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Cleaner Air, Higher Ozone?

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Studying the environment is difficult because we often can’t isolate the world from all of the factors that make it up. For example, it’s difficult to measure the effects of air quality on populations of the world because conditions are so varied. Many underdeveloped countries have poor air quality, but also have populations for which smoking is a ...
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Planet Ocean – the movie

Planet Ocean The movie “Planet Ocean” really helps understand the role of the oceans from the smallest plankton to the biggest whale.
Seven billion human beings live on planet Earth. But despite of our vast collective knowledge, the oceans remain a largely unknown territory even though they take up three fourth of our planet. We as humanity rely on the oceans for our very survival. All life started in the ocean. We come from the ocean – 4 billions years ago from the colony of liv...
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What happened to the Duck Army?

Photo Credit: Nature.com Pakistan declared a state of emergency in late February.
At some point in the last few weeks a picture likely flitted across your screen of hundreds of fuzzy brown heads with the words “Duck Army.” The BCC reported that China had proposed to send 100,000 ducks to Pakistan to combat their locust problem. Locust swarms have been a problem for years in Africa and the Middle East. In fact, in 2019, a swarm t...
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Regenerative Agriculture and Carbon Farming

Carbon Cycle Agroforestry is a critically important solution to climate change.
The carbon cycle is a set of chemical and biological reactions and physical processes that move carbon throughout the planet, from the air, to the oceans, to rocks from plants, to animals, to microorganisms, and back to the air. There are many pathways by which carbon can move from one form to another, regulated by various natural processes and mec...
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Sea level rise - What to expect

Sea-level-rise There is one critical difference between nature and people: we make conscious decisions about what we do. 
Sea Level Rise is accelerating in response to climate change and is producing significant impacts already being felt by coastal ecosystems and communities. Sea level rise (SLR) is the sum of oceanic thermal expansion, ice melt from glaciers and small ice sheets, melt and ice loss from Greenland and Antarctica, and changes in terrestrial water stora...
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From Ridge to Reef — the Circle of Our Island Life

Maeva-S-Garden By growing food that is healthy for the soil, we actually protect the reefs, which in turn protect us from storm surges.
Everyone in the world depends completely on the Earth’s ecosystems and the services they provide such as food, water, disease management, climate regulation, spiritual fulfillment, and aesthetic beauty. Over the past 60 years, humans have changed these ecosystems more rapidly and extensively than in any comparable period of time in human history, l...
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How Gasses in the atmosphere cause Global Warming

1-globe-header How Gasses in the atmosphere cause Global Warming
The atmosphere Blue light is scattered more than other wavelengths by the gasses in the atmosphere. This gives the Earth a blue halo when seen from space. The atmosphere of Earth is a layer of gasses surrounding the planet Earth that is retained by Earth gravity. The atmosphere protects life on Earth by absorbing ultraviolet solar radiation, warmin...
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Why do we need to protect and restore biodiversity?

protect-biodiversity-st-vincent-header Why do we need to protect and restore biodiversity?
Life is fantastic, expressed in million of different species of all kinds of shapes, colors and life forms, from the myriad of virus and bacteria, which actually forms a large part of all the living material, to huge whales or elephants. Scientists have just discovered corals that are estimated to be over 5000 years old. As life is found in the mos...
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Rights of Nature: Introducing a possible tool for climate change litigation

new-zeland-feature In 2017, the Whanganui River was granted legal personality in New Zealand
Article written by Jessica den Outer* The effects of climate change are immense ­— ranging from desertification and deforestation, to a global increase in extreme weather events, biodiversity loss, and ocean acidification. The most recent IPCC report reveals the potentially catastrophic consequences associated with a global temperature rise of 1.5º...
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Environmental Preservation - Synonymity with Social Justice

Environmental Preservation - Synonymity with Social Justice
Much of the focus of sustainability and environmentalism in recent years has shifted to raising awareness on Climate Change. Understandably so, since the rising temperatures we are currently facing are leading us to an equally exponential rise in disasters and a domino effect of damage that when at some point reached, might prove to be irreversible...
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Do you know these numbers?

Do you know these numbers?
2°C 565 Gigatons 2795 Gigatons Do you know these numbers? For us and our future generations it is very important to know about it. Our climate changes very fast, faster than we want to be true. To explain the numbers I have to start with a calculation: In all medias we can read about CO2 and that we have to do to reduce the CO2 emission. But first ...
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Carbon Footprint 101: How to Calculate it and Reduce it

Carbon Footprint 101: How to Calculate it and Reduce it
Carbon footprint is one of those terms that has gradually — over the last 10 years or so — moved its way from the obscurity into everyday conversation. But what, exactly, does it mean? What is a carbon footprint, how can you measure yours, and how can a carbon footprint be reduced? The term carbon footprint is defined as the amount of carbon (usual...
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Climate Change and Stronger hurricanes: Are they connected?

Climate Change and Stronger hurricanes: Are they connected?
With Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma leaving destruction in their wake and Hurricane Maria looming in the Atlantic Ocean, the frequency and the power of the storms raises the question: How big of a role, if at all, does climate change play on these events? There are several vital ingredients needed for hurricanes to form. These include an initi...
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8 climate change facts that definitely make you think!

8 climate change facts that definitely make you think!
Climate change and global warming are hot topics these days. Studies conducted by various scientists suggest that climate change is happening and it could have devastating and damaging effects on human life. So, what is climate change? Climate change is a change in the usual weather found in a place. This could be a change in how much rain a place ...
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5 Easy ways to Save Energy in The Kitchen! INFOGRAPHIC

5 Easy ways to Save Energy in The Kitchen! INFOGRAPHIC
Have you ever wondered, "Why is conserving energy important?" There are many reasons why you should be concerned about conserving energy whenever is possible. Few people consider where the electricity comes from when they flip on a light or push the start button on a computer. Almost everyone in America has grown up in homes that are powered by ele...
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5 Effects of Global Warming that will make you think! INFOGRAPHIC

5 Effects of Global Warming that will make you think! INFOGRAPHIC
The Effects of global warming, the heating of Earth's, oceans and atmosphere, was a topic of debates in the scientific community. Today, the overwhelming consensus of researchers is that the effects of global warming is real thanks to human activity.  This affirmation was supported, as of 2013, by 197 scientific organizations around the globe ...
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5 Awesome ideas for reusing and recycling water!

5 Awesome ideas for reusing and recycling water!
Around the globe, people are working hard to protect natural resources before their depletion. People today are ‘going green’ to protect their land and to prove themselves as good citizens. Some think that the natural resources need not to be protected but increased pollution in rivers, streams and lakes has become a great danger for life. Other th...
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How to look Great in green

How to look Great in green
Dressing sustainably can be very simple when you know what you’re doing! Commonly known as eco-fashion, it is the concept of taking into mind the long-term environmental and social impacts of our clothing every day. But often people don’t know what informed decisions to take in dressing fashionably without impacting the planet. For many people...
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6 Causes of Water Pollution and How to Stop It INFOGRAPHIC

6 Causes of Water Pollution and How to Stop It INFOGRAPHIC
Over two thirds of the Earth's surface is covered by water. As Earth's population continues to grow, people are putting ever-increasing pressure on the planet's water resources. In a sense, oceans, rivers, and other inland waters are being "squeezed" by human activities—not so they take up less room, but so their quality is reduced. Poorer water qu...
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Renewable Energy: Everything you need to know

Renewable Energy: Everything you need to know
Renewable energy or green energy comes from resources that will be naturally replenish within a human timescale. What does this mean? Well, simply put, renewable energy draws from an infinite bank of resources. Think of tides, sunlight, rain and the currents in rivers! They are not running out anytime soon, and unlike fossil fuels , using them does...
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