pollution Tag

climate change and its effects on people

The change in climate around the world is not only affecting the ecosystem and the environment but it has adverse effects on humans as well. Ysabelle Kempe is on a journey to chronicle the effects of climate change on people across the United States. The journalism student at Northeastern University has taken up a long journey to cover various places and topics across  the States....

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youth rallies to fight climate change

There is no denying anymore that climate change is real, and is happening now! For years, we have seen protests and rallies to fight climate change, but nothing has ever come close to the worldwide youth-led rally on September 20, 2019. The strike was led by the youth but was joined by millions of people from all ages across the world.   Matthew Nisbet, a professor of...

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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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