Findings On Fire Island

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Fire Island is the large center island of the outer barrier islands adjacent to the south shore of Long Island, New York. Fire Island is 31 miles (50 kilometers) long but ranges between only 520 and 1,300 feet (160 and 400 m) wide. During powerful storms like Hurricane Sandy, waves punch a hole the dune, bringing sand inland. On Fire Island, elevations on the beach dropped by as much as 10 feet (3.5 m), while inland areas gained about 3 feet (1 m) in height in places, said Hilary Stockdon, a United States Geological Survey (USGS) research oceanographer. The entire… read more

Marine Litter Extractor Could Clean Ocean in 5 Year’s Time

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Lead by 19-year-old Boyan Slat, the Ocean Cleanup Array is a project designed to tackle oceanic waste by capturing plastic from marine garbage patches, known as gyres. About 1/3 of all ocean surface is covered in plastic waste. Boyan Slat, a student, photographer, and diver, proposed the Ocean Cleanup Array as a means in which this pollution could be extracted, with the possibility of recycling the collected materials for future use in the creation of high-quality items. This could potentially cover the costs of the array’s implementation. A proper cleansing of the ocean in its entirety is currently unattainable, however,… read more

World Food Day – Celebrating Sustainable Foods

Celebrating Sustainable Foods

Food is center-stage in festivals around the world. It is often a staple in celebrations to gather around, from small parties to community events. Leaning about events that are held in honor of food and its essential role in nourishing the world helps to foster an appreciation for those who grow and catch our foods. Food festivals with sustainably and ethically grown edibles as the emphasis occur throughout the globe. The following are a few annual eco-centric food assemblies that are for great causes. Every March 22nd is International World Water Day. This event began in 1993 and seeks to increase awareness… read more

Is It Utopia Or A Mirage?

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Imagine a future in which people and their communities live together peacefully. Imagine a world where every bustling metropolis is now a place of serenity, undisturbed by road rage, traffic noise and stinking fumes. Cars and buses and rail are whisper quiet. The only emissions from moving vehicles are harmless vapours of H2O. Parklands and green spaces have replaced the tangled knots of urban motorways. Oil is barely $5 a barrel but is rarely purchased; producers and consumers have now discovered cheaper, cleaner and more efficient ways to meet their needs in a post-petroleum world. Imagine a world in which… read more

How Green Are They Really?

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Greenwashing is a means by which companies make their products or services seem more eco-friendly and sustainable than they actually are. TerraChoice (2010) has identified seven common types of greenwashing: Hidden trade-off: Focusing on one eco-friendly aspect of a product while neglecting all the other negative impacts associated with its production Lack of proof: Making claims of environmental friendliness that are impossible to substantiate (for example, percentage of recycled content in a tissue paper product) Vagueness: Using misleading claims such as “all-natural,” which don’t necessarily mean that products are eco-friendly or even healthy (arsenic is all-natural) Irrelevance: Making true assertions… read more

Are We About To Experience Another Ice Age?

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The sun has been unusually quiet recently, and nobody really knows why. Could this possibly be the beginnings of a mini-ice age? The scientific term for the cooling phenomenon is a “Maunder minimum”. Here’s the definition as stated by the Encyclopedia Britannica: Maunder Minimum, an unexplained period of drastically reduced sunspot activity that occurred between 1645 and 1715. When solar activity slows down for lengthy periods of time, our planet’s temperature cools, as the sun is our sole provider of heat. English astronomer Edward Walter Maunder first noticed in 1894 that we’d observed very few sunspots in between 1645 and… read more

Golf – Not Green At All!

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Golf was once thought to be a sport for snobs, but not anymore! It is a popular recreational and professional sport in many parts of the world, even in developing countries. What price do we pay for golf courses though? Golf courses are known for their aesthetic appeal, the span of land that remains green year round is breathtaking and simply wonderful to the eye. Golf courses however have a negative effect on the environment from when they are constructed. Before a course can be set up, a lot of clearing is required, thereby destroying habitats and causing erosion. A… read more

Who Would Guess Cilantro Could Be Used For This?

Who Would Guess Cilantro Could Be Used For This?

Undergraduate researchers conducting a study have discovered an interesting bio-absorbent material that can draw contaminants out of polluted water. Faculty and an undergraduate research team collaborated with a group of scientists to investigate more inexpensive means that could be utilized to filter contaminated water. Examining water samples from the Tule Valley region near Mexico City, it was determined that cilantro was an effective bio-absorbent material that was also wildly grown in the region. The area was selected because there are no readily available water filtering systems in place to remove some of the contaminates that they inspected, making it representative of… read more

The Climate Change Debate Is About To Take A Turn

The Climate Change Debate Is About To Take A Turn

A new report expected on climate change is outlining some interesting and unexpected developments. According to current research findings from climate specialists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the causes of global warming may not be exactly as initially thought. For decades carbon dioxide levels have been on the rise, and greenhouse gasses have remained a staple topic. However, it has been found that average global air temperatures have actually remained fairly stable for 15 years, in spite of the rise in emissions. The new research suggests that cyclic cooling temperatures in the Pacific Ocean can help to explain this. The world’s… read more

Is Global Cooling the Next Environmental Trend?

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As with all arguments of a scientific nature, it depends on who you listen to. Only in this case, both sides can be found as having emerged, more or less, from the same source. New research suggests that, without Geo-engineering on a massive scale, global warming will be irreversible. In spite of our efforts, it is not enough for us to switch to carbon neutral practices, we’ll have to remove massive quantities of carbon dioxide from the earth’s atmosphere if we wish to tackle climate change. Initiatives for doing so include soot reduction, iron fertilization of the oceans, and carbon… read more