The Montreal Protocol Reduces Ozone Depletion

Cleaning up the ozone layer is one of the top priorities for countries around the globe, specifically the ones with the capability to take on such a massive task. Under an international treaty called ‘The Montreal Protocol’, governments across the globe will begin to phase out numerous substances responsible for the depletion of our ozone layer. Over the next few decades, this protocol will be enacted, and the process of cleaning up the atmosphere will begin. You can read the specifics of the protocol here, and you can check out the video below that explains how the process will work…. read more

Green Degrees

Green Degrees

You needn’t attain a university education to begin a life devoted to the environment, nor must you be an environmentalist to enjoy the benefits of earning a degree in green courses. However, if you are in pursuit of a higher education and increased opportunity, you’d be wise to consider majors with emphasis on improving the health and sustainability of our society. Law Environmental Law concerns the relationship between human activity, especially corporate and industrial, and its effects on the environment and human health. Most who aspire to become a lawyer specializing in environmental issues get their Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental… read more

Artificial and Natural Alterations to the Earth

Artificial and Natural Alterations to the Earth

The earth’s water and land surfaces have changed over time, some by natural means and some by the exact opposite. Some distinctive formations are conversation striking structures, and whether they are geologically produced by Mother Nature or synthetically constructed by man, the source that can cause such a physical presence can be just as astounding. Covered in ice during cold months, the Ekati Mine in Canada operates even under completely frozen road conditions. The mine is a diamond bonanza, and so far it has birthed 40 million or so carats of them. Though mines can be major sources of income, when they are… read more

Environmental Art Branches Out

Environmental Art Branches Out

Jaakko Pernu is an environmental artist who works with nature as his playground. Reportedly a stimulus for his art comes from his father who worked at times as a boat builder. Learning at an early age how to labor and work with wood, for more than 2 decades now he has been creating organic outdoor sculptures and pieces that bring a bit of forest whimsy into concrete spaces. Said to also draw inspiration from puuraja, which is a Finnish word for the timberline at which trees in the Northernmost latitudes will not grow, he employs things like countless willow twigs and… read more

Threatened Trees From A Warming Climate

Threatened Trees

Trees are equally at risk as the planet grows hotter and humans continue to be careless with the environment. Here are three beautiful trees that are in danger of becoming extinct. Monkey Puzzle An evergreen that is native to South America. It received its unusual name in the early 1850’s when a British man who was unfamiliar with the tree remarked, ”It would puzzle a monkey to climb that.” The national tree of Chile, the Monkey Puzzle is an ancient species with individual specimens able to live for up to 1,000 years. The long straight trunks used to be considered ideal for lumber mills. Logging, along… read more

Nuclear Plant Leaking Waste

Nuclear Plant Leaking Waste

The Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington State is an environmental problem that the U.S. Department of Energy likely wishes would go away. Unfortunately, massive tanks that hold nuclear waste, six of which are currently leaking, don’t just disappear. The out of commission facility manufactured plutonium used to make nuclear weapons during World War II through 1987, and now seeping from six of the tanks is an estimated 1,000 gallons of toxic, radioactive waste per year. The Department of Energy has been criticized for carrying out construction at the facility prior to the completion of the design procedures in the 1940’s…. read more

Famous Entrepreneurs Help Save The World

Richard Branson in front of a Virgin Plane

The majority of the successful entrepreneurs we hear about everyday didn’t receive their wealth or fame by advocating on behalf of our planet, but some of the most notable in the business world are so popular for this very reason. Depending on their industry, branching out to matters of ecological concern would seem rather out of place, though not unwelcome. Then again, if you’re a few of the names below, this would seem completely in character for you. Blacklemag is proud to present a list of wealthy individuals we feel are doing their part to clean up our planet. Sir… read more

Irreplaceable Treasures

Way of the dodo

Earth currently faces a global extinction crisis that threatens the stability of all life on the planet. Through human impact and climate change, countless species of plants and animals alike are disappearing at rates 1000 times faster than occur naturally in the wild. Now, more than ever, it is essential that environmental educators promote public awareness of biodiversity and the roles played by the massive variety of life-forms on Earth. If we fail in this mission, all too many species will go the way of the dodo. This might sound alarming. But facing the harsh reality is essential to creating solutions… read more

Five Short Films With An Eco-Message

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A little bit ago, we ran a story about Hollywood films with an environmental message. However, we realize that you probably don’t have time to sit down and watch all of them in one sitting. These five short films below are brilliant, and beautifully executed. Several have won awards at film festivals, and have even earned their Director a ticket to Hollywood. Check them out! Going Green Logline: This short animated film is a message to achieve a greener planet by stopping pollution.” Among Giants Logline: Risking injury and incarceration, an environmental activist disrupts the clear-cutting of an ancient Redwood… read more

All Choked Up In China

Choking In China

  Earlier this year pictures of the air pollution swathing the skies in China’s highly inhabited cities like Shanghai, Beijing, Xian and Guangzhou were released, and it is hard to imagine living and working in that environment. Overdue reports on the increasingly bad breathing quality disclosed that the air’s particle count had exploded to 755 in Beijing, the largest amount ever recorded there. The air was thick with PM2.5, which is a tiny element filled with numerous toxins like heavy metals, chemicals and microorganisms. It can enter the bloodstream when breathed in and can contribute to health issues like cancer, cardiovascular and… read more