution Tag

wild-fires

Earth has already been heating up due to the emissions of greenhouse gases and deforestation. We have been calling it global warming. It is now going up-in flames as well. The number of wild-fires has been increasing exponentially over the decades but since last year, the numbers have gone up rather drastically with an 80% increase in the number of fires across Amazonia, Siberia, and...

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algae

Probably the most prominent urban river in New England, The Charles River, is an 80-mile-long river that is a major source of recreation and a readily available connection to the natural world for residents of the Boston metropolitan area. The Charles River has historically suffered from industrial contamination – most of which has been directly caused by the densely populated area through which the river...

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plastic pollution in the oceans

The oceans and the marine life around the world are in grave danger due to pollution. All the sewer water and the garbage dumped in the rivers end up flowing into the oceans, harming the ecosystem. The rate of pollution, especially plastic pollution, is so surprisingly high that there are garbage patches in the oceans. Water bodies cover almost 71% of the earth, and oceans...

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Bacteria

More than 844 million people around the globe lack access to clean water. One of the challenges is that bacteria from rivers can flow into groundwater sources, polluting what may have been potable drinking water. Building new infrastructure to reroute clean water is expensive, especially for regions that already struggle with extreme poverty. Instead, communities often rely on water filtration systems. Current methods of testing...

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Plastic

2011 saw the global plastic production reaching 280 million tons. The U.S. itself swept aside 32 million tons as waste, and just 8 percent of that waste was recovered for recycling. The rest found its way into landfills and some into the oceans, accounting for countless seabird and marine mammal deaths. Burning plastic in the traditional manner creates extremely polluting byproducts. But this didn’t thwart Yiannis...

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The pollution rates have been increasing at alarming rates and the consequences are multiplying exponentially. Recently, Paris has banned 60% of its cars as heatwave worsens air pollution. Car exhaust is said to be one of the most pervasive forms of pollution. The internal combustion engines dump tons of nitrogen oxides, ozone, dangerous particulates, and carbon monoxide in urban areas throughout the world.   The shift from...

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If we are successful in planting more trees, to the tune of 1.2 trillion more trees, we could save Earth, with trees capable of storing so much carbon dioxide that they could cancel out a decade’s worth human-created carbon dioxide emission. Thanks to work of ecologist Thomas Crowther and colleagues at Swiss University ETH Zurich we now know that there is room for additional 1.2 trillion trees on the planet. Crowther stated that planting...

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The advancement of humanity has shrunk the path to doomsday. Numerous speculations in the recent past have uncovered the reckless and merciless feats of the human race under the name of development. But are we cognizant of the repercussions?Plastic is unequivocally the ringleader serving as the root to destruction. However to mould and turn this purpose, the startup named Bureo Skateboards struck the market and...

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Cuvier’s beaked whale or the goose-beaked whale is one of the most frequently seen beaked whales, despite preferring deep pelagic waters, usually deeper than 1,000 m. Last weekend, a young Cuvier’s beaked whale washed up on the Mindanao island of Philippines with 88 pounds of plastic crammed into its stomach. The gaunt animal likely died of dehydration and starvation, unable to get any food apart...

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